Pyrenees Coast to Coast

Pyrenees Coast to Coast Raid Pyrenees Book Now 3 and 4-star accommodation. 7 days riding Average of 100km per day with the option to add on extra km each day. Collection and return to airport or train station, near the start and finish. 8 nights b&b and evening meal. Cycling guide with years of experience…

Tour de France 2022 Route Map

Tour de France 2022 Route Map . TOTAL: 3 328 KM           STAGE TYPE DATE START AND FINISH DISTANCE DETAILS 1  INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL FRI 07/01/2022 COPENHAGUE > COPENHAGUE 13 KM STAGE 1 2  FLAT SAT 07/02/2022 ROSKILDE > NYBORG 199 KM STAGE 2 3  FLAT SUN 07/03/2022 VEJLE > SØNDERBORG 182 KM…

Arthur Vichot – Hautacam

Arthur Vichot – Hautacam Arthur Vichot (born 26 November 1988) is a French cyclist, who rode professionally between 2010 and 2020, for the Groupama–FDJ and B&B Hotels–Vital Concept teams. He is the nephew of Frédéric Vichot, who won stages in the Tour de France in 1984 and 1985. In 2013 and 2016 is won the…

Rocamadour

Rocamadour Rocamadour is a small clifftop village in south-central France. It is known for the Cité Réligieuse complex of religious buildings, accessed via the Grand Escalier staircase. It includes the Chapelle Notre-Dame, with its Black Madonna statue, and the Romanesque-Gothic Basilica of St-Sauveur. You will not cycle past without stopping to take in the view…

Pont Valentré Cahors

Pont Valentré CahorsPont Valentré Cahors A remarkable example of medieval architecture, the Pont Valentré is a listed building and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. It is on the main pilgrim Route to Santiago de Compostela. Built at the time of the Anglo-French Wars, the Pont Valentré is an example of French…

Raid Pyrenees Coast to Coast 2020

Saturday 20th June to Sunday 28th June, 2020. Monday 6th July to Tuesday 14th July, 2020. Raid Pyrenees Coast to Coast – Full route datails Book Now 3 and 4-star accommodation. 7 days riding Average of 100km per day with the option to add on extra km each day. Collection and return to airport or…

Ireland

Customs tours in Ireland. From a long weekend to a full circle of the Island we know all the best roads to ride.

Pyrenees Coast to Coast Profiles

Pyrenees Coast to Coast Profiles Profiles of our coast to coast route with popup profile for the climbs. Best in full screen.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water in France Drinking Water Drinking Water is always a problem for cyclists in the heat of summer. To help out a bunch of French cyclists have started a database of List of water points that are good to drink from. It is a work in progress and is constantly being added to by…

Pyrenees Cycling Routes

Pyrenees Cycling Routes Cycling Routes. Here is a sample of some Cycling Routes ridden by our tour guests in the Pyrenees and surrounding regions. It is not comprehensive and there are many more options and combinations available. I will be adding to this page as the years go by. [cm-routes-map category=pyrenees-great-road-climbs]

Catalonia Spring Training Holiday

Spring holidays in Catalunya Through March and April each spring we offer the opportunity to ride some beautiful roads in Catalunya. Between our base on the coast and the beautiful city of Girona, are some of the best training roads in Europe. Expect to encounter far more cyclists than motorists as many cyclists from the…

Bespoke Cycling Holidays

Create Your Own Cycling Holidays Cycling Holidays and Tours. We will work with you on the creation of a cycling tour to your specifications. From a small group of friends to a large charity or corporate event, we have expert knowledge of southern France and Northern Spain. [wpforms id=”12900″ title=”false” description=”false”]

Bordeaux to Montpellier – Coast to Coast

Bordeaux to Montpellier 8 nights half board accommodation in hotels, 3 and 4 stars. 7 days riding, averaging 125km per day. This is a moderately difficult tour and is suitable for any regular cyclist. This tour offers a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of south-west France. Coast to coast from the massive sand dunes on…

Col du Portet

Col du Portet At 2215m altitude, this is the highest Tour de France finish in the French Pyrenees. The climb is a spectacular 16km @8.7%. The Col du Portet is located above the village of Saint-Lary Soulan in the Hautes-Pyrénées and during the winter it is at the heart of the resort’s ski area. With an…

Col du Tourmalet 3d

3d route video of the western side of Col du Tourmalet.

