Tour de France KOM Challenge – Pyrenees

Tour de France KOM Challenge – Pyrenees

Experience the Pyrenees stages with the Premier Official Tour Operator

LIVE race-viewing in Andorra and the French Pyrenees. Challenging rides including the Tourmalet, Luz-Ardiden and Col du Portet. No one does the Tour like Thomson!

Overview

Details

Next Departure

July 10th 2021

Price

USD $6,495

Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

Yes ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Performance Ride Program

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Overview

A Thomson trip to the Tour de France is a unique blend of LIVE race-viewing and challenging riding.

On the Thomson KOM Pyrenees trip you’ll witness the best of the race action on Luz-Ardiden and the Stage 15 Finish in Andorra, live on the mountain-side from our Private Hospitality Marquee. Mingle with the pro riders and Tour celebrities with our privileged VIP access to the Departure Village of Stage 19 in Mourenx, and cherish the unique experience of riding across the Finish Line ahead of the peloton in St Gaudens.

You’ll also have a challenging ride program. You’ll conquer numerous famous climbs including Le Tourmalet, Luz-Ardiden, Le Portet, Port de Bales, Le Peyresoude, L’Aspin and the most famous climbs in Andorra including the Port de Cabus, Coll d’Ordino, Collada de Beixalis, Arcalis and the Coll de la Gallina. No one rides like Thomson!

With Thomson you’re also guaranteed the best support in the business. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain!

Book with Confidence Commitment

Because of the uncertainty at present due to Covid-19, we are offering a greater level of flexibility. Our Book with Confidence commitment is designed to give you peace of mind by providing a full refund for cancellations received before March 31.


3 fully supported daily rides!

Yes, that’s correct! Each day you’ll have the choice of 3 different fully supported rides – from 20km to 130km (12 miles to 80 miles). No matter your fitness level, our extensive ride program has you covered. Perfect for couples who love to ride but have different fitness levels.

 

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Performance  Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Welcome to Andorra! Hotel Spa Princesa Parc
01 Welcome to Andorra! Hotel Spa Princesa Parc
01 Welcome to Andorra! Hotel Spa Princesa Parc
02 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Collada de Beixalis Hotel Spa Princesa Parc
02 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Collada de Beixalis Hotel Spa Princesa Parc
02 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Collada de Beixalis Hotel Spa Princesa Parc
03 Discover Andorra, training ground of the pros Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
03 Discover Andorra, training ground of the pros Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
03 Discover Andorra, training ground of the pros Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
04 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & VIP Finish-Line Tribune in St Gaudens Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
04 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & VIP Finish-Line Tribune in St Gaudens Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
04 Ride over the Finish Line, Podium Photo Op & VIP Finish-Line Tribune in St Gaudens Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: Col de Portet Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: Col de Portet Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: Col de Portet Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
06 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the climb to Luz-Ardiden Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
06 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the climb to Luz-Ardiden Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
06 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the climb to Luz-Ardiden Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
07 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Mourenx - OR - Ride Val Louron & Aspin Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
07 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Mourenx - OR - Quintessential Pyrenees Ride Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
07 LIVE Race-Viewing: VIP Departure Village in Mourenx - OR - Ride Col de Val Louron-Azet Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
08 Chaingate: Port de Bales Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
08 Chaingate: Port de Bales Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
08 Aspin & Hourquette d'Ancizan Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan
09 Au revoir!
09 Au revoir!
09 Au revoir!
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Day 1

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Welcome to Andorra!

Your trip starts at Barcelona Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in Andorra. Before lunch we’ll have a brief Orientation Meeting followed by the bike-build, where our mechanics will be on hand if you need help preparing your bike.

You’ll kick off the week in the Pyrenees with the Collada de Beixalis climb, one of the short climbs used frequently on the training rides by the hundreds of professional riders that live in Andorra. See how your time compares to the star-studded Strava KOM list on this segment…

Day 2

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LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Collada de Beixalis

The Tour de France enters the Pyrenees today with a huge stage finishing in the principality of Andorra. We’ve chosen to watch the race on the Collada de Beixalis, the final climb of the stage. Coming after 170km of racing and with an average grade of 8.5%, this climb will blow the race apart and you’ll be there, close to the summit, to witness the attacks.

Before sitting down to watch the race, we’ve prepared a magnificent ride which replicates the end of Stage 9 of the 2019 Vuelta a España over the Alto de la Comella and the magnificent climb to Cortals d’Encamp. A short descent from Cortals d’Encamp and you’ll join the Tour de France race route for the final climb to Beixalis where our Logistics Team will have set up our Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee. Enjoy the buzzing Tour de France atmosphere from the comfort of the Marquee. Food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as you wait for the peloton to approach.

