Week in Limoux

2013 Week in Limoux

Discover what the French have known about for years. The South West. One location, small group, see the Tour de France and all in beautiful surrounds.

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Dates: Thursday, 4 July to Thursday, 11 July 2013
Start: Toulouse Finish: Toulouse
Accommodation: 3 star hotel in the centre of Limoux
Group Size: Maximum 14 people (4 Staff)
Cost: AUD$4250.00 – Single Supplement AUD$850.00
Deposit: AUD $1000.00
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room.
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Inclusions

Optional Extras:

Bike Rental $420.00 (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
Travel Insurance
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Highlights:

  • Stay in one location, the lovely town of Limoux on the edge of the Pyrenees.
  • See 3 stages in the Pyrenees live including stage start, stage finish and the race in the mountains.
  • Visit the Pyrenees, the Aude and the beautiful South West of France.
  • Discover the Tour and France in a relaxed environment
  • Expert local Guides with an intimate knowledge of the area

Who is this trip for?

This trip is ideal for those who would like to stay in one location and enjoy a mix of race viewing, cycling and tourism. Check out some photos from our 2010 Week in Limoux trip gallery. Click here.
Does riding your bike for a week in the Pyrenees and seeing three stages of the Tour de France without changing hotels sound appealing? Then read on…Welcome to Limoux. Limoux is a beautiful medieval city in the Languedoc-Roussillon, 20km south from Carcassonne. Limoux is well known for its sparkling wine “ la Blanquette de Limoux” which is made through a Champagne method since the 16th century (before the famous Champagne!!). From January to March, the longest Carnival in the world takes place in the town.

Limoux and its region offer magnificent roads for cyclists, glorious summer weather and traffic free road. The womens Tour of the Aude is also a big cyclist event in Limoux’ area each year in May, this 10 day race brings the world best women. 2013 is the third year in a row the Tour de France has visited Limoux.

Our hotel is a charming French 3 star in the town centre and we know you’ll enjoy your stay here.

See what our clients said about us after the 2012 Tour: Client Comments

Itinerary

Thursday, 4 July 2013: Bienvenue

Today is our arrival in Limoux. We will transfer you from Toulouse Blagnac airport (at 11.00) to Limoux to start the trip, after which we will have a briefing about the days to come and assemble your bikes. Once this done, we will go for a warm-up ride the vineyards around Limoux. We are going to discover the quiet roads of the Aude region with a 50km easy loop We will cross the villages of Caudeval, Routier, Alaigne, Courtauly, Saint-Benoit, La Bezole and La Digne. A shorter option through Villelongue d’Aude is possible (36 km).

Tonight we will have our Welcome Dinner and the first of our regional dinners in the hotel restaurant.

Meals: Dinner


Friday, 5 July 2013: The Stage Finish in Albi

This morning we will travel by van to Carcassonne where we will begin our ride to Albi to see the race finish this afternoon. It’s an undulating route through the Tarn to Albi, which is now a Unesco world heritage site and where stage 7 finishes. The Tour de France has visited Albi many times and with good reason. This historic town is unlike any other in France with a beautiful medieval centre dominated by the massive Sainte Cécile cathedral. First built as a fortress in the 13th century and under construction for 200 years, it is claimed to be the largest brick building in the world and when you see it for real you’ll believe it!

The victory should belong to a “Barouder” or opportunist as the profile in the Tarn is hilly enough to make a breakaway but not too much to impact on the overall classification.

We will offer 2 ride options of approximately 60 and 100 kms with the longer route being quite challenging.

At the end of the day after we’ve enjoyed our visit to Albi and seen the stage finish we will head back to Limoux and a well earned rest to prepare for tomorrow’s big day in the Pyrenees.

Meals: Breakfast


Saturday, 6 July 2013: The Col de Pailhères

Here is a day to remember: the Col de Pailhères. It is the highest pass of the department Ariège and here are the statistics: average slope 8,4 %, length 10,4 km, highest point 2001 meters, elevation gain 871 meters and maximum slope 9,5%. The route of the Tour de France has crossed this pass three times in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010. This climb should be decisive, possibly more so than the final climb. Climbing Pailhères will be difficult but the reward is a magnificent panorama on the Pyrenees.

Our day starts with an early van transfer to Quillan. We head to Pailhères riding through the Aude’s gorges until Escouloubre where the serious things begin. After the climb of the pass, we will watch the race with the real feeling of “we know how they feel”. When the « voiture balai » or broom wagon sweeps up the riders who have had enough and the road is open again, we can go back to Quillan over le Col du Pradel (average slope 7,5%, length 7, highest point 1680 meters, elevation gain 529 meters, maximum slope 9,1 %) and the plateau de Sault. The other option is to go back to Limoux with the support van.

