click here to go back to Thomson Bike Tours home page contact Thomson Bike Tours

Tour de France › KOM Challenge
The Pyrenees Stages

  Follow us on:
follow us on youtube follow us on flickr



Duration
7 days / 6 nights

2016 Trip dates
July 7 › 13

Start location
Toulouse Blagnac Airport

Ending location
Toulouse Blagnac Airport

Accommodations
6 nights in St Lary

Rental Bikes Available
Click here for more details

Price per person (USD)
$3,495 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $700
(Limited Availability)

Non-riders
Open to non-riders
(same price)

book this trip! 





2017 Advance Reservations Now OPEN

Full details of our trips to the 2017 Tour de France
will be available in November.

Don't miss out!
A huge success in 2016, these trips will sell out in 2017!

Pre-book your spot NOW with an advance reservation
.

Click here to make your advance reservation

What is an advance reservation?
click here to find out!


NOTE: 2017 Trip Details will be announced in November.
To give you an idea of what to expect in 2017, see details of our 2016 Trip below.

Hugely popular with avid riders, our King of the Mountains trips provide the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging rides over the toughest climbs of the Tour de France.

Join us for LIVE viewing of the 2 key Pyrenees mountain stages of the 2016 Tour de France.

Ready to reach new heights? Our King of the Mountains trip takes on the most ambitious and magnificent routes across the Pyrenees. Join our expert ride leaders on legendary climbs such as the Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin and the Col de Peyresourde.

This trip is suitable for avid cyclists.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the best of the action from the Tour de France:
    • Stage 7 - Finish in Lac de Payolle
      LIVE Viewing from the VIP Tribune on the Finish Line
    • Stage 8 - Pau - Bagneres de Luchon
      Access to our Private Hospitality Area on the Col de Val Louron-Azet
  • Ride key segments of the Tour de France route just hours before the peloton.
  • Climb Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin, Port de Bales and Col de Peyresourde – 4 of the most legendary Tour de France climbs!
  • NO Hotel Changes - Stay in just 1 hotel in St Lary Soulan! No more tiring hotel changes - we've booked the most central and bike-friendly hotel in the Pyrenees.
  • Choose your ride every day - We will offer a fully supported Extreme and Performance ride each day of the trip. The Extreme will test even the most hardcore cyclist and the Performance, while still challenging, is slightly less daunting. See the full ride program below.

Options for non-riders

If you have a companion who does not ride but would like to join you on this trip, there are still opportunities for them to enjoy the energy of the Tour de France without getting on a bike! Non-Riders will be able to stay in the same hotel with you, but have the option of taking part in the many special off-the-bike activities we have planned amongst our different groups. These activities may include Tour de France VIP viewings; VIP access to the riders, teams and celebrities; access to our Private Hospitality Areas on the cols; town visits and cultural activities, and more. If you are interested, please contact us for details.


Our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas

Enjoy your afternoon on the mountainside in the comfort and safety of our Race-Viewing Hospitality Area:

  • Prime viewing spot - our team is in place several days before the race ensuring that we secure a strategically placed viewing location close to the summit of the climb
  • Large marquis tents
  • Catered lunch and refrigerator stocked with cold drinks
  • LIVE Satellite TV race coverage in English: This is a Thomson specialty. No other Tour operator has pulled off this feat on the mountain!

Click here for more pictures of our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas


