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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
Lodging Pyrenees trip

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

The hotels for this trip are 2 and 3 star hotels. Over the years I have been able to find "mom and pop" hotels that will provide comfortable rooms and a local country feel particular to the region of the Pyrenees. Each hotel is different, as these are not chain hotels, but family fun facilities, often with their own restaurants. For instance, the hotel outside of Oloron, in Gurmencon, is run by a family originally from the Alsace region of France. The husband and proprietor is also a trained chef from the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. Needless to say, the restaurant at this hotel is its own attraction.

Brian, client from 2013, describes it as such, "Just did it this year. Was a life changer. It's not a fancy trip with massage therapists and swannies. Just incredible riding and comfortable lodging. Alan, who is now a good friend is French, and knows the back roads very well. I can't recall one main road we were on. All beautiful small town back country roads. The lodging was perfect for what we needed. Nice clean but not fancy. However the home cooked meals were incredible. One at a small hotel owned by a Cordon Bleu Trained chef. Wow! The climbs are epic. Not Sonoma County Epic but TDF epic. Brings a whole new meaning to the word. I would highly recommend the trip."

Ride Across the Pyrenees Hotels

The dinning room at one of the hotels.

Ride Across the Pyrenees cycling challenge hotels

A room at one of the hotels.

Ride Across the Pyrenees cycling challenge

Bathroom at one of the hotels.

Cycling tours in the Pyrenees Mountains

The back roads of the Pyrenees Oriental. I really enjoy the differences in climate and vegetation between the west and east end of the mountain range.