20-Jul-2014 - 25-Jul-2014
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Suitable for: Weekend Warrior
Prices from: $4995
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The Pyrenees: where to begin? The scenery is spectacular, the Basque cycling fans are some of the most passionate you will come across, and the roads are too good not to be ridden. This year le Tour will have already scaled the Alps, leaving the last fireworks to go off on the slopes of the Hautacam and the Tourmalet.
Phil will accompany you on your own ascents of the Col d’Aspin, Tourmalet, Pla d'Adet and Port de Balès as well as some slightly easier days on which you can relax and enjoy the scenery. There won’t be a dull moment to these six-days of spectating and riding.
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Departure time & point
July 20, 2014.
10:00 am at the Toulouse Airport Hotel.
Type of package
Stage 15: Tallard >Nîmes, 222km
Today's Ride: 50km: A little hilly.
We will meet you at the Toulouse Airport Hotel in the morning and take our transfer to the small hamlet of Garrevaques, the location of our hotel for the next two nights. Upon arrival at the hotel we’ll assist you with building your bike if you brought your own, or with adjusting your Malvern Star if you are hiring from our fleet.
In no time you will be relaxing in the hotel bar and getting to know your fellow tour guests. The final moments of stage 15 into Nîmes being shown on television will give you something in common, and after a few days of shared suffering in the mountains you’ll be like old comrades.
Our first ride is traditionally an easy roll on which to become acquainted with riding in Europe, however, being in the Pyrenees, there will be no avoiding a few hills.
Our welcome ride will take us around a 50km loop, some of it through the foothills of the Black Mountains. The slopes reach a grade of 10% however averages are below 5%. Nothing too severe as this is a warm-up for the rides to come.
TDF First Rest Day
Today's Ride: 80km, relatively flat.With the second rest day of this year’s tour comes a great opportunity to ride to the medieval city of Carcassonne, which happens to be where the teams are based for their day of recovery. Our route for today’s ride will be on relatively quiet roads and is enjoyably flat. Once we arrive, we will have the opportunity to wander the narrow streets of the walled city. We will then return to Garrevaques. After a well-earned happy hour, we will venture into the small town of Revel for dinner.
TDF Stage 16: Carcassonne > Bagnères-de-Luchon, 237km
Today's Ride: 75km
Today we will drive from the hotel in the morning to the beautiful town of St Gaudens(site of tomorrow’s stage start). After a likely pre-ride coffee, we’ll set off on to conquer the final obstacle of today’s 16th stage, the 1755m Port de Bales. Being so close to the finish, this should be an exciting spot to be and will be a launch pad for the serious GC contenders. Port de Bales was first included in the 2007 TdF due to it being only changed from a dirt track in the 80s. It is relatively narrow and steep sealed road being 18km long with an average of 6.3% with pitches up towards 12%. It will be a good test. Once the race passes, we will return from the direction we came from to meet our transport at the base of the mountain. Once back on the road, we will have about a 90 minute commute to our new Hotel in Lourdes.Our first climb of the Pyrenees might be a rude introduction to the legs, but we can guarantee your eyes won’t be complaining.
TDF Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens > Saint-Lary-Soulan to Pla d’Adet, 125km
Today's Ride: 100km with a significant climb.
This will be a short but explosive stage for the climbers as the stage takes in three major climbs including the Col de Peyresourde before tackling the final Mountain Top Finish to Pla d’Adet. All the remaining cards held by the likes of Contador and Froome will be laid on the table over today and tomorrow’s stages.
We ride from Lourdes to Pla d’Adet via the spectacular Col d’Aspin. Phil has good memories of Pla d’Adet, as it was where he climbed into the yellow jersey in his first TdF in 1981. We hope you’ll take good memories away from this area as well—it is certainly a beautiful part of the world.
The summit of Col d’Aspin is 1489m, and to get there you’ll have to ride 12km at an average gradient of 6.6%. This climb is sometimes known as the easy option compared to the Tourmalet, but as you’ll be riding both this week you can make your own call.
The final climb to Pla d’Adet is 11km long and reaches 1680m at the top. As it’s race day we’ll have a few extra obstacles on the road to contend with but the atmosphere will be electric.
TDF Stage 18: Pau > Hautacam, 145km
Today's Ride: 105km with a significant climb.
Today’s stage is a classic Pyrenean affair. We will be waiting on the penultimate climb of the day, the Tourmalet, to see all the action of this final challenge to the peloton in the high-mountains. This is a 105km loop returning us to Lourdes where we will enjoy out final dinner together.
The Col du Tourmalet is the highest road in the Pyrenees (2115m) and has been part of Tour de France legend since first featured in 1910. The first to cross the summit that day and eventual stage winner, Octave Lapize, was forced to walk much of what was then a dirt road, and afterwards famously accused the Tour organises of being “assassins”
Today we will make our own ascent of this beast the same day as the pros. We’ll need a bit of a head-start though, just to be comfortable. The Tourmalet is a 19km climb with an average gradient of 7.4%. This will be a tough climb, but we’ll allow ourselves time to make it to the top in relative comfort, before descending back a little to a prime spot for indulging in the schadenfreude of watching the pros suffer even more than we did.
TDF Stage 19: Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour > Bergerac, 208km
Today's Ride: -
This morning our Pyrenees Tour winds down, and we think your legs might appreciate a rest. After breakfast you will have the choice to either extend your stay in our wonderful accommodation in Lourdes, or we can assist in a transfer into the Lourdes TGV station.
Today is the end of services provided by Phil Anderson Cycling travel representatives unless you are travelling with us to the next stage of the Tour de France.
- 5 nights accommodation in 3/4-star accommodation.
- Daily breakfast and 2 dinners.
- Local Professional staff and mechanic support.
- Luxury transportation.
- Support Vehicles on all rides.
- The best rides in France designed by Phil Anderson
- Energy bars, gels and powders on ride days.
- Road book of the tour including ride maps, gradient charts and more
- Phil Anderson Cycling ride pack including 2 Phil Anderson Cycling jerseys
- Meals other than those specified
- Drinks other than those specified
- Bike Hire- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.
- Airfares- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.