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The Pyrenees Stages

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Duration
6 days / 5 nights

2015 Trip dates
July 13 › 18

Start location
Toulouse Blagnac Airport

Ending location
Toulouse Blagnac Airport

Accommodations
5 nights in St Lary

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person (USD)
$3,495 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $800
(Limited Availability)

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


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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 crucial Pyrenees mountain stages of the 2015 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 in the Pyrenees, LIVE on the mountainside:
    • Stage 11 - On the legendary Col du Tourmalet
    • Stage 12 - Summit Finish on Plateau de Beille
  • 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.

Non-Riders: Join our Spectator Trip!

If you have a partner or child, who does not ride, but would like to join you on this trip....we have a fantastic opportunity for them to come along and join in our Spectator Trip.

Our Spectator Trip specifically caters to non-riders and offers many organized activities for them to enjoy the energy of the Tour de France without riding a bike. Your non-rider partner/child 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. The Spectator trip includes Tour de France VIP viewings, VIP access to the riders, teams and celebrities, special visits, cultural activities and more.

For full details of our Spectator Trip - click here


Our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas

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

  • Prime viewing spots - our teams are in place several days before the race ensuring that we secure strategically placed viewing locations close to the summits of the climbs
  • 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 › Cap de Long › St Lary

29 miles
4593 ft

Mont Gaillard

20 miles
1476 ft
2
St Lary › Col d'Azet Val Louron › Col de Peyresourde › Superbagneres › Col de Peyresourde › St Lary
78 miles
12047 ft
Col d'Azet Val Louron › Col de Peyresourde
36 miles
4669 ft
3
LIVE TDF Viewing
Col du Tourmalet
64 miles
9062 ft
LIVE TDF Viewing
Col du Tourmalet
64 miles
9062 ft
4
LIVE TDF Viewing
Plateau de Beille Summit Finish
40 miles
5007 ft
LIVE TDF Viewing
Plateau de Beille Summit Finish
40 miles
5007 ft
5

Port de Bales › Col de Peyresourde

81 miles
9186 ft

Hourquette d'Ancizan › Col d'Aspin ›Col d'Azet Val Louron

48 miles
7575 ft
  TOTAL: 292 miles › 39,895 feet
TOTAL: 207 miles › 27,789 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
Plateau de Beille
4,117 ft
7.9%
9.8 miles
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1051
Col du Tourmalet (La Mongie)
4,160 ft
7.4%
10.7 miles
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1013
Cap de Long
4,400 ft
5.9%
14.1 miles
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1012
 
Port de Bales
3,888 ft
6.3%
11.7 miles
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971
 
Superbagneres
3,839 ft
6.3%
11.5 miles
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941
 
Col de Peyresourde (east)
3,081 ft
6.1%
9.5 miles
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674
 
Hourquette d'Ancizan (south)
2,641 ft
7.8%
6.4 miles
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658
 
Col d'Azet Val Louron (west)
2,559 ft
7.3%
6.7 miles
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656
Col d'Azet Val Louron(east)
2,034 ft
8.3%
4.6 miles
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561
 
Hourquette d'Ancizan (north)
2,966 ft
4.0%
14.0 miles
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540
Col d'Aspin (east)
2,556 ft
6.5%
7.4 miles
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538
Col de Peyresourde (west)
2,149 ft
6.6%
6.2 miles
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533
Col d'Aspin (west)
2,106 ft
5%
8 miles
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366
 
Mont Gaillard (from Borderes)
1,093 ft
5.8%
3.6 miles
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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

  • 6 days / 5 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All accommodations
  • Free access to our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas on stages 11 & 12
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • 3 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.