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Climbing and Descending Training Camp

For those who would like to further their skills and are perhaps training for specific events such as the Marmotte, we would suggest our Climbing and Descending course.

  • Bed and breakfast
  • Pyrenees —
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Training camp
  • Groups up to 15 in 5 bedrooms
  • Features
    • BBQ facilities
    • Cooking facilities
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Family rooms
    • Garden
    • Music system
    • Outdoor pool
    • Pool table
    • Terrace
    • TV/DVD


We are a perfect base for individual, group or family cycling holidays; from novices to would-be professionals. Steve is an Etape and sportive specialist, who is a qualified coach with British Cycling - try one of his training camps, let him guide you on local rides or simply use his routes and maps to find your own way…..

  • We have a selection of bikes to hire: Our road bikes are all aluminium-framed with Shimano parts and either compact or triple chain-sets (perfect for all those small inclines in the vicinity);
  • Our mountain bikes (including child sizes) are great for having a bit of fun on local tracks and paths;
  • When hiring, there’s no need to bring your own pedals as we have a full range, depending on your shoes, and all bikes can be hired with helmets and a tool kit too;
  • If you have your own bike, there’s a large, secure storage room and plenty of space for bike boxes;
  • As a former bike mechanic, Steve has an extensive workshop for any repairs you may need and we stock a small selection of tubes and cables.

*Catering available on request

All cyclists can do with some help climbing and descending, and what better place to learn than amongst the cols of the Hautes Pyrenees! This three night course offers help with techniques such as leaning into bends, picking the right line through them, plus tips on nutrition and energy levels.

Climbing and Descending Training Package:

Day one: Arrive at Allant and set up your bike. Have a short, local ride with Steve, taking in some nearby climbs so he can assess your level and discuss the areas of your riding where you would particularly like assistance. Back at the house, Steve will go over some basic nutrition and energy-level theory and run-through the agenda for tomorrow.

Day two: After breakfast, you will be setting off for some of the famous Pyreneen cols. Depending on you ability/fitness level, this will either involve cycling out from the house, or being driven closer to the mountains with bikes on the roof. The climb of the Col de Peyresourde will be your first target. This is a good introductory col as it has a steady gradiant and highly rewarding scenery. The descent is fast and sweeping and ideal for increasing confidence and improving handling skills. After lunch, you will tackle a second climb - the Col d’Aspin before heading back to the house for a well-deserved rest!

Day three: Today will be a chance to put into practise what you have learned so far and again practise your improved climbing and descending techniques. After breakfast, Steve will take you on one of his favourite “loop” rides, which takes in a number of smallish climbs and descents from the house. After a packed lunch (out or back at the house), you will be driven down to Sainte Marie de Campan to tackle the famous Col du Tourmalet. This is one of the most challenging climbs around and if you want, you can be timed for our annual “Tourmalet Challenge” competition. The descent is one of the fastest in the Pyrenees.

Day four: The end of the climbing and descending package, so return to the airport of your choice, or carry on and stay for a few more days to tackle a few more climbs.


There are five en-suite bedrooms, which can sleep one, two, three or four people with double or single beds as required. As a “chambres d’hotes”, the house can sleep a maximum of 15 people. Each room is equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, pool towels, hair-dryer and toiletries. Our Pla d’Adet bedroom has balconies running around two sides, a view of the swimming pool and terrace, a dressing-room and spa bath. Luz Ardiden also has a balcony with table and chairs and a view of the pool and terrace area. The Tourmalet bedroom has a kitchenette and views across the beautiful foothills. Together with the Col d’Aspin bedroom, these two rooms can be used as a family suite as they are back to back in the very oldest part of the house. Lastly is our Hautcam bedroom on the ground floor, which again has views across the foothills and a kitchenette. All the rooms can have a cot or extra bed added at no additional cost.

As a converted farmhouse, there is plenty of communal space inside as well as out. There is a large living room with fireplace, piano, sofas and chairs, a television with free-sat channels, DVD player, I-pod dock/CD player and views across the garden and terraced area. The dining room is where you will have breakfast, and dinners if you so chose, and also has a stock of chocolate bars, soft-drinks, beers, wine, energy products and bike spares for you to buy. There is a high-chair for babies and toddlers. There is a small gym with all the usual machines - an exercise bike, running machine, weights bench, punch bag, rowing machine, steppers etc. In the winter, or in bad weather, it is also used as a base for turbo-training or roller sessions. Upstairs there is a games room with a pool table, darts, table football, various board games and books for you to borrow. Also at your disposal, but in the private area of the house, is a drying room where any wet gear can be hung to dry out. We also provide a laundry service.

The garden has a swimming pool and play equipment for young children. There is a large lawn for ball games, plenty of trees to climb or hide behind and you may just see one of our cats, Ruby or Tawny, patrolling their territory. In his part of the garden is our three-legged Pointer, Milka, and we have a separate area for our cockerels & chickens, that we keep for eggs, and our Shetland pony called Spirit. There are many fruit trees in the grounds too - depending on the time of year, you will see pears, cherries, plums, walnuts, figs and peaches. The donkey in the field opposite the house is called Hamish. The sun terrace, accessible from the spiral staircase, is brilliant for sun-worshippers as you can catch the rays all day long. A covered terrace has tables and chairs for eating outside and if you want to cater for yourselves our two barbecues are a big favourite.


Many of the rides suggested below are possible setting off from the house and then cycling back again. Another option is to use our DROP-OFF service, where you and your bikes will be transported to the foot of the climb and you are then free to cycle one or two climbs before rolling back down the valley to the house. The same is possible in reverse, with you cycling down the valley to the col/s in question and then requesting PICK UP at the bottom later in the day.

The cols

  • Tourmalet (eastern climb) & Col d’Aspin (west ascent)
  • Col d’Aspin (east approach) & Peyresourde (west side)
  • Aubisque & Hautacam
  • Luz Ardiden & Tourmalet (western approach)
  • Pla d’Adet & Col d’Azet
  • Col de Mente & Portet d’Aspet
  • Superbagneres & Col du Portillon
  • Hourquette d’Ancizan & Col d’Aspin (western side)
  • Port de Bales & Peyresourde (eastern climb)