Day 3

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Discover Andorra, training ground of the pros

A Tour de France rest day – but not for you! We’ve lined up another magnificent Andorran ride, including the top 2 climbs in Andorra: the 18km climb to Arcalis and the 16km climb to the Port de Cabus. All the pro teams will be out on the Andorran roads for their Rest Day “spin” so no doubt you’ll run into a few teams on the ride.

After the ride you’ll have lunch at the hotel then transfer to your next hotel in St Lary Soulan where you’ll stay for the next 6 nights.

Map & Profile

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toggle arrow Collada de Beixalis
from Anyos
7.2% 2
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toggle arrow Alto de la Comella
from Andorra La Vella
8.7% 3
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toggle arrow Cortals d’Encamp
from Engolasters
6.3% HC
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toggle arrow Collada de Beixalis
from Encamp
8.7% 2
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toggle arrow Arcalis
from Ordino
5.2% HC
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toggle arrow Port de Cabus
from Erts
6.2% HC
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Climbs

Stage 14

Carcassonne > Quillan


Rather calm until Lavelanet, the journey into the Pyrenees rapidly becomes a roller-coaster ride as of Montségur: the citadel of vertigo and its rough climbs, then the Col de la Croix des Morts and Col de Saint-Louis that the riders will reach by riding on the spectacular Viaduc de l'Escargot, will sharpen the appetite of the hungriest climbers.

Stage 15

Céret > Andorra La Vella


A start in Céret for the first ever time, a first stop in the Pyrénées-Orientales area since 2009 and Thomas Voeckler’s victory in Perpignan, a journey through Prades, Font-Romeu, the col de Puymorens, the Port d'Envalira and Beixalis with slopes that are as tough to climb as they are tricky to descend: the Principality will crown a real king of the mountains.

Stage

Rest Day (Andorra)


Stage 16

Pas de la Casa > St Gaudens


The Yellow Jersey contenders could enjoy a moment of truce and the hilly stage profile seems to favour breakaway riders who will still be fresh enough in this third week of racing. They will have to shake up the race if they don’t want to miss out on one of the last clear opportunities of shining.

Stage 17

Muret > Col de Portet


The Tour resumes from the bottom of the Pyrenees to face them differently with this stage that has two faces, with a big chain ring on over 100 kilometres before taking on three major obstacles in a row: Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet and to finish off, the 16-km climb at an average gradient close to 9% of the unforgiving Col du Portet. Big efforts required for what promises to be quite a show.

Stage 18

Pau > Luz-Ardiden


Dense, tense, selective with the climbs up two giants of the Pyrenees: the Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden, where the verdict of the final mountain battle will be known. The climbing type leaders will have to find a way to gain enough time in the GC on those who are better in time-trials.

Stage 19

Mourenx > Libourne


On the traditional “Landes stage”, one logically predicts a bunched sprint based on the number of sprinters still in the race after surviving the mountains. But will they be able to master the events and circumstances? Redesigned and coming after three weeks of racing, it could also suit a courageous adventurer.

Stage 20

Libourne > Saint-Emilion (TT)


The prestigious vineyard setting will make the athletic performance all the more impressive and will remind many of the Bordeaux-Pauillac time-trial in 2010 when Fabian Cancellara had beaten Tony Martin by 17 seconds. And drama should be well present on the day as the end of Tour time-trials have that vocation to decide who will conquer that final Yellow Jersey.

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Experience the Pyrenees stages with the Premier Official Tour Operator

