10 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
I thoroughly enjoyed my week with Thompson. Having watched the tour since c1981 (when ITV world of sport used to show weekly highlights) through the C4 days onto ITV 4 and Eurosport, to get to experience the riders coming towards you on on the Col de Val Louron having just climbed it a few hours previously will live long in the memory. As will the visits to the depart village and the VIP stage end in Laruns. The organisation and hospitality from all the Thompson staff is amazing
It doesn’t matter how many times you have imagined yourself riding in the legendary roads of the TdF, being there with Thomson will exceed anything. It is worth every penny, and it will leave you with ever lasting memories. So many, you feel your head and your heart will explode.
Thomson Bike Tours exceeded my expectations in every way. Everything they did was top-notch. I hope to return someday—and I’ll gladly recommend them to friends.
Riding in the Pyrenees should be on every cyclist’s bucket list. It is spectacular and challenging. Doing it with Thomson Bike Tours will ensure you enjoy every second, have all the support and comfort you need and allow you to focus on the cycling. I highly recommend Thomson Bike Tours and will cycle with them many times in the years ahead.
Overall it was a wonderful trip. The Thomson team prepared us for each ride and built up our confidence by get the riders accustomed to the challenges of our climbs. We were ready for Col du Tourmalet. Stage viewing was a highlight with close contact to riders and well staged venues to enjoy the Tour.
The trip was booked by my wife to celebrate my fiftieth birthday. She wanted it to be perfect, an experience of a life time. She and Thomson absolutely nailed it. Wow !
This was an amazing experience. Challenging, exciting, beautiful with exceptional access to a major sporting event. Our week in the Pyrenees was a lifetime event! I recommend it to any serious cycler who wants a challenge, but also the benefits of a tour with great food. Great Job Peter, Tony, Juan and everyone on the team!
I had high expectations, and not a little worry about whether I could “do it”. The trip exceeded my expectations by far-the best trip ever. And, with the great briefings and support, I learned early on that I was able to do even the toughest climbs. Worth every penny. Also, I think the group grew close over the week. It would be great to share emails so we can see each others’ pictures and share them.
Peter and the team were absolutely amazing! Their personalities mixed with the accommodations, rides and routes, scenery, and Tour de France experience made for a trip of a lifetime… recommended to be done yearly!
What an AMAZING week. Thomson continues to demonstrate why you are simply unmatched in the business. The riding was out of this world, the staff were fantastic to ride with AND just genuinely great people and the planning/logistics were typical Thomson perfection. And the up close and personal access we had to the race itself was SPECTACULAR and will be with me forever. I couldn’t have designed a better experience in my dreams. It was an absolute PLEASURE to suffer with you and your incredible staff through the amazing terrain in the Pyrenees and I can’t wait to suffer with you again soon on another trip of a lifetime.
2018 TRIP DETAILS
Our Pyrenees Stages KOM Challenge provides the perfect mix of LIVE race-viewing plus challenging and rewarding rides on the legendary routes and climbs of the Pyrenees.
Conquer the unique Col de Portet and witness the stage finish on this monster climb - its first ever appearance in a major race. Our exciting program features a full week of famous rides and thrilling race-viewing.
Tour de France Race-Viewing Details
Stage 17: Access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee (Col de Portet)
Stage 18: Access to the VIP Departure Village in Trie sur Baïse
Stage 19: Access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in Laruns
Top 7 reasons to choose Thomson
1. TDF Official Premium Tour Operator - one of only 2 operators awarded “Premium” status
2. VIP access to the 3 key stages in the Pyrenees
3. Access to our Private Hospitality Marquee on the Col de Portet
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: Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Aspin, Portet, Port de Bales, Aubisque and more…
7. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed!
THREE fully supported ride levels!
3 fully supported rides each day - from 20km to 170km - ensure you’ll find the ride that matches your personal fitness level. Check out our Sport, Performance and Extreme ride programs.
(during the trip, you may choose a different ride level each day - you don’t have to stick with the same ride level for the entire trip)