PYRENEES - ALLUMER LA MÈCHE

PYRENEES - ALLUMER LA MÈCHE

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FRANCE|SPAIN

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18 - 27 Sep 2019

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Approx. US$5,171

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AU$7,161

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GBP£4,102

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€4,400.00

START LOCATION

GIRONA

END LOCATION

ARREAU

DAYS

10

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

85+KM | 53+MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

1700+M | 5600+FT

Fantastic cycling to challenge climbing adventurers in the Pyrenees!

This tour starts in Girona before heading to 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.

PHIL MOURET will be your lead guide on this tour. Phil is the ex-WAMO, French Australian all round great guy and cyclist who knows the Pyrenees well. Push your limits with the expertise of Phil and PuntoTours to support you. Allumer la mèche!!

PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXE ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | LUNCHES | DINNERS | FULL GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GPX ROUTES | GARMIN GPS LOAN UNIT IF REQUIRED | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING KIT| DAYPACK | BIDONS | GROUP TRANSFER ON DEPARTURE | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE WED 18 SEP | WELCOME DAY TWO THU 19 SEP | GIRONA LOOP DAY THREE FRI 20 SEP | GIRONA TO RIBES DE FRESER DAY FOUR SAT 21 SEP | RIBES DE FRESER TO LA SEU D'URGELL DAY FIVE SUN 22 SEP | LA SEU D'URGELL LOOP TO ANDORRA DAY SIX MON 23 SEP | LA SEU D'URGELL TO VIELHA DAY SEVEN TUE 24 SEP | VIELHA LOOP TO COL DU PORTILLON DAY EIGHT WED 25 SEP | VIELHA TO ARREAU DAY NINE THU 26 SEP | ARREAU LOOP TO COL DU TOURMALET DAY TEN FRI 27 SEP | GOODBYE

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL BARCELONA DEPARTURE BARCELONA

PRICE PER PERSON

TWINSHARE €4,400.00 | SINGLE ROOM €4,950.00

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FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE WED 18 SEP | WELCOME

Arrive in Girona, ready to meet your guides around 11:00am in the hotel lobby. They will finalise bike fit for those who have hired bikes and assist with bike assembly. There will be a light lunch and introductions, followed by an afternoon ride to stretch the legs after travelling. A stroll in beautiful Girona before a delicious Welcome dinner and Tour Briefing.
DISTANCE | 40KM | 25MI
ELEVATION | 600M | 2000FT

DAY TWO THU 19 SEP | GIRONA LOOP

Extremely pleasant roll to the Costa Brava and charming villages of Peratallada and Torroella. There may be time to visit Empúries, near L'Escala, a very important archaeological site, and one of the few Greek colonies found in the north Mediterranean. Enjoy the flat while it lasts!
DISTANCE | 104KM | 64MI
ELEVATION | 800M | 2600FT

DAY THREE FRI 20 SEP | GIRONA TO RIBES DE FRESER

Today we ease into climbing mode. A great ride through the lush volcanic natural park of La Garrotxa, with more than fifty dormant craters. A brief pause in Olot before the long climb to Ripoll, and beyond to Ribes de Freser. Nothing too steep, as we arrive at the gateway to the Pyrenees.
DISTANCE | 85KM | 53MI
ELEVATION | 1400M | 4600FT

DAY FOUR SAT 21 SEP | 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 FIVE SUN 22 SEP | 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 and 2018 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 SIX MON 23 SEP | 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 SEVEN TUE 24 SEP | 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 EIGHT WED 25 SEP | 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 NINE THU 26 SEP | 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

DAY TEN FRI 27 SEP | GOODBYE

Group transfer to Toulouse, a drive of 1.5 hours. We recommend to schedule departing flights from early afternoon onwards.
Time to say farewell, until next time!

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

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

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