On the French Spanish border, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean, lie the famed Pyrenees Cols. From the pilgrimage town of Lourdes or Argeles-Gazost, you will ride the classics featured so regularly in the tour de France (Col du tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque), as well as the smaller peaks but beautiful Hautacam, Cauterets and Luz Ardiden. The areas rich heritage in the Tour de France and serene but challenging climbs make this a must for keen cyclists.
Day 1: Arrive in Toulouse and transfer to your chosen destination in the Pyrenees
We recommend a morning flight. After flying to Toulouse or Lourdes airport you will be transferred to your chosen destination in the Pyrenees. We always recommend to stay in the Lourdes valley, but talk to us about the cols you would like to conquer and we will match you with your perfect cycling accommodation. You will have time to build your bike (or pick up your hire bike) and grab some lunch. In the afternoon you will have time to ride the Hautacam, home to many a Tour de France battle.
Day 2: The Tourmalet
No trip to the Pyrenees is the same without taking on the Tourmalet. You can ride the Tourmalet from either way. We recommend you climb it the same way as the 2018 Tour de France, from the East side. There is a Cafe at the top for a well-earned rest!
Day 3: The Aubisque
Today's ride takes you up and over the Col d'Aubisque. The Col d’Aubisque is slightly the forgotten mountain at the Tour de France in comparison to its neighbour the Col du Tourmalet, but the climb is steeped in history as well being one of the most spectacular road climbs to ride in the Pyrenees.
Day 4: Pont d' Espana
There is one final cafe run up to the Pont d'Espana. We recommend you get an afternoon or evening flight. If you want to extend this trip, this is possible.