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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Don’t take our word for it - discover why our cycling adventurists have fallen in love with the Occitanie Region of Southern France and the VeloRoo way.

Exceptional - great service, great bikes, great ride. Steve and Julia were fantastic. Did two days of riding and couldn't fault the experience. Steve is obsessed with quality kit....bikes were superb. Will be back next year for more.Took Guided Day Rides in France in Aug 2017
How does gourmet food, French wine and cycling through some amazingly beautiful French countryside sound for a holiday?
Well if you are looking for an authentic French cycling trip, Trish and I have just finished our third cycling adventure in the south of France with VéloRoo and what a fantastic trip it was. Easy access to the region by train from Barcelona or Paris and from there, Julia and Steve look after everything including; pick up from Beziers train station, all your food, your bike, cycling kit, sensational cycling and outstanding accommodation.
This area of France also provides easy access to other French regions including Provence, Bordeaux and the French Riviera as well as the Ligurian coast of Italy and Barcelona and the Costa Brava in Spain.
Our three trips with VéloRoo include a ten day “Tour de France” adventure, a week of cycling in the Languedoc around St Genies de Fontedit and six days riding all the iconic Pyrenees mountain climbs that you watch every year when the “Tour” is being televised on SBS.
But if you don’t feel the urge to ride hills or your partner is a non-rider, do not concern yourself. Steve, who is a qualified Australian cycling coach, caters to all levels of fitness and Julia organises everything else down to the last detail including; local site seeing, local wine tasting, visiting local village markets and even a water colour painting class if that’s what you would like.
We have stayed in the area for additional days both before and after our cycling trips and with Julia and Steve’s local knowledge we hired a car for about fifty dollars a day and easily drove around the area soaking up amazing scenery, eating in quality restaurants and visiting historic towns like Montpellier and Avignon.
VéloRoo’s local knowledge make each day unforgettable and these guys are passionate about making sure you have the most authentic experience you can manage, both on and off the bike.
Trish and I have travelled to nearly 50 countries now and have experienced many different standards on our travels. I can honestly say, that the three trips we have done with VéloRoo have been three of our best.
Took Iconic Climbs Pyrénées Challenge in October 2018