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Bespoke & Independent Road Biking Trips in the Pyrenees

Every year we run bespoke cycling trips for guests, helping you have a memorable week cycling in the Pyrenees, and while you tick-off the cols, you’ll also have the chance to discover the local food and wines of the area, and the history of the people.

  • Catered chalet
  • Pyrenees —Barèges, France
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Fixed base
  • Groups up to 14
  • Features
    • Bar
    • Bike tools
    • Cooking facilities
    • Drying space
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Family rooms
    • Garden
    • Music system
    • Private parking
    • Secure bike storage
    • Terrace
    • TV/DVD
    • Uncovered bike maintenance area
    • Wifi

Service

Every year we run bespoke cycling trips for guests, helping them have a memorable week cycling in the Pyrenees. For groups of 4 or more we can design an itinerary to suit your particular aims and interests, taking in the routes you want to do in the time you want to do them.

We welcome independent cyclists who want to use our accommodation and great location as a base for their cycling holiday. Many of our cycling guests want to follow in the tracks of the Tour de France, climbing the famous Cols and dropping down the exhilarating switch backs, past grazing sheep, snowy peaks and through sleepy villages.

From our village base in the French High Pyrenees, we provide:

  • accommodation options at our 3-star chalet or at 3* Hotel accommodation in Luz St-Sauveur (more simple group accommodation is also available).
  • road support
  • transfers around the area
  • local knowledge and experience.

While you tick-off the cols, you’ll also have the chance to discover the local food and wines of the area and find out about the history and culture of the mountain people.

In general our tailor-made Pyrenees road cycling holidays include:

  • ensuite rooms,
  • full-board (breakfast, packed lunch, 3 course evening meal),
  • Saturday to Saturday, with a free day in the middle of the week (when breakfast is provided but you have a choice of local restaurants for the evening meal).

Dates are completely flexible with the option to stay in 3* hotel accommodation in Luz st-Sauveur or at our chalet les Cailloux.

We’re happy to suggest an itinerary based on our own experience of cycling in the Pyrenees or we can follow an itinerary of your choice. Please see the Tour de France week holiday for ideas or the independent cycling trips section. Please contact us to find out more.

Accommodation

Our 18th century chalet, “Les Cailloux” has five spacious, characterful and well-appointed bedrooms, one of which is a very large two-bedroom suite sleeping 4 or 5 people in a family or group.

Each bedroom has an en-suite shower room, and we can offer double, twin or family accommodation for up to 14 people.

As well as your own room, guests have access to the spacious lounge, with a wood-burning stove, well-stocked and reasonably-priced bar, coffee bar, free internet access, big-screen home cinema and a selection of English and French books, magazines, games, and DVDs.

We also have a large dining room, a heated equipment room (for coats, boots and skis), and a sauna - perfect for relaxing tired muscles after a hard day in the mountains! The chalet has free Wi-Fi access throughout.

Our half board accommodation includes home-cooked meals, freshly made to a high standard and featuring local ingredients or specialities of the area.

A typical continental breakfast would include fresh bread and croissants with butter and jams, a selection of cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, orange juice, tea and coffee.

A Summer packed lunch consists of a generous baguette sandwich, chocolate bar, cake/cereal-bar, piece of fruit and a bag of crisps. Plenty to keep you going for a day on the mountains!

Afternoon tea is served with a freshly baked cake or biscuits, allowing you to relax after a day in the mountains, before we serve our generous 3-course evening meal with after dinner coffee in the living room.

Location

From Barèges - following in the tracks of the Tour de France

Situated on the classic ” Tour de France” route, Barèges sits below the legendary “Col du Tourmalet” - one of the most memorable Pyrenean climbs of the Tour. The descent down the Col du Tourmalet to the village is an incredible 865m, but it doesn’t stop there. Another exhilarating drop of around 400m takes you to the historic tourist town of Luz St-Sauveur, well known for its thermal baths, fortified Templars church and massive ice-creams.

From Luz there are three further fantastic Pyrenees cycling routes. Climb South to the incredible “Cirque de Gavarnie” at the Spanish frontier, West on the Luz-Ardiden ski road past lovely stone villages and ancient watermills, or descend North through the narrow Pierrefitte gorge beside the roaring “Gave de Pau” river. On your way to the magnificent spa town of Argeles-Gazost there is an optional ascent to the Hautacam ski station. This is a challenging climb through pretty perched villages and with panoramic views into the Argeles basin.

From Argeles the Tour route continues into the beautiful “Val d’Azun”, with its rolling pasture and flower-filled villages. The climb takes you 7km at an average gradient of 8%, to the “Col de Soulor” at 1474m. From the col you can re-descend to the town of Argeles, via the “Col de Spandelles” and the wild Bergons valley, or continue by the “Col d’Aubisque” via the ski station of Gourette into the neighbouring department of Béarn.

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