PYRENEES COAST 2 COAST

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2019 PYRENEES COAST 2 COAST

REGION: Spanish & French Pyrenees

TOUR DATES: 27 AUG – 5 SEPT 2019

DURATION: 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

HOTELS: Boltaña (x2), St Lary (x2), Argeles Gazost (x2), Isaba (x2), San Sebastian (x1), 3-4 star hotels

INCLUDED:
Arrival & Departure transfers
9 nights accommodation (twin share)
9 breakfasts
5 dinners with beer & wine provided
9 guided cycling stages fully supported
Food & drinks during cycling stages
Sierra Sports Trans-Pyrenees cycling jersey

PRICE: 3450 € p.p.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 600 €

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
Carbon Road Bike Hire: 350 €

DAY ONE – Tues 27 August 2019
Barcelona, Spain


We will be available to meet you in the reception of Hotel Grums Barcelona at 9:30am. From Barcelona we drive 2.5hr to  Benabarre where we will set up the bikes. You will warm up on an undulating route along the base of the Aragonese Pyrenees (Spain) where we still stay on the outskirts of Boltaña a quaint medieval village. Our accommodation for the night is a refurbished 16th Century Monastery.

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: Boltaña

Ride: 60km cycling

Accommodation: Boltaña (Spain)

DAY TWO – Wed 28 August 2019
Huesca, Spain


Cycling from our amazing hotel your challenge for the day is the Alto de Fanlo climb. In order to access this climb you first must cycle to the entrance of the spectacular Añisclo Gorge. We will follow a narrow one way only road that weaves its way through this important bird habitat. If we are lucky we might just spot a Griffon Vulture! The climb out of the canyon offers postcard Spanish Pyrenees mountain views.

Meals: Breakfast

Destinations: Añisclo Gorge

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Boltaña (Spain)

DAY THREE – Thur 29 Aug 2019
St Lary Soulan, France


Today includes the first ride on the French side of the Pyrenees. Passing through the Bielsa Tunnel and you are now in France! The descent down to St Lary Soulan is fantastic. The ride on offer today is a classic Tour de France route linking St Lary with Bagneres du Luchon. You will climb Col d’Azet before enjoying the sweeping descent down to Arreau.  With mountains to climb in four directions St Lary is the perfect base for road cyclists!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Bielsa Tunnel & Col d'Azet

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: St Lary Soulan (France)

DAY FOUR – Fri 30 August 2019
France's 2 Highest Reservoir!


The cycling route on offer those takes our cyclists up to Cap d’Long with this mountain reservoir hovering at an astonishing 2160m altitude (France´s second highest reservoir). We are literally only a stone’s throw away from Spain. The Tour de France would love to have a stage finish here but the logistics just do not allow access for such a big event.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Cap d'Long

Ride: 70km cycling

Accommodation: St Lary Soulan (France)

DAY FIVE – Sat 31 August 2019
Col du Tourmalet!


A route for the cycling purists - a double climb straight from the recent TDF history books! The climb Horquette d'Ancizan is one of our favourite valleys with green lush pastures.  Col du Tourmalet is another challenging climb (18km) but the most famous of all TDF ‘cols’ with over 100 race route passings! A highlight for everyone is greeting the giant structure (`Geant`) dedicated to Octave Lapize the first cyclist to cross the Tourmalet during the TDF over a century ago. Now that all remains is the 20km descent down the western side of the Tourmalet!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Col du Tourmalet

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Argeles Gazost (France)

DAY SIX – Sun 1 Sept2019
Hautacam

The tour hotel sits directly below the towering Hautacam ski station. Hautacam is arguably the toughest climb in the midi-Pyrenees region! Now that is saying something when it competes with Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden and Aubisque! The 16km climb averages 8% but the damage is often done during Km 8 -10 where the grade does not drop below 10%. Vicenzo Nibali went solo during Stage 18 of the 2014 TDF to take line honours on Hautacam! For those who would like to ride today but avoid the mountains we can ride a 50km warm up loop along the flat valley and asphalted bike paths surrounding Argeles Gazost.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Hautacam Ski Station

