Montée du Géant – Bringing a cycling icon home

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When it comes to cycling few nations are more steeped in history than France. For over a century the world turns to France every July to watch the worlds biggest sporting event, the Tour de France. When it comes to cycling icons, the fearsome Col du Tourmalet’s “Le Géant” is one of the most recognised of cycling monuments.


“Le Géant” welcomes all riders who challenge themselves to the summit of Col du Tourmalet. Locally he’s known as Octave le Géant as he was created in memory of the first rider to summit the mighty Tourmalet during the 1910 Tour de France, Octave Lapize. Octave was quite a character, on summiting the Tourmalet he screamed at the TdF organisers “You are Assassins!”.

Underpinning all of VéloRoo’s tours are authentic and unique events showcasing a cultural heritage ingrained within the communities for generations. Unpolished by commercialism, these events display a passion and enthusiasm that come from genuine celebration.

If you are a cycling connoisseur who loves climbing and is looking for a unique event you will love VéloRoo’s Iconic Climbs Pyrénées Challenge. Accompanying “Le Géant” on his annual pilgrimage home to his summer base will be the best way to finish off a week riding the best climbs the Pyrénées has to offer.

Despite his bulk of 300 kg Octave le Géant gets moved to a valley home for the winter. His ascension to his rightful home atop the col du Tourmalet’s summit is a celebration marking the opening of the Tourmalet for the summer.

So if you seek the ultimate Pyrénéan cycling experience, enquire now!

Bookings of 2 or more, confirmed by the 20th April, will receive a 10% discount!

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For us, the tour was a perfect balance of challenging cycling in spectacular scenery and enjoying the local sights, delicious food and wine. Steve and Julia went 'above-and -beyond' to tailor the tour to the needs and interests of our group which included spending an extra day before the tour to ride around their home village of St Genies de Fontedit. Steve was a friendly, hospitable and enthusiastic cycling guide and Julia was superbly reliable and organised - always in the right place at the right time in the support van with refreshments, extra jackets (or a lift home).
We would highly recommend VeloRoo for a cycling holiday!Took Iconic Climbs Pyrénées Challenge in June 2017
Live, laugh, ride ... et manger. I love to ride, I love to laugh and I love to eat. This was a week of living!! Every ride was spectacular. The scenery was amazing. Julia and Steve assisted in an awesome week of experiencing all the magnificent aspects of riding in France. Their local knowledge made the difference to ensure we had an exceptional experience. Merci beaucoup mes amis!Took South of France Cycling Tour in July 2017