Cycling Holidays Pyrenees Independent
We welcome independent cyclists who want to use our accommodation and great location as a base for their cycling holiday. Many of our cycling guests want to follow in the tracks of the Tour de France, climbing the famous Cols and dropping down the exhilarating switch backs, past grazing sheep, snowy peaks and through sleepy villages.
From Barèges – following in the tracks of the Tour de France
Situated on the classic ” Tour de France” route, Barèges sits below the legendary “Col du Tourmalet” – one of the most memorable Pyrenean climbs of the Tour. The descent down the Col du Tourmalet to the village is an incredible 865m, but it doesn’t stop there. Another exhilarating drop of around 400m takes you to the historic tourist town of Luz St-Sauveur, well known for its thermal baths, fortified Templars church and massive ice-creams.
From Luz there are three further fantastic Pyrenees cycling routes. Climb South to the incredible “Cirque de Gavarnie” at the Spanish frontier, West on the Luz-Ardiden ski road past lovely stone villages and ancient watermills, or descend North through the narrow Pierrefitte gorge beside the roaring “Gave de Pau” river.
On your way to the magnificent spa town of Argeles-Gazost there is an optional ascent to the Hautacam ski station. This is a challenging climb through pretty perched villages and with panoramic views into the Argeles basin. From Argeles the Tour route continues into the beautiful “Val d’Azun”, with its rolling pasture and flower-filled villages. The climb takes you 7km at an average gradient of 8%, to the “Col de Soulor” at 1474m. From the col you can re-descend to the town of Argeles, via the “Col de Spandelles” and the wild Bergons valley, or continue by the “Col d’Aubisque” via the ski station of Gourette into the neighbouring department of Béarn.
Other options for road biking in the Pyrenees
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