La Marmotte — June 29-July 6, 2014
Southern Corsica — June 9-16, 2014
L'Etape du Tour & Pyrenees — July 16-24, 2014
Pyrénées Traverse — Sep. 10-17, 2014
Around Mont Blanc in 6 days — July 5-12, 2014
Tour 2013 : Ventoux, Alpe, Annecy + Finale — July 14-21, 2013
A Week In Provence — June 22-28, 2013
France’s Sportive Double: La Marmotte and L’Etape du Tour — June 28 - July 8
L'Etape du Tour: Pyrénées Tour de France Trip — July 11-20, 2012
Milan - San Remo Gran Fondo — June 7-12, 2012
French Alps Traverse — June 16-22, 2012
Ventoux + Alpes — May 30 - June 6, 2012
Pyrénées Traverse — September 2-7, 2012
Spring Traverse — April 12-16, 2012

A ride across the Pyrénées

Are you ready to do 18 passes, in 5 days? Allez!

If you look in the mirror and see a ‘col-hunter’, then this is your ultimate week. An epic ride from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, over 18 classified Pyrenees passes, in under 100 hours - including sleep.

DuckStore makes this serious challenge somewhat easier with our fully supported van and logistics support, superior cyclist-friendly lodging, and huge doses of superior regional cuisine. You’ll stay in 2 and 3 star hotels well experienced in catering for the needs of cyclists seeking quiet recovery and great cuisine after a long day on the road.

Trip facts (tableau)

Dates September 2-7, 2012.  (6 days / 5  nights)
Start / End Start in Biarritz, End in Pau  train station
Cities / Towns Biarritz, Saint Cyprien
Riding Five (5) guided days on the bike.
Ave. 3 Cols/day,  Total distance – 850k
Difficulty Level Challenging.  For experienced riders who enjoy riding up and down mountain passes.
Highlights -  Riding legendary Tour de France summits
-  Discovering the complete diversity of the magnificent Pyrenees 
Climbs - Col du Peyresourde                            -   Col d’Aspin
- Col du Tourmalet                               -   Portet d’Aspet
- Col d’Aubisque                                   -  Col de Soulor
- Portet de Pailheres
Lodging 5 nights in cycling friendly two and three star hotels.
Meals Three daily meals included.
Picnic lunches on the road (weather permitting)
Support - Technical support van.
- Professional mechanical support and upkeep
- Snacks, energy drinks and food for all rides
- All Ground transportation
- Bicycle storage facilities
- Culture document with trip related  information
- Bi-lingual guides.
Group Size 12 riders  
Cost $1,750     All taxes and service charges included.  

 

Itinary

Sunday, Sep. 2, 2012: Arrive and prepare

Arrive in Biarritz, France either by train or plane before 2pm. Our hotel is about 30 minutes from the airport on the Atlantic coast in a small resort town called Ciboure. Once arrived at the hotel we can build up the bikes and set out for a short spin to make sure all is in order with the bike and legs before the big ride starts tomorrow. Back at the hotel we’ll go for a dip in the ocean for some of the best and simplest muscle therapy existing. A delicious fresh seafood dinner awaits us just up the street.

Monday, Sep. 3, 2012: Basque Country

Today our marathon across the Pyrenees starts. We’ll plan on being on our bikes at 8am as we have a big day ahead of us. Today’s ride will take us through the Basque country and it’s rolling, verdant countryside. On route, we’ll cross three short but steep passes as a warm up to get our climbing legs: St. Ignace (169 m), Col de Pinpdieta (176m), and the Col d’ Osquich (500m). An evening dinner and peaceful night in a country Inn experienced in looking after cyclists riding passes will only whet your appetite for more. Distance: 160k.

Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2012: ‘The Circle of Death’

Don’t the let the shorter distance fool you today, for today you’ll cross two of the highest, most difficult, and famous passes in the Tour de France. First pass on the list is the Col d’Aubisque (1,709 m). A narrow balcony of a road - seemingly designed for the sheep that like to hang out on it - skirts along some steep rock slopes. Then it’s up to the Col du Soulor (1,464m), a truly stunning section. A long cruise down and along valley before climbing the queen pass of the Pyrenees: the Tourmalet (2,115m). We’ll sleep at the bottom of the other side of the Tourmalet in a quiet village and we’ll enjoy the local energetic soup called Garbure. Distance: 135k

Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2012: Aspin & Peyresourde…plus!

Having gained experience riding some major passes yesterday, today’s parcours takes us over 3 majors and 1 minor. The Col d’Aspin (1,489m) starts practically with the first pedal strokes of the day. A long curvy descente before a second long gradual climb up a valley ending on the Col de Peyresourde (1,569m). Another screaming descent ending into a wide open valley, you’ll need to leave something in the tank because you’ve still got 2 passes today: The Col des Arves (797m) and Portet d’Aspet (1,069m). Once again we’ll have a hearty dinner fit for a King of the Mountains, and quiet time relaxing in a local hotel. No disco tonight, after 165km on the bike.

Thursday, Sep 6, 2012: The Wild Eastern Pyrenees

We’re now over halfway across the Pyrenees and on the schedule today are 3 more passes. First big challenge is the Col de Porte (1,256m) with few switchbacks seems to go on forever followed by the Portet de Pailheres (2,001m) and the remote Col de Jau (1,513m) before a long descent to Prades where we’ll spend the night in the foothills of the Pyrénées . (NB – Due to a heavy trafficked road with no shoulder we will ride the above route rather than the Col de Puymorens and the Col de la Perche) Distance: 156k

Friday, Sep 7. 2012: Mediterranean Arrivée

Hard to believe but this morning’s ride is without any passes although the wind could be our new challenger. It is “just” 70 kms to our destination on the Mediterranean Coast where we’ll have a dip in the sea followed by a celebratory lunch. Once showered, our afternoon activity will be a 30 minute drive to Pau where you can get a train back to Paris. Distance: 70k.