Cirque du Litor

The Cirque du Litor is the road between Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque. Litor is the Gascon word for avalanche. It is always the last road to open in spring. This photo is from last Sunday afternoon.

Gorge de Luz

20th May, 17:15 Gorge de Luz has reopened. The road D921 through Gorge de Luz is closed due to a rock slide. This is the road on the western side of Col du Tourmalet. There has been several small earthquakes in the past week and it seems that they have loosened some rocks. At the…

Tourmalet 2016

I went up Col du Tourmalet yesterday to make some photos. Some of our guests from the cycling lodge were up there and I had hoped to see them and get a few shots. I only took the one photo, which is below before I came across Rob from England who had a mechanical. It…

Col de Portet d’Aspet

Portet-d’Aspet Col de Portet d’Aspet is is a Cat 2 climb in Haute-Garonne. The summit is 1069 metres altitude. It is situated on the D618 road between Aspet, Haute Garonne to the west and Saint-Girons, Ariége in the east. The climb is short but very steep on the western side. It was in the first mountain…

Col du Pourtalet

Col du Pourtalet Col du Pourtalet, El Portalet or Portalet d’Aneu is a Cat HC climb to the border between France and Spain in Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The summit is 1794 metres and links the Ossau (France) and Tena (Spain) valleys. The name is tautological as Pourtalet comes from the Gascon language and means the same as the French word…

Col du Portillon

Col du Portillon Col du Portillon is in Haute Garonne on the border between France and Spain. The summit is 1293 metres altitude. Cat 2 from Bossòst in Spain, the climb is 8.6 km @ 6.8%, with 583 metres gain. The steepest section is at 8.2%, 3 km from the summit. Cat 1 from Bagnères-de-Luchon, the climb is 10.2 km @ 6.5%…

Col de Puymorens

Col de Puymorens Col de Puymorens is a Cat HC climb in Ariége. The summit is at 1915 metres altitude near the border of France, Spain and Andorra. It was first used in Le Tour de France in 1913 and last in 1993. The road to the col is very busy and it has very…

Luz-Ardiden

Luz-Ardiden Luz Ardiden is a Cat HC climb to a ski station in Hautes Pyrenees. About 30km south of Lourdes in a valley known as Pays Toy (country of the small people). The climb starts in the spa town of Saint Sauveur at 710m altitude and climbs for 13.1km @ 8% to the summit at…

La Pierre Saint Martin

Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin is a Cat HC climb in Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The col is on the border between France and Spain. It has appeared in one Tour de France in 2007, on a stage that finished at Col d’Aubisque. The 2015 Tour de France will have a stage finish…

Col d’Aubisque

Col d’Aubisque The Col d’Aubisque (1,709 m) is in the department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Aquitaine region of France. It is approx. 50km south of the city of Pau. Col d’Aubisque photo Gallery. The col is on the northern slopes of the Pic de Ger (2,613m.) and connects the towns of Laruns, in the…

Criterium de Lacq-Audejos

Criterium de Lacq-Audejos Criterium de Lacq-Audejos will take place on Monday 4th August 2014. This will be the 7th edition of the race. It is one of many post Tour de France criteriums which take place throughout Europe in the first few weeks after Le Tour. Lacq-Audéjos is a town of 700 people just west…

Lucien Buysse

Lucien Buysse Lucien Buysse, 11 September 1892 3 January 1980, was a Belgian cyclist and winner of the 1926 Tour de France. Lucien Buysse was born in Wontergem Belgium in 1892, Buysse started racing as a professional in 1914, in which year he rode his first Tour de France. He comes from one of cycling’s…

Cyclotouring France

Cyclotouring France Donna and Milton from Sydney, Australia. They left Pyrenees Cycling Lodge this morning for a month long tour of southern France. Bon Route!  

