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.
3 nights in our favorite Bike Hotel in Luchon and one night in Luz Saint Sauveur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luchon - Luz Saint Sauveur
125km - 2946m
A classic Tour de France stage. Heading north from Luchon the route stays relatively flat for the first 60km to get you warmed up for the double climb to come. First up is the Col d'Aspin, a category one climb, before hitting the Col du Tourmalet. This side up is 17.2km averaging 7.4% with a summit at 2115m. From here, it is a long, fun descent into Luz Saint Sauveur.
Luz Saint Sauveur - Col du Tourmalet
19km - 1505m
The oldest climb in the Tour de France and highest paved path in the Pyrenees, the Tourmalet is one of the classic climbs in cycling. It has been used 85 times in the tour but never as a Time Trial. The route roles out of Luz Saint Sauveur the climb starts gradually at first before the gradients kick up. The scenery gets better as the climb gets tougher. Celebrate your time at the cafe by the finish line.
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.
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.
Lesser known as the road doesnt connect anywhere. This is arguably the toughest climb in the Pyrenees going higher and longer than the 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.
I live in Luchon and love all the history of the climbs, following the wheels of Wiggins, Froome, Hinault, Mercks, Anquetil & more.
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
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.
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.
Indoor pool & spa area
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.
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.
Warm atmosphere & great food
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.