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If you don't climb the mountain...

You can't enjoy the view!

Cycle the Pyrénées -

Awe-inspiring, epic proportions.

The Pyrénées...

The mountains for Climbing Connoisseurs!

Road Cycling at its most iconic.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the French Pyrénées.

Views forever

A ride to remember

Challenge yourself

Live the dream ...

Iconic Climbs Pyrénées Challenge

AUD $6990 Price
10 days / 9 nights Duration
Level

1 Roo:
I’m relatively fit and comfortable on the bike and happiest on mild gradients or the flat.

2 Roo’s:
I regularly ride for fitness, dry days I ride to work, and weekend fun with friends. I enjoy an active healthy lifestyle and occasional physical challenges.

3 Roo’s:
Fitness and health is my life. I ride regularly on a weekly basis with mates and am comfortable with rides of around 4 hours at a relatively strong pace.

4 Roo’s:
I ride on average 250 + k’s a week and enjoy a 100k rides on the weekends. I love to train, improve, and sometimes challenge amongst my friends.

5 Roo’s:
Riding is my life! I’m not interested in racing, I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I love the challenge and the idea of where my legs and bike can take me. My friends and I are always looking for the next cycling adventure.

Want to know more about the VéloRoo Roo levels?

Tour Statistics

60km Av. daily distance
475km Total distance
1958m Av. daily elevation

VéloRoo’s Pyrénées Iconic Climbs Challenge is about experiencing the moment with incredible bike riding amidst the Haute Pyrenees. Discover two magnificent areas rich with cycling monuments, hidden local favourites and World Heritage listed areas of outstanding natural beauty ...

Cycling Tour Highlights

  • Bucket list Pyrenees climbs,
  • Col d’Aspin, Col de Peyresourde, Col du Portet , plus more, then change locations ….
  • Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque, Col de Soulor, Luz Ardiden,
  • PLUS the climbs the locals favour,
  • early June Tour – Montée du Géant festival,
  • late September / October Tour – Autumn Colours,
  • Avoid the peak tourist season.

Our Spring Pyrénées Challenge marks the official opening of the Pyrénées in early June for the summer cycling season.

The “Montée du Géant” festival is a celebration of cycling, endeavour and history, as you take part in the procession that returns Le Géant to his summer home, the summit of the Col du Tourmalet.

Our Autumn Pyrénées Challenge in late September / early October takes you on a cycling tour of the stunning Pyrénéan autumn colours. The inspiring landscapes are highlighted with the incredible clarity that the autumn light offers; burnt oranges, vivid reds and lively yellows of this romantic season. With an invigorating chill to the air, riding the Pyrénées in autumn is pure bliss. 

By holidaying in the Pyrénées during early June and late September, you avoid the busy traffic that comes with the July / August peak summer season.

Imagine quiet roads, punctuated by the occasional cow bell or local sheep herders and their flocks, allowing you to soak up the idyllic French serenity. You can be sure that after your VéloRoo Pyrénées Challenge, you will have stories and memories of a lifetime.

Cycling Tour Inclusions

Pyrénées Iconic Climbs Challenge includes:

  • Small group specialists
  • approx group size of 9 riders so you get premium support
  • Fully supported rides
  • Vehicle support by owner / operator Julia
  • Ride guiding by owner / operator Steve,
  • PLUS our very special ride guide –  2 times Olympian cyclist and all round great guy – Neil Martin 
  • Performance Road Bike Hire included
  • Accommodation – 9 nights twin share (single supplement available)
  • only change locations once!
  • All breakfasts,
  • All lunches,
  • All dinners,
  • pick up from Tarbes train station or airport
  • drop off at Lourdes train station
  • European made VeloRoo Cycling Jersey,
  • Cycling kits washed daily (and not by you in your bathroom sink!)
  • You just turn up and ride, EVERYTHING is taken care of,
  • Non-Cyclists – options available!
  • Live, Laugh, Ride…

Don’t have enough time? – Option to spilt the tour and do either – Part 1 (4 nights based from St Lary $3420) or Part 2 (5 nights based from Luz Saint Sauveur $4280)

Can’t get enough cycling? – Option to start with our 5 night Girona Tour then head to the Pyrenees with us.

We recognise the increased uncertainty that the current COVID situation may be causing in planning your future trips. To help you book with confidence, we are offering a modified cancellation policy : until the situation has stabilised , we will be offering 100% refund on deposits for cancellations made more than 2 months prior to your tour start date. Cancellations made after that date – due to COVID Restrictions – you will be able to move to a future tour.