Ride: 80km cycling

Accommodation: Argeles Gazost (France)

DAY SEVEN – Mon 2 Sept 2019
Col d'Aubisque


Cycling from Argeles Gazost one of the great Pyrenees climb doubles is calling us, Col du Soulor and Col d´Aubisque! The hors categorie Col d´Aubisque climb has been passed 45 times during the Tour de France making it the second most used climb in race history. After first passing Col du Soulor you will cycle the dramatic mountain road which links the Soulor and Aubisque summits. The road breathtakingly hugs the cliffs of the Cirque du Litor, passes two striking tunnels and is simply a cycling experience like no other!

Tonight you will sleep in Navarra province in the Spanish Pyrenees! The sleepy village of Isaba (Irati Forest) is home for the next 2 nights and is simply one of Sierra's favourite cycling bases in Spain!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Spanish & French Pyrenees

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Isaba (Spain)

DAY EIGHT – Tues 3 Sept 2019
Spanish Dolomites!


The Irati Forest is one of Spain´s best kept secrets! Wild mountains, gorges, fast flowing rivers and lush farmland provide the perfect backdrop for road cycling. After a day cycling through this region you will understand why Spanish cycling legend Miguel Indurain found it so easy to spend hours training on his bike. For those wanting a relatively easy ride today there is a 55km hotel loop which in many ways resembles the Italian Dolomites for scenery. A challenge awaits those who are game with the optional 15km climb called ‘Piedra de St Martin’. This is the same mountain pass where Chris Froome won the Stage 10 summit finish during the 2015 Tour de France! Now all that remains is a wonderful descent back into Spain and the Irati Forest.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Irati Forest

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation: Isaba (Spain)

DAY NINE – Wed 4 Sept 2019
Irati Forest to San Sebastian!


It may be the final day on the bikes but the spectacular scenery does not let up just yet! The route takes you out of the Irati Forest and onto the quiet backroads towards Pamplona. Winding roads which pass reservoirs and woodlands is what awaits you today. Following the ride we will have a 1hr 15min to San Sebastian and your arrival to Basque Country. San Sebastian is famous for its Concha Beach and medieval old town serving endless supplies of delicious pintxos (tapas outside of Basque Country)! Let’s just say that past clients have not had any problems spending a few extra days in San Sebastian!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: San Sebastian

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation: San Sebastian (Spain)

DAY TEN – Thur 5 Sept 2019
Tour Farewell


Following breakfast the guides will depart the hotel. If you would like a van transfer to Madrid please feel free to join us. It is quite a long 5hr drive. Otherwise there are many airport connections from nearby Bilbao.

Meals: Breakfast included

2019 Pyrenees Coast 2 Coast

The tour includes 9 unforgettable cycling stages taking in the best of northern Spain and southern France. Beginning in Barcelona your cycling begins in the rugged Huesca region of Spain in the foothills of the Aragonese Pyrenees. After some excellent warm-up cycling we begin our adventure through the breathtaking scenery of the Spanish & French Pyrenees!

Cycle the routes made famous by the professionals! During 2019 you will cycle the Tourmalet, Marie Blanque, Aubisque, Aspin and other hidden spectacular peaks that the Tour de France just finds impossible to reach such as Cap d´Long (second highest reservoir in France at 2160m elevation)! The advantage of criss-crossing your way over the Pyrenees is that you will experience both Spain & France in the same holiday. The people, customs, cuisine and language obviously change dramatically in a small geographical region but the one constant is the unforgettable cycling routes to be enjoyed on both sides of the Pyrenees. Are you ready to ride Coast 2 Coast?

Dates: 27-08-2019 to 05-09-2019

Tour price: 3450 € per person (twin share)

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