Iconic Climbs Pyrenees Challenge Itinerary

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Friday

Arrival Day. Transfers will be available after lunch from Lourdes Train Station at designated times. Lourdes can be accessed by TGV train from Paris or train from Pau (closest airport) and other major destinations. Contact us for help planning your travel details.

Useful links to help plan your trip
Rome2rio – general overview of travel
Train – SNCF

Transfer time of approx 40 mins drive to our hotel in the quaint centrally located mountain village of Luz Saint Sauveur. Our hotel is in the historic centre of town alongside the fortified “Eglise des Templiers” providing easy access to all the iconic climbs and Kilometre 0 start of the infamous climb of the Col du Tourmalet.

Upon arrival we will get you set up on your VéloRoo bike and then head out on our first ride.

Luz Ardiden

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30km return
Elevation gain 1100m
Max elevation 1723m
Climbs – 1 Cat 1

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It might only be 30 kilometres, but there is some serious climbing to be had to reach the summit of the Ski Station and numerous TDF finishes that is Luz Ardiden. Shaded for the first part, you arrive at the bottom of the open area in sight of the summit. Each switchback offers a new view of the towering mountains from a higher level.

Already we will have so much to share over our first evening meal together!

Meals Included – Dinner

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Saturday

Col du Tourmalet

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53km return
Elevation gain 2150m
Max elevation 2120m
Climbs – 1 HC,1 Cat 2, 1 Cat 5

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The Iconic of all Iconic TDF climbs. While so many stories have been written about the “grand daddy” of climbs, today it is your turn to scribe your own story into the history pages of the Tourmalet’s slopes. The climb from either side is challenging, with spectacular views along the route. Both sides provide 1,000 meters plus of elevation, while not offering a single kilometre of level relief. “Assassins” is what was shouted to the TDF organisers by Octave Lapize on the first Tour de France crossing of the Col du Tourmalet in 1910, and it is he who is immortalised as the “Geant de Tourmalet” welcoming you at the summit.

Our June tour co-incides with the local “Montée du Géant” festival.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Ride Snacks / Lunch / Dinner

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Sunday

Pont d’Espagne

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59km return
Elevation gain 1742m
Max elevation 1530m
Climbs – 1 Cat 1, 1 Cat 3

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Todays ride follows the final kilometres of 3 previous Tour de France stages. However we will continue past the finish line where the road kicks up as we climb to Pont d’Espagne, one of the Grand Sites de Midi-Pyrenees. Here we pack the bikes, change into our walking shoes and soak up the sites to be explored in this pristine environment. This is alpine nature at its best, in Spring, we are surrounded by snow peaked mountains and alpine lakes and rivers, so perfect they hardly seem real. With a couple of cafe options in the park, our post ride espresso will be one you will never forget.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Ride Snacks / Packed lunch / Dinner

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Monday

Col de Soulor / Col d’Aubisque / Col des Borderes

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96km return
Elevation gain 3010m
Max elevation 1717m
Climbs – 1 Cat 1, 2 Cat 2, 1 Cat 3, 1 Cat 5

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It’s been described as the most beautiful road in Europe. Stunning. Awe inspiring. A TDF Monument. Col d’Aubisque is all of these things and more. We have created a route that pays homage to the classic ascent via the Col du Solour, but added the challenging Col des Bordères for extra colour on the return. This is a day in the saddle to remember, 96 kilometres will never be the same again. 3 TDF col’s in the one ride, each with it’s own character and beauty.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Ride Snacks / Lunch / Dinner

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Tuesday

Col des Tentes

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60km return
Elevation gain 1840m
Max elevation 2210m
Climbs – 1 HC
30km at av 5%

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Todays ride is in the direction of the Spanish border and a region listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The steady climbing route takes us along the gorge, it’s river full of massive rocks, a result of previous slides from the dramatic peaks we are surrounded by and a reminder of the harshness of the beauty surrounding us. Once through a couple of delightful mountain villages, our climb starts in earnest. A sinuous climb on good road surfaces, the higher we climb the more open the terrain, the average gradient kicks up to 8%. Col des Tentes is simply most incredible climb you have never heard of but will never forget. On top of that, it will be the highest altitude we reach this week – another 2,000 m plus high summit. An incredible chapter to close your Pyrénéan story.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Ride Snacks / Lunch / Dinner

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Wednesday

Departure.

This morning, after breakfast, we will transfer you to Lourdes Train Station for your ongoing journey.

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