- 1 Tour Description
- 2 Daily Tour Overview
- 2.1 Day 1 – Barcelona to the pre-Pyrenees
- 2.2 Day 2 – Andorra the sleeping giant
- 2.3 Day 3 – Cycling through Catalonia
- 2.4 Day 4 – Bienvenue to France and Le Tour
- 2.5 Day 5 – Midi Pyrenees: the soul of the TDF
- 2.6 Day 6 – TDF Stage 19: a ride out of the Pyrenees
- 2.7 Day 7 – Time to tackle the Tourmalet
- 2.8 Day 8 – Paris and the Champs-Elysees
- 2.9 Day 9 – Au Revoir
- 3 Dates & Prices
- 4 Cycling Souvenirs
- 5 Tour de France Cycling Stories
- 6 Client Reviews (Tour de France)
2022 TDF – Pyrenees cycling – Spain, Andorra & FRANCE!
OPEN FOR BOOKINGS – The heart and soul of the Pyrenees is captured in this cycling tour which spans the final week of the 2022 Tour de France. There are highlights at every corner with a number of big climbs from Andorra, Spain and France to get you clicking through the gears. It is a compact itinerary which sees only 200km separate all three cycling meccas:
Andorra: Coll de la Rabassa (2025m) / Coll de la Gallina (1910m)
Spain: Port de Canto (1725m) / Port de la Bonaigua (2072m) / Col de Portillon
France: Peyragudes / Col d’Aubisque (1709m) / Col du Tourmalet (2115m)
The excitement of the world’s biggest bike race is on show with four key stages including summit finishes, stage starts and mid-race cols. The Sierra crew will also chaperone you through to Paris to witness the amazing closing scenes of the 2022 TDF on the Champs-Elysees!
Daily Tour Overview
Day 1 – Barcelona to the pre-Pyrenees
We will be available to collect you from Hotel Grums, Barcelona at 9am. In the vans there will be a 2hr transfer to the heart of the Cadi-Moixero national park. This is a favourite for Catalan mountain lovers as you too will soon appreciate! After some time to prepare the bikes and a bite for lunch in a typical small village the adventure will begin.
The Cadi-Moixero range is actually part of the Pre-Pyrenees and its limestone geology and abrupt relief resembles the Italian Dolomites. Our cycling route will follow the southern face of this emblematic Catalonian natural reserve. They are a very proud lot the Catalonians and here you will have cycled one of their truly symbolic mountains!
The ride finishes on the steps of our hotel in La Seu d’Urgell. La Seu is only 10km from the border with Andorra. We have selected a quality hotel for the first 2 nights on tour. The Parador hotel label is a uniquely Spanish concept. They are high-quality, state run hotels that are based in some of the country’s most amazing, unusual and historic buildings.
Distance: 50km (850m elevation gain) / Meals: Dinner Included / Sleep: La Seu (Spain)
Day 2 – Andorra the sleeping giant
The Tour de France first visited Andorra back in 1964 and the road cycling phenomena started to gain momentum. Andorra, the country within the Pyrenees, is currently called home to around fifty of the male pro-peloton. Many editions of the TDF and Vuelta (Tour of Spain) have finished within the boundaries of this small province. There is hardly a flat metre so expect a chainsaw profile ride today. What goes up must come down and we have selected the best and quietest descents for you to enjoy.
Feel free to choose only one of the categorised climbs on offer today or go all out and tackle the double; Coll de la Rabassa (last used as the 2018 Vuelta Stage 19 summit finish) and Coll de la Gallina (2019 Vuelta Stage 9 finish).
Coll de la Rabassa: 17.0km at 6.6% average grade
Coll de la Gallina: 11.5km at 8.5% average grade
Spectacular scenery and jaw dropping mountains are calling!
Distance: 80km (2250m elevation gain) / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: La Seu (Spain)
Day 3 – Cycling through Catalonia
Two classic Spanish climbs are available today Port del Canto and Port de la Bonaigua. The route actually follows the reverse of Stage 9 of the 2016 Tour de France. Tom Dumoulin won that day as the race moved from Spain to Andorra.
In Catalan, ‘Bonaigua’ means Good Water and the climb is initially characterised by fast flowing rivers with many whitewater specialists and later by green fields and encompassing mountain peaks. As the climb nears the summit the valley narrows and a dozen or more of tight switchbacks shoot you to the top. From the summit the big views continue as the silhouette of the French Pyrenees are now only a stone’s throw away.
Tonight you will spend a final night in Spain as our hotel is tucked away only 30km from the French border. A historic Parador hotel again awaits. This time we have a gem from the Aranesa architecture style. The stone-built mansion from the 14th & 15th Century also includes a small fortified tower and chapel.
The delicacies of the region will also be on-show with trout and grilled vegetables, wild boar stew, crepes filled with apple compote and Catalan style crème brulee all available.
