The Tour de France is the biggest event on the cycling calendar and the cols of the Pyrenees always feature on the action-packed itinerary. These mountains have long been the battleground for the yellow jersey and the buzz amongst the spectators on TDF day has to be experienced to be believed. If you’re a cycling

In the foothills and mountains of the Pyrenees, autumn is a time when colour, sound, sight and taste threaten to overload the senses. It’s a wondrous, special time of year that we soak up greedily in the knowledge that winter is just around the corner. Here’s why autumn is such a special season in the

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” “Pain is temporary but quitting is forever.” “No pain no gain.” If you’ve ever ridden the Pyrenees cols, you’ll no doubt be able to relate to such idioms. But there are ways in which you can maximise your chances of success on the cols and, more importantly, your

I could have done with some cycling tips to beat the heat when I first started cycling in the Pyrenees. But I learnt the hard way and it wasn’t pleasant. I remember the day vividly. It took me by surprise. I’d never known anything like it on the bike. I was convinced I was going