Either way we will enjoy dinner and a drink at the hotel while we discuss the days events and our great ride.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Sunday, 7 July 2013: The Stage Start in St Girons

The Tour de France marks its visit to the Pyrenees with a stage from St Girons to the spa town of Bagneres de Biggore, before the race travels north to enjoy the first rest day of the tour. This will be the last chance until the race enters the Alpes in the final week for the climbers to show their prowess so we can expect an exciting stage. Today’s stage will be the Queen Stage of the Pyrenees with no less than 5 climbs: Col de Portet d’Aspet, Col de Menté, Col de Peyresourde, Col de Val Louron-Azet and finally the 10 km climb up the La Hourquette d’Ancizan.

This morning we will drive to Saint-Girons to see close up the amazing event that Le Tour has become.  We will see the team buses and the electric atmosphere of a stage start. First of all there is the departure of the caravane, then the riders arriving to sign on for the day and finally the departure of the peloton to the cheers of locals and visiting race fans.

Once the race starts, we will jump on our bikes for a 120 km ride through the Ariege and back to Limoux. As usual if you would like something a little shorter we will be able to offer you a nice option.

Dinner is included tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Monday, 8 July 2013: Magnificent Carcassonne

Mirepoix is on our list today. This medieval village-bastide city was erected in the 13th century on the river Hers. The main square of the village is surrounded by half-timbered houses built on galleries that host traditional shops and cafés. It is a good spot to have our lunch at one of the numerous terraces.

After the lunch we will head to Carcassonne. It is the biggest city of Aude and it hosts the biggest medieval castle of Europe. The first stones of this fortress were posed in the 10th century. Political and religious changes left the castle in ruins until the end of the 19th century when it was classified as historical monument. In the 20th century, a big restoration started and in 1996 the fortress became a UNESCO world heritage site.

As a result Carcassonne is now among the major attractions in France. It consists of two towns: the Bastide St-Louis (also known as the Ville Basse or Lower City) and the medieval Cité. It is one of if not the best example of a medieval fortress and paints a stunning picture as it stands proudly on the hill overlooking the plains of the Aude.

There are remarkable views over the surrounding countryside from the three kilometres of ramparts, with two fortified enclosures (4th and 13th century), four gateways, 52 towers, and barbicans. You are free to enter the fortress and inside you will find cobbled streets with shops and restaurants. It is a must see on your trip.

After we have seen the castle and enjoyed a lunch in the square we will meet and ride back from Carcassonne to Limoux (60km) including a part of Carcassonne triathlon bike loop.

Meals: Breakfast


Tuesday, 9 July 2013: Off to the Med!

Today, we ride to the sparkling Mediterranean. We go for about 125km from west to east to reach Leucate’s sandy beach. On our route, we will find bastides which are picturesque villages which usually host a castle or other vestiges like Peyrepertuse’s castle. Once the last hills of Corbières are crossed, our ride will present us with a nice view of the sparkling Mediterranean. An easier option is possible through Arques, Villerouge-Termenes, Lagrasse and Durban-Corbières. After this long ride from west to east, we might have a nice nap on Leucate’s beach and a swim in the Mediterranean Sea to refresh our muscles.

Dinner is included tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Wednesday, 10 July 2013: In the Tracks of the Cathars

A day where we leave and arrive at the hotel on bike and take in some breathtaking scenery of the region. Our 115 km ride will head towards Chalabre over several small climbs through to Belesta. Montsegur is the next village after Belesta with the 15 km ascent being the most challenging part of today’s ride. However don’t be too alarmed, the average is only 3.8% with the last kilometre rising up to 8.4%. On the top of the village, at 1207 m, there is one of the most famous Cathar castles.

Catharism is an old religion violently repressed by the Catholic Church of Rome between the 10th and the 12th century. At Montsegur, a tragic episode took place when the crusaders of the French Church burnt the 200 occupants of the castle which was besieged during 10 months.

After Montsegur we go down to Lavelanet, and then we ride back to Belesta, then Puivert. There we start 2 easy climbs and finish the journey to our hotel with an enjoyable 20km descent.

Tonight we will have our farewell dinner and pack the bikes.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Thursday, 11 July 2013: Au Revoir

Au revoir as our trip comes to a close. This morning we will transfer you to Toulouse airport (arriving at the airport at 10.00am) for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast


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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:
-Transport throughout by vans
-Services of our 4 experienced tour guides
-7 night’s accommodation, in a 3 star hotel in the centre of Limoux
– Buffet breakfast daily
-3 course evening meals on 5 nights
– 4 Picnic lunches
-Transfer on Thursday, 4 July from Toulouse Blagnac Airport at 11am
-Transfer on Thursday, 11 July to Toulouse Blagnac Airport
-Mechanical assistance with your bike
-Sightseeing as listed
-Maps and Bikestyle guide to the Tour de France
-Bikestyle Tours cycling jersey, cap and musette bag

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Tick the box to accept the Bikestyle Waiver and Reservation Conditions. If renting a bicycle you also agree to our Bicycle rental Conditions

  • By paying a deposit you are deemed to have accepted our Waiver and Reservation Conditions. If you have any further enquiries please email us at tours@bikestyletours.com.
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  • * We charge for our trips in Australian Dollars (AUD) and prices shown in other currencies are only approximate. We advise that you check the exchange rate before booking.

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