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Epic Cycling Trip: Cross the Pyrenees

Ride from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean, in a week.

Cross the Pyrenees from West to East passing by the mythical climbs of the Tour de France on this epic cycling trip. This hassle-free cycling adventure includes:

  • 7 days riding,
  • Starting from Biarritz and finishing in Perpignan,
  • 17 climbs across 680km with 15,730m elevation gain,
  • 7 nights accommodation, 7 meals and dinners, 2 professional local guides, 1 support vehicle and luggage transfers,
  • Snacks and drinks during your cycling holiday.

Book on to our pre-set shared group trips above. Alternative dates and private trips available.

  • Half board hotel
  • Pyrenees —Biarritz > Perpignan
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 12
  • Features
    • Bike stand
    • Bike tools
    • Bike wash
    • Drying space
    • Emergency spares
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Garden
    • Outdoor pool
    • Restaurant
    • Secure bike storage
    • Terrace
    • Wifi


The Week Plan.

This all-inclusive cycling tour is one to boast about. Tick off an entire mountain range, riding from coast to coast in just one week. Guided by two friendly local professional guides you’ll stay in carefully selected family-run, cycling-friendly hotels and eating exceptional food in the little Pyrenean towns along the way. You’re supported all the way so don’t worry, you don’t need to be the next Wiggo to take this on.

Day 1, Get there.

  • Cheerily wave goodbye to the city and grab a flight to Biarritz.
  • Arrive in Biarritz and get picked up and taken to the set-off point.
  • Sort and fit your bikes.
  • Meet your guides who will present the trip in detail and present you with a handbook.
  • Take in the amazing mountain scenery around you over a bottle and ready yourself for the week ahead.

Day 2, Set off! Ride 116km to Mauléon.

  • Puerto de Oxtondo (9.3km at 5.1%)
  • Puerto de Lizunaga (5.7km at 5.1%)
  • Col de Gamia (4km at 7.6%)
  • Col d’Osquich (4.3km at 5.9%)

Day 3, Ride 118km to Argelez Gazost.

  • Col de Marie Blanque (9,2km at 7,8%)
  • Col d’Aubisque (16,8km at 6,9%)
  • Col du Soulor (2,1km at 5,2%)

Day 4, Ride 93km to Arreau.

  • Col du Tourmalet from Luz-St.Sauveur (18,4 km at 7,5%)
  • Aspin (5,4 km at 7%)

Day 5, Ride 113km to Saint Girons.

  • Azet (10,7 km, 7%)
  • Peyresourde (6,8 km, 8%)
  • Menté (9,9 km, 9%)
  • Portet d’Aspet (4,4 km, 10%)

Day 6, Ride 85km to Ax-les-Thermes.

  • Col de la Crousette (11 km at 6%)
  • Col de Port (12,3 km at 4,8%)

Day 7, Ride 130km to Perpignan, the final stretch.

  • Port de Pailhéres (18,4 km at 7%)
  • Col du Garavel (3 km at 6%)
  • Col de Jau (10,5 km at 6%)

Day 8, Leave Perpignan.

After an incredible sleep, you’re homeward-bound following your last breakfast. A transfer will take you to Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport.


You’ll be staying in quality local 2/3 star hotel accommodation each night. On the first night where you’ll enjoy a stunning sunset and relaxed dinner as you look forward to the week ahead.


This trip will have you cross the Pyrenees from West to East, over the mythical cols of the Tour de France and rewarded with breathtaking views, quaint villages, and excellent food.


How fit do I need to be for this?

The majority of people doing this trip will be cycling once a week at home. That said, there are plenty that cycle much less. You don’t have to be spinning three times a week (like some of our team here…).

We also have 2 support vans, so we can easily split the group into 2 according to fitness levels, so don’t worry you will always have support vehicle behind you. You’ll be socialising together afterwards, just riding at a pace that suits you.

To prepare for the trip, we can suggest a basic training plan for you based on your free riding time. We can’t guarantee you’ll be the next Chris Froome, but fit enough to take this on.

What's included in your cycling tour in the Pyrenees?

  • 7 days of riding,
  • Guided by 2 professional coaches,
  • 7 nights accommodation,
  • Route map/GPS,
  • Breakfasts,
  • Lunches,
  • Dinners,
  • Support vehicle,
  • Mechanic,
  • Luggage transfers,
  • Snacks and drinks.

What's not included in your cycling tour in the Pyrenees?

On top of the inclusions above, you can add on:

  • Bike rental from €180 for the week,
  • GoPro white edition hire (+€60/week),
  • Insurance (proof of your travel insurance will be required).

What kind of rental bikes are available to rent?

If you prefer not to bring your own bike, you can rent a carbon frame bike (eg. Shimano Ultegra, 7.4 Kg, or similar) for €180/7 days.

What should I pack?

We advise you to bring (as a minimum):

  • 2 pairs of shorts,
  • 2 jerseys,
  • 2 base layers,
  • 1 pair of arm warmers,
  • 1 pair of leg warmers or tights,
  • 1 long sleeve jersey,
  • 1 winter/warm jacket,
  • 1 rain jacket,
  • Gloves,
  • Overshoes.

How should I travel out?

There are a number of ways to get to the starting point of this tour, depending how you prefer to travel.

  • If you’re coming by plane, the closest airport is Aéroport de Biarritz serviced by and RyanAir and AirFrance. Alternatives include Aéroport de Donostia-San-Sebastian serviced by Vueling or Aéroport de Pau-Pyrenées serviced by CityJet
  • If you’d rather grab a train, head for Gare de Biarritz.
  • Driving out? From Paris to Bordeaux take the A10, and then the A63.

What kind of bike should I ride?

You will be directly supported by our vehicles, so you don’t have to carry too much weight on your bike.

The Pyrenean and Basque climbs might be quite steep for some of them, to be safe, a compact chainset is recommended. For participants in a very good shape, a 36x25/26 should be enough.

How should I prep my bike?

For your security and the comfort, we strongly recommend that you check the following part on your bikes:

  • Fitted with new tyres (or less than 3 months),
  • Service your cables (gears and brakes) and housing,
  • Service your chain and cassette,
  • Service your brake pads (if older than a year or well used).

What does the support vehicle provide?

Our support vehicles are equipped with:

  • Tools,
  • Spare wheels,
  • Any clothing you want to take with you (Legs warmers, vests or gloves),
  • Energy bars, fruits, bottles,
  • First-aid kit.

How long are airport transfers?

Both transfers will take no more than 30 minutes.

How many people are in the group?

The minimum group size for this trip to run is 6, the maximum will be 12 people.