The Pyrenees is one of the major homes of world cycling. The first (full) mountain stage in the Tour was here and every year these mountains are pivotal to the race. On this long weekend trip we take in the heart of the region staying in Bagneres de Luchon and Saint Lary riding classic climbs and some great local routes.
We start in Luchon, a 2hr transfer from Toulouse, and have an optional warm up ride up to Col du Portillon in Spain. On day one we head over the Peyresourde then to the quiet Col d'Azet before finishing on the glorious Cap de Lac de Long. Day two takes us to the Tourmalet, the most frequently used climb in the Tour de France before our favourite pass in the region, the stunning Hourquette d'Ancizan. The final ride takes us back over the Peyresourde and onto the Port de Bales before finishing back in Luchon. On departure day you can add in Superbagneres if you need one more climb in the legs.
Real Rider Reviews
The most used climb ever in the Tour de France, the Tourmalet features in the race almost every year and is THE classic climb in the area. We ride it on Friday.
Ride some of the lesser known climbs in the Pyrenees. The Hourquette d'Ancizan and Col d'Azet are classics that you miss on the Raid Pyrenees.
A one way climb going over 2,000m and one of France's best kept secrets. This should be world famous with it's perfect hairpins, amazing views and barely no traffic. It is our stage finish on day one.
Two optional warm up rides on arrival & departure days. We have three main rides averaging 100km with multiple climbs per ride as we tackle the best roads in the Pyrenees. Each ride is led by our one of our expert ride guides and supported by a mechanic in a support van. We set up feed stations every 25km so all you need to focus on is the riding.
From Bagneres de Luchon to Saint Lary Soulan
From Bagneres de Bigorre to Saint Lary Soulan
From Saint Lary Soulan to Bagneres de Luchon
One of the most famous climbs in the world and the mountain used the most in the Tour de France. The climb itself starts with a fairly mundane long section in the valley passed smaller and smaller villages until you approach the ski lifts and the beauty increases massively. From here, you ride past sheep, lovely meadows, huge mountain vistas and into the high mountains. The mile markers that are such a loyal friend abandon you in the last 4km so when you finally hit the summit the feeling is part euphoria and part relief.
From this side, this is normally the last climb in a tough stage. The climb starts with gentle gradients before hitting some steeper stuff as the road winds up. The top section is full of long straights and sweeping views as you get to the summit and a great descent into Luchon.
This is one of our favourite climbs in cycling. The start takes you out of Luchon as you follow the river up the valley over mixed gradients. As you go over a small bridge you are hit with high mountains all around you and a right turn takes you onto the final ascent up Superbagneres. The top section is glorious, fun hairpins with incredible views and almost no traffic. Enjoy!
We run 4 night breaks from Wednesday to Sunday. We start with a transfer from Toulouse and then have two nights in Luchon & two nights in St Lary Soulan.
Arrive in Toulouse by 5pm for our 5.30pm transfer to Luchon. We set bikes up before our welcome dinner at 8pm to discuss the next few days.
We roll out at 8.30am after a large breakfast and start straight away with the Peyresourde. After this we head over the remote Col d'Azet before the biggest climb of the day, the mighty Cap de Lac de Long. Lunch at the top and then a long descent down to lovely St Lary for a relaxed afternoon and dinner at 7.30pm.
We jump in the van for a 45min transfer to the stage start and then ride to the Tourmalet. We have lunch after the descent and then head over the amazing Hauqette before descending back to St Lary.
One last big day in the Pyrenees. From St Lary we go over the Peyresourde before tackling the Port de Bales and rolling back into Luchon.
We depart at 1pm for a 3pm arrival at Toulouse Airport. Before packing up our bikes, we have one last spin up Superbagneres, a beautiful and quiet climb, fitting for our final summit.
Airport collections are from Toulouse (TLS). The drive to Luchon takes between 1hr45 and 2 hours.
We will meet you in arrivals and give you a number to call if you are delayed.
We leave Luchon with plenty of time for you to check your bike, grab a last minute gift and have a stress free return flight.
Four night packages from Pau to Luchon over the classic climbs of the Pyrenees. Max group size is 14 with an on the road guide and support vehicle.
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