Cycling Holidays Pyrenees Weekend
Long weekend guided cycling
Come to Tour de France country and spend a long weekend cycling the classic cols based on the Tour de France itinerary and previous Tour routes taking in the classic cols of the Pyrenees.
This trip is aimed at keen cyclists who want to experience the exhilaration of riding the classic cols for themselves. It is ideal for those short on time or those who want to take their road biking to the next level. You’ll be doing mountain climbs of over 1000m and cycling up to 98km in one day; knowing that you will be coming back to the excellent Hotel du Tourmalet and a three-course evening meal cooked by its resident French chef.
Our long weekend cycling is a supported holiday, with a MountainBug guide to show you the routes and provide road support; all you have to do is cycle.
Where you’ll be based
For this mini-break, you’ll be based either in MountainBug’s home, the mountain village of Barèges or in Luz st Sauveur. These villages are well-known to cyclists as a staging post before the legendary Col du Tourmalet (the highest road pass in the French Pyrenees at 2115m) and other classic Cols in the area such as Luz Ardiden, Apsin, Soulor, Gavarnie Col des Tentes, Troumouse and Aubisque.
What does the price include?
The price is per person, based on two people sharing an ensuite room. It includes:
- Two and a half days of guided/vehicle supported cycling
- Storage for your bikes.
The price does not include airport transfers or cycle hire.
We offer airport transfers from Lourdes airport (for 30 € per person return) and can carry bikes and their boxes but we do need to know in advance. We also have an arrangement with a local taxi firm who, with advance notice, can do other airport transfers including bike boxes. Please enquire about prices.
Other options for a Pyrenees road biking holiday
Saturday – arrival, then Barèges > Luz-Ardiden, 1680m
This was the Tour de France stage finish in 2011. It’s a short, but tough ride taking in a mountain top finish – a stiff climb with great views.
We’ll leave straight after lunch and head downhill from Barèges, through Luz St-Sauveur and then begin the climb up the Luz-Ardiden.
At 1680m, this 2011 stage finish, is a short, sharp ride but an excellent introduction to road cycling here in the French High Pyrenees. You’ll cover approximately 44 km this afternoon.
Sunday – Barèges > Hautacam > Villelongue
Today you will cycle a 60km circuit, enjoying the mountain foothills of the Hautacam valley. The Tour passes through here every few years.
We’ll leave straight after breakfast, so you can head down the mountain, following the passage of the river as you head out of the valley.
After enjoying some relative flat, we then begin our 1635m climb at Hautacam, then heading back via the village of Villelongue.
This day has a variety of terrain for you to enjoy and allows you to trace some of the famous Tour routes coming in to the Vallee de Barèges.
Monday – The classic Tourmalet circuit
Today’s classic route follows part of the 2008 Etape and Tour de France route.It’s a great ride through stunning scenery.
For your last day, we leave Barèges to tackle the classic circuit of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, taking in the best-known climb of them all – the Col du Tourmalet.
You’ll do the 2115m climb up to the top of the Col du Tourmalet and then enjoy the descent. With 98km cycling to do today, your last day with us will be one to remember.
Accommodation is provided Monday night before your departure on Tuesday.
Cycling dates & prices
The highest Cols (Passes), such as the Tourmalet are usually open from mid to late June, as the snows clear, with the lowers passes open from May time. Conditions remain good until Mid Ocotber, cycling in the mountains in mid-summer is also not a problem with the altitude giving natural cooling the higher and harder you push. We are a great base for many of the classic passes such as Tourmalet, Apsin, Luz, Ardiden, Col d’Aspin, Cols du Soulor and Aubisque etc.
We also offer bespoke cycling holidays, where we can tailor-make an itinerary for a group of 4 or more. These dates aren’t advertised as it depends when you’d like to come, so please contact us for more details.
Local bike hire costs from around 120€ per week.
Other options for road biking in the french PryeneesChoose your cycling holiday dates, then contact us to book or for more information.