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Pyrenees Weekender France Riding into the heart of the Pyrenees

Riding into the heart of the Pyrenees

5 days, 4 nights in the heart of the Pyrenees taking on the classic climbs like the Tourmalet & Peyresourde and stunning local rides including Lac de Cap de Long & Hourquette d'Ancizan.

Accommodation in 3 star hotels
Return airport transfers
Daily guided rides
Breakfast & Evening Meals
Optional Extras Bike Rental Available
Pyrenees Weekender by Sportive Breaks
Routes Details
Itinerary
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Event Info

Ride Notes

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

Will, Etape du Tour, 2019: "L'Etape du Tour 2019 - Great trip, brilliantly organised. We would have been stuffed without them as we had several mechanical issues after unpacking the bike boxes, and needed their friendly and knowledgable mechanics, Taylor and Adam. Also decent value for money given airport transfers with bike boxes, hotels, shuttle to the start line, etc. Would definitely use Sportive Breaks for trips in the future. "

Ride Highlights

  • Climbing the Tourmalet

    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.

  • Off the beaten path

    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.

  • Lac de Cap de Long

    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.

Trip Summary

  • 4 Night Breaks
  • Dates available: August 28th to September 1st
  • Total distance: Avg 138km per day
  • Total elevation: Avg 3,600m per day
  • Bucket List Climbs: Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde
  • Prices from £699
Routes Details

Route Overview

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.

Stage One

Stage One

From Bagneres de Luchon to Saint Lary Soulan

Ride Distance 88
Elevation Gain 3089

Climbs at Pyrenees Weekender

Col du Tourmalet (Luz Saint Sauveur)

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.

Ride Distance 19km
Elevation Gain 7.4%
KOM  Thibaut P 55 mins

Col de Peyresourde (Avajan)

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.

Ride Distance 10km
Elevation Gain 6.6%
KOM  29 mins 24 secs

Superbagneres

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!

Ride Distance 17.5km
Elevation Gain 6%
KOM  53 mins 56 secs
Itinerary

Pyrenees Weekender Cycling Itinerary

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.

Itinerary

Day One Wednesday

Luchon

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.

Day Two Thursday

Luchon to Saint Lary

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.

Ride Distance 88 km.
Elevation Gain 3089 m.

Day Three Friday

Bagneres de Bigorre to Saint Lary

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.

Ride Distance 120 km.
Elevation Gain 3169 m.

Day Four Saturday

St Lary to Luchon

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.

Ride Distance 106 km.
Elevation Gain 2297 m.

Day Five Sunday

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.

Ride Distance 36 km.
Elevation Gain 1170 m.

Airport Transfers

Airport collections are from Toulouse (TLS). The drive to Luchon takes between 1hr45 and 2 hours.

Arrival

We will meet you in arrivals and give you a number to call if you are delayed.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
Toulouse (TLS)
Arrive before 5pm for a 5.30pm transfer to Luchon.

Departure

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.

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Toulouse (TLS)
Depart after 5pm (transfer arrives in Toulouse for 3pm)
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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.

Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  

Pyrenees Weekender
Jun to Sep

4 nights

Single Room £749
Twin Room £649
  • Return Transfers from Toulouse
  • 4 Nights half board accommodation in 3* bike hotels
  • Ride nutrition
  • Daily rides with local guides & support vehicle
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Bike Rental