Whether you are good at cycling, enjoy the odd outing, or, you’re just interested in it; cycling in the Pyrenees is spectacular, and for Tour de France fans, the Pyrenees are the ultimate challenge. For the real cyclists among you the Cols around us are “paradise” as many of our clients have described it. If you fancy taking it very seriously there are a number of events you can enter, a list of which can be found on our “cyclosportive” page in the News section.
It’s not all up and down mountains, there are some easier routes too, along the valley floors. There is now a very newly surfaced cycle route that follows the River Garonne for many miles; this is easy and a pleasure to ride.
Whatever your cycling pleasure; it’s here in the Pyrenees and it’s got your name written all over it!!
My Dad has been a cycling enthusiast all his life and describes the roads and mountains around us as “cycling heaven”; here he is reaching the summit of Superbagneres altitude 1800M (5,400 feet), above Luchon, and my Mum cheering him on.
All the famous Tour de France Pyrenees cols are within easy reach of our gites;
The Col des Ares
Portet de Aspet
Col de Mente
Col de Portillon (Spain)
Col de Peyragudes
Port de Bales
Col Du Tourmalet
Climbing the