Week in Limoux

Week in Limoux

Discover what the French have known about for years. The South West. One location, 2 stages and beautiful surrounds.


Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Dates: Saturday 14 July to Saturday 21 July 2012
Start: Toulouse Finish: Toulouse
Accommodation: Quality 3 star hotel
Group Size: Maximum 22 people (3 Staff)
Cost: AUD$3995.00 – Single Supplement: AUD$1050.00 (ON REQUEST)
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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Optional Extras:

Bike Rental $420.00 (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
Paris Triomphe Package (Final day)
Grand Palais Seating (Final day)
Pre or post tour accommodation to extend your stay
Travel Insurance and Car Rental.
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  • See the Stage Start in Limoux
  • Stay in one location
  • Visit the Pyrenees, the Aude and the beautiful South West
  • Discover the Tour and France in a relaxed environment
  • Local Guides with good knowledge of the area

Who is this trip for?

Winery ridersThis 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.

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 2011 Tour: Client Comments

Saturday, July 14 2012: Bonjour

Limoux by NightToday is our arrival in Limoux. We will transfer you from Toulouse Blagnac airport (at 12.00) 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

Sunday, July 15 2012: See the Start at Home, Limoux!

This morning we don’t have to go far to see the race start, as it begins right in “our village” Limoux.
We’ll head off to see close up the amazing event that Le Tour has become with the departure of the caravane, the riders arriving to sign on for the day and the loyal French fans who will be out in force today and adding the local flavour.

After the peloton has departed we will travel to Foix to see the finish of the race there.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Monday, July 16 2012: Let’s go to the Med for the Day!

Today, we ride to the sea. 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Tuesday, July 17 2012: Pic de Nore

The Pic de Nore is located in the Department of Tarn. It is in the middle of a small mountain area called “la Montagne Noire”, the black forest, and is a short distance from the French headquarters of Bikestyle Tours. This climb is among Laurent Jalabert’s training routes, one of the most popular French cyclists even though he never won the Tour de France. However he won twice the king of the mountain jersey and twice the green jersey when he was younger, now he is a commentator for the French TV.

Once at the top of the Pic de Nore we are between the Tarn and the Aude and on a clear day we should have spectacular views across to the Pyrenees.

One almost gets the impression of being on the Mon Ventoux as its distinct tele communications tower stands alone on this treeless peak. The descent offers beautiful views on the Minervois. We ride not far from the “gouffre de Cabrespine”, a natural hole of 80 metres wide and 250 metres deep. The descent finishes in Villeneuve-Minervois where there are many places to find something to eat and drink. From there people with either have the choice to return by van or finish by bike to Limoux making it a grand total of 120km.

Here are the statistics of the Pic de Nore: average slope 4.6%, length 22 km, highest point 1211 meters, elevation gain 1004 meters, maximum slope 7.2%.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Wednesday, July 18 2012: Magnificent Carcassonne

This morning we will travel by van to the magnificent castle at Carcassonne where we will spend part of the day.

Carcassonne is 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 we will meet and ride back from Carcassonne to Limoux (60km) including a part of Carcassonne triathlon bike loop.

Meals: Breakfast

Thursday, July 19 2012: See the Race Today!

This morning we drive to Saint-Girons in the Ariège. From here we will ride a 70 km loop climbing the Col de Portet d’Aspet and the Col des Ares.

The Col de Portet d’Aspet isn’t a particularly hard climb but it is quite long. It first appeared in the Tour de France in 1910 and has appeared dozens of times since. From the east side it is only steep for the last few kilometres above the town of Portet d’Aspet (one stretch at 10.8%).

The descent is quite steep in places with some tight hairpins and two sections of 17%. It was near the bottom that Fabio Casartelli was tragically killed in a crash in the 1995 Tour de France. There is a monument to his memory.

Once we are at the bottom we will have a short ride through the valley before we start climbing the Col des Ares. This is the race route for today and we will see the riders pass on the climb before we descend down to meet the van and return to Limoux.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Friday, July 20 2012: Ride in the Land 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 95 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. 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 and Dinner

Saturday, July 21 2012: 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.

If you wish to continue onto Paris we can help arrange your transfer and a package to help!

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Meals: Breakfast


Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:
-Transport throughout by private minibus
-Services of 2 experienced tour guides
-Transfer on morning of Saturday 14 July from Toulouse airport to hotel
-Transfer on morning of Saturday, 21 July to Toulouse airport
-7 night’s accommodation, in Quality 3 star hotel (with private facilities).
-Buffet breakfast daily
-3 course evening meals on 5 nights
-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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Week in Limoux Deposit ($1000pp) 

Week in Limoux Bicycle Hire $420.00 

Grand Palais Champs Elysees Seating $390.00 

Triomphe Champs Elysees Hospitality $730.00 

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Prior to paying a deposit it is advisable to confirm a place is available by sending an email to our Office Manager Michelle Knibbs, michelle@bikestyletours.com or telephone our office 07 38465999.

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.
  • Don’t forget it is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.
    Purchase your International Travel Insurance here.
  • * 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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