Ready to ride? VeloRoo can make your dream escape a reality

AUD $6990
10% early bird discount available prior to Jan 31st 2022

per person twin share

Single supplement additional $330

Pyrénées Iconic Climbs Challenge

A word from our clients

Don’t take our word for it - here's some comments from happy VeloRoovians

Pyrenees Autumn Challenge
Just came back from the dream vacation with VeloRoo doing the October Pyreness Challenge 2019, and it still feels like a dream! A great friend of mine did the July Pyreness/South of France, and spoke highly of the experience and had no doubt that I would love the route and the VeloRoo experience knowing me and my riding attitude.

It turned out to be better than what I could have asked for. Pre-trip, Julia was super responsive and helpful in providing all the trip information. She also went above and beyond to help find travel logistics on transporting from different parts of Europe to the meeting point of the Pyreness ride. It’s like a Genie helping you find alternatives and solutions on making a trip work! It is really good to be assisted and informed.

We had an intimate group like CyclingStealth11 pointed out, riders from quite a few countries and two non riders. Everyone was a bit anxious about the toughness and possibly other riders being super competitive. It was a relief that with Captain Steve and Neil’s lead, we really focused on “enjoying the climb and view”. The views around Pyreness was just amazing! Every climb is scenic, but scenic in a different way! Steve would pointed out the spots not to miss, I was so thankful when other riders would just stop, and take pictures of the spectacular view! We sing, we laughed, we made jokes, and we climbed (oh and we coffee break, too). We followed Neil like little fans asking of stories. Great hearing everyone’s stories along the way as well! These are special friendships made, that I would like to keep! : ) I already want to go back already while typing these out.

The food and accomodation was great, too! It was nice getting to taste the local specialty. I love being able to try and learn of the local, and embrace the friendliness of the local people from Pyreness area. It is a very unique experience. My mom joined us from Taiwan as a non-rider. She got to see the sights we rode, stopped at great viewing point, and also had a special hike with aforager. This was a special experience to mom at Pyreness even off the bike! Thank you, Julia and Steve for making this work for mom!

Who should consider VeloRoo?
- If you are looking for a great cycling vacation experience that is a little bit more budget friendly
- If you are cool with fully enjoying the view, letting go the baggage, speed, and stats
- If you like an awesome guide, who is more like your family (brother) rather than a scripted tour guide
- If you are not a good planner like me, and can get some help from the amazing Julia
- If you want to have the down to earth local experience, not fancy masseuse/racing crews or personal chef following you

There are also options of routes to consider! So find a route that suits you, and don’t be shy to send the email for more information. It will be an amazing experience whichever VeloRoo tours you decided! Speaking from my earnest experience. : )Oct 2019
Recently returned from attending the October ’19 Pyrenees Challenge cycling trip with VeloRoo. The entire experience far exceeded my expectations and turned out to be the trip of lifetime.

The scheduled rides (Tourmalet, D’Espagne, Aubisque, Solour, Tentes, Luz Ardiden) were well planned, well supported and unbelievably picturesque. Steve and Neil were great, safety-conscious guides who knew the terrain and local coffee shops/restaurants very well allowing us to focus on the climbing and taking in the beautiful landscape along the routes. Steve’s friendly and funny disposition, along with his underrated singing talents 😊, kept the tone of each ride refreshingly light and non-competitive as did the occasional picture and refueling stop.

The hired bike was relatively new and well maintained with appropriate gearing and brakes for the steep terrain. Supplied kit and helmet were of high quality also. Our accommodations in Luz St. Sauveur were very comfortable and conveniently located in close proximity to local restaurants, pubs, shopping and of course iconic climbs (Tourmalet Km 0 was a two minute walk from our hotel). Meals at local restaurants were very good-excellent and had several pre-selected menu options that usually featured three courses and included wine.
At our trip’s conclusion Julia and Steve distributed pics and thoughtfully edited videos of each of our cycling days which are awesome keepsakes and memories. These memories, and the friends gained, made this trip exceptionally satisfying. I am already looking forward to my next cycling holiday with Steve, Neil and Julia and highly recommend VeloRoo to any serious cycling enthusiast who is looking for a friendly, well organized and reasonably priced trip.Oct 2019