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Pyrenean Classics

Highlights of the central and eastern Pyrenees – 31/08-8/09/2019

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!


The Guides

Rainer – The Leader

quäldich-Guide Rainer Hartmann

His training terrain is Franconian Switzerland with its notorious ramps, but he also enjoys the long climbs in the Alps. Always talking and almost never knackered. His one big weakness: pastries.

Denny – The Laid-Back One

quäldich-Guide Denny

A loyal client for several years, prefers to ride in the relaxed group. Finally hired as a guide for 2017. His stomping ground is the unforgiving Brandenburger Plain around Berlin.

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 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 31/08-8/09/2019

  • 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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Find out more about the route and the stages