The Thomson Rides

Day
EXTREME PERFORMANCE
Ride Details Stats Ride Details
Stats
1

St Lary › Arreau › Montee d'Ilhan › St Lary Soulan

20 miles
2116 ft

St Lary › Arreau › Montee d'Ilhan › St Lary Soulan

20 miles
2116 ft
2

St Lary › Pla d'Adet › Col d'Aspin › Lac de Payolle

LIVE TDF Viewing
VIP Access to the Finish in Payolle

Lac de Payolle › Hourquette d'Ancizan › St Lary

48 miles
7526 ft

St Lary › Pla d'Adet › Col d'Aspin › Lac de Payolle

LIVE TDF Viewing
VIP Access to the Finish in Payolle

Lac de Payolle › Hourquette d'Ancizan › St Lary

48 miles
7526 ft
3

St Lary › Cap de Long › Col de Val Louron-Azet

LIVE TDF Viewing
Col de Val Louron-Azet

Col de Val Louron-Azet › St Lary

43 miles
7343 ft

St Lary › Cap de Long › Col de Val Louron-Azet

LIVE TDF Viewing
Col de Val Louron-Azet

Col de Val Louron-Azet › St Lary

43 miles
7343 ft
4
St Lary › Col de Peyresourde › Superbagneres › Col de Peyresourde › Col de Val Louron-Azet › St Lary
76 miles
12438 ft
St Lary › Col de Peyresourde › Col de Peyresourde › Col de Val Louron-Azet › St Lary
53 miles
8737 ft
5 St Lary › Hourquette d'Ancizan › Col du Tourmalet › Luz St Sauveur › Col du Tourmalet › Col d'Aspin › St Lary 88 miles
14692 ft
St Lary › Hourquette d'Ancizan › Col du Tourmalet › Col d'Aspin › St Lary 64 miles
9997 ft
6

St Lary › Port de Bales › Col de Peyresourde › St Lary

81 miles
9203 ft

St Bertrand de Comminges › Port de Bales › Col de Peyresourde › St Lary

51 miles
7874 ft
  TOTAL: 355 miles › 53,317 feet
TOTAL: 279 miles › 43,593 feet

* Please note that rides before and after TDF race-viewings are subject to change due to road closure schedules.


The Climbs

In just 1 week climb many of the legendary cols in the Pyrenees! Here's the complete list of cols included in both our ride programs, sorted by difficulty index:

Climb
Elev.
Gain
Av.
Grade
Length
Profile
Difficulty
Index
EXT
PERF
Col du Tourmalet (Luz)
4,606 ft
7.4%
11.8 miles
click...
1076
 
Col du Tourmalet (La Mongie)
4,160 ft
7.4%
10.7 miles
click...
1013
Cap de Long
4,400 ft
5.9%
14.1 miles
click...
1012
 
Port de Bales
3,888 ft
6.3%
11.7 miles
click...
971
Superbagneres
3,839 ft
6.3%
11.5 miles
click...
941
 
Pla d'Adet
2,825 ft
8%
6.6 miles
click...
788
 
Col de Peyresourde (Luchon)
3,081 ft
6.1%
9.5 miles
click...
674
Hourquette d'Ancizan (Ancizan)
2,641 ft
7.8%
6.4 miles
click...
658
Col de Val Louron-Azet (St Lary)
2,559 ft
7.3%
6.7 miles
click...
656
Col de Val Louron-Azet (Genos)
2,034 ft
8.3%
4.6 miles
click...
561
Hourquette d'Ancizan (Payolle)
2,966 ft
4.0%
14.0 miles
click...
540
Col d'Aspin (Arreau)
2,556 ft
6.5%
7.4 miles
click...
538
Col de Peyresourde (Arreau)
2,149 ft
6.6%
6.2 miles
click...
533
Col d'Aspin (Ste Marie de Campan)
2,106 ft
5%
8 miles
click...
366
Montee d'Ilhan (Borderes)
1,093 ft
5.8%
3.6 miles
click...
332

The Top Support

Quite simply, we provide the best support in the industry - guaranteed!

  • As VIP Official Tour Operator we have the constant support and assistance of the Tour de France organizers - this opens many otherwise closed doors...
  • Staff to client ratio of 1:4
  • The best staff in the industry - check out our testimonials
  • Small Ride-groups - we split the overall group into ride-groups of approximately 10 riders. This allows us to have riders of similar ability within the same ride-group and provides a far superior cycling experience with full support but less waiting
  • 1 TBT experienced ride leader and 1 SAG van per ride-group
  • Experienced Mechanic
  • Top-of-the-line rental bikes

What's Included

  • 7 days / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All accommodations
  • TDF Stage 7: Access to the VIP Area on the Finish Line in Lac de Payolle
  • TDF Stage 8: Free access to our Race-Viewing Hospitality Area (Col de Val Louron-Azet)
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • 2 lunches
  • Pick-up at Toulouse Blagnac Airport
  • Drop-off at Toulouse Blagnac Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicles
  • Thomson Bike Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Infinito CV is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.