EPIC Trans Pyrenees

EPIC Trans Pyrenees

An epic ride across the legendary climbs of the Pyrenees

Discover the natural beauty of one of Europe’s most celebrated cycling terrains. Cross the highest peaks in the Pyrenees, conquering legendary Tour de France climbs every day. Includes Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin, Peyresourde, Pierre St Martin, Jaizkibel and many more!

Overview

Details

Next Departure

September 7th 2024

From

USD $4,795

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No

Rental Bike

USD $550

Ride Program

Total Distance

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Overview

NEW Route in 2024!

The Pyrenees conjure up images of famous Tour de France stages. This is your opportunity to transform these images into real life as you conquer the legendary Pyrenees climbs of the Tour de France.

From St Lary Soulan in the heart of the French Pyrenees, you’ll conquer the most iconic climbs as we cross the Pyrenees from east to west. The ride begins with Tour de France favourites like the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Peyresourde, Portet and Aspin before crossing the mighty Col de la Pierre Saint Martin into Spain. Several magnificent climbs await on the Spanish side including the iconic Basque climb, the Jaizkibel, which featured on Stage 2 of the 2023 Tour de France. From the Jaizkibel, it’s a short descent to your final hotel in the beautiful city of San Sebastián, one of the world’s most exciting gastronomic destinations.


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This was a spectacular and challenging cycling adventure. I loved cycling across the picturesque Pyrenees and climbing so many famous Cols. The route was perfectly ...

Patty West, Canada — 2021

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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 ...

Bob Goland, USA — 2018

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This was an excellent trip. The itinerary was hard and ambitious. We had to keep moving the entire time. The staff did an outstanding job ...

David McKenna, USA — 2019

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Welcome to the Pyrenees Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
02 Col de Portet Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
03 The Tourmalet Beausejour Hotel
04 Spandelles and Aubisque Hotel Alysson
05 Col de la Pierre St Martin Hotel Silken Puerta de Irati
06 Best of Spain and France Balneario Elgorriaga
07 Jaizkibel and into San Sebastián Hotel Catalonia Donosti
08 Au revoir!
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

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Welcome to the Pyrenees

Your trip starts at Toulouse Blagnac Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in St Lary Soulan.

After a brief orientation meeting, lunch and bike build-up, you’ll head out on our warm-up ride which takes you high into the hills above the Aure Valley, over the Col de Ris and the Montée d’Ilhan. Serene roads and spectacular mountain landscapes set the scene for the week to come!

Day 2

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Col de Portet

Your first big day of climbing – and we kick things off with one of the most challenging climbs in the Pyrenees. The Col de Portet was first introduced to the Tour de France in 2018, then again in 2021 when Tadej Pogačar won the stage. Starting right outside the Hotel Mercure we though there could be no better way to launch an Epic Trans Pyrenees trip. After conquering the Portet the ride continues with the stunning Col d’Azet Val Louron and the Col de Peyresoude before the descent back to the Hotel Mercure and the end of a quintessential day in the French Pyrenees!

Day 3

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The Tourmalet

After the toughest climb in the Pyrenees yesterday, today you’ll ride the most famous of all Pyreneen – the legendary Col du Tourmalet.

Setting out from the hotel your first challenge is in the form of the Category 1, Col d’Aspin. The descent of the Aspin takes you to Ste Marie de Campan and the start of the Tourmalet. Don’t be fooled by the gentle slops of the first few km, it won’t be long until you’ll be seeing a lot of grades in double digits. Enjoy a snack at the famous cafe on the summit before heading down to Luz St Sauveur where the spectacular switchbacks of the climb to Luz-Ardiden await, before the ride along the valley to the next hotel.

Day 4

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Spandelles and Aubisque

Another spectacular Pyreneen ride today featuring 2 magnificent climbs. First up is the Col de Spandelles where Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogačar broke away together in the 2022 Tour de France and where Tadej famously crashed on the descent. After the descent of the Spandelles, the road point upwards again as you head for the Col de Soulor and the Col d’Aubisque. The stretch of road between the Soulor and the Aubisque runs along the ridge of the Cirque du Litor and offers some of the most stunning views in the Pyrenees!

Day 5

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Col de la Pierre St Martin

Highlight of today’s ride is no doubt the Col de la Pierre St Martin. With an elevation gain of 1500m over a distance of 24km, the Pierre St Martin is close to the Tourmalet in overall difficulty level and last featured as a summit finish in the 2015 Tour de France when Chris Froome was first over the Finish Line. The Pierre St Martin also marks the border between France and Spain so you’ll be descending into the Spanish province of Navarra, hot-bed of Spanish cycling and birthplace of Miguel Indurain, 5-times winner of the Tour de France.

