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Conquer the Pyrenees

Chateau de Pitray
Chateau de Pitray

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 Pyrenees Cycling Challenge

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

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

August 27th to September 11th - 2019.  Contact me about signing up

The following is a collection of photos from the 2009 Pyrenees trip. These photos are in chronological order, and represent 12 days of riding, 1000 miles and 94,000 feet of climbing.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

First day of riding...a little rainy today, but that was all the rain for the trip.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

Not much can dampen the spirits on the first day, excitement is too high.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

Eventhough it is wet the temperature is warm.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

The beginning of day two. Overcast but no rain all day. At least with the cloud cover it stayed cooler.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

A peak ahead for what is around the next bend.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

Col d'Iraty, perfect pavement.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

The view from the summit of the col du Barguri.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

Road hazard or Pyrenees charm?

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

The sun rises on the 3rd day...

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

Clear skies today as we meander through this beautiful valley on our way to the Col du Marie-Blanc.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours col Aubisque

The col d'Aubisque looming and beckoning...

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours col Aubisque

Summit col d'Aubisque. Today there were horses roaming around like ants, begging for food.

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Looking out towards the road that climbs up the Col du Soulor.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours

Day 4, off to the Tourmalet.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Abbey road?

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours col du tourmalet

Col du Tourmalet, the true summit...but you need a mountain bike for to reach it.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours col du tourmalet

Only half way up the Tourmalet...18km climb.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours col du tourmalet

Ron, loving it.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees - France From Inside Bike Tours col du tourmalet

Looking west from the summit of the col du Tourmalet...Lamas to great you below.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours col du tourmalet

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

The beginning of day 5 of riding...very foggy below, but it cleared up as we topped the col d'Azet.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours col d'azet

Looking towards the col de Peyresourde, next on the list of 5 climbs for the day.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours col du Portillon

Climbing up the col du Portillon...Charles gives Ron a little space but that won't last.

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Take a look at the stone work on the this beautiful church.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Site along the ride for day 6 of riding.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Even the smaller backroads are well paved, and just about no traffic.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Serenity, serenity...paradise for cycling.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

The start of day 7 of riding.

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Flowers in all the towns....beautiful.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Up up and away we go.

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Fog at the top of the col de Pailheres...keep an eye out for the livestock.

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Outside the town of Font-Romeau.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

The sunrise on the morning of the 8th day of riding.

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Day 8 starts more or less with a 26 miles decent.

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Ron approaches the one big climb for the day before reaching the Mediterranean.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Finally, the Mediterranean in the backgrond. Charles and Oral.

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Home for 2 nights...the town of Collioure.

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Now we start heading to the Atlantic, sunny skies and 126 miles to go.

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The eastern end of the Pyrenees.

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Over the foothills, if you can call them that, to the town of Castlenaudary.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Views along the way.

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The Canal du Midi at Castlenaudary.

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The start of day 10 of riding, another 106 mile day.

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Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Ron pulls the group.

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Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

...it keeps going and going.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Empty open roads...awesome.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Lunch by the side of the road.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Day 11, again 106 miles, but today cllimbs back into the Pyrenees mountains.

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Keep your head up and don't stop pedaling.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Climbing back into the mountains, saving the hardest part for the end of day 11.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

No problem finding a bakery for all your needs.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

The moring of the final day of riding. Group shot.

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Everything is as it should be. Day 12.

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Road hazards as usual.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

No need to rush through the day.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

Almost at the end but still more climbing as usual.

Cycle Across the Pyrenees France From Inside Bike Tours

This really says it all, body language after 1000 miles and 94000 ft in 12 days.

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That is all folks. Ron and Charles.