Pyrenees’ 18

Seven days of mountainous terrain for tough climbs and speedy descents between gentle rolling terrain on quiet roads.

Pyrenees’ 18

Experience the history of The Tour de France Seven days of mountainous terrain for tough climbs and speedy descents between gentle rolling terrain on quiet roads. Rural beauty and traditional villages abound on this tour.

A mix of iconic Tour de France climbs and unique remote passes.

The French Pyrenees mountains are a road cyclist’s heaven, offering challenging climbs, high-speed descents and gentle, rolling terrain to spin out the legs on virtually traffic-free roads.

Not for the faint hearted, but not the hardest tour either.

Seven days of riding up and down the mountainous passes of Tourmalet, Aubisque and Ahusquey on quiet roads where you will experience the history of the Tour de France.


Trip Facts


August 6-14, 2018 (9 days / 8 nights)


7 rides- Daily avg: 49 miles, 8,100 feet climbing

Start - End

Hendaye Plage - Toulouse


Challenging. For those capable of riding up and down 8000 feet vertical on average, daily


Hendaye Plage, Saint Jean Pied de Port, Accous, Saint Savin, Cadéac, Luchon, Toulouse


Atlantic Ocean, Basque Country, Espelette, long descents, Big bikes on Col Aubisque

Group Size

Limited to 14 riders


8 nights in small, quality, bike-friendly hotels


3 daily meals + ride snacks included

Cols Climbed

17 passes - including Col Marie-Blanque, Tourmalet, Port de Balès, Soulor, Aubisque


- Technical support van - Professional mechanical support & upkeep - All ground transportation - Daily GPS files - Culture document with trip related info - Bilingual tour guides (French/English)


$2200 double occupancy, $2600 single occupancy All taxes included. Not included: - Bike rental, estimated $400 for entire trip

Start your next cycling exploit here!


Experience the history of The Tour de France

Day 1 – Monday, August 6, 2018

We pick you up from either Biarritz or San Sebastián airport and shuttle you to our starting point at Hendaye Plage. There, we help you assemble your bike and give you time to settle into your hotel room. Then a quick test spin, probably up Jaizkibel for some gorgeous ocean views and a nice dinner — the perfect prep for the adventure ahead. 25 miles / 2300’ climbing.

Day 2 - Tuesday, August 7

Le Depart! After following the coast for several miles, we head inland into Basque country through well-preserved and active villages. After entering the Pyrenean foothills, we climb the Col de St Ignace before a brief two-pass visit to Spain to climb Col de St Ignace and Col d’Ispéguy Puerto d’Oxtondo on the Franco-Iberic border. 53 miles / 6000’ climbing.

Day 3 – Wednesday, August 8
Our route takes us deeper into rural Basque country, where sheep farming is the main activity. Wide open vistas and seemingly groomed mountains are on today’s menu. Three passes are between us and our quiet mountain village stop in Accous — Ahusguy, Col de Lie, and Col de Bouezou. 53 miles / 8500’ climbing.
Day 4 – Thursday, August 9
Having now ‘warmed-up’ on smaller climbs, today we’ll tackle three Tour de France classics — Col de Marie-Blanque, Col d’Aubisque and Col de Soulor. The scenery is wonderful, and we are finally in the High Pyrenees. 55 miles / 9800’ climbing.
Day 5 – Friday, August 10
A week of cycling in the Pyrenees must include the Tourmalet, and today, this is objective #1. Approaching from the west, the climb is long and tough, but the scenery gets better and better to compensate — a little. After celebrating seemingly atop the Pyrenees, we cruise down toward objective #2, Houquette d’Anzican. 50 miles / 11,000’ climbing.
Day 6 – Saturday, August 11
Today is an out and back into the Pyrenees National Park. No need to pack up in the morning: we’re staying at the same spot for two nights in a row. Just one gorgeous and memorable climb to the Cap de Long dam. 43 miles / 7,300’ climbing.
Day 7 – Sunday August 12
More classic Tour de France climbs await as we head over the mountain passes of the Col d’Azet and the Col de Peyresourde, where Chris Froome showed the world his descending skills, plus the climb up to the ski area Super Bagnères. 54 miles / 10,150’ climbing.
Day 8 – Monday, August 13
Our last day of climbing and ‘just’ one climb up the Port de Balès before some easier riding to the town of Montrejeau where we can take a dip in the pool followed by a one-hour drive to Toulouse and a celebratory dinner. 39 miles / 5,200’ climbing.
Day 9 – Tuesday, August 14
After breakfast, we’ll shuttle you to the Toulouse airport where we’ll say, ‘au revoir’ (but not goodbye)!