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Pyrenees Weekender

In Partnership with
 Luchon Cycling

Four days taking in the best the Pyrenees can throw at us. From classic climbs like the Peyresourde and Aspin to some local favorites, this tour packs in so many highlights into a short period culminating in a time trial up the Tourmalet.
We start in the delightful tree lined town of Luchon with a first ride that takes us into Spain and over some lesser know but stunning climbs. Day two is all about one of the best kept secrets in cycling, the Cap de Lac de Long before leaving Luchon and heading to Luz Saint Sauveur & taking on the mighty Tourmalet from both sides.
Our local guide, Christian, has a passion for cycling in this region that is hard to beat. A resident of Luchon, he knows all the best coffee stops, patisseries and is a pretty handy cyclist.

 

What's Included?

4 Nights Accommodation

3 nights in our favorite Bike Hotel in Luchon and one night in Luz Saint Sauveur.

Airport Transfers

Return transfers from Toulouse airport. Please check the bottom of the page for timings so you can book a flight to meet our transfers. Our transfers are bike box friendly.

Guided Rides

Ride with like minded cyclists led by our local guide, Christian across 4 stunning hand picked routes over classic and lesser known climbs. Where we ride between towns, your luggage and bike box will be transported by our support team.

Breakfasts

A hearty breakfast is available every morning. We will also have gels, bars and hydration tablets available on your ride as well as nutrition tips to make sure you have the energy to get over every climb of the day.

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Tour Highlights

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The Tourmalet

A first major climb ever ridden in the Tour de France and the most used climb in the Tour. We tackle this amazing mountain from both sides including a time trial on the last morning.

 

Pyrenees Weekender

Route Overview

Stage One - Stage Two

Stage One

Luchon - Luchon

105km - 2721m

A stunning route that goes over some of the lesser known climbs in this region and into Spain before descending back to Luchon. Heading north to start, the route heads over the Cat 2 Col des Ares before taking on two Cat 1 climbs in the Col de Mente and the Spanish climb of the Col du Portillon.

Stage Two

Luchon - Luchon

123km - 4546m

On of the queen stages in the Pyrenees, this route takes in 4 big climbs culminating in one of the most beautiful climbs in Europe - the Lac de Cap de Long. Heading out of Luchon, the first challenge is the Peyresourde quickly followed by the Col de Val Louron Azet before tackling the 23km climb of Lac de Cap de Long. An epic day.


Key Climbs

Col d'Aspin

So often the warm up act to the Tourmalet, the Col d'Aspin is a fantastic climb with some tight hairpins, steep sections and breathtaking views. The descent is a lot of fun.

Distance12km
KOM 
Elevation 6.5%
S Reichenbach29mins

Col de Peyresourde

Straight out of Luchon the Peyresourde rises fairly gently away from civilisation. This is a comfortable climb with some sharp hairpins at the top affording a nice view back down the valley.

Distance10.8km
KOM 
Elevation 8%
M Bizkarra 31mins
 

Lac de Cap de Long

Lesser known as the road doesnt connect anywhere. This is arguably the toughest climb in the Pyrenees going higher and longer than the Tourmalet.

Distance13.4km
KOM 
Elevation 8%
N Martin 46mins

Col du Tourmalet

The oldest and most used climb in the Pyrenees. Two ways up (we do both) and a fun and fast descent into Luz Saint Sauveur. A true bucket list climb.

Distance14.1km
KOM 
Elevation 7%
S Prady 49mins
 
 

Meet the Guide

Come ride with me in the playground of the Tour de France.

I live in Luchon and love all the history of the climbs, following the wheels of Wiggins, Froome, Hinault, Mercks, Anquetil & more.

Christian Lafont

Languages Spoken - French, English, Spanish

Favourite Local Food - Tapas, we are so close to the Spanish border

Off the Bike - The Thermes de Luchon is world famous and a short walk from our hotel, great for after a ride or for non cyclists.

