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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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Did the South of France Vendange tour with a customised ride before (Mediterranean coast) and after (Mt Ventoux), which Steve and Julia arranged for us. Steve has some great routes off the beaten track with Julia and their dog Chien Noir nearby in the support car. The bikes were good quality and well maintained, perfect for both the rural back roads as well as the HC climbs. Catering was excellent - lucky we were riding to work off those calories as the food and wine were awesome - whether dinner at home/in the B&B or out in a restaurant. Lunches consisted of wholesome French restaurant meals or gourmet picnic out and about. Steve makes sure everyone finishes the ride whether with motivating songs riding alongside or useful tips to conserve energy and to get the best out of the bike. There were also many little surprises along the way. Looking forward planning my next trip with Veloroo!Took South of France Cycling Tour in Sept 2018
The full package and the most generous of hosts for our first ever cycling tour. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional. The bikes are top notch and immaculately maintained. The rides were wonderful and well adjusted to our experience, interests and fitness, with helpful coaching and guidance from Steve. The scenery was amazing - only bettered by the food and wine which was superb! Julia and Steve - thanks for the singing and the laughs. Hope to be back soon.Took South of France Cycling Tour in May 2018