Day 6

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Best of Spain and France

On today’s ride you’ll cross the Spanish/French border a couple of times as the route winds its way through the best of the French and Spanish Pyrenees. From the hotel you’ll start climbing the Puerto de Larrau which takes you across the border into France for the first time. Next up is the Col de Bagargui with its steep sections in the final few km. A fantastic descent takes you to the town of St Jean Pied de Port, one of the main starting points for the St James Way. The short and stunning Col d’Ispeguy takes you back into Spain before the final descent to our hotel in Elgorriaga and the end of a magnificent day on the bike.

Day 7

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Jaizkibel and into San Sebastián

A fantastic ride to end the trip through the Spanish Basque Country, the mecca of Spanish cycling. 4 categorised climbs on the agenda culminating in the iconic Jaizkibel climb with it’s views of the cliffs and Atlantic Ocean that form this stunning section of the Basque coastline.

Day 8

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Au revoir!

Unfortunately, your trip across the Pyrenees has come to an end.

Our shuttle will drop you off at Bilbao Airport.

Map & Profile

Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
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from Arreau
5.9% 2
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6.1% 3
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toggle arrow Col de Portet
from St Lary Soulan
8.5% HC
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toggle arrow Col de Val Louron-Azet
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7.1% 1
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6.7% 1
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from Ste Marie de Campan
7.5% HC
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toggle arrow Luz-Ardiden
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7.5% HC
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toggle arrow Col de Spandelles
from Ferrieres
8.4% HC
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toggle arrow Col de Soulor
from Argeles-Gazost
5.4% 1
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toggle arrow Col d’Aubisque
from Col de Soulor
4.9% 2
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toggle arrow Col de Marie-Blanque
from Escot
7.7% 1
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toggle arrow Col de la Pierre Saint Martin
from Lourdios-Ichère
6.4% HC
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3.8% 3
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toggle arrow Puerto de Larrau
from Ochagavìa
4.7% 1
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toggle arrow Col de Bagargui
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7.4% HC
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toggle arrow Col d’Ispeguy
from St Etienne de Baigorry
6.9% 2
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toggle arrow Alto Agiña
from Lesaka
6.5% 2
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toggle arrow Alto de Aritxulegi
from Endara
7.1% 3
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from Oiartzun
5.0% 2
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5.5% 2
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No major climbs today

Climbs

Day 01
Day 02
Day 03
Day 04
Day 05
Day 06
Day 07

Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
2 Col de Ris (from Arreau) 01 48 5.9%
3 Montee d’Ilhan (from Borderes-Louron) 01 43 6.1%
HC Col de Portet (from St Lary Soulan) 02 151 8.5%
1 Col de Val Louron-Azet (from St Lary Soulan) 02 82 7.1%
1 Col de Peyresourde (from Avajan) 02 78 7.1%
1 Col d’Aspin (from Arreau) 03 80 6.7%
HC Col du Tourmalet (from Ste Marie de Campan) 03 126 7.5%
HC Luz-Ardiden (from Luz St Sauveur) 03 107 7.5%
HC Col de Spandelles (from Ferrieres) 04 107 8.4%
1 Col de Soulor (from Argeles-Gazost) 04 78 5.4%
2 Col d’Aubisque (from Col de Soulor) 04 43 4.9%
1 Col de Marie-Blanque (from Escot) 05 85 7.7%
HC Col de la Pierre Saint Martin (from Lourdios-Ichère) 05 123 6.4%
3 Alto de Lazar (from Isaba) 05 29 3.8%
1 Puerto de Larrau (from Ochagavìa) 06 61 4.7%
HC Col de Bagargui (from Auberge Logibar) 06 108 7.4%
2 Col d’Ispeguy (from St Etienne de Baigorry) 06 66 6.9%
2 Alto Agiña (from Lesaka) 07 57 6.5%
3 Alto de Aritxulegi (from Endara) 07 45 7.1%
2 Peñas de Aya (from Oiartzun) 07 47 5.0%
2 Jaizkibel (from Hondarribia) 07 47 5.5%
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2024
May 18 - 25
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Sep 7 - 14
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan

    Beausejour Hotel

    Hotel Alysson

    Hotel Silken Puerta de Irati

    Balneario Elgorriaga

    Hotel Catalonia Donosti


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on Day 1
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Toulouse Blagnac Airport
    • Drop-off at Bilbao Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on Day 1
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Toulouse Blagnac Airport
    • Drop-off at Bilbao Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Toulouse Blagnac Airport

    9:00am

    OR

    Pullman Toulouse Airport Hotel

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    9:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Bilbao Airport

    9:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Specialized Aethos Expert

    Frame

    Aethos FACT 10r Carbon

    Groupset

    Di2 Shimano Ultegra

    Weight

    699g (size 56)

    Wheels

    Roval C38

    Chainrings

    52/36T

    Cassette

    11-36t (12-speed)

    Sizes

    49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61

    USD $550

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    EPIC Trans Pyrenees

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