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You will be greated by an Exodus guide at the start hotel in Hendaye. If there is time you can go for a ride along the sea front towards Pointe de Ste Barbe. In the evening the guide will talk you through the itinerary for the weeks cycling. Stay in 2-star hotel in Hendaye for the night.
Ride over the Col du St Ignace and the Col d'Osquich before a long descent into Licharre.
Today you will warm up climbing the Col de St Ignace at 169m, gaining altitude progressively to join the mountains. You will cycle through St Jean Pied de Port, the renowned medieval city on the Compostelle way. You will then climb the Col d'Osquich, officially at 392m of altitude but the road culminates at 500m. After this, enjoy a nice ride down to the village of Mauleon Licharre where you will spend the night.
Ride through the Basque hills before taking on the Hors category Col d'Aubisque and the Col de Soulor followed by a long descent to Arrens Marsours.
In the morning, you will cycle through the Basque hills before joining Laruns. This is the west starting point of the mythic Col d'Aubisque. You will challenge yourself on this Hors Category pass, 17 km climb at 8 % average gradient with sections at 10%. The pass is at 1709m of altitude, then after a short descent you will cycle up to the Col de Soulor, this is the last summit before a superb descent to Arrens Marsous. You will then arrive in Luz Saint Sauveur where you will stay for the night.
Today we ride the mighty Hors Category Col du Tourmalet followed by the first category Col d'Aspin; overnight in Cadeac.
Today, you will cycle over the col du Tourmalet. It is one of the most legendary climbs in the Pyrenees, at 2115m altitude and climbed 52 times by the TDF since 1947, which make 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 (First category, 12km from Saint Marie de Campan, 5,2% average gradient). You stay in a 2-Star Hotel in Cadéac.
Cycle over the Col de Peyresourde, Col des Ares and the Col de Portet d'Aspet before stopping in St Girons for the night.
Three passes are waiting for you today. First you will climb the col de Peyresourde, a first category col with 20km ascent at 4.5% average gradient with sections at 8%. Then you will cycle down to Bagnère de Luchon valley where the Tour de France stops regularly. You will then 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. Stay in a 2-Star Hotel in St Girons for the night.
Ride the Col du Port with amazing views over the Ariege Valley before climbing the Col de Chioula before descending to Ax les Thermes for the night.
From St Girons, you 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%. You will then descend to Bompas where you will join the “route des corniches”, a road that overlooks the Ariège valley with great views. You will then climb the Col de Chioula up to 1431m of altitude. From the summit you will descend towards Ax les Thermes where you will spend the night.
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 you can swim in the Mediterranean Sea! Leaving the mountains, you will 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, the weeks ride will end 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.
End St Cyprien.
You will have a free morning to relax or explore St Cyprien at your own pace.