Hard
Difficulty
8 Nights
Duration
Pyrenees – France and Spain
Location
Velo Peloton – Pyrenees Coast to Coast. – 3 and 4-star accommodation.
7 days riding – Average of 100km per day with the option to add on extra km each day.
Saturday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 30th, 2019.
Collection and return to airport or train station, near the start and finish.
8 nights b&b and evening meal.
Full route guiding and broom wagon support.
Luggage transfer.
7 days cycling across the Pyrenees through France and Spain from Saint Jean de Luz to Argelés-sur-Mer.
We will average 100km per day using quiet back-roads where possible and will also climb some of the mighty cols of the Tour de France.
Ride the whole route or take a lift on the parts you want to miss.
Price €1890 for 2 sharing or €2190 for a single room.
Booking request: paddy@velopeloton.com

Make sure your bike is fully serviced before travelling. Riding in the mountains is hard on the rider and on the bike. If there is a weakness, the mountains will find it.

The tour is accompanied by a fully qualified bike mechanic. The mechanic carries some basic spares such as tyres, tubes, brake pads cables, chains, etc.

Take your saddle bag with basic tools for any minor repairs on the road.

Fit new tires and brakes.

Wheels with a carbon braking surface are not recommended for riding in the mountains.

Do not leave anything in bike boxes that you will need during the week. When bike boxes go in the van, I would like them to stay there.

You will see me many times per day but you need to have an attitude of self-reliance just in case. Put a small bag in the front of the van with anything you may need during the day, food, change of shirt or socks, sun cream, etc. Searching through a suitcase in a storm at 2000m is not fun.

Take a small rain jacket with you each day. This is essential; you will need it for descending. If you get caught in a thunderstorm without it, you will be in big trouble.

Mountains make their own weather and anything can happen. You need to pack a range of cycling clothing for all weathers. You may experience all weathers on the same day. I have seen temperatures go from 38c and sunny to 4c and snow in about 5 minutes. That was in July.

I will provide everyone with a Michelin map with the route marked. There will be 3 maps to cover the entire route.

Allow approx. €20 for lunch each day. I will give you recommendations each day.

Price €1890 per person for 2 sharing a twin room or €2190 for a single room.
Booking request: paddy@velopeloton.com
All bookings for tours require a €200 deposit. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance must be paid 1 month before the trip.
Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance before making the payment.

Day 1 – Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Arrive Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Prepare your bikes and take a short cycle to ensure that all is well.
Dinner will be at 19:30 or 20:00 each evening. We will have a route meeting in bar 30 minutes before.

Day 2 – Sunday 23rd June 2019

Breakfast at 08:00
Le Grand Depart at the seafront at 09:00
Saint Jean de Luz – Barcus 128km.

Cols:

Col de Saint Ignace 157m http://app.strava.com/segments/1835853
Porto de Ostendo 577m http://app.strava.com/segments/1921613
Porto de Izpegui 676m http://app.strava.com/segments/832240
Col Landerre 1070m http://app.strava.com/segments/2194514

Total distance: 117543 m
Max elevation: 1096 m
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Day 3 – Monday 24th June 2019

Breakfast at 08:00
Depart 09:00

Barcus – Pierrefitte-Nestalas 125km

Cols:

Col de Marie Blanque 1047m http://app.strava.com/segments/615097

Col d’Aubisque 1709m http://app.strava.com/segments/1671042

Col du Soulor 1475m Only a bump.

Col des Borderes 1057m (Optional) http://app.strava.com/segments/631106

Total distance: 110204 m
Max elevation: 1713 m
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Day 4 – Tuesday 25th June 2019

Breakfast 08:00
Depart 09:00

Pierrefitte-Nestalas – Bagnéres de Luchon 107km – Very hard day.

Cols:

Col du Tourmalet 2115m https://app.strava.com/segments/847948 http://app.strava.com/segments/2339796

Col d’Aspin 1489m http://app.strava.com/segments/2367

Col de Peyresourde 1567m http://app.strava.com/segments/2369

Total distance: 107817 m
Max elevation: 2137 m
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Day 5 – Wednesday 26th June 2019

Breakfast at 08:00
Depart 09:00

Bagnéres de Luchon – Saint-Girons 77km – Easy day.

Cols:

Col de Mente 1349m http://app.strava.com/segments/613955

Col de Portet d’Aspet 1069m http://app.strava.com/segments/613956

Total distance: 77292 m
Max elevation: 1368 m
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Day 6 – Thursday 27th June 2019

Breakfast 08:00
Depart 09:00 Saint

Girons – Ax Les Thermes 98km

Cols:

Col de Port 1249m http://app.strava.com/segments/1635165

Pas de Souloumbri 937m http://app.strava.com/segments/2245723

Route des Corniches 1065m Descent to Ax

Total distance: 99338 m
Max elevation: 1434 m
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Day 7 – Friday 28th June 2019

Breakfast at 08:00
Depart 09:00

Ax-les-Thermes – Molitg-les-Bains 95km

Cols:

Port de Pailhéres 2001m http://app.strava.com/segments/620030

Col de Jau 1513m http://app.strava.com/segments/622762