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Raid Pyrenean - Hendaye to Cebere

The RAID Pyréneén is the only timed RAID and so, although this is shorter, the clock is ticking; the pressure is on!

  • Half board hotel
  • Pyrenees —Hendaye
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms

Service

Can you beat the clock? Do you want to take on the challenge of the Pyrenees? Try the newest trip the RAID Pyréneén.

  • 720 kilometres
  • 11,000 m of climbing
  • 100 hours to complete the route
  • Official Route including carnet and medal
  • Ascend the awesome Aubisque
  • Tackle the tough Tourmalet
  • Push to the pinnacle of the Peyresourde

Every trip should be an adventure and a thrilling challenge but we also want guests to experience a holiday on and off their bikes! We use charming hotels with beautiful food, lovely views and fantastic company – and maybe a good drink too!

Included

  • Transfers

  • Luggage Transfers

  • Full Mechanical Support

  • Buffet style breakfasts.

  • Day/Ride Food - On our trips you eat like the pros!

  • RAID Pyrenean Medal - official inscription to the RAID Pyreneen including carnets and medals.

  • Guides - Experienced guides, who have ridden these types of events before and have a vast experience of the French Alps.

  • Information Pack - with full holiday details including, routes, maps and advice on riding in the Alps as well as full contact details.

  • Garmin Downloads - daily Garmin routes available

  • Polka Dot Cycling water bottles

Not included

  • Evening Meals - £150

  • Bike Hire

  • Drinks or minibar costs (including beers, soft drinks and coffees).

  • Travel Insurance - travel insurance is not included, but is a condition of our booking terms and conditions

Itinerary

Arrival Day – “Bonjour!”

We will meet you at Biarritz (option of Toulouse) airport to transfer you to your first night’s accommodation in Hendaye. Help will be on hand if you require assistance to build your bike and if time permits, we can suggest a suitable gentle route to stretch your legs and check your bike, if you wish. Please note for arrivals into Toulouse must be on or before 12.00pm. We will inform you well before the trip commences of when your transfers times will be. For information on arriving by train or car, please see our FAQs section.

Day 1 – Day 6 – Riding Days

The Pyrenees are a sunny and warm range with 300 days of sunshine a year. This trip is tackling the only timed RAID being 100 hours from start to finish, so you need to keep your eye on the clock! We will be going the traditional West to East route, being the most popular as you can then finish at the Mediterranean coast. The RAID Pyréneén was founded in 1950 by the Cyclo-Club Béarnais in Pau, who still run and organise it today with official certificates, carnets and medals. Now is your opportunity to be part of the 300 people who complete the RAID Pyréneén every year.

The week’s riding will be structured as below:

Monday Col D’Osquiche

From Small Beginnings” – approx. 6-7 hours in the saddle. You will starting your holiday in the foot hills of the Pyrenees and try a short category 3 climb called the Col D’Osquiche: but it gives you an opportunity to stretch your legs as you admire the beautiful scenery, as you leave the Atlantic coast. Climbs: Col D’Osquiche - 153kms Approx. 2380m of climbing.

Tuesday Col De Aubisque

The Circle of What?” – approx. 6-7 hours in the saddle. It’s time to tackle the Col De Aubisque, Col De Soulor, Col Du Tourmalet; the Hors category climbs kick in with a vengeance! You will be challenging yourself on two of the “All-time great climbs of Tour De France” … in our opinion. You will also enter “Le Cercle Du Mort”, wonder why they called it that? Climbs: Col De Aubisque, Col De Soulor, Col Du Tourmalet - 154kms Approx. 3485m of climbing.

Wednesday Col D’Aspin

Touching Heaven” – approx. 6-7 hours in the saddle. Today the famous climbs are coming at you thick and fast with Col D’Aspin, Col De Peyresourde, Col D’Ares and Portet D’Aspet. You will be passing the memorial to Fabio Casartelli, it is based a few hundred metres below where he unfortunately crashed. Climbs: Col D’Aspin, Col De Peyresourde, Col D’Ares and Portet D’Aspett - 150kms Approx. 2850m of climbing.

Thursday Col De Port, Col De Puymorens, Col De La Perche

A Triple Threat” – approx. 6-7 hours in the saddle. It is the last big climbing day today with the three P’s; Col De Port, Col De Puymorens, Col De La Perche The scenery is gradually going to change today as the villages and towns become more Mediterranean looking. Climbs: Col De Port, Col De Puymorens, Col De La Perche - 195kms Approx. 2980m of climbing.

Friday Head down to the Coast

“Have a Blast on the Med!“ – approx. 3-4 hours in the saddle. More descending than climbing a thoroughly enjoyable blast as we head down to the coast. Something really easy to round off your holiday. After a celebratory drink, we will pack bikes and transfer to the beautiful fortified town of Carcasonne for the final evening.86kms Approx. 520m of climbing.

Departure Day – “A Bientôt!”

Today we all say farewell, with lots of memories and a great sense of achievement. After breakfast, we will transfer you to Carcasonne (option of Toulouse) airport for your return journey. If you decide to get a late flight, Toulouse airport has a good left luggage facility at the information Desk in the Arrival Area in Hall C and it is only a short hop from the airport into the town centre if you wish to get some sightseeing in before you leave.

Accommodation

Accommodation - we use mainly 3 accommodation in beautiful Alpine resorts and towns. If there isn’t a 3 option we then use the best available 2* hotels. Please note all prices quoted are based on two people sharing a room. We can of course arrange single occupancy at an extra cost of £250/person. Buffet style breakfasts.

Location

Main Climbs: Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde, Portet D’Aspet, Cole De Port, Puymorens

Cycling Highlights

  • Try cycling in the Pyrenees
  • Climb the Aubisque
  • Go round “Le Cercle De Mort”
  • Southern France sunny weather
  • Pass over the Tourmalet
  • Ascend the Peyresoude

F.A.Q.