Raid Pyrennean Coast to Coast ride in France

Follow the challenging coast to coast cycling raid as part of a small group tackling 11 Pyrenean Cols over the course of eight days en-route to the Med.
Hendaye Col du St Ignace Col d'Osquich descent into Licharre Hors category Col d'Aubisque Col de Soulor Arrens Marsours Hors Category Col du Tourmalet Col d'Aspin Col de Peyresourde Col des Ares Col de Portet d'Aspet St Girons Col du Port Ariege Valley Col de Chioula Ax les Thermes Gorges de l'Aude St Cyprien
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
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Description of Raid Pyrennean Coast to Coast ride in France

France is undoubtedly the European home of cycling however, step away from the rural lanes and byways for a moment and check out the Pyrenees along the northern border of Spain as this week-long coast to coast cycle raid in France, is one for the purists.

Following the classic route furrowed by cyclists attempting to conquer the Pyrenean Cols within 100hrs, you’ll get the chance to cycle the Pyrenees on an organised small group tour that incorporates all of the unforgettable Cols, climbs and descents en-route to the Med.

From Col du Tourmalet to Col d'Aubisque, this coast to coast Pyrenean cycle tour is just about as good as it gets and a great way to put your pedals through their paces as you follow in the tyre tracks of some of world cycling’s most legendary figures.

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£1679including UK flights
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Minimum age 16.
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

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Reviewed on 20 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Great cycling

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't pack too much need very little

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so contributed a little to the local economy as a cyclist.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a really good holiday where yet again I had the opportunity to see another country, meet like minded people. Guide Demo was excellent. Breakfast could have been better in one hotel where we were gievn stale bread and left overs from the night before. This was the night before the optional 10k climb which we all did, so not good.

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Reaching the top of the Col du Tourmalet.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You need to be really fit for this holiday. Train beforehand as much as possible. Some climbs are very long and arduous. I did not cope with the unseasonably
hot temperatures (over 40C, according to my Garmin).

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


No more than other cycling holidays, I guess.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Activity:
Cycling trips in general have a minimal impact on the environment; clients are briefed on managing food waste on cycling days- litter can be collected by guide in support vehicle and disposed of appropriately, in respect of local recycling policies. As this is a cycling trip, clients will interact with locals on scheduled stops, but also on the roads while cycling. Local drivers are generally very respectful and tolerant towards cyclists, and it is pointed out to clients that this goes both ways – while clients are on holiday, it is important to respect the fact that local drivers may be working or just going about their everyday lives, and to impact this as little as possible. For example letting cars pass on the sometimes narrow roads, giving way to pedestrians and even, at times, livestock ; rather than being simple observers and consumers, we are all responsible for promoting a climate of tolerance and mutual respect.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Water is provided for clients on all cycling trips, and is carried in the support vehicle. Water receptacles are recycled or reused where applicable. As tap water in the region is drinkable, clients will be encouraged to use tap water and to reuse plastic bottles, rather than buying bottled water.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

People

Accommodation and Meals:
Hotels used on this trip are family-owned with local staff, providing valuable employment in the tourism industry on which the region depends. Fresh produce is sourced locally as much as possible. Clients are encouraged to stop at local cafés on cycling breaks, notably on or near the mountain passes on the itinerary - local cafés are often seasonal and dependant on tourism for their livelihood, while providing valuable employment in areas where tourism is the principal, or only, employment option, particularly for younger people. Picnic lunches are sourced at local stores, and evening meals are taken in the family-run restaurants or at the hotels, also family-run. Keep an eye out for regional specialties like hearty cassoulets and fresh fish, Mediterranean dishes towards the end of the trip.

Community:
The trip takes the group through small villages and towns in the Pyrenees, with many small local businesses and artisans that are dependent on tourism for their livelihood; clients are encouraged to sample local wares when possible. The bikes used on the trip are hired from a locally-owned and run business in Luchon ; for all our trips we privilege local operators over large retail chain stores for the rental of bikes. These small businesses have been founded by people with a love of cycling, who have often cycled the very roads we will take on the trip: this ensures a more personalised service for both the operator and the end client, while benefitting the local economy.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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