02-Jul-2020 - 08-Jul-2020
Duration: 7 Days - 6 Nights
Suitable for: Suitable for weekend test pilot, racer or non riders welcome
Prices from: $5250.00
While Phil Anderson, Australia's cycling pioneer is back where he belongs, cycling in France with the Ride International Tours team, Le Tour de France heads to the Pyrenees. Often considered less glamorous than some parts of France it is an area favoured by Phil. The Pyrenees are tough, the climbs iconic and rugged much like Australia only way bigger.
For the time poor we present the opportunity to miss the first 2 days were we are based in Toulouse. Join us in Lourdes for 5 days / 4 nights for $4550.00
TdF Stage 6 Le Teil - Mount Aigoual 191km
Today's Ride: 45km - Classic Welcome Ride
TdF Stage 7 Millau - Lavaur 168km
Today's Ride: 91km - hilly
TdF Stage 8 Cazeres-sur-Garonne - Loudenvielle 140km
Today's Ride: 55 - 75km, Big mountain
Today we have the obligatory transfer and according to custom there is much to fit into the day.
Phil has convinced the Ride team that we can transfer, ride, spectate at stage 8, ride a little more and continue on to our new base in the heart of the Pyrenees.
We will tick off an iconic climb, some will start sooner than others and its race on to the top of Port de Bales, where we intend to intersect the Tour de France as the peleton comes stampeding up the first of the Pyrenean climbs. The main contenders will be trying to whittle away any threats to the title and we expect it to be select bunch that summits first.
We descend to the vans together before finishing our journey and where, once we have settled in, dinner is on the house.
TdF Stage 9 Pau - Laruns 154km
Today's Ride: 53 - 92km, a mountian and nearly 200m elevation gains
A classic Pyrenean ride is on the cards today, small roads, unexpected guests. We will skirt around the peaks above us navigating roads on the valley floor before turning onto the small roads that herald a road less traveled, unless of course it is in Tour de France time.
We plan on riding to and ascending the Col de Marie Blanque and though not high it is deceptively tough. We however do not have to continue racing over Pyrenean Col's so you can give this climb your best shot. We plan on intersecting with Le Tour to spectate at the top before regrouping and descending to the waiting vans.
Back at our hotel not to late there will be time for ales and tales, Phil is always ready to tell a story from the folklore of the Tour de France.
Tour de France Rest Day
Today's Ride: 82 - 110km
A rest day is on the cards for the Tour de France Carnivale. We on the other hand will earn our rest after ticking off some bucket list climbs.
We have a more relaxed day all the same, the only agenda item other than our ride is what time we make it back to base to watch the stage finish at the bar!
Col d'Aubisque is one of the legendary climbs of the Tour de France, having been climbed on over forty occasions in the race. We will climb from Argeles-Gazost, arguably the most picturesque route to tackle this monster. Col du Soulor first where you may choose to end your ride with a warm down on the spectacular Cirque du Litor, a false flat before the final pinch to Col d'Aubisque does offer spectacular views on its own. The mountain goats may push on but we will re-group on the Soulor to descend for home.
What a day with dinner again on the house.
TdF Stage 10 Chat d'Oleron - Saint-Martin-de-Re 170km
Today's Ride: 105km, Quite the mountain
Today we will make our own ascent of the Tourmalet, a 19km climb with an average gradient of 7.4%. This will be a tough climb and a long day in the saddle but we have enough time for you to create your own legend status or if you have been before, a PB.
Tonight is our last formal meal together, Le tour moves on and so must we.
TdF Stage 11 Chatelaillon-Plage - Poitiers 167km
Today's Ride: Nil
For those of you continuing your Tour de France experience with us, we are moving on to Provence, there's another big hill to climb!
Today is the end of services from Phil Anderson Cycling and Ride International Tours.
Drop off at Tarbes Train station at 1000 if you wish.
- Cycling Friendly Four Star & occasionally 3 Star Accommodation.
- Daily breakfasts
- 5 dinners
- Sports hydration support and fuel
- Tour Welcome pack, kit
- Local guides for cycling and non-cyclists including former Australian Pro Rider Phil Anderson
- Minimum of three guided ride options per day, to suit your preferred distance and amount of climbing
- Pro mechanical support on tour
- Support vehicle every ride
- Web Itinerary, including daily ride maps with non -cycling options
- Free download of our GPS Ride Routes
- Complimentary return airport - or train station transfers
- Daily Bike Spa including Bike Wash, Mechanical check and tune, by a Pro Mechanic
- Cyclists Receive Our Premium Quality European Rider Pack including: Jersey, Knicks, Socks, Cycling Cap and Musette Bag
- Non-Cyclists Receive a Spectator Pack including Polo Shirt, Socks, Cap and Musette Bag
• Meals other than those specified
• Drinks other than those specified
• Snacks other than those specified
• Bike Hire- available upon request. Contact staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.
• Airfares- available upon request.
• Bicycle Parts and Mechanical Fees for additional repairs