PYRENEES CAT1!

PYRENEES CAT1!

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FRANCE|SPAIN

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24 - 31 Jul 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

Fantastic cycling to challenge climbing adventurers in the Pyrenees!

This tour 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. We take in as many as 15 classic climbs that have been included in the Spanish Vuelta and Tour de France grand tours.

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE | 4 PLACES REMAINING!

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 TUE 24 JUL | WELCOME AND TRANSFER TO RIBES DAY TWO WED 25 JUL | RIBES DE FRESER TO LA SEU D'URGELL DAY THREE THU 26 JUL | LA SEU D'URGELL LOOP TO ANDORRA DAY FOUR FRI 27 JUL | LA SEU D'URGELL TO VIELHA DAY FIVE SAT 28 JUL | VIELHA LOOP TO COL DU PORTILLON DAY SIX SUN 29 JUL | VIELHA TO ARREAU DAY SEVEN MON 30 JUL | ARREAU LOOP TO COL DU TOURMALET DAY EIGHT TUE 31 JUL | GOODBYE

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ARRIVAL BARCELONA DEPARTURE BARCELONA

FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE TUE 24 JUL | 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 WED 25 JUL | 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 THU 26 JUL | 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 FRI 27 JUL | 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 SAT 28 JUL | 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 SUN 29 JUL | 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 MON 30 JUL | 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 addition 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 TUE 31 JUL | GOODBYE

Group transfer to Barcelona, a drive of 2 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

CAN I HIRE A BIKE?

You can!  Check out the details of hiring one of our high-end Cipollini road bikes.

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