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2017 TRIP DETAILS
Our Pyrenees & Mont Ventoux KOM Challenge provides the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging and rewarding rides on the legendary routes and climbs of the Pyrenees.
From the Pyrenees we head over to Provence where riders can test themselves on the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux.
Tour de France Race-Viewing Details
Stage 11: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Pau
Stage 12: Official “Ride over the Finish Line” at the Summit Finish in Peyragudes
Stage 12: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee (Peyragudes)
Stage 14: Access to the VIP Departure Village at the Stage Start in Blagnac
Top 7 reasons to choose Thomson
1. Tour de France Official Tour Operator - one of only 2 operators awarded “premium” status
2. VIP access to 2 key stages in the Pyrenees
3. Access to our Private Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to Peyragudes
4. Extensive Ride Program: choose from 3 fully supported rides. Only with Thomson!
5. Stay at the Luxury 4-star St Lary Mercure, the most sought-after hotel in the Pyrenees
6. KOMs galore: Mont Ventoux, Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Aspin, Port de Bales and more…
7. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed!
NEW in 2017 - THREE fully supported ride levels!
With 3 daily rides from 30km to 150km, you can be sure we have the right ride for you. Check out our Sport, Performance and Extreme ride programs.
Total Distance: 222km / 138miles
Total Elevation: 6,850m / 22,474ft
Longest Ride: 55km / 34miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 1,772m / 5,814ft
Total Distance: 436km / 271miles
Total Elevation: 12,389m / 40,646ft
Longest Ride: 103km / 64miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 3,074m / 10,085ft
Total Distance: 631km / 392miles
Total Elevation: 18,450m / 60,531ft
Longest Ride: 141km / 88miles
Most climbing in 1 day: 4,509m / 14,793ft
Bienvenue en France!
Our staff will meet you at Toulouse Blagnac Airport. From the airport we have a short transfer to our hotel in St Lary Soulan. After checking in to the hotel we’ll have our Orientation Meeting followed by lunch, then our mechanics will be on hand to help you get the bikes ready for the first ride.
Our warm-up ride takes us high into the hills above the Aure Valley and gives us our first taste of riding in the Pyrenees. Serene roads and spectacular mountain landscapes set the scene for the week to come!
Port de Bales and Peyresourde
Today’s route features one of the toughest climbs in the Pyrenees, the HC Port de Bales. The Port de Bales features in Stage 12 of this years Tour de France so expect to be cheered up the climb by the many fans that will already be camped out on the famous slopes.
Enjoy the view at the summit of the endless, rolling green mountains before the road heads downwards towards Luchon. Just before Luchon we’ll tackle our second climb of the day, the Cat.1 Col de Peyresourde. Enjoy some crepes at the famous creperie on the summit of the Peyresourde before the descent back to our hotel in St Lary.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 11
VIP access to the Stage Finish in Pau
The Tour de France enters the Pyrenees today and we’ll watch the sprint finish from the luxury of the Official VIP tribune, directly on the Finish Line in Pau.
Before heading over to Pau, we’ll get out on the bikes in the morning and head for the little known, but sensational Route des Lacs ride. This ride takes us up to the Cap de Long Lake which sits at 2161m and is one of the most beautiful rides in the Pyrenees.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 12
Private Viewing at the Summit Finish in Peyragudes
Before climbing up to our Private Race Viewing Hospitality Tents on the mountainside of the summit finish in Peyragudes there’s a big day ahead of us. From our hotel in St Lary we’ll head up the Col de Val Louron-Azet followed by the climb to the Col de Peyresourde. Enjoy a crepe at the famous creperie on top of the Peyresourde before the short descent and the final climb to the finish in Peyragudes.
Now you’ve earned a race day afternoon! Enjoy the wild Tour de France scene from the comfort of our Hospitality Tents. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.
We saved the best for last! Our objective today is the infamous Col du Tourmalet. Rising to a height of over 2000m, the Tourmalet is one of the highest passes in the Pyrenees and definitely one of the most challenging.
Combined with the Col d’Aspin on the way there and the Hourquette d’Ancizan on the way home and you have a huge day on the bike. The photo opportunity at the top of Tourmalet is a well-earned reward.
Tour de France LIVE Viewing: Stage 14
VIP access to the Stage Start in Toulouse
As Official Tour Operator we have exclusive VIP passes into the Departure Village at the stage start in Toulouse. The “village” offers fantastic opportunities to get up-close to the riders, the Tour celebrities and get a first-hand view of the inner workings of the Tour de France. This is the place to get these all-important souvenirs, gifts, autographs and pictures with the Tour celebrities and riders.
After the start of the race, we’ll transfer over to our hotel in Provence - for a date with Mont Ventoux!
Climb the iconic “Giant of Provence”, one of the most mythical mountains in cycling history. We’ll climb “Le Geant” from the Bedoin side, made famous by so many Tour de France stages. 21.5km total ascent with the last 6.5km across a barren, wind-blown landscape that looks like the surface of the moon.
A fitting end to our Tour de France KOM Challenge trip.
Unfortunately, our Tour de France trip must come to an end. We’ll drop you off at Marseille airport. Safe travels!