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Food

  • All breakfasts are included. For breakfast you can expect a continental style buffet with cold meat, cheeses, bread, eggs, jams and pastries as well as tea and coffee. Throughout the trip you can expect really good food with strong influences from Spain and France. Lunches and dinners are not included in the trip price to allow you to take advantage of the local restaurants and cafes along the route and give you freedom over what you eat. Our guide will be able to recommend the best local restaurants and will have planned some stops at good coffee shops to break up the days rides.

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Drop Bars
  • 1

    Start Hendaye.

    Start Hendaye. If there is time we can go for a short ride along the sea front towards Pointe de Ste Barbe. In the evening the guide will talk through the itinerary for the weeks cycling. * *

  • 2

    Ride over the Col du St Ignace and the Col d'Osquich.

    Our journey starts by climbing the Col de St Ignace at 169m, gaining altitude progressively to join the mountains before cycling through St Jean Pied de Port, the renowned medieval city on the Compostelle way. From here the route climbs the Col d'Osquich, officially at 392m of altitude but the road culminates at 500m. After this, we enjoy a nice ride down to the village of Musculdy where we spend the night.

  • 3

    Ride through the Basque hills before taking on the Hors category Col d'Aubisque and the Col de Soulor.

    In the morning, we cycle through the Basque hills as we make our way to the west starting point of the mythic Col d'Aubisque, here we take on the challenging Hors Category pass, a 17km climb at 8% average gradient with sections at 10%. The summit is at 1709m of altitude, then after a short descent we start the second climb up to the Col du Soulor 1474m, this is the last summit before a superb descent to our hotel in Agos-Vidalos.

  • 4

    Today we ride the mighty Hors category Col du Tourmalet followed by the first category Col d'Aspin.

    Today we take on the Col du Tourmalet, one of the most legendary climbs in the Pyrenees, at 2115m of altitude and climbed 52 times by the TDF since 1947 making it the most climbed col of the Tour de France. the Col du Tourmalet is a Hors Category pass, it is 18km long with an average gradient of 8% with some sections at 10%. From the summit there is a nice twisty descent to Saint Marie de Campan. Straight after the descent the second challenge of the day starts with the climb of Col d'Aspin, a first category climb with 12km of ascent from Saint Marie de Campan at 5,2% average gradient.

  • 5

    Cycle over the Col de Peyresourde, Col des Ares and the Col de Portet d'Aspet.

    Three passes are waiting for us today. First up is the Col de Peyresourde, a first category climb with 20km of ascent at 4.5% average gradient with sections at 8%. Then we ride down to the Bagnères-de-Luchon valley where the Tour de France stops regularly. Here we ride over the Col des Ares to join the Col de Portet d'Aspet, a third category pass (4.3 km at 9.7%) that has been ridden 30 times since 1947 by the Tour de France.

  • 6

    Ride the Col du Port with amazing views over the Ariege Valley before climbing the Col de Chioula.

    From St Girons, we will cycle towards the Col de Port another classic of the Tour de France, starting the climb from Massat the ascent is constant and doesn’t go over 6%. We then descend to Bompas where we join the “route des corniches”, a road that overlooks the Ariège valley with great views. We will then climb the Col de Chioula up to 1431m of altitude. From the summit we will descend towards Ax les Thermes where we spend the night.

  • 7

    We follow the river that flows through the Gorges de l'Aude all the way to the Mediterranean sea at St Cyprien.

    Today is the last day of cycling, which means at the end of the ride we can jump into the Mediterranean Sea! Leaving the mountains we follow the rivers that come from the high peaks to join the sea; carving among the rocks we follow the fabulous gorges de l'Aude. Passing beautiful views over the Corbières vineyards we make our way towards the end of the route in St Cyprian by the sea. Here we will have time to celebrate the week’s achievements with a swim in the med and some well-earned drinks.

  • 8

    Free morning in St Cyprien before the trip ends here.

    Free morning to relax or explore St Cyprien at our own pace before the trip ends here. **

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