17-Aug-2020 - 24-Aug-2020
Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
Suitable for: Weekend Warriors - Hardcore Event
Prices from: From $3750.00
Phil Anderson has teamed up with the Ride International Team for the 2020 Pyrenees Marmotte Granfondo. In 2020 in addition to the 8 Day training camp model we are also offering a 4 day Weekend Race Experience
Join us the French Pyrenees for this epic event. This tour includes the Pyrenees Marmotte Granfondo, it’s a fantastic event which takes in some pure classics of the region including the Tourmalet, Ancizan, Aspin and the Hautacam.
Our base in the French Pyrenees is a 4 Star Bike Hotel, the natural spring water in the town is the perfect way to re-hydrate after a day on the bike. It’s foremost destination is to visit the Grotto (Cave) of Massabielle, our intent is to showcase not just the region’s best rides, but its culture.
Religion is part of the DNA of this Pyrenean town, it has a unique history that is worth experiencing, we intend to present a picture on and off the bike of a village and region that has so much to offer. We genuinely love this beautiful region of France, it’s superb produce and fantastic cycling.
The style of this tour is simple, daily rides with team leaders, designed to prepare you for the Granfondo Marmotte. We have created a catalogue of ride options, with flatter rides, long hard rides and shorter mountain rides, whatever your preferred ride distance, amount of climbing you like to do we’ll have an option that suits you.
This Cycling Tour is designed to showcase the many stunning Pyrenees mountains, villages and valleys, each day we roll out on rides we’ve collaborated on with Phil that reflect his training routes of old, rides that will have you ready your big day at the Marmotte Granfondo Pyrenees. We’ve pre-prepaired options to suit the individual for the Marmotte Granfondo day, whether you intend to tackle the complete distance or break up the day into smaller parts, we’ll have a great plan ready to suit your prefferred distance and amount of climbing.
Phil Anderson is held in such high regard by the local Pyrenean communities, in 2019 they inducted him into the local cycling Hall of Fame prior to the Marmotte granfondo
Non-riding partners are highly encouraged on this tour, ask us for some options based on your personal interests, we have some great recommendations in and around the region.
The regions beautiful towns and region are rich in culture, history, markets, outdoor activities, walking/ trekking and many other activities
Non Cyclists join this tour for the price of a single supplement. All the elements of the package other than the guided riding are available. It’s a perfect French experience.
Grupetto Welcome Ride
Today's Ride: 50km or if you prefer a longer 90km rolling hillsPhil 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 or perhaps a later arrival.
Phil also welcomes his right hand man, Rudy Rogiers to the camp. Rudy is your typical Belgian hardman who placed second in 1984 to Sean Kelly in a notoriously muddy Paris-Roubaix. You can look forward to his stoic attitude to cycling induced pain and who with Phil will regale you with tales about the Golden Age of cycling in Europe.
Today we have a 50 km loop on reasonably flat roads that many will not have ridden. We stay away from the high passes skirting the foothills, rolling the legs out gently, readying for the days ahead.
Today's Ride: 125km, hilly!Today we will be riding the classic Aubisque, Soulor loop in an anticlockwise direction enabling us to warm up on small undulating roads getting good endurance kilometres in the legs before we begin the ascent of the Col d'Aubisque. Introduced into Tour de France folklore in 1910 it has savaged the legs of cyclists ever since.
We are not out to break strava records today, more a good climb at a solid tempo all the way up this long climb. At 1709m with a tough gradient this climb is the hard steady effort you need at the start of the week.
With one of the hardest climbs ever introduced into Le Tour ticked we have only a short descent to the valley and home with time to recover for a long day tomorrow.
Strength - Endurance
Today's Ride: 212km, Elevation gain + 4485We back up with another hard preparation day, the longest ride of our week and one which includes a couple of Hor Cat Climbs. Today's ride is not not atypical of a Tour de France stage however today we focus on endurance and save our race face for the weekend.
