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Roue d'Or des Pyrénées Sportive Week

Whether you’re new to cycling in the mountains or have conquered hundreds of cols before, the Pyrenees offers a compelling combination of great routes, superb terrain, stunning scenery and a hearty welcome.

  • Basic homestays
  • Pyrenees —
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Sportives/races
    • Fixed base
  • Groups up to 10 in 4 bedrooms
  • Features
    • Bike tools
    • Bike wash
    • Cooking facilities
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Hot tub
    • Secure bike storage
    • Table tennis table
    • TV/DVD
    • Wifi

Service

Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde, Aubisque, Superbagneres, Hautacam, Port de Bales, Luz Ardiden. With so many great roads, climbs and rides to choose from, the challenge is two-fold. How do we fit the right amount of information onto these pages and how do you decide what to ride?

If the great cols and climbs of the Tour de France are on your hit list, then you’ll be spoiled for choice if you join any of our Pyrenean trips. Just like any decent estate agent will tell you, it’s all about “Location, location, location”. With some cycling hotels or tour companies you can find yourself in what sounds like a great location ‘on paper’, but when you get there you find you’re perched more than half-way up an HC col, with no option but to take on the same killer climb every single day. Or you’re stuck in a valley with one famous climb in either direction, but impractical distances to anything more interesting.

But it’s not like that in & around our fixed-base holiday location in the Barousse valley - nor, of course do you have those limitations on our Pyrenean point-to-point trips like the Coast-to-Coast. From Bertren, in the Barousse valley, you have access to everything from steady ‘tempo’ Category 3-4 hills through to the mythical HC (‘hors category’ = ‘beyond classification’) monsters which so often feature in the major shake-ups of the Tour. The closest of those start within 3 kilometres of the front door; dozens are within easy riding distance; and there are probably 60 to choose from if you opt for a day or two of vehicle transfers / support from us to help get you to your target climb.

We also benefit from hundreds of kilometres of flat or rolling back country roads on which to ride your recovery sessions or head out for a ‘cafe ride’. Usually very well surfaced and largely free of traffic, they make for a very enjoyable way to spin your legs if you want an easier day.

But it’s easy knowing the names and the gradients of the major cols, the key to turning climbs into great rides is to link them together in ways that challenge, but inspire. With our in-depth local knowledge and personal experience of riding these famous (and not-so-famous) mountains, we can help you create memorable routes that combine the best of climbing, descending, appreciating the sensational views and re-charging the batteries with a restorative meal or drink. We’ll signpost the best cafes, mark out the best photo opportunities and help you avoid the 10% descents where most of the road surface is graveled!

Accommodation

The Bertren house from which our fixed-base trips run is named ‘Maison Garrigou’ in honour of Gustave Garrigou, winner of the 1911 Tour de France, 5-time podium finisher and 8-time stage winner. Most importantly of all, in 1910 Garrigou became the first man ever to successfully summit the Col du Tourmalet without having to get off at some point and walk. Chapeau, Gustave! 100 years on, it’s still no cake walk.

The property is a restored French farmhouse dating back to 1877. With five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a dining hall, separate guest kitchen/sitting room, TV lounge, free wi-fi access, a bike workshop, generous patio area, boules courtyard, table tennis area and bike washing deck, it provides you with a stay that combines comfort, practicality and rustic charm in equal measure.

The property provides single, twin, double and triple rooms; you won’t be expected to share ‘dormitory-style’ lodgings with 6-8 people queuing for a single shower after a ride!

The TV lounge sits 9-10 people in comfort, benefits from a characterful log-burning stove in the cooler months and provides access to a range of UK TV channels, plus a selection of cycling orientated DVDs.

There is plenty of space at the dinner tables, so mealtimes are usually a great social occasion where tall tales of riding heroism get exchanged over a good meal and a beer or glass of wine!

If you’d prefer a self-catering arrangement, or if you’d simply like to be able to boil a kettle or make a sandwich after a ride, then the self-contained guest kitchen provides a 4-ring gas hob and oven, two refrigerators, tea & coffee making facilities and plenty of cutlery and crockery. Plus a farmhouse dining table for four and comfy chairs for another four people who might just be chewing over the adventures of the day rather than using the TV lounge.

Location

With 20+ cols & Tour de France mountains within a 30km radius of our base, you won’t be stuck for great routes to ride.

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