FRENCH PYRENEES PARFAIT!

FRENCH PYRENEES PARFAIT!

Pyrenees

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FRANCE

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17 - 25 Sep 2024

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Challenging

Approx. AU$7,242

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GBP£3,794

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USD$4,830

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€4,350.00

START LOCATION

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON

END LOCATION

SAINT-LARY-SOULAN

DAYS

9

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

65KM | 40MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

1550M | 5050FT

For cyclists that have lost their hearts to the French Pyrenees, this tour is for you.

A tour that doesn't venture too far, for there is no need. In the heart of the French Pyrenees, the classics of the Tour de France that encompass grand ascents, spectacular scenery and French legend are all within cooee of each other.

Spend three days in three delightful villages with time to get to know some locals. Spoil yourself with the delicious bread and pastries that only the French seem to perfect. Our hard working crew will be there to support you in our usual, exceptional Punto style.

Join us, tout de suite!







CONFIRMED DEPARTURE | 3 PLACES REMAINING!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXE ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | LUNCHES | DINNERS | FULL GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GPS LOAN UNIT | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING KIT | DAYPACK | BIDONS | KIT LAUNDRY SERVICE | GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFER ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

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ARRIVAL TOULOUSE DEPARTURE TOULOUSE

PRICE PER PERSON

TWINSHARE €4,350.00 | SINGLE ROOM €4,750.00

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FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE TUE 17 SEP | ARRIVAL

Arrive into Toulouse the day before, and we will pick you up bright and early for the transfer by van to Bagnères-de-Luchon. It will be a two hour drive, so on arrival at our hotel we'll settle in and make sure the bikes are ready to ride. After a light lunch we'll head out on a leisurely shake-out ride 'toddling' up the Port de Bales.
DISTANCE | 40KM | 24KM
ELEVATION | 1100M | 3600FT

DAY TWO WED 18 SEP | BAGNERES LOOP

A favourite in the Tour de France today's loop takes in the Col du Portillon. The Portillon is a solid but beautiful climb through the trees, with the rushing Garonne river for company on most of the ride. You can choose whether to have the climb at the beginning or end of the course.
DISTANCE | 60KM | 37MI
ELEVATION | 1100M | 3600FT

DAY THREE THU 19 SEP | BAGNERES TO SAINT-LARY-SOULAN

A duo of ascents that the Tour de France has classified as Cat 1 or Hors Categorie in tours of the past. Our course heads uphill from the get-go, as we gradually wind our way to the top of the Col de Peyresourde. This a great climb with the switch backs easy to see swinging back and forth across the high ground. Once over a thrilling descent before turning left for the slopes of the Col d'Azet. This is a tough one but half the length of the Peyresourde. Downhill to our hotel in Saint-Lary.
DISTANCE | 50KM | 31MI
ELEVATION | 1600M | 5250FT

DAY FOUR FRI 20 SEP | LOOP VIA HORQUETTE D'ANCIZAN

A relative newcomer to the Tour de France, the course today heads up the open slopes of the Horquette d'Ancizan. Keep your eyes open for the beautiful horses that often share the road. It will be cows at the summit of the next climb, the Col d'Aspin and a fantastic descent into Arreau. Choose to head up the valley directly to Saint-Lary, or do the full ascent from Arrea of the Col d'Azet. With water a feature all the way to Lake Loudenvielle, ducks may be next!
DISTANCE | 80KM | 50MI
ELEVATION | 2350M | 7700FT

DAY FIVE SAT 21 SEP | OPTIONAL REST DAY

Take it easy today, or choose one or both of two brilliant out-and-back optional routes. The first is Col Cap du Long, climbing to the lake along quiet, narrow roads. The second is the Pla d'Adet, a stage finish in at least one Tour de France. Right on our door step, this is almost a must!
DISTANCE | 47KM | 29MI
ELEVATION | 1550M | 5050FT
DISTANCE | 23KM | 14MI
ELEVATION | 850M | 2800FT

DAY SIX SUN 22 SEP | SAINT-LARY TO ARGELES GAZOST

Blast down the valley to Arreau before turning left and climbing our signature ascent of the day, the Col d'Aspin. This side is beautiful to climb, especially if there is morning mist about. Glorious downhill course for 25KM, before a bit of a hump enroute to our next stop, Argelès-Gazost.
DISTANCE | 80KM | 50MI
ELEVATION | 1450M | 4750FT

DAY SEVEN MON 23 SEP | LOOP TO COL D'AUBISQUE

Two mountains to climb, three passes to notch up. Today's route takes us up one of those hors categorie cols that is the stuff of TDF legend, the Col d'Aubisque. To get there one must, inevitably from Argelès, surmount the Col de Soulor first. From there you are treated to a short downhill before the final push to the summit of Col d'Aubisque. We will return via the lesser known Col de Spandelles.
DISTANCE | 80KM | 50MI
ELEVATION | 2400M | 7870FT

DAY EIGHT TUE 24 SEP | TOURMALET!

Finale! Your Queen stage is a loop ride to the magnificent Col du Tourmalet. This particular pass has been included in the Tour de France more than 80 times. Whether climbing it from east or west, this is a climb that requires extraordinary determination. After photos at the summit we can return the way we came or complete a full loop via Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Celebratory dinner to wind up an epic week of riding.
DISTANCE | 100KM | 62MI
ELEVATION | 2550M | 8350FT

DAY NINE WED 25 SEP | GOODBYE

Early morning transfer to Toulouse - we'll get you there late morning so you can make departure plans accordingly.
Time to say farewell, until next time!
Ride safe Puntos.

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