TDF cycling experience in the Pyrenees
5 evening meals
|7 nights 2* hotel B&B|
5 days guided cycling
|NOT INCLUDED||Flights||Personal Insurance|
Non-cycling friends and family welcome
|Extend your stay|
The Tour de France is unquestionably the highlight of the road cycling calendar. Every year the route takes in the high cols of the Pyrenees which is where some of the most exciting action takes place.
This guided cycling holiday is an amazing opportunity for the cycling enthusiast to not only see their heroes up close and personal but also to challenge themselves on the very same cols that are ridden by the pros.
Drama is assured and you will be very much a part of it!
The TDF up close and personal
On the Tour stage days, you’ll set off early before the roads close and ride up to one of the cols that the pros will be tackling that day.
You’ll be enthusiastically cheered on by the spectators who are already congregating on the hairpins with shouts of ‘allez allez’! It’s quite a buzz!
Then, sit back and await the arrival of the publicity ‘caravane’ which will precede the arrival of the riders by around 2 hours. This is always great fun and your opportunity to collect all kinds of TDF paraphernalia to take home.
The atmosphere builds as you hear the first hum of the helicopters overhead. Your guides will have chosen the perfect vantage point so you can catch a glimpse of the first riders approaching the hairpins.
Cheer on your favourites as they pass within just a few metres of where you’re standing and shout words of encouragement to the backmarkers. When the last of the riders and the ‘voiture balai’ have passed through, it’s time for a fun descent back down to town.
Cycle the Pyrenees cols
Your TDF cycling holiday will include an additional 3 days of guided cycling.
If you’ve come as a group you may already have a tick-list of cols that you’d like to tackle as part of your trip. These may include some of the other legendary cols of the area such as the port de Bales, Col d’Aspin or even the Tourmalet.
But thanks to your local guide you can also discover some of the lesser known gems of the central Pyrenees.
You’ll love the beautiful climb up to the Lac de Cap-de-Long or the underrated Hourquette d’Ancizan and the spicy Hospice de France.
Profiles for all of the cols of the central Pyrenees can be provided prior to your trip so you can draw up your bucket-list.
Afraid you’ve not got the legs to do the cols justice? No worries, you can hire an e-roadie which will give you whatever level of assistance you need.
DATES FOR 2019 WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN OCTOBER 2018. Pre-bookings now being taken