29 Aug – 5 Sep 2020
An action packed Enduro MTB holiday in the Pyrenees
|INCLUDED|| 7 nights B&B|
5 days guided riding
| Knee and elbow pro|
6 evening meals
Wine and beer with meals
|NOT INCLUDED||Flights||Personal insurance|
|OPTIONS||Full suss bike hire|
If you’re the kind of mountain biker who prefers to have their nerve challenged on the descents rather than having their legs tested on the climbs then this guided enduro MTB holiday in the Pyrenees is for you.
It’s a fabulous opportunity to explore some of the world class singletrack descents that feature in events such as the World Enduro MTB championships, the Enduro Europa championships and Spanish Enduro MTB championships too.
Where does this enduro MTB holiday take place?
Your base for this enduro week is the under the radar mountain bike mecca of the Louron Valley in the central French Pyrenees.
This is one of the hottest new mountain biking destinations in France which means quiet, natural, wild trails that provide an unparalleled enduro mountain biking experience.
From your base you’ll have transfers to not only some of the finest singletrack descents in the French Pyrenees but also to the world class trails across the border in some of Spain’s National Parks.
About the mountain biking
Using his local knowledge and 20+ years experience of mountain biking in the undiscovered central Pyrenees, English speaking MTB guide Daniel will choose the best routes for the group’s ability on any given day.
Each day will include between 1600 and 2000m of descent and there may also be a small amount of pedalling involved on some days. But don’t worry, it will only be between 100 and 400m of up!
The world class riding will include some of the sublime descents that feature in the Enduro World Series that takes place around Ainsa’s Zona Zero every year.
You’ll also make full use of the new SkyVall uplift from the Louron Valley which will whisk you up to the Peyragudes resort in a matter of minutes.
From there, a scenic ridge ride will take you to Val Louron for a cracking descent back down to the valley.
See the itinerary tab for details of what to expect on your other riding days.
Every aspect of this enduro MTB holiday has been taken care of so you can simply relax and enjoy the experience.
You’ll get the most out of your week if you’re an intermediate rider with a good level of technical ability and reasonable fitness.
You’ll spend your first day finding your legs and exploring the varied tracks and trails around and above the stunning Louron Valley.
It’ll be an easy morning on the green and blue trails of the area. But then, after a picnic lunch in scenic Loudenvielle, it’s time to tackle the steeper trails.
You’ll take the SkyVall uplift to the Peyragudes ski resort from where you’ll ride the ridgeline to Val Louron before enjoying the fun descent back down to the valley.
Finish the day with an uplift to a village from where you’ll ride a route featured in the 2019 Enduro Europa Cup.
This morning you’ll head on down to the Aure valley from where you’ll be whisked up to the wild and beautiful Hourquette d’Ancizan.
From there it’s a fun, flowy, big descent back down to the valley.
After a picnic near Saint Lary you’ll get an uplift to the Col de Port for a picturesque ridge ride followed by an action-packed woodland singletrack descent.
It’s on up to the spectacular Port de Bales today, that legendary col that will feature on the 2020 TDF route.
The views from up here are of in-your-face mountains including Pic Aneto which, at 3404m, is the highest peak in the Pyrenees.
You’ll enjoy a stunning ridge ride to Pic Antenac from where the fun descent down to Luchon begins.
Your day will end with an exploration of some of Daniel’s favourite enduro routes around Luchon.
Some time off the bike today which you can spend chilling out at the lodge and maybe enjoying a massage which can be arranged for you.
A chance to experience some of the enduro MTB routes that feature in the Catalunyan Enduro championships around Colomers, the gateway to the beautiful Encantats National Park.
This is also the area in which the Spanish national enduro championships sometimes take place which says a lot about the quality of the riding you can expect!
Your day will include some beautiful ridge riding as well as natural half pipes on a long and sometimes steep forest descent.
Today is sure to be the highlight of your enduro MTB holiday as you get the opportunity to experience the world class trails of Zona Zero at Ainsa, the location for the Enduro MTB World Series.
It’s a breathtaking landscape of mountains, olive and almond trees and an unrivalled quality of singletrack.
At the end of the day you’ll explore the picturesque fortified village of Ainsa and enjoy local tapas in the square before your transfer back to base.
All about the accommodation for your Pyrenees enduro MTB holiday
We’ve chosen an absolutely fabulous base for your holiday where we know you’ll be well looked after and, more importantly, well fed!
The lodge is homely and welcoming with very much a ‘kick your shoes off and make yourself at home’ vibe.
It’s full of Pyrenean charm with lovely old chestnut beams and a cosy living room for those cooler evenings.
At the end of your day’s mountain biking adventures, relax on the private south facing terrace, soak up the views, watch the sun set over the mountain peaks and enjoy being served pre-dinner drinks and canapés.
This really is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day on the trails.
The 4 course healthy and delicious evening meals are prepared by the in-house chef using fresh locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
Wine and beer are included but don’t overdo it as you’ve got some serious riding to do in the morning!
For those of you who’d prefer to bring your own bikes, they’ll be perfectly safe in the secure bike storage area inside the lodge. There’s a local bike mechanic available on demand should your bike need some tweaks and adjustments.