Distance: 65/115km (1400/2500m elevation gain) / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Vielha (Spain)
Day 4 – Bienvenue to France and Le Tour
Today we ride into France to witness the Stage 17 finish of the 2022 Tour de France live. The Peyragudes ski station was last used during the 2018 TDF. The pro-riders must take on multiple climbs before arriving at the finish so this will be a key stage before Paris. We will arrive from ‘Luchon’ which means we first take on the famous Col de Peyresourde before veering off for Peyragudes. The 14.9km at 6.7% average grade is a good test over this col which continues to be a Tour de France staple. For those of you with a sweet tooth you might even decide to taste test the famous crepes at the top of Col de Peyresourde!
After watching the race fireworks on the final ramps up to the ski station there will be a 1.5hr transfer to Lourdes which is the home of tomorrow’s Stage 18 stage start.
Distance: 70km (1650m elevation gain) / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Lourdes (France)
Day 5 – Midi Pyrenees: the soul of the TDF
Le Tour departs only walking distance from our hotel today. There might be some in the group who would like to take advantage of the race atmosphere and enjoy a rest day. There have already been some big mountain climbs through Spain, Andorra and France to contend with. For those keen to pedal-on a memorable ride starts with a 20km cruise on a designated bike path. The path follows some of the only flat countryside to be found in the Pyrenees. It is the perfect warm-up to the Col du Soulor/Aubisque double.
The back road climb to Soulor is something we love sharing with our clients. Now you are cycling through the heart of the Midi-Pyrenees! After 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 none other! On reaching Aubisque take some time to soak up your great achievement and enjoy some fun photos with the giant TDF inspired bikes found at the summit! The Col d´Aubisque climb has been passed almost 50 times during the Tour de France making it the second most used climb in race history.
There are numerous options for viewing the race today including the stage 18 start, mid-race summit or a vibrant French township. The weather at altitude can be fickle in this region so we will assess on the day.
Distance: Rest Day or 100km (2000m elevation gain) / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Lourdes (France)
Day 6 – TDF Stage 19: a ride out of the Pyrenees
After already collecting a long list of cols, today will be a reprieve as our ride heads out of the mountains. It will be important to have ‘good legs’ for tomorrow on the Tourmalet! Stage 19 of the 2022 Tour de France begins in Castelnau-Magnoac and we have a fabulous route in-store. The ride begins within dense forest and later passes castles and fields with spectacular views back to the mountains.
On arrival to the TDF race village there will be time to visit your favourite team bus and watch on as the professionals warm-up for the stage. The small town will be ‘all dressed up’ for Le Tour so it will be hard not to get excited by this grand bike race. As the race rolls on we have a 1hr transfer back to the Pyrenees as we still have some unfinished business to attend to!
Distance: 90km (1000m elevation gain) / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Argeles (France)
Day 7 – Time to tackle the Tourmalet
For many we will have saved the best for last! Our hotel is located right at the entrance of ´Gorges de Luz´. This is a 10km section of road steeped in Tour de France history as it connects the Aubisque and Tourmalet climbs. You will ride the impressive gorge road all the way to the base of the Tourmalet.
Col du Tourmalet is a tough climb (19km) with an average grade of 7.3% from the western approach. It is stepped in history as it was the first difficult mountain pass when introduced back in the 1910 race edition. A highlight for everyone is greeting the giant structure (Geant) dedicated to Octave Lapize who was the first cyclist to cross the Tourmalet during the TDF over a century ago!
The final 10km of the climb include epic mountain views all around. Be sure to leave something in the tank as the final two kilometres are the most difficult and the final switchback and >10% ramp will make you earn it! After the compulsory group and individual photos at the summit (now the highest point on tour) you will cruise back down to Luz St Sauveur. Take some speed off this descent as you will want to take in the incredible views!
Tonight we would like to share with you a tour dinner at elevation. It is time to celebrate what has been a big week of cycling in the Pyrenees!
Distance: 70/115km (1650/3000m elevation gain) / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Argeles (France)
Day 8 – Paris and the Champs-Elysees
Today the Tour de France finishes on the emblematic Champs-Elysees. Following breakfast we will have you on the fast train to Paris. With an early afternoon arrival there will be plenty of time to prepare for the twilight race finish. It is always an excellent atmosphere as cycling enthusiasts from all over the world join in on the festivities. To finish things off let’s go out in style with a farewell dinner in the heart of Paris!
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Paris (France)
Day 9 – Au Revoir
This morning our team will be available to organise a complimentary transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport with arrival by 11:00am. If you plan to stay-on in Paris and need help with additional nights please let us know.
[The option also exists to continue on from Paris to witness the first TDF Femmes race in over 30 years!]
Meals: Breakfast included
Dates & Prices
|Dates||17 – 25 July 2022|
|Duration||8 nights / 9 days|
|Price (per person)||3650€ (twin share)|
(Carbon, Shimano 105, Compact, 11/32)
|Single Room Supplement||650€|
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