- 1 Tour Description
- 2 Daily Tour Overview
- 2.1 Day 1 – Sleep well in a 16C Monastery
- 2.2 Day 2 – Gorge cycling at its best
- 2.3 Day 3 – Bonjour to the French Pyrenees
- 2.4 Day 4 – Pedal power up to Cap d’Long dam
- 2.5 Day 5 – Col du Tourmalet & its TDF history
- 2.6 Day 6 – Ride the Argeles valley bike path
- 2.7 Day 7 – Cliff hugging roads to Aubisque
- 2.8 Day 8 – Riding in Miguel Indurain territory
- 2.9 Day 9 – San Sebastian bound
- 2.10 Day 10 – Now time for our C2C riders to rest
- 3 Dates & Prices
- 4 Cycling Souvenirs
- 5 Pyrenees Cycling Stories
- 6 Client Reviews (Pyrenees)
[2020 Example] The tour includes 9 unforgettable cycling stages taking in the best of northern Spain and southern France. Cycle the routes made famous by the professionals! During 2020 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?
Daily Tour Overview
Day 1 – Sleep well in a 16C Monastery
From Barcelona we drive to Alquezar where we will set up the bikes. You will warm up on an undulating route which takes in some breathtaking scenery passing two beautiful reservoirs. The 60km route takes us to 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.
Distance: 60km / Meals: Dinner Included / Sleep: Boltaña (Spain)
Day 2 – Gorge cycling at its best
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.
Distance: 90km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Boltaña (Spain)
Day 3 – Bonjour to the French Pyrenees
Today includes the first ride on the French side of the Pyrenees. The ride on offer is a classic Tour de France route linking St Lary Soulan with Bagneres du Luchon. These towns play a vital part in Le Tour and today you will climb Col d’Azet. Spectacular views are on offer from all vantage points! From here everyone will enjoy the sweeping descent down to Arreau and some flat kilometres through to St Lary. With mountains to climb in four directions it is the perfect base for road cyclists!
Distance: 90km / Meals: B’fast & Dinner Incl / Sleep: Saint Lary (France)
Day 4 – Pedal power up to Cap d’Long dam
For those looking for a rest then today is the perfect chance to recuperate before tomorrow´s attack on the Col du Tourmalet. Why not visit the town markets in St Lary Soulan and enjoy a long lunch!
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). 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. Anyone who has decided to rest up today should seriously consider joining us in the support vehicles for our picnic lunch in this beautiful landscape!
Distance: Rest Day or 70km / Meals: B’fast Incl. / Sleep: Saint Lary (France)
Day 5 – Col du Tourmalet & its TDF history
A route for the cycling purists – a double climb ride straight from the TDF route book! Ancizan is one of our favourite valleys with green lush pastures and it is a pure delight descending down to the road joining Col d’Aspin. From here the descending continues down to the base of the Tourmalet.
Col du Tourmalet is a 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.
Distance: 100km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Incl. / Sleep: Argeles Gazost
Day 6 – Ride the Argeles valley bike path
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%. 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. Those who want to then attempt Hautacam will be free to do so!
Distance: 50 or 80km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Argeles Gazost
Day 7 – Cliff hugging roads to 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. This afternoon there will be a 2hr van transfer into Navarra province and now we are back in the Spanish Pyrenees!
Distance: 90km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Isaba (Spain)
Day 8 – Riding in Miguel Indurain territory
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!
Distance: 85km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Isaba (Spain)
Day 9 – San Sebastian bound
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. Tonight we celebrate in style along San Sebastian’s famous Concha Beach and medieval old town! If you need any assistance with post-tour Basque Coutnry planning feel free to ask us.
Distance: 85km / Meals: B’fast & Dinner Incl. / Sleep: San Sebastian (Spain)
Day 10 – Now time for our C2C riders to rest
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 good train connections from San Sebastian or many airport connections from nearby Bilbao.
Meals: Breakfast included
Dates & Prices
|Dates||2021 dates subject to Covid-19|
|Duration||9 nights / 10 days|
|Price (per person)||3450€ (twin share)|
|Single Room Supplement||600€|
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