Pyrenees Weekender

Bagnères-de-Luchon, France

Organiser's Description

Cycling holidays made easy - Sportive Breaks takes you to the best climbs, routes and rides in Europe without the hassle. Join our team of expert guides, mechanics and local hosts and discover some of the best riding on the planet!

Our packages include return airport transfers, half board accommodation, and rides each day. Four night packages from June to September in the heart of the Pyrenees, taking on such classic climbs as the Tourmalet & Peyresourde, and stunning local rides including Lac de Cap de Long & Hourquette d'Ancizan. Max group size is 14, with an on the road guide and support vehicle.

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.

Races

  • 4 night breaks from
    £649 BOOK

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 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.

Day One - Wednesday

Luchon

Arrive in Toulouse by 5pm for our 5.30pm transfer to Luchon. We set bikes up and have an optional warm up ride up to Col du Portillon in Spain, 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.


Day Three - Friday

Bagneres de Bigorre to Saint Lary

We jump in the van for a 45min transfer to the stage start, then ride to the Tourmalet, the most frequently used climb in the Tour de France and THE classic climb in the area. We have lunch after the descent and then head over to our favourite pass in the region, the stunning Hourquette d'Ancizan, before descending back to St Lary. Ride Distance 120 km.


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.


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 36km.

Cap De Long 400X400

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 its perfect hairpins, amazing views and barely no traffic. It is our stage finish on day one.

Super Bagneres 400X400

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.

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, past 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%

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, then a great descent into Luchon. Ride Distance 10km; Elevation Gain 6.6%

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. Ride Distance 17.5km; Elevation Gain 6%.

Included in your booking

  • Return Transfers from Toulouse
  • 4 Nights half board accommodation in 3* bike hotels
  • Ride nutrition
  • Daily rides with local guides & support vehicle


Not included in your booking

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Bike Rental
  • 4 Night Breaks
  • Total distance: Avg 138km per day
  • Total elevation: Avg 3,600m per day
  • Bucket List Climbs: Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde


    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. 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. Depart after 5pm (transfer arrives in Toulouse for 3pm)

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