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Pyrenean Classics

Highlights of the central and eastern Pyrenees – 2/09-10/09/2017

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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.


Impressions


The Guides

Tobias – King of the Ramps

quäldich-Guide Tobias Schneider

On the ramps and hills of Franconia, Tobsi holds the impressive form that usually ensures that you only see his tail lights, even in the fast group. Nonetheless, with his Fraconian good nature and empathy, he never leaves anyone behind if he sees they're fading.

Roberto – The Andalucian

quäldich-Guide Roberto Mestanza

A Spaniard from Upper Bavaria, for years one of our most loyal clients. Looking forward to the first trip he has organised, and to introducing you to the Andalucian landscapes and way of life.

Wolfram – The Fly Whisperer

quäldich-Guide Wolfram Lotze

Grew up in Hesse-Siberia, south-east of Kassel. But has lived happily in the Rhineland for 25 years. Motto: ride and let ride. He himself always rides with a little girl's gearing (the big chainring) on the flat stages. Enjoys long climbs, but not flies (which always bother him on the slopes in the summer).

Sille – Sport Support

quäldich-Guide Sille Stefaniak

Our Sille loves following the group in the broom wagon, in first or second gear. She dishes out excellent sympathy to everyone that approaches her and her vehicle suffering from exhaustion or a crash. Her lunchtime buffets are legendary, and her sports massages save the day for many. Founder, boss and the good fairy of Sille's Sport Support.


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 and Northern Europe via Frankfurt or Stuttgart - Karlsruhe - Mulhouse - Lyons - Montpellier - Toulouse on France's A64 to the Tarbes-Ouest exit.

From Western Europe also via Luxembourg - Dijon - Lyons - Montpellier - Toulouse or Paris - Limoges - Toulouse and France's A64.

From Central or Eastern Europe also via Zurich - Geneva - Valence or Villach - Venice - Nice or Brenner - Verona - Nice, then via Montpellier - Toulouse on France's A64

The car journey is very long. We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

The nearest airports are Tarbes-Lourdes (few direct flights) and Toulouse (direct flights from many European airports). From Toulouse Airport take a regional train to Tarbes.

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


The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 2/09-10/09/2017

  • Saturday, 2nd September 2017
    Travel to Tarbes. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 3rd September 2017
    Start of first stage (Tarbes - Bagnères-de-Luchon) at 9am.
  • Monday, 4th September 2017
    Second stage Bagnères-de-Luchon - Sort
  • Tuesday, 5th September 2017
    Third stage Sort - Ax-les-Thermes
  • Wednesday, 6th September 2017
    Fourth stage, loop from Ax-les-Thermes

  • Thursday, 7th September 2017
    Fifth stage Ax-les-Thermes - Saint-Girons
  • Friday 8th September 2017
    Sixth stage Saint-Girons - Saint-Lary-Soulan
  • Saturday, 9th September 2017
    Seventh stage Saint-Lary-Soulan - Aucun
  • Sunday, 10th September 2017
    Eighth stage Aucun - Tarbes. Arrive there between 2pm and 4pm. Then depart (or stay another night)
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