Thursday 4th July - Day 1: Arrival
After arriving at Toulouse Airport, you will be met by one of
our guides in the arrivals hall. Toulouse is a 2 hour transfer away
At the hotel you will be reunited with your bike that will have
been driven down for you. A couple of hours for a nice lunch, time
to settle in and fettle your bike, and then we will test the legs
by attempting the famous Hautacam (don't worry there is a coffee at
The zigzagging road of the Hautacam, one of the main Pyrenean
cycling climbs, slashes its way up the mountainside, initially
rising steeply and narrowly from Argelès-Gazost, then emerging in
open, verdant Pyrenean meadowlands, before eventually - after 13
kilometres and at 1,653 metres - reaching the resort that gives the
climb its name: Hautacam ski station.
It has been the scene of some of the biggest battles in the Tour
de France and has also gained notoriety due to its combination of
steep sections and the fact the climb increases in difficulty all
the way to the summit. The reward being arguably one of the best
views in the Pyrenees. What a way to get started!
Friday 5th July - Day 2: Queen
- Distance: 102km
- Elevation: 2500m
Today we cycle a section of Stage 19 of the 2018 Tour de France
and climb the famous Tourmalet.
Firstly we take in some amazing Pyrenean back roads to get us
into the right valley, before we attempt to climb the Tourmalet
from the Western side. There is no higher main road pass in the
Pyrenees and none with quite such an aura or heritage.
The Tourmalet is a glowering, grey hulk of a hill straddling the
Ardour and Campan valleys and has been visited the most out of any
climb in the Tour de France. For any mountain loving cyclist, a
pilgrimage to the Pyrenees is essential, and should include the
fearsome ascent of the Tourmalet.
There is the option to climb Luz Ardiden for those wanting a
further challenge (710m extra climb).
Saturday 6th July - Day 3: The
- Distance: 104km
- Elevation: 3398m
Today we take on the second half of Stage 19 of the 2018 Tour
and climb the famous Col d'Aubisque via the Col des Borderes and
Col du Soulor.
We return via the valley roads to Lourdes, including an epic
descent down the Southern side of the Col du Soulor.
Sunday 7th July - Day 4: Warm down and
Time for one last local ride up to the Pont de Espana, a lovely
valley warm-down ride, before your transfer to the airport.
(nb: itinerary subject to change depending on weather and
other safety factors)