Ride from coast to coast! Cross the magnificent Pyrenees from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, conquering classic Tour de France climbs the whole way.
16 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
Really enjoyed the challenge and obvious camaraderie of the staff. Very encouraging. Beautiful weather. Fantastic scenery.
The 2018 Pyrenees trip was another outstanding Thomson adventure. The weather was perfect, the rides challenging, and the guides attentive and supportive. It’s a spectacular route with iconic climbs nearly every day. It’s definitely one of the more challenging trips with the 8 day format, several long days, and nearly every day with 8000+ feet of climbing. It’s extremely satisfying to see the Atlantic at the end and know you cycled the length of the Pyrenees.
This was our second Thomson trip and it lived up to Thomson’s stellar reputation. The support was first class, from arranging trip logistics, to bike maintenance, van support on the rides, and knowledgeable guides. Accommodations are always just right, with a combination of local character and in some cases luxury. Meals are always plentiful and often regionally specific, which is yet another way to explore the local region. To top it all off, the guides are exceptional. The guides are heavily invested in the trip and the clients’ enjoyment/success, and they feel like old friends after just a few days of riding together. We already have our next Thomson trip booked!
My 3rd and favourite trip. As per all Thomson trips it was all ‘about the bike’ - we came to ride and that is pretty much all we did. Happy, friendly and well organised team - thanks boys. Excellent route and spectacular weather. Not much more that I could ask for (except stronger legs - unfortunately thats down to me not the Thomson team).
I had a great experience on this trip. Well organized, excellent support, outstanding staff combined with interesting and skilled riders. This trip was very challenging and rewarding.
Impressive organisation and support. I could never have had this experience by myself or without a company as good as Thomson
This was my first ride in Europe, and first time to join this type of tour. It was fantastic, and far beyond expectations. I was not sure if I was capable to complete the course, but with the guidance of your leaders, I rode the entire course. I did not realize how much it meant to me, so I was quite surprised when I actually broke down in tears after cresting the last small hill and seeing the Atlantic Ocean. My thanks to Thompson and the ride leaders.
This was a fabulous and challenging cycling adventure! Every single ride was stunningly beautiful. The staff was fantastic and took excellent care of us. Thank you and I hope to see you again.
The trip was very professionally carried out. We all had trouble faulting it. Half way thru I suggested to Jordi that some food is put out at the end of the ride. This is the time your really starving so next day Jordi had it organized. Everything is closed when you hit town at days end. At the end of your tours it would be good to have a hose to wash the bikes down, we did have buckets of water but a hose would be ways better. Our Customs require perfectly clean sports gear, so that’s about the only thing we could suggest. A great tour thoroughly enjoyed. TJ
I loved riding across the Pyrenees and I loved climbing so many famous passes. The scenery was spectacular. The support and guiding were excellent. All of the staff worked hard to take care of everyone in our group of 18 riders.
Pyrennes are beautiful in September. Roads are quiet and views are great!
It was beautiful cycling! A great time of year to cross the Pyreenes.. Smooth roads, minimal traffic, great weather .
The entire experience was top notch, from the route planning, to the attentiveness of the staff, as well as the accommodations. It was an amazing challenge that I will not soon forget. I can’t wait for another challenge!
It was a joy to ride the Pyrenees with the Thomson staff who clearly love sharing this glorious corner of the world with other riders.
Another wonderful cycling week with TBT. Great staff, great rides ,great food, great scenery. The ultimate cycling experience for those who love to ride their bike.
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.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 9:00am - either at Barcelona Airport or at the TRYP Barcelona Airport Hotel
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. Our shuttle will take you to San Sebastian Airport, arriving at approximately 9:00am.
Alternative Barcelona Drop-Off Option:
Alternatively, you can travel back to Barcelona in our vans. Journey time to Barcelona is about 6 hours so expect to be there Sunday mid-afternoon.