06 - 15 June 2017 (5 PLACES REMAIN), Confirmed Departure!
- Additional tour kit set including short sleeve jersey and bib knicks €150.00
This is an idyllic holiday and a wonderful experience, travelling through one the most beautiful mountain ranges of Europe along the French and Spanish border. Come with us and ride the famous passes in the Pyrenees where the Pro Tour riders fight, year after year, to win the yellow jersey or to just ‘simply’ to win an epic stage.
This tour is designed for the experienced rider, but as with all our tours, it’s not just about the riding. We also offer the opportunity to discover and appreciate different cultures which evolved centuries ago in these remote mountain areas. These differences are still very much in evidence nowadays in the regions of Catalonia, Andorra, Ariege, and the French Bigorre de Midi which we will all traverse. An absolutely wonderful holiday experience!
- All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
- Introductory Lunch
- Dinners (except 1)
- 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
- Van support throughout tour
- All in-tour transfers
- Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
- Activities which depend on the region we are visiting. Examples include wine/cheese/olive oil tastings, boat trips
- Garmin 810 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
- 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
- 1 day pack per guest
- Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
- Detailed printed Tour information booklet.
Day One - Girona warm up ride
Main Route: 40km
Total Ascent: 600m
This is a short ride to test the bikes and some elevation gain to test the legs. Then a stroll in historically significant Girona, which has a well preserved town centre.
The cathedral, the old fortifications and the Jewish heritage are the main sights of the city.
Day Two - Girona loop to Peratallada
Main Route: 106km
Total Ascent: 1200m
Today’s loop is a mix of rolling and flat terrain. It will take us to the Costa Brava via a climb, with spectacular scenic view, through charming villages like Peratallada and Begur which make this stretch of the Mediterranean coast so very attractive. The Greeks established a colony in this area at Empuries twenty-six centuries ago.
Day Three - Girona to Ripoll
Main Route: 85km
Total Ascent: 1700m
Today the climbs commence. The first part of the ride is undulating and we’ll cross the lush volcanic natural park of ‘La Garrotxa’, with its more than fifty dormant craters. There’s a mandatory stop in Olot, the main village in the area before we ride towards Ripoll, with a long climb, but nothing too serious. The town of Ripoll is at the foot of the Pyrenees, and was established in the Middle Ages around a Benedictine monastery.
Day Four - Ripoll to La Seu d’Urgell
Main Route: 90km
Total Ascent: 2200m
Today we’ll keep riding parallel to the Pyrenean mountain range, in the wild Sierra of Cadí and will end up in La Seu d’Urgell, which is in a beautiful quiet valley between two rivers and known for the excellent cheeses which are produced here. Not a difficult ride, but it has one long climb to begin, with a long, slight downhill once we reach the Segre Valley to get our hotel.
Day Five - La Seu loop to Andorra
Main Route: 70km
Total Ascent: 1700m
La Seu d’Urgell is a few kilometres away from the Principality of Andorra, a micro state landlocked between France and Spain. It is visited by many skiers throughout the winter months and is also a major attraction due to its many duty-free shops. After a warm-up to Andorra we’ll climb the Coll de la Gallina, a challenging climb with 15-18% stretches introduced recently into the Vuelta.
Day Six - La Seu D’Urgell to Vielha
Main Route: 125km
Total Ascent: 2500m
This is a long ride close to the French border and through the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees. This area is where many outdoor/extreme activities are organized. The area of Vielha has always been geographically isolated from the rest of the country, which has helped it preserve perfectly its traditions and own language, the ‘Aranes’. Two main long climbs (Coll de Canto’ and Puerto de la Bonaigua) and respective downhill runs will be the feature of the ride.
Day Seven - Vielha loop or Rest day
Main Route: 50km
Total Ascent: 2500m
After some big days on the bike we better take an easy one! Our optional ride is a loop on some very quiet roads around Vielha, a couple of hours spin, followed by some relaxing time at the hotel pool. You'll be ready for the last two challenging days in and around the Tourmalet!
Day Eight - Vielha to Bagneres de Bigorre
Main Route: 106km
Total Ascent: 2300m
Possibly one of the most scenic rides of this tour, where the main ingredients are three great climbs, the Col de Portillon, Col de Peyresourde and Col d’Aspin. The battleground for many Tour de France stages, these Pyrenean climbs were first introduced to the great race in 1910.
Bagneres de Bigorre is at the base of the French mountains and boasts thermal spa complexs used for different kinds of therapies. It also has a beautiful market where we can find delicious delicacies like the ‘fois gras’ or local mouth-watering sausages.
Day Nine - Bagneres de Bigorre loop to Col du Tourmalet
Main Route: 100km
Total Ascent: 1900m
The final challenge is the mythical climb of the Col du Tourmalet. After a warm up to St.Marie de Campan we’ll challenge ourselves on the 18km climb up to the summit at 2114m. This is the highest pass in the Pyrenees. An exciting and technical descent to Argeles Gazost and then an easy climb back to Bagneres de Bigorre.
Day Ten - Transfer to Toulouse
Recommended Arrival Airport: Barcelona-Girona, Spain
Recommended Departure Airport: Toulouse, France
(Airport transfer not included)