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France - Trans Pyrenees Challenge - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Riding the entire length of Europe’s most dramatic mountain range
  • Looking down on the switchbacks ahead from the summits of the Aspin and the Port de Pailhères
  • The breath-taking descent from the top of the Tourmalet
  • Fresh crepes and a coffee at the summit of Col de Peyresourde
  • Bathing tired legs in the outdoor thermal waters in Ax-les-Thermes
  • Fine Spanish food and wine in Bossost
  • Picnic and celebratory drinks on the beach at Banyuls

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Day Description Distance Ascent Meals
1 Arrival: Biarritz Airport Non Riding Day    
2 St Jean de Luz to Montory 75 Miles / 120 Kms Approx. 1,850 Metres Approx. B L  
3 Montory to Argeles Gazost 62 Miles / 100 Kms Approx. 2,900 Metres Approx. B L  
4 Argeles Gazost to St Lary Soulan 56 Miles / 91 Kms Approx. 2,700 Metres Approx. B L  
5 St Laury Soulan to Bossost 39 Miles / 62 Kms Approx. 1,950 Metres Approx. B L  
6 Bossost to St Girons 70 Miles / 112 Kms Approx. 2,600 Metres Approx. B L  
7 St Girons to Ax-les-Thermes 68 Miles / 110 Kms Approx. 2,400 Metres Approx. B L  
8 Ax-les-Thermes to Prades 61 Miles / 98 Kms Approx. 2,500 Metres Approx. B L  
9 Prades to Banyuls-sur-Mer 47 Miles / 75 Kms Approx. 400 Metres Approx. B L  
10 Departure: Perpignan Airport Non Riding Day   B  

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software

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Holiday Information

Our Trans Pyrenees coast-to-coast cycle Challenge has been one of our most popular road cycling tours ever since we started offering it, well over a decade ago. We updated this trip in 2015, and in its latest incarnation the tour is bigger and even better than it was before. In response to popular demand, our carefully researched route now takes in the entire mountain range.
Starting on the shores of the Atlantic and finishing on the warm sands of the Mediterranean, it presents a unique opportunity to combine a coast-to-coast ride with a genuine mountain experience.
This is a challenging trip through one of Europe’s most impressive mountain ranges, and our revised route now spans the entire distance between the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic Coast and the Mediterranean Sea taking in some of the most impressive mountain scenery you could wish for as we make our way along the beautiful natural border between France and Spain.
Home to both the Basques and the Catalans, throughout history the region has seen its share of conflict. Thankfully today the struggle for supremacy in the mountains is mainly fought out on two wheels. Whether it be professional riders battling for points and Tour de France stage wins, or amateur riders battling against the mountains themselves, the challenges presented by the Pyrenees are just as dramatic and just as exciting.
If you’ve always wondered what it feels like to climb the likes of the Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque, Aspin and Peyresourde then this is your chance. These mountains are legendary in the cycling world. The route starts in St Jean de Luz on the Basque coast and covers nearly 800km and 17,000m of climbing before arriving in Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean coast, where we'll celebrate with a paddle in the sea and a bottle of something sparkling. 






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