06-Aug-2018 - 12-Aug-2018
Duration: 6 Nights 7 Days
Suitable for: Weekend Warriors - Ride Groups Welcome
Prices from: $2995
Pyrenees Cycling Camp_Week 2 ( 20% discount for those that choose to stay on for a second week), more ride options available.
The excitement of the 2018 Tour de France is over and it is time to consider where next to ride!The Pyrenees:
Phil Anderson Cycling introduces: Pyrenees Cycling Camp. Designed to showcase the Pyrenees from Lourdes we roll out on daily rides designed by myself to reflect the hard training routes of old. The bustle of Lourdes, the foremost destination for catholic pilgrims who visit the Grotto of Massabielle is easily escaped but our intent is to showcase the region’s rides and culture. In conjunction with our hotel we will be working to present local harvest trail options as part of each days experience.
Rides are reasonably long and hard. The style is simple. Early ride departures with team leaders, Fast, moderate or shorter and slow. Ride on your own if you like, we will provide maps and support.
A support vehicle with mechanic is on call, available to support or pick up if or when required and travels along the designated course slightly later. A service course has been created at the hotel with massages and spa treatments available on request.
Pre - Night option. Sunday 29th July. Book with Hotel Gallia Lourdes. Pre night drinks with Phil Anderson and staff for a cycling tips session on training and perhaps some discussion on the results of the 2018 Tour de France.
Your first drink is on the house
Today's Ride: 87.7km Elevation gain +991
Phil Anderson has created a wonderful first ride, reminiscent of his traditional welcome ride today’s session is a little longer than usual and will start later in the day to allow time for your bike set up.
Today we have a 90 km loop on roads that many will not have ridden. We stay away from the high passes skirting the foothills to test our mettle on an undulating course that will enable you to and settle into perhaps a ride group that suits your style and ability.
Includes 2 Hors Cat Climbs Hautacam, Luz Ardiden
Today's Ride: 117km, Elevation gain 3016
Today we climb two major Pyrenean climbs, both of which are regular heart breakers in the Tour de France. We escape Lourdes via the Gavarnie River valley path that is almost as famous as the many climbs that rise above you including the mighty Hautacam and Luz Ardiden, both on our ride cards today.
We tackle Luz Ardiden a 1720m Hor Cat climb first, high above the village of Luz Saint Sauveur. 14.7 km long, with average grades of 6.9% it was on this very climb that Lance Armstrong famously hooked his handlebars through a spectators handbag during the Tour de France.We descend back towards Argeles Gazost to hit the lower slopes of the Hauticam climb on the opposite side of the valley at the 75km point of today's ride.We are planning a lunch experience along the route, before the next climb.
Hauticam is known for it's varying gradient which includes double figure pitches. Standard other, 17.3km long, elevation gains of 1170m and average gradient of 6.8%.
After summiting, we descend, returning along the rail trail to our hotel, an optional spa session and relaxation before dinner.
Strength and Endurance
Today's Ride: 212km, Elevation gain +4485We have opened our ride account with 2 Hors Cat climbs and back up with the longest day of our tour.
This ride is not atypical of a Tour de France stage. We start on classic rural French roads and roll for 85km before hitting the foot of the Port de Balès hor cat climb. A forest track until the early 1980’s the road was given Tour de France treatment in 2006 and introduced to the world as a new climb.
Immediately we hit the base of the Peyresourde and face a challenging gradient to one of the most frequently passed climbs of Le Tour. Enjoy the fast drop to the valley using the time to recover before the Col d'Aspin. At 1490m it is by no means the highest but it would have to be one of the most beautiful ascents. The entire climb is through alpine pasture, the views memorable.
A mammoth day of riding interspersed with at least a couple of culinary stops, coffee, pastries and lunch. Feel free to contact Phil for shortcut options!
Today's Ride: 122.7km, Elevation +2590A ride and climb that is steeped in history the Aubisque was first introduced into Tour de France folklore in 1910 and has been part of its legend since
The Aubisque loop will be ridden in a clockwise direction starting in Lourdes. Warming up on the valley rail trail we start the ascent at the 17km point. The 1709m summit is considered one of the toughest climbs, it's long at 30km and rises in 3 steps. First we climb the Col de Borderes, second the Col du Soulor, and finally the summit of the Aubisque. There’s a short descent from the Soulor to the final climb and it’s here in a tunnel where, out training one day I had an encounter with a donkey. I am not sure who got the biggest fright!
Reaching the summit of the Aubisque never fades in achievement, no matter how or why you ride it. The view is magnificent and the descent to the valley below worth every ounce of energy used
A short, sharp morning hit out on the bike will allow time to linger over a regional lunch en-route to Lourdes. Details to follow.
Active Recovery Ride
Today's Ride: 56.3km Elevation gain+634Our brief was to showcase the rides, climbs and feel of the French Pyrenees from our base in Lourdes. I have nominated a short, recovery ride for today’s session, active recovery before our assault on the infamous Tourmalet tomorrow.
There are no cat climb’s by design however our roll out of town starts with a 7km uphill segment that may hurt weary legs.. Our recovery day takes us into the city of Tarbes over reasonably quiet roads to the north east of Lourdes.
60kms of rolling hills, quiet roads, quiet stops for coffee and perhaps early lunch.
We expect to have an entire afternoon of recovery time. Perhaps a wider exploration of Lourdes or quiet recovery.
Itinerary Item...coming soon
Col du Tourmalet
Today's Ride: 106km Elevation gain+2196
The Col du Tourmalet is the highest sealed road in the Pyrenees, 2115m and has been part of Tour de France legend since 1910. The first to climb the summit that day and eventual stage winner , Octave Lapize was forced to walk much of what was then dirt road. Afterwards he famously accused the tour organizers of being assassins.
Today we will make our own ascent of this famous climb on bikes that are possibly half the weight of the machine ridden by Octave. Departing Lourdes on the valley path we start a gradual 10km climb to the village of Luz-Saint-Saveur, before starting on the Col du Tourmalet. A 19km climb with an average gradient of 7.4%, not steep but long. As the chalets start to appear tantalizing you with refreshments, resist, the summit is near with views that are breathtaking and worth the fast time.
Our bikes, kit, support is very different from when Octave first tackled this monster climb. The Tourmalet is a magnet for cyclists around the world, on a well worn and perhaps more frequented pilgrimage from Lourdes. The Tourmalet is our finale climb, we will celebrate during the climb and afterwards on our return to our hotel with a special final meal before we depart Lourdes tomorrow.
No Rides today
Today is the end of services by Phil Anderson Cycling and Hotel Gallia Lourdes.
- 6 nights accommodation in luxurious 4-star accommodation.
- Daily breakfast and 2 Dinners
- Access to Australia’s Tour de France legend Phil Anderson.
- Local Professional staff and mechanic support
- Support Vehicles on all rides.
- Rides with Phil and his experienced support staff.
- The opportunity to tackle many of the most famous climbs in world cycling.
- Ride maps, gradient charts and more
- 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.