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Conquer the Pyrenees

Chateau de Pitray
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The Pyrenees 1000
Trip cost:  $4500 Dollars.
Dates:  Aug 29 to Sept 13.
  • Cols of the Pyrenees Ride:
  • Puerto Otxondo - 602 m
  • Puerto de Artesiaga - 996 m
  • Collado de Urkiaga - 890 m
  • Col d’Iraty - 1135 m
  • Col Bagargui - 1327 m
  • Col de Suscousse - 1216 m
  • Col de Soudet - 1540 m
  • Col de Marie Blanque - 1035 m
  • Col d’Aubisque - 1709 m
  • Col de Soulor - 1474 m
  • Col du Tourmalet - 2115 m
  • Col d’Aspin - 1489 m
  • Col d’Azet - 1737 m
  • Col de Peyresourde - 1569 m
  • Col du Portillon - 1320 m
  • Col de Mente - 1349 m
  • Col Portet d’Aspet -1069 m
  • Col de Catchaudegue - 893 m
  • Col Latrape - 1520 m
  • Col d’Agnes - 1570 m
  • Port de Liers - 1517 m
  • Pas de Souloumbrie - 911 m
  • Col de Mamare - 1361 m
  • Col de Chioula - 1431 m
  • Port de Pailheres - 2001 m
  • Col de Palomere - 1036 m

Ride Across the French Pyrenees - Coast to Coast - and Back !

1000 miles, 100'000 ft climbing, 12 days riding + 2 rest days.

August 29th to September 13th - 2019.  Contact me about signing up

As you might have guessed this cycling trip in the Pyrenees requires a high level of fitness, both in strength and endurance. This is not a bike tour for inexperienced riders or people who aren't fit. You must be accustomed to riding centuries and climbing hills, you must be capable of riding 5 to 6 hours for multiple days in a row. In essence you need to be a biking junky, someone who trembles and drools with excitement at the thought of this bike trip. If this is you, then this trip is for you. This isn't a race, you will need to pace yourself, but don't even think about it if a 50 mile bike ride is what you consider a long ride. Bottom line you need to be an experienced and fit cyclist, and you need to know what it's like to suffer and thrive on it.

Ride Across the Pyrenees Cycling Challenge

The Kiwi, Krystal and Scott get ready for the next descent of the day.

I have planned each day to be challenging but not insane. The climbs are long, 8 to 12 miles, sometimes more, and they average 7 to 9 percent grades, meaning that there are grades of 10, 11, 12 percent and more. There are multiple climbs in a day. The average ride per day in the mountains is 80 miles and 9000 feet of climbing; that's a lot when you have eight days in the Pyrenees, and more then enough when you consider that the beginning part of the trip averages 100 miles and 7,208 feet for the first 4 days as we make our way to the Mediterranean across the Pyrenees foothills. Believe me, no one who has done this tour lobbied for longer rides. Furthermore, you will want to have some time left in your day to enjoy the towns that we stay in.

Bike across the Pyrenees Cycling challenge

Traffic jams are of a specific kind in the high mountains.

Everyday you will be riding from hotel to hotel. The support van is used to carry your luggage, the food for the rides, and any other extras necessary for support. It will not have the capacity to seat and carry more than 3 riders and their bikes when filled with all the luggage...therefore don't plan on being able to automatically bail into the van when the going gets tough. If everyone starts thinking this way simultaneously it will cause problems, for me and you. Then again if you sign up for this trip you are the kind of rider who won't settle for anything less than completing every ride. The van should be your last resort.

Ride Across the Pyrenees cycling adventure and tour

A look down the east side of the Col d'Aspin on a spectacular sunny day.

" Think about the perfect cycling trip. If it includes beautiful scenery, smooth, little trafficked roads, great food, cool towns, and nothing to worry about (except getting up some serious vertical); well then this is it. All you have to do when you wake up is ride your bike and eat. It doesn’t get any better then that.   Charles Varela  (completed the trip in 2007 and 2009)

Col d'Aubisque Pyrenees Bike Tour

The start of the descent down the west side of the Col d'Aubisque. Life is good.