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Women's Cycling Week with Pyractif

With women’s participation in sportives and cycling in general very much ‘on the up’, PyrActif are on the innovation trail again, with our newest riding option, the women-only 'Tour des Pyrenees Feminin'.

  • Bed and breakfast
  • Pyrenees —
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Fixed base
  • Groups up to 10 in 5 bedrooms
  • Features
    • Bike wash
    • Cooking facilities
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Garden
    • Secure bike storage
    • Table tennis table
    • TV/DVD
    • Wifi


We host hundreds of riders each year, ranging from ‘first timers’ having their first ride on Tour de France climbs, through to ‘battle hardened’ sportivers, club riders and triathletes here to sharpen their form or simply enjoy the great riding we have locally. What we’ve come to realise, though, is that just as there is a market for women-specific bike design and clothing, there is latent demand for riding opportunities where women riders get to ride with a good-sized group of other women.

With 3 or 7-night trips to choose from there’s a great set of options to cover a wide range of riding experience and ability. We can vary each day’s itinerary to match the distance, pace and amount of climbing that people want to ride. Anyone from the most experienced lady racer, to the ‘mountain novice’ who’s not tried riding Tour de France cols before will find that one of our riding groups will suit them.

We can take newcomers through build-up rides on Category 3-4 cols to get them used to the challenges of these longer climbs before we head for the Category 1s or HCs. But women who’ve already ridden a tough event like L’Etape du Tour or similar may want to get straight onto riding the famous cols like the Aspin, Peyresourde and Tourmalet.

Both the 3-night and 7-night package include airport transfers, fully guided/supported rides, hearty breakfasts & ‘re-fuelling’evening meals together with free use of our bike workshop, laundry services and leisure facilities. For anyone who’d like to, we’ll run a couple of basic bike maintenance sessions in the evenings and there will be an optional ‘spa day’ on the middle day of the 7-day trip. Other optional extras like MTB excursions, bike hire, sports nutrition products (from High 5) and sports massage can also be arranged.

So, whether you’re after a chance to ride with a little less testosterone in the air, fancy the company of some ‘kindred spirits’ who want to ride at a similar pace to yourself or reckon this would make a great, sporty hen weekend, get in touch to reserve your place.

Dates and prices for Tour de Pyrenees Feminin will be:

Dates tbc; contact us to discuss your preferred dates

  • £599 per person (7-night version)
  • Includes airport transfers, all accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 evening meals - & on-the-road support vehicle and/or guide rider for every ride.


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.


We can take newcomers through build-up rides on Category 3-4 cols to get them used to the challenges of these longer climbs before we head for the Category 1s or HCs.