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Pyrenean Classics

Highlights of the central and eastern Pyrenees – 1/09-9/09/2018

The Pyrenees - they've been the setting for many epic Tour de France battles, with their narrow roads, countless passes and harsh, unspoiled landscapes with vultures and eagles circling overhead. And they're the setting for the Pyrenean Classics that will sweep you through the wild mountains along the French-Spanish border in September 2017.

Who has not heard of those passes with such sonorous names as the Tourmalet, Aubisque and Aspin. And who wouldn't love to explore them, those glorious, remote mountain roads such as the Port de Pailhères and Port de Balès. Starting from the charming little town of Tarbes on the edge of the mountains and heading into the French Pyrenees, we’ll tick off all those roads that the Tour de France has made famous, but also take various detours into stunning, romantic Catalonia and cross into Andorra via the Port d'Envalira, the highest of all the Pyrenean passes.

Classics on a conveyor belt.

The trip can be combined with our Hidden Pyrenean Gems holiday!


Impressions


The Guides

Hagen – el guía jefe andaluz

quäldich-Guide

Our guy from the Rhön now has his training base in: Granada and the Sierra Nevada. As our cultural attaché to Andalucia, he knows the tapas by their first name. Motivated and passionate. Devout believer in wearing white socks.

Paul – The Pilot

quäldich-Guide Paul Velten

A friendly, cheerful Dortmunder and a huge believer in the dolce vita. Totally devoted to looking after his flock and, once on the road, it's diesel to the top and jet fuel to the bottom.

Tobias – The Bolt

quäldich-Guide Tobias Heß

Tobias takes after his name - he's just about unstoppable on the flat or in the mountains. So we mostly use him as a guide to the fast group.

Thomas – The Provisions Guy

quäldich-Guide Thomas Bonde

Being a real Dortmund lad and a Chamber of Commerce-certified beer ambassador, he might be waiting for you at the pass with a refreshing mountaintop beer. In 2016 Thomas made a successful début driving the support vehicle on a Pyrenean double feature, and he is always ready to hear what you want or need, and he'll do his best to get it for you.


Getting there

Our start hotel is located in the southern outskirts of the town of Tarbes.

Cars may be left free of charge all week in the hotel car park.

From Germany via Freiburg - Mulhouse - Lyons - Montpellier - Toulouse on France's A64 to the Tarbes-Ouest exit.

From southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland and via Zurich - Geneva - Valence - Montpellier - Toulouse on France’s A64.
From Austria another good idea could be to go Villach - Venice - Nice or Brenner - Verona - Nice.

The car journey is a long way, so we advise you to stop overnight en route. The return journey, after a strenuous week on the bike, might be particularly challenging!

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

The nearest airports are Tarbes-Lourdes (no direct flights from Germany) and Toulouse (direct flight possible). From Toulouse Airport take a regional train to Tarbes.

Going by train from Germany is a very long journey, but in principle possible by TGV via Paris. The destination station is Tarbes.


The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 1/09-9/09/2018

  • Saturday, 1st September 2018
    Travel to Tarbes. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 2nd September 2018
    Start of first stage (Tarbes - Bagnères-de-Luchon) at 9am.
  • Monday, 3rd September 2018
    Second stage Bagnères-de-Luchon - Sort
  • Tuesday, 4th September 2018
    Third stage Sort - Ax-les-Thermes
  • Wednesday, 5th September 2018
    Fourth stage, loop from Ax-les-Thermes

  • Thursday, 6th September 2018
    Fifth stage Ax-les-Thermes - Saint-Girons
  • Friday, 7th September 2018
    Sixth stage Saint-Girons - Arreau
  • Saturday, 8th September 2018
    Seventh stage Arreau - Aucun
  • Sunday, 9th September 2018
    Eighth stage Aucun - Tarbes. Arrive there between 2pm and 4pm. Then depart (or stay another night)
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