Fastest time up the Tourmalet - 1hr15mins

Hotel Alti

19 Allée d'Etigny, 31110 Bagnères-de-Luchon

Located in a spa and ski resort at the foot of the Pyrenees, this hotel ALTI offers luxurious accommodation with views of the mountains or the aisles of Etigny’s.

Sportive Breaks Review

A lovely hotel in the heart of Luchon. The hotel has a secure bike room with basic tools and an indoor pool & spa area for post ride r&r. Rooms are comfy and a good size and breakfast is generous with good coffee.

Highlights

Indoor pool & spa area

Hotel Montaigu

9, route de Vizos Esquièze-Sère - 65120 Luz-Saint-Sauveur

In the heart of the Hautes-Pyrenees, near the beauty spots, a distinctive guest establishment

Stunning views summer, thrills, horizons and getaway delights. From the balconies of Hôtel Montaigu, the holidays take on a whole new perspective.

Sportive Breaks Review

One of our favourite hotels in the Pyrenees, the Montaigu is a comfortable option at the base of the Tourmalet. The owners make everyone feel welcome with a real family atmosphere. There is a good, secure bike room with equipment and a cosy bar area to celebrate your riding achievements.

Highlights

Warm atmosphere & great food

      Itinerary

      Arrival Day

      Get your transfer from Toulouse to Luchon (just under 2 hours). Christian, your guide, will be at the airport and the journey will be a chance to meet your fellow riders. Arrive in Luchon and get your bike set up for the morning.

      Day One

      Breakfast at the hotel and then the riding begins. Stage one is 105km loop going into Spain taking in some of the great lesser known climbs in the Pyrenees.
      Arrive back in Luchon early afternoon, this is a good opportunity to visit the famous spa.

      Day Two

      The queen stage. A tough 123km route to the Lac de Cap de Long - higher than the Tourmalet. Along with this HC climb, we also take on 3 Cat 1 climbs and will sure to return tired back in Luchon.

      Day Three

      Today we ride from Luchon to Luz Saint Sauveur over the Aspin & Tourmalet. Our guide will transport your bike boxes and luggage as we say goodbye to the tree lined streets of Luchon and tackle a classic Tour de France stage.

      Day Four

      The final day and a time trial up the Tourmalet. We all roll out of Luz Saint Sauveur together and then its a race against the clock. Celebrate with a coffee at the stop before descending back to the hotel and enjoy a late checkout. Christian will be on hand to help break-down your bike and then drive you back to Toulouse for a late afternoon flight.

      Transfer Times

      Christian will be at arrivals to collect you and your fellow riders for the 2hr drive to Luchon. You will receive a transfer voucher with a meeting point and contact number.
      Transfers will leave from Toulouse (TLS) on Wednesday at 5.30pm so please book a flight that arrives before 5pm.
      The return transfer will arrive at Toulouse on Sunday at 3.30pm leaving Luz Saint Sauveur at 1.30pm so please book a flight that departs after 5pm.

      What to Bring

      For your bike we suggest getting a service from your local bike shop a couple of weeks before you leave. The routes include a mix of long, gentle climbs and the occasional steep section. Most of the rental bikes here have a 28 or even 32 on the back.
      The weather can change quickly so expect anything from extreme heat to storms. The rides by their nature will feature long climbs and then long descents so layering is important - gilets, arm warmers and wind/water proof jackets are essentials.
      All our riders must wear a helmet at all times. We will provide nutrition including gels, bars and hydration tabs (but feel free to bring your own if you want). Remember to remove any gas canisters before you pack your bikes - these will not be allowed on the flight.

      Get active or relax in the Pyrenees

      For those not wanting to ride, the Pyrenees offer a range of opportunities. In Luchon, there is a world famous thermal spa. People come from all over the world to visit this - included in your tour is one entry to the spa.
      There are some great hikes from both Luchon and Luz Saint Sauveur. One highlight is the Cirque de Gavarnie (pictured) which you can get to from our last town. If you are coming on the tour and not riding, please get in touch and Christian can suggest some great activities for you.

       
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