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PURE CYCLING CLASSIC COLS PYRENEES TOUR

Our Classic Cols Pyrenees Tour is NOT for your average coffee rider.  It is a pure climbing tour for people with a high level of ability used to spending long hours in the saddle.

The Pyrenees is one of the most amazing cycling locations in the world, with its beautiful lush green forests, quaint villages, quiet roads with less traffic than the Alpes, and of course, the challenging climbs that are so amazing they feature in the biggest cycling event on the cycling calendar. - the Tour de France. 

If you want a 'Business Only' tour where you get to climb the cols without the madness of the Tour de France experience, then our Classic Cols Tour is the one for you. We provide a worry free, cycling focused tour experience that will have you booking your next tour as soon as you get back home.  
Our established base in Bagneres de Luchon, local knowledge and years of experience delivering tours in France allows us to provide avid cyclists with tour itineraries that tick all the boxes. You will challenge yourself on most of the major climbs in the region with a few lesser known options thrown in that are equally as challenging if not spectacular.  

NOTE: Any day of this tour can be opted into a Rest Day if requied.

Saturday, 17th - Monday 26th August, 2019

- Transfers to / from Toulouse Airport 
- Internal transfers 
- Chalet shared accommodation and 2 hotel nights
- All breakfasts and 3 course evening meals 
- Mechanical support 
- Full daily ride brief each night at dinner
- 3 x Bi-monthly newsletters including a training guide
- Experienced domestiques 
- On road vehicle support 
- Post Tour digital image pack on USB
- Velo Tours Cycling Kit 
- Cap and t-shirt 
- Electrolyte provided on course

Airfares and travel insurance are NOT included.
​Lunches and alcohol consumed are also NOT included.

$3,695.00* 10 days / 9 nights

*Price is for twin share
* Itinerary subject to change 

The climbs that feature regularly in our Classic Cols Tour are:

Col du Peyresourde       - 1,569m
Col de Mente                 - 1,349m
Col de Portet d’Aspet     - 1,069m
Col du Tourmalet            - 2,115m
Port de Bales                 - 1,755m
Superbagneres              - 1,800m
Hospice de France         - 1,380m
Col du Portillon               - 1,293m
Col de Val Louron-Azet  - 1,580m
Col d'Aspin                     - 1,489m
Hourquette d'Ancizan     - 1,564m
Aubisque                        - 1,709m
Col de Ares                       - 797m


Below is our 2019 itinerary.  Routes/days are subject to change.

DAY 1:   – TOULOUSE BLAGNAC AIRPORT PICK UP

Velo Tours staff will meet you at the airport for your transfer to Bagneres de Luchon to your accommodation.  We will put your bikes together for a short ride through the valley before dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in town where you will meet all the members of the group and get a briefing on the ride week ahead.

- Ride Distance 50km
- Cierp Gaud

DAY 2:  – FABIO CASSERTELLI RIDE

Today's ride takes you through pictureseque countryside and small villages. We pass the famous monument for Fabio Cassertelli and after lunch at the cafe on the top of the Mente we ride back through the valley home to Luchon.   

- Ride Distance:  120km
- Cols Conquered:  Col des Ares, Col de Portet d'Aspet, Col de Mente

DAY 3:  – VALLEY RIDE

Today is a day of champions where we will ride Stage 17 of the 2018 Tour de France, the Peyresourde, the Azet, Pla d'Adet and Col de Portet over an explosive 65km.  

- Ride Distance 65km
- Cols Conquered: Col du Peyresourde, Col de Val Louron-Azet, Pla d'Adet, Col de Portet

DAY 4:  ESPAGNA LOOP 

A big day on the bike today with plenty of climbing over the border into Spain.  From Bossost we ride to Viehla for lunch, then back to Luchon over the Portillon.


- Ride Distance 80km
- Cols Conquered: Col du Portillon (Luchon side), Col du Portillon (Bossost side)

DAY 5:  – FRONT DOOR OPPORTUNITIES 

Today is an optional rest day or you can head out the front door, turn left and begin the climb up the penultimate Superbagneres.  If you still have something left in the legs, we can then tackle the Hospice de France.

- Ride Distance 60km 
Superbagneres, Hospice de France

DAY 6:  TRIPLE LEGENDS

We pack our bags and depart Luchon for with our first climb up the Col du Peyresourde.  We then head over the Aspin into Payolle before tackling the famous Tourmalet.  Our day is done with our arrival into Argeles-Gazost or Lourdes and our hotel for the next 2 nights.
  
- Ride Distance 120km or 131km
- Cols Conquered: Col de Peyresourde, Col d'Aspin, Col du Tourmalet 

DAY 7: - COLS DU SOULOR AND AUBISQUE

We tackle 2 more famous and tough climbs today - the Col d'Aubisque and the Soulor.  Option is to ride over and back (both sides of the climbs) or jump in the van for the ride back to the hotel.  

- Ride Distance 120km 
- Cols Conquered: Col d'Aubisque, Col du Soulor

DAY 8: - HAUTACAM

Today will be our last ride day and a little shorter but no less challenging as we tackle one more of the classic local climbs, the Hautacam.  We will pack down the bikes and get ready for our departure for Carcassonne in the morning.
- Ride Distance:  40km
- Hautacam

DAY 9:  –   CARCASSONNE

Today we say farewell to the Pyrenees and transfer to Carcassonne.  This will be a total tourist day so you can enjoy this amazing city that looks like something from a fairytale.  Our farewell dinner will be in a restaurant in the old city.  

Ride Distance:  N/A

DAY 10:  –   DEPARTURE

Today we have breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Toulouse Blagnac Airport around lunchtime.