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The Trans-Pyrenees Challenge

Cycling in Pyrenees

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Ride from coast to coast! Cross the magnificent Pyrenees from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, conquering classic Tour de France climbs the whole way!

Discover the sheer beauty of one of Europe’s most celebrated cycling terrain. We’ve designed a sensational, challenging route that conquers iconic Grand Tour climbs like the Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque, and Port de Pailheres. The 950 km trek ends with a ceremonious dip in the Atlantic Ocean in the beautiful coastal town of Hendaye. Long after you return home, you’ll fondly remember the trademark cowbells that echo throughout the Pyrenees mountains!

For 2016 our Trans-Pyrenees Challenge is extended by an extra day and features a freshly designed route that starts in the renowned cycling hub of Girona!

The trip kicks off with a classic warm-up ride over the famous Els Angels climb in Girona, a favorite with all the professional riders who live in Girona. From Girona we head into the Pyrenees over the 30km Col de la Creueta, often used in the Vuelta a Espana.

We’ve included an extra day in the Ariege region of the Pyrenees to ride Tour de France favorites such as the Port de Lers, the Col d’Agnes and the Col de la Core.

We’re always looking to improve our routes and we hope you enjoy the latest evolution of this classic trip!

 Trip Highlights:

  • Trips operating 30th July – 7th August and 17th-25th September
  •  Trans Pyrenees Bike Tours with Thomson Bike Tours
  • Conquer the Col du Tourmalet – the giant of the Pyrenees!
  • The ride from the Col de Soulor to the Col d’Aubisque through the Cirque du Litor: one of the most spectacular routes in Europe
  • A spectacular day of riding in the Ariege region including the Port de Lers, the Col d’Agnes, the Col de Latrape and the Col de la Core
  • Impressive list of must-ride climbs including Tourmalet, Aubisque, Pailheres, Peyresourde, Aspin, Marie-Blanque, Bagargui, Soulor.
  • Over 70,000ft of climbing in 8 days!
  • As always the top support in the industry!

Prices:

  • €3,575 Per person sharing double/twin
  • Single supplement €550
  • Bike rental available €450 (plus optional bike insurance €70)
  • Non-rider discount -€719

Top Support in the Industry

Throughout the trip you can relax and enjoy the rides knowing that you have the best Support Team in the industry right behind you all the way!

1 Support Van and 1 experienced ride leader for every 10 clients. And the highest staff to client ratio….1 staff member per 4 clients!

Your Daily Rides:

DayRoute SummaryRide DistanceElevation Gain
1Girona › Els Angels › Els Angels › Girona49km1,117m
2Girona › Col de Sentigosa › Col de la Creueta › La Molina135km2,993m
3La Molina › Port de Llo › Col de Pailheres › Col de Chioula › Ussat les Bains147km2,783m
4La Molina › Port de Llo › Col de Pailheres › Col de Chioula › Ussat les Bains115km2,944m
5St Girons › Col de Portet d'Aspet › Col de Mente › Col de Peyresourde › Col d'Azet Val Louron › St Lary Soulan121km3,648m
6


St Lary Soulan › Col d'Aspin › Col du Tourmalet › Lourdes
101km2,441m
7Lourdes › Col de Soulor › Col d'Aubisque › Col de Marie-Blanque › Col d'Ichere › Montory129km3,202m
8


Montory › Col de Bagargui › Col d'Ispeguy › Puerto d'Otxondo › Col St Ignace › Hendaye
149km3,187m
Total:946km22,315m

What’s included in the price of our trip:

  • 9 days / 8 nights fully accompanied trip with Neenan Cycling & Thomson Bike Tours
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • All but 1 dinner
  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Pick-up at Barcelona Airport
  • Drop-off at San Sebastian Airport (or transfer back to Barcelona in our vans)
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicles
  • Daily maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What’s not included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities


Climb these Famous Cols:

In just 1 week climb many of the legendary cols in the Pyrenees! Here are some of the cols included in our itinerary (sorted by Difficulty Index):

ClimbElevation GainAvg GradeLengthDiff Index
Col du Tourmalet4160 ft7.4%10.7 miles1013
Col de Bagargui3340 ft4.8%13.2 miles925
Col d'Aubisque4091 ft4.1 %18.7 miles833
Port de Pailheres2858 ft8.2%6.6 miles749
Coll de la Creueta3990 ft3.9%19.2 miles687
Col de Peyresourde 3080 ft6.1%9.5 miles674
Col d'Agnes3022 ft5.2%10.9 miles642
Port de Lers2648 ft7%7.1 miles614
Col de Mente2349 ft6.6%6.8 miles605
Col de la Core2904 ft6.4%8.6 miles587
Col de Val Louron-Azet1841 ft8.3%4.6 miles561
Col du Chioula2333 ft7.3%6 miles542
Col d'Aspin2555 ft6.5%7.5 miles538
Col de Marie Blanque 2020 ft4.1%9.3 miles417
Col de Portet d'Aspet1827 ft3.1%11.3 miles343
Col d'Ispeguy1680 ft5.8%5.5 miles304
Col de Latrape1207 ft7.4%3.1 miles285
Puerto d'Otxondo1214 ft2.8%8 miles152
Coll de Sentigosa2244 ft5%8.5 milesN/A
Els Angels (from Girona)1490 ft4.4%6.4 milesN/A
Col d'Ichere1099 ft6.4%3.2 milesN/A
Els Angels (from Madremanya)1086 ft5.8%3.5 milesN/A
Port de Llo922 ft5.7%3 milesN/A

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Infinito CV is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.

 

 

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