FDJ at Hautacam

FDJ at Hautacam I planned to catch the Francaise des Jeux team this afternoon on Hautacam. My guess was that they would be starting the climb about 14:00. I was wrong! They were finished before that. Anyway I caught then right at the top and got a few photos. Hope to catch up with them again…

Francaise des Jeux

Francaise des Jeux The French World Tour team, Francaise des Jeux, are in the Pyrenees this week for some mountain training in preparation for Le Tour de France. The team which is sponsored by the French national lottery, www.fdj.fr will be built around Thibaut Pinot. Pinot is a very talented rider. He is 24 years old and many…

Eugene Christophe

Eugene Christophe Eugene Christophe was born in Malakoff, near Paris on 22 January 1885. He was a professional cyclist from 1904 to 1926. In 1919 he became the first rider to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France. In all he rode the Tour 11 times, finishing 8 but never winning, however, he…

Eugene Christophe Story

Tour de France TV presenter and producer, Gérard Holtz has been in the area for the past 2 weeks filming a TV programme about the events of the 1913 Tour de France. The Eugene Christophe story is one of the great legends of Le Tour de France. Locations have included Hautacam and Saint-Savin, it will…

Col du Tourmalet

Col du Tourmalet Col du Tourmalet is a Cat HC climb in Hautes Pyrenees. The summit is 2115 meters altitude. The road D918 connects the Vallées des Gaves to the west with Vallée de Campan to the east. It is the most used climb in the Tour de France. 2018 will be the 86th time…

Hautacam

Hautacam Hautacam is a Cat HC climb in the Vallée du Lavedan in Hautes Pyrénées. The climb up Hautacam starts from Argelès-Gazost by the Gave de Pau river near the rugby club, on road D100. The start altitude is 431m. It is 14.5km to the ski station at Hautacam. The road continues for 1.3km to the dead-end…

Hautacam Photos

Hautacam Photos A few photos from hautacam today.

French Tour de France Winners

French Tour de France Winners. Despite not winning for the past 29 years, France is still well ahead in stage and GC wins. France 36 Belgium 18 Spain 12 Italy 9 Luxembourg 5 USA 3 Netherlands 2 Switzerland 2 England 2 Germany 1 Denmark 1 Australia 1 Ireland 1 France has had 680 stage wins…

Tour de France Wins By Nation

Tour de France Wins By Nation France (36 victories) 1903 : Garin 1904 : Cornet 1905 : Trousselier 1906 : Pottier 1907/08 : Petit-Breton 1910 : Lapize 1911 : Garrigou 1923 : H. Pélissier 1930/32 : Leducq 1931/34 : Magne 1933 : Speicher 1937 : R. Lapébie 1947 : Robic 1953/54/55 : L. Bobet 1956…

Alberto Contador Rides Hautacam

Alberto Contador Alberto Contador has put an end to a very successful spring season but has already started the preparation of his major target: the Tour de France. Last week he made a reconnaissance of the decisive stages in the Pyrenees and the final long time trial of the French race. Last week Alberto Contador…

Col d’Aspin

Col d’Aspin Col d’Aspin is a Cat 1 climb in Hautes Pyrenees. The summit is 1489 metres altitude. It connects Sainte-Marie-de-Campan, in the upper Adour valley to the west, with Arreau, on the River Neste into Aure Valley to the east. Col d’Aspin has a big reputation and is one of the better known climbs…

Plateau de Beille

Plateau de Beille Plateau de Beille is a Cat HC climb to a ski station in Ariége. It is between the towns of Tarascon-sur-Ariége and Ax-les-Thermes, south of road N20. My advice is to not cycle on N20, very dangerous road. Plateau de Beille has been a stage finish 5 times in Le Tour de…

Superbagnères

Superbagnères Superbagnères is a Cat HC climb to a ski station in Haute Garonne. The summit is 1804 metres altitude. Cat HC from Bagnères-de-Luchon, the climb to the ski-station is 18.5 km @ 6.3%, with the summit being at 1800 m above sea-level. There are several short sections in excess of 10%.  Tour de france 1961 : Massignan 1962 : (clm/ITT)…

Col du Soulor

Col du Soulor Col du Soulor is a Cat HC climb near Argeles-Gazost in Hautes Pyrénées. The summit is 1474 metres altitude. A Tour de France classic it is one of the cols of “The Circle of Death” also one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Bucolic and rustic, it sometimes seems that…

Col de Val Louron-Azet

Col de Val Louron-Azet Col de Val Louron-Azet is a Cat 1 climb in Hautes pyrénées between Genos and Saint-Lary-Soulan. It is also known as Col d’Azet. The summit is 1580 metres altitude. It connects Saint-Lary-Soulan , in the valley of Aure , to Génos and Loudenvielle in the Louron valley by Road D225. Cat…

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