Ride from coast to coast! Cross the magnificent Pyrenees from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, conquering classic Tour de France climbs the whole way.
Discover the sheer beauty of one of Europe’s most celebrated cycling terrains. We’ve designed an extra-challenging route starting in the renowned cycling hub of Girona. From Girona we cross the Pyrenees from east to west, conquering iconic Tour de France climbs like the Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque, Col d’Aspin, Col de Peyresourde and Port de Pailheres. The 950 km trek ends with a ceremonious dip in the Atlantic Ocean in the beautiful coastal town of Hendaye. Long after you return home, you’ll fondly remember the trademark cowbells that echo throughout the Pyrenees mountains. The perfect Pyrenean adventure!
Our trip starts at Barcelona airport where our staff will welcome you before the transfer to our hotel in Girona
After lunch, an orientation meeting and bike build-up we’ll head out on our warm-up ride. Our ride takes us over the famous Els Angels climb, a favorite with all the professional riders who live in Girona.
Through the Spanish Pyrenees
Today’s ride sees us follow the tyre tracks of so many great professional riders who have lived and trained in the Girona area.
The main highlight of the day is the spectacular 30km climb to the Coll de la Creueta. A firm favourite with the Vuelta a Espana, the Creueta is an hors-categorie climb and will prepare us well for the week ahead. From the top of the Creueta, enjoy the long descent to our hotel in the Spanish ski town of La Molina.
Across the border into France
One of our favourite rides today with the ascension of one of the top climbs in the Pyrenees - the HC Col de Pailheres.
From our hotel in La Molina we drop down to Puigcerda where we cross the border into France. The Port de Llo is our first climb in France but the big one comes after 75km in the village of Mijanes with the start of the Pailheres.
The Ariege Climbs
One of the most popular and most beautiful gran fondos in France is the Ariegeoise and today we have the opportunity to climb several of the Ariege climbs that frequently feature in the gran fondo.
Our route follows a classic Tour de France Ariege stage over the Port de Lers, Col d’Agnes, Col de Latrape and the Col de la Core. 4 categorized climbs and a total of almost 3000m of elevation gain - definitely a day for the climbers.
Classic Tour de France terrain
We continue heading westwards across the Pyrenees with another classic Tour de France route.
First up is the Col de Portet d’Aspet, followed immediately by the super-steep Col de Mente. A brief spell of flat roads takes us into Luchon where the classic Col de Peyresourde starts. A stop for crepes at the famous creperie on top of the Peyresourde will give us some much-needed energy for the final climb of the day to the Col d’Azet Val Louron.
Today’s ride doesn’t need much of an introduction. On the schedule today is the most famous climb in the Pyrenees, the hors-categorie Col du Tourmalet.
From our hotel in St Lary Soulan we ride down the valley to Arreau where the road kicks up signalling the start of the Col d’Aspin. Enjoy the views of the highest peaks in the Pyrenees from the top of the Aspin. A short descent from the Aspin takes us to Sainte Marie de Campan, the famous start of the Tourmalet.
The ride from the Col de Soulor to the Col d’Aubisque is one of the most spectacular rides in the Pyrenees. Riding along the cliff-face with the views of the Cirque de Litor is one of the highlights of the trip!
After the super-fast descent from the Aubisque we still have 2 more climbs to contend with before reaching our destination in Montory - the Cat. 2 Col de Marie-Blanque and the Cat. 3 Col d’Ichere.
One final day of riding and we can enjoy the sweet satisfaction of having ridden our bikes across the entire Pyrenees Mountain Range.
Of course we’ve still got a few climbs to go before we reach the Atlantic. First up is possibly the most challenging climb of the entire trip - the Hors-Categorie Col de Bagargui. From the Bagargui we have a couple of minor climbs before the final descent to the Atlantic.
We’ll round off the trip with a swim and celebration dinner by the Atlantic Ocean.
Unfortunately our trip must come to an end. We’ll transfer you to San Sebastian Airport (or return with our staff to Barcelona Airport). Safe travels!