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PURE CYCLING CLASSIC COLS PYRENEES TOUR

Our Classic Cols Pyrenees Tour is NOT for your average coffee rider.  It is a pure climbing tour for people with a high level of ability used to spending long hours in the saddle.

The Pyrenees is one of the most amazing cycling locations in the world, with its beautiful lush green forests, quaint villages, quiet roads with less traffic than the Alpes, and of course, the challenging climbs that are so amazing they feature in the biggest cycling event on the cycling calendar. - the Tour de France. 

If you want a 'Business Only' tour where you get to climb the cols without the madness of the Tour de France experience, then our Classic Cols Tour is the one for you. We provide a worry free, cycling focused tour experience that will have you booking your next tour as soon as you get back home.  
Our established base in Bagneres de Luchon, local knowledge and years of experience delivering tours in France allows us to provide avid cyclists with tour itineraries that tick all the boxes. You will challenge yourself on most of the major climbs in the region with a few lesser known options thrown in that are equally as challenging if not spectacular.  

NOTE: Any day of this tour can be opted into a Rest Day if requied.

Saturday, 18th - 27th August, 2018

- Transfers to / from Toulouse Airport 
- Internal transfers 
- Accommodation in chalet and 2 nights Hotel
- All breakfasts and evening meals 
- Mechanical support 
- Full daily ride brief each night at dinner
- 3 x Bi-monthly newsletters including a training guide
- Experienced domestiques 
- On road vehicle support 
- Post Tour digital image pack on USB
- Velo Tours Cycling Kit 
- Cap and t-shirt 
- Electrolyte provided on course

Airfares and travel insurance are NOT included.
​Lunches and alcohol consumed are also NOT included.

$3,295.00 10 days / 9 nights
*twin share/subject to change based on                                conversion rate 

The climbs that feature regularly in our Classic Cols Tour are:

Col du Peyresourde       - 1,569m
Col de Mente                 - 1,349m
Col de Portet d’Aspet     - 1,069m
Col du Tourmalet            - 2,115m
Port de Bales                 - 1,755m
Superbagneres              - 1,800m
Hospice de France         - 1,380m
Col du Portillon               - 1,293m
Col de Val Louron-Azet  - 1,580m
Col d'Aspin                     - 1,489m
Hourquette d'Ancizan     - 1,564m
Aubisque                        - 1,709m
Col de Ares                       - 797m


Below is our 2018 itinerary. 

DAY 1:   – TOULOUSE BLAGNAC AIRPORT PICK UP

Velo Tours staff will meet you at the airport for your transfer to Bagneres de Luchon to your accommodation.  We will put your bikes together for a short ride through the valley before dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in town where you will meet all the members of the group and get a briefing on the ride week ahead.

- Ride Distance 50km
- Cierp Gaud

DAY 2:  – VALLEY RIDE

We will ride over the first two cols of the itinerary on the way through to Arreau.  Then it's a great valley ride to Saint Bertrand de Comminge for a crepe before heading back to Luchon.


- Ride Distance 125km
- Cols Conquered: Col du Peyresourde, Col de Val Louron-Azet

DAY 3:  – FABIO CASSERTELLI RIDE

Today's ride takes you through pictureseque countryside and small villages. We pass the famous monument for Fabio Cassertelli and after lunch at the cafe on the top of the Mente we ride back through the valley home to Luchon.   

- Ride Distance:  120km
- Cols Conquered:  Col des Ares, Col de Portet d'Aspet, Col de Mente

DAY 4:  ESPAGNA LOOP 

A big day on the bike today with plenty of climbing over the border into Spain.  From Bossost we ride to Viehla for lunch, then back to Luchon via Vilamos and a double header over the Portillon.


- Ride Distance 80km
- Cols Conquered: Col du Portillon (Luchon side), Vilamos, Col du Portillon (Bossost side)

DAY 5:  TRIPLE LEGENDS

We pack our bags for a couple of nights away from home base with our first climb up the Col du Peyresourde.  We then head over the Aspin into Payolle before tackling the famous Tourmalet.  Our day is done with our arrival into Argeles-Gazost and our hotel for the next 2 nights.
  
- Ride Distance 120km
- Cols Conquered: Col d'Aspin (Arreau side), Col du Tourmalet (St Marie) 

DAY 6: - AUBISQUE

We tackle 2 more famous and tough climbs today - the Col d'Aubisque and the Soulor.  Option is to ride over and back (both sides of the climbs) or jump in the van for the ride back to the hotel.  

- Ride Distance 120km 
- Cols Conquered: Col d'Aubisque, Col du Soulor

DAY 7: - LUCHON RETURN TRIP

Today we head back to Luchon via the Col du Tourmalet from the other side and the Horquette d'Ancizan from Payolle.  Additioinal option is to finish off with the other side of the Peyresourde or transfer back to Luchon on the bus from Arreau.

- Ride Distance 120km (*150km)
- Cols Conquered: Col du Tourmalet, Horquette d'Ancizan, Col du Peyresourde

DAY 8:  – FRONT DOOR OPPORTUNITIES 

Today is an optional rest day or you can head out the front door, turn left and begin the climb up the penultimate Superbagneres.  If you still have something left in the legs, we can then tackle the Hospice de France.

- Ride Distance 60km 
Superbagneres, Hospice de France

DAY 9:  –   CARCASSONNE

Today we say farewell to Luchon and ride part of the way to the old city in Carcassonne for our final night.  This route retraces most of Stage 16 of the 2014 Tour de France.  We will transfer from Pamiers to Carcassonne to ensure enough time to pack down our bikes and prepare for our farewell dinner at a restaurant in the old city.  Ride Distance approx. 120km.


DAY 10:  –   DEPARTURE

Today we say farewell and transfer to Toulouse Blagnac Airport.