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Bespoke & Guided Road Biking Week 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 —Les Cailloux, 8 rue Mme de maintenon, Bareges, 65120 Barèges, France
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • 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


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.

Our ever popular week of cycling the classic cols, is based on the Tour de France itinerary and previous Tour routes. We like to call it the “I’ve been there” cycling week.

It is a challenging week, with rides taking in summits such as the Col du Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde, as well as Luz-Ardiden (2011 Tour finish) and Hautacam ski station (2008 Tour and Etape finishes). There’s also an optional ride to Gavarnie (UNESCO world heritage site) and the Col de Tentes 2200m (highest paved road in the Pyrenees).

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.

Your itinerary:

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. Here’s an example tour:

Saturday – Arrival

Arrive in your own time.

After check-in, you have a free afternoon to prepare your kit and explore the local area.

Sunday – Barèges > Hautacam > Villelongue

Today you will cycle a 60km circuit, enjoying the mountain foothills of the Hautacam valley. The Tour passes through here every few years.

We’ll leave straight after breakfast, so you can head down the mountain, following the passage of the river as you head out of the valley.

After enjoying some relative flat, we then begin our 1635m climb at Hautacam, then heading back via the village of Villelongue.

This day has a variety of terrain for you to enjoy and allows you to trace some of the famous Tour routes coming in to the Vallee de Barèges.

Monday – The classic Tourmalet circuit

Today’s classic route follows part of the 2008 Etape and Tour de France route.It’s a great ride through stunning scenery.

This morning we leave Barèges to tackle the classic circuit of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, taking in the best-known climb of them all – the Col du Tourmalet.

You’ll do the 2115m climb up to the top of the Col du Tourmalet and then enjoy the descent. With 98km cycling to do today, this route is one to remember.

Tuesday – Ste. Marie de Campan > Aspin > Peyregudes

Today we cover at least 43km with the option of doing more, and ascend Peyregudes at 1600m, one of the Tour de France 2012 stage finishes.

Depending on how much you wish to do, we will either leave Barèges and cycle up the Col du Tourmalet, or your minibus will transfer you to the east side of the Col. From there, we cycle to Aspin and then the Col de Peyresourde sight of the TDF 2012 finish.

There is then the option of cycling back or taking the mini-bus transfer.

Wednesday – Free day

Today you can rest, hike, paraglide, raft, cave, canyon…Or we can advise you on other local routes to tackle including: , Borderes, Soulor/Aubisque, Cambasque, Luz Ardiden, Tourmalet, Aspin, Col des Tentes, Hourquette d’Arcizans, Cirque de Troumouse, Hautacam…

Thursday – Barèges > Pau

At 1709m, the Col d’Aubisque is today high point during our 108km ride. This is a long but worthwhile day tracing the traditional route of the Tour de France, ending at Pau.

We leave the village with 25km of downhill to Argeles, then begin the day’s climb to the cols of Soulor and Aubisque, before dropping into the Ossau valley.

We’ll jubilantly enter Pau, where the option of a minibus transfer awaits us.

Friday – Barèges > Luz-Ardiden

This was the Tour de France stage finish in 2011. It’s a short, but tough ride taking in a mountain top finish – a stiff climb with great views.

This morning we head downhill from Barèges, through Luz St-Sauveur and then begin the climb up the Luz-Ardiden.

At 1680m, this 2011 stage finish, is a short, sharp ride but an excellent introduction to road cycling here in the French High Pyrenees.

After you have tackled this col, there is an optional afternoon ascent to the UNESCO site of Gavarnie 1350m, or 2200m at the Col des Tentes.

Saturday – Departure

Time to leave – with aching muscles and a few more km on your bike’s clock.

Cycling dates & prices

The highest Cols (Passes), such as the Tourmalet are usually open from mid to late June, as the snows clear, with the lowers passes open from May time. Conditions remain good until Mid Ocotber, cycling in the mountains in mid-summer is also not a problem with the altitude giving natural cooling the higher and harder you push.

All dates aren’t advertised as it depends when you’d like to come, so please enquire with us for more details.

Local bike hire costs from around 120€ per week.


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.


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.