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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
2 Collada de Beixalis (from Anyos) 01 66 7.2%
2 Collada de Beixalis (from Anyos) 01 66 7.2%
3 Coll Ordino (from Canillo) 01 55 5.9%
2 Coll Ordino (from Ordino) 02 76 7%
2 Collada de Beixalis (from Encamp) 02 85 8.7%
3 Alto de la Comella (from Andorra La Vella) 02 67 8.7%
HC Cortals d’Encamp (from Engolasters) 02 86 6.3%
2 Collada de Beixalis (from Encamp) 02 85 8.7%
HC Coll de la Gallina (from Sant Julià via Fontaneda) 02 117 8.3%
3 Alto de la Comella (from Andorra La Vella) 02 67 8.7%
HC Cortals d’Encamp (from Engolasters) 02 86 6.3%
2 Collada de Beixalis (from Encamp) 02 85 8.7%
HC Port de Cabus (from Erts) 03 84 6.2%
HC Arcalis (from Ordino) 03 70 5.2%
HC Port de Cabus (from Erts) 03 84 6.2%
2 Coll Ordino (from Ordino) 03 76 7%
HC Arcalis (from Ordino) 03 70 5.2%
HC Port de Cabus (from Erts) 03 84 6.2%
1 Col de Peyresourde (from Avajan) 04 78 7.1%
2 Col des Ares (from Frontignan-de-Comminges) 04 39 5%
HC Pla d’Adet (from St Lary Soulan) 05 97 7.7%
HC Col de Portet (from St Lary Soulan) 05 151 8.5%
HC Col de Portet (from St Lary Soulan) 05 151 8.5%
HC Cap de Long (from Fabian) 05 111 7.7%
HC Luz-Ardiden (from Luz St Sauveur) 06 107 7.5%
HC Col du Tourmalet (from Ste Marie de Campan) 06 126 7.5%
HC Luz-Ardiden (from Luz St Sauveur) 06 107 7.5%
1 Col d’Aspin (from Arreau) 06 80 6.7%
HC Col du Tourmalet (from Ste Marie de Campan) 06 126 7.5%
HC Luz-Ardiden (from Luz St Sauveur) 06 107 7.5%
1 Col de Val Louron-Azet (from St Lary Soulan) 07 82 7.1%
1 Col de Val Louron-Azet (from St Lary Soulan) 07 82 7.1%
1 Col d’Aspin (from Arreau) 07 80 6.7%
2 Hourquette d’Ancizan (from Payolle) 07 49 5.3%
1 Col de Val Louron-Azet (from St Lary Soulan) 07 82 7.1%
1 Hourquette d’Ancizan (from Guchen) 07 91 7.6%
2 Col d’Aspin (from Payolle) 07 52 6.6%
2 Montee de Lancon (from Arreau) 07 67 8.2%
1 Col de Val Louron-Azet (from Genos) 07 83 8.2%
1 Col d’Aspin (from Arreau) 08 80 6.7%
2 Hourquette d’Ancizan (from Payolle) 08 49 5.3%
HC Port de Bales (from Mauleon-Barousse) 08 108 6.5%
1 Col de Peyresourde (from Junction to Port de Bales) 08 86 7.6%
HC Port de Bales (from Mauleon-Barousse) 08 108 6.5%
1 Col de Peyresourde (from Junction to Port de Bales) 08 86 7.6%
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Dates & Prices

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2021
July 10 - July 18
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Spa Princesa Parc

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    Hotel Mercure, Saint Lary Soulan

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
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    • TDF Stage 15: access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to the Collada de Beixalis
    • TDF Stage 16: VIP ride across the Finish Line, Podium photo op, and access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in St Gaudens
    • TDF Stage 18: access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee at the Summit Finish in Luz-Ardiden
    • TDF Stage 19: access to the VIP Departure Village in Mourenx (optional)
    • Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 9 days / 8 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All but 1 dinner
    • 5 sit-down lunches (Day 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Barcelona Airport
    • Drop-off at Toulouse Blagnac 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.)
    • Overall Staff to Guest ratio: 1 to 3
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the rides arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Merchandising arrow
    • Tour de France Gift Bag
    • Tour de France Roadbook – the Holy Grail - given only to teams, media & Official Tour Operators
    • Special Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours cycling jersey
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Tour de France Viewing arrow
    • TDF Stage 15: access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee on the final climb to the Collada de Beixalis
    • TDF Stage 16: VIP ride across the Finish Line, Podium photo op, and access to the VIP Tribune at the Finish Line in St Gaudens
    • TDF Stage 18: access to our Private Race-Viewing Hospitality Marquee at the Summit Finish in Luz-Ardiden
    • TDF Stage 19: access to the VIP Departure Village in Mourenx (optional)
    • Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 9 days / 8 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All but 1 dinner
    • 5 sit-down lunches (Day 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up at Barcelona Airport
    • Drop-off at Toulouse Blagnac 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.)
    • Overall Staff to Guest ratio: 1 to 3
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the rides arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Merchandising arrow
    • Tour de France Gift Bag
    • Tour de France Roadbook – the Holy Grail - given only to teams, media & Official Tour Operators
    • Special Discount card for Official Tour de France stores
    • Thomson Bike Tours cycling jersey
    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

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Barcelona Airport

    8:00am

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    Tryp Barcelona Airport Hotel

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    8:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Toulouse Blagnac Airport

    10:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes

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    VIP Departure Village Experience

    See the teams and riders at the Departure village and watch them cross the line at the Arrival village.

    Unforgettable Riding Experience

    Our trips are built around the Tour, giving you the chance to ride the year’s best climbs plus famous Cols from previous editions.

    Vantage Points

    Enjoy the wild Tour de France scene from the comfort of our marquees with food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage keeping you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.

    VIP Access

    When we say VIP access we mean it, with our Premium Status you can honestly say you have been part of the Tour.


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