We roll out on classic small roads for 85km before starting the ascent of the Port de Balès, a stand alone monster followed by the ascent of the Peyresourde one of the most frequently climbed passes of Le Tour de France. The fast technical descent into the valley is time used to recover before the we climb 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 steady riding. Feel free to contact Phil for shortcut options if you are not doing the Gradfondo!
Easy Roll out
Today's Ride: 60km flatWe are starting to taper and a short ride without the prerequisite Cat climbs we ordinarily insist on is on our ride cards for today.
Phil has designed a 60km loop that exits Lourdes via country lane-ways to the North East. It is difficult to avoid some hills in the Pyrenees and so we begin the ride with an undulating 7km gradual climb. With very little variation in the gradient for the rest of the ride we can roll out some tempo kilometres early in the day while enjoying a sensational vista of the high Pyrenees all around us.
A stop in Tarbes is on the cards, perhaps a coffee or pastry before heading home for more recovery, perhaps a spa or massage but definitely feet up.
Today's Ride:As the Granfondo Marmotte Pyrenees looms closer and we start to worry about our form Phil has included another 60km morning ride to the program but with the addition of a little mountain en-route. Its hard not to prepare for any climbing conquest in the Pyrenees without an assault of the Hautacam so, here it is.
A 15km climb up to 1635m summit the Hautacam is unpredictable and should be approached today as a test of your mental tenacity and ability to adapt to changing tempo's. The average gradient is 7% but there are flatter sections, even the odd downhill reprieve suggesting a sharp ascent as we near the top.
The approach is flat, it is a short hard climb with a descent and flat finish to home. Perfect.
Sharpener with some Admin
Today's Ride:For those amongst you that are ever hungry for hills Phil has designed a spectacular little loop that will twist and turn, all the while climbing through small villages and hamlets to the Col de Lingus. There is an opt out before the top that will give you a 25km ride back to Lourdes.
There is a 10km addition to this ride if there is any interest. Both rides need to turn and head to Argelès-Gazost to collect race numbers and register which adds another 10km to the ride chosen.
Finally you can simply ride to Argelès-Gazost on the bike path and ride home, easy easy.
Today's Ride: 163km + Elevation gains of 5600m0730 Race start. PAC will arrange transport to the start in Argelès Gazost only 10 km's down the road.
The Granfondo will start along the valley giving some time to create space on the road before the first climb of the day, Col du Tourmalet, a Hor Cat. climb at 17.5km long. A fairly consistent gradient followed by a nice descent on a wide open road to the 1st cat Hourquette d'Ancizan. Another long climb at 17km's but its not as severe as some and should be ridden in reserve with an eye to the scenery on the ascent but on the road on the more technical descent to the base of the Aspin. Familiar with this climb now you need to hold yourself in check before your second ascent of the approaching Tourmalet.
As we approach the Tourmalet again we are now having to dig deep into reserves. Whatever pace you ride the pain will be tearing through your legs but as you press on and up approaching La Mongie you will realize that there is only 3 kms to the top followed by a reprieve - descent and only one more mountain, just one.
The climb to Luz Ardiden was made famous by Lance Armstrong hooking his handlebars through a spectators handbag and coming off. Normally a good climb at 14.7km's and only 7% average grade however the 4 climbs preceding will have taken a toll and this will be one hell of a climb to the finish.
We will facilitate a transfer back to the luxury of your hotel.
Today's Ride:Today is the end of services by Phil Anderson Cycling and Hotel Gallia Lourdes
- Meals other than those specified
- Drinks other than those specified
- Bike Hire - available on request. Contact Phil Anderson Cycling for details
- Airfares - available on request. Contact Phil Anderson Cycling for details
- 7 nights accommodation in a luxurious 4 star hotel
- Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
- Access to Australia's Tour de France pioneer, Phil Anderson
- Local professional staff and mechanic support
- Support vehicle
- Access to experienced tourism experts and local guides
- Entry to the Marmotte Granfondo Pyrenees
- Ride maps, gradient charts on your daily ride and more