VUELTA DE LOS PYRENEES

VUELTA DE LOS PYRENEES

Water

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FRANCE|SPAIN

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04 - 11 Aug 2018

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START LOCATION

RIBES DE FRESER

END LOCATION

ARREAU

DAYS

8

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

85-105KM

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

1700-2600M

A fantastic itinerary to challenge the A4D fund-raising adventurers. The Vuelta De Los Pyrenees is the 2018 Action4Diabetics (A4D) cycle challenge through the Spanish and French Pyrenees, aiming to raise US$50,000 for young people with type-1 diabetes in South East Asia. These funds will go directly towards keeping 100 young people with type-1 diabetes alive and well for another year.

Taking in 15 classic climbs over 7 days from the iconic Tour de France and Spanish Vuelta races, this adventure starts in Ribes de Freser, the gateway to the Spanish Pyrenees. From there the tour heads west and upwards into the heart of this stunning mountain range, before finishing in the beautiful Hautes Pyrenees region of Southern France.

The fantastic itinerary is a unique opportunity for riders of all abilities to truly challenge themselves, and raise funds that will enable young people with type-1 diabetes in the poorest parts of South East Asia to have a future.

To join this exciting tour at the specially discounted rate of €1400, we ask all riders to raise an additional US$1000 to support the A4D programme. Our generous sponsors have pledged to match their donations for every kilometre the A4D peloton rides, and for every metre the team climbs. Secure your spot and book now!

AV. DAILY DISTANCE AND ELEVATION
STANDARD ROUTE | 85KM | 1700M | 53MI | 1900FT
ROUTE INC EXTRAS | 105KM | 2600M | 65MI | 8500FT

TOTAL DISTANCE AND ELEVATION
STANDARD ROUTE | 580KM | 11500M | 360MI | 37700FT
ROUTE INC EXTRAS | 760KM | 18000M | 470MI | 590000FT

Road and E-bikes available for hire.
Non-riders welcome.

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

WHAT'S INCLUDED

ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | ALL MEALS | 3 EXPERT GUIDES | 2 VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GARMIN GPS LOAN UNIT | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS SOCKS, DAYPACK AND WATER BOTTLES | CYCLING KIT LAUNDRY SERVICE | 2-3 GROUP ACTIVITIES | ONE GROUP TRANSFER ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE SAT 4 AUG | WELCOME AND TRANSFER TO RIBES DAY TWO SUN 5 AUG | RIBES DE FRESER TO LA SEU D'URGELL DAY THREE MON 6 AUG | LA SEU D'URGELL LOOP TO ANDORRA DAY FOUR TUE 7 AUG | LA SEU D'URGELL TO VIELHA DAY FIVE WED 8 AUG | VIELHA LOOP TO COL DU PORTILLON DAY SIX THU 9 AUG | VIELHA TO ARREAU DAY SEVEN FRI 10 AUG | ARREAU LOOP TO COL DU TOURMALET DAY EIGHT SAT 11 AUG | GOODBYE

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL BARCELONA DEPARTURE TOULOUSE

FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE SAT 4 AUG | WELCOME AND TRANSFER TO RIBES

Arrive in Barcelona ready to join the group transfer at 11:00am to Ribes de Freser, a two hour drive with lunch en-route. On arrival in Ribes, bike fit for those who have hired bikes and assistance with assembly of bikes for those who have have brought their own, followed by short warm-up ride. Welcome dinner and Tour introduction in the evening.
WARM UP RIDE | 30KM | 19MI
ELEVATION 470M | 1540FT

DAY TWO SUN 5 AUG | RIBES DE FRESER TO LA SEU D'URGELL

A stunning 30km gradual climb to the famous Spanish ski resort, La Molina. This ascent is often used in the Vuelta, and we ride parallel to the Pyrenees in the wild Serra del Cadi. A great ride to get into your rhythm ready for the challenges ahead.
DISTANCE | 85KM | 53MI
ELEVATION | 1200M | 3900FT

DAY THREE MON 6 AUG | LA SEU D'URGELL LOOP TO ANDORRA

One of the more recent inclusions in the Vuelta, we ride the Coll d'Ordino, in the principality of Andorra. For those that would like a little more, we can easily accommodate you. Remember, there is a long day tomorrow.
DISTANCE | 85KM | 53MI
ELEVATION | 1400M | 4600FT | MAX 18%

Optional extras:
Extensions along the way include La Rabassa, included in the 2017 Vuelta, 17km ascent, average 6.3%, max 11% | Collada de la Gallina, a Vuelta Cat 1 climb, 11km ascent, average 8.5% | Loop to Arcavell, 7km ascent, 570m elevation.

DAY FOUR TUE 7 AUG | LA SEU D'URGELL TO VIELHA

Long, challenging ride close to the French border in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees. The area around Vielha is isolated, beautiful and attracts outdoor, extreme adventurers. That's you! Two long classic Vuelta climbs - the Coll de Canto (26km) and Puerto de la Bonaigua (23km).
DISTANCE | 127KM | 80MI
ELEVATION | 2400M | 7900FT

DAY FIVE WED 8 AUG | VIELHA LOOP TO COL DU PORTILLON

Fantastic loop ride into France for our first ascent of the Col du Portillon, a favourite in the Tour de France line-up.
DISTANCE | 94KM | 58MI
ELEVATION | 1600M | 5200FT

DAY SIX THU 9 AUG | VIELHA TO ARREAU

Possibly one of the most scenic rides of the tour. Today we tackle the Col du Portillon from the other side. The Col du Portillon has featured in the Tour de France some 18 or so times. It's then onto another grand tour icon, the Col de Peyresourde.
DISTANCE | 68KM | 42MI
ELEVATION | 1600M | 5200FT

Optional extras:
Extensions include loop to Col d'Azet, 40km, 1000m elevation | Out and back to Col de Peyresourde climbing the side you descended this morning, 50km, 1400m elevation.

DAY SEVEN FRI 10 AUG | ARREAU LOOP TO COL DU TOURMALET

The final challenge to the mythical Col du Tourmalet, via the Col d'Aspin and back by way of the Hourquette d'Ancizan, a recent additiion to the TDF. Epic day and celebratory dinner to finish the tour.
DISTANCE | 91KM | 57MI
ELEVATION | 2900M | 9500FT

Optional extra:
TDF 2014 addition, La Pla d'Adet, 40km, 1000m elevation.

DAY EIGHT SAT 11 AUG | GOODBYE

Group transfer to Toulouse, a drive of 1.5 hours.
Time to say farewell, until next time!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE |ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | GUIDE GRATUITIES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

WHAT KIND OF CYCLISTS TAKE YOUR TOURS?

There is no mold! We have had cyclists from 18-72 years of age, some choosing easy, others choosing extremely challenging tours. We firmly believe we have something for almost all cycling abilities. Use the Element and Difficulty Rating to help you select a tour that suits what you want.  We're happy to talk it over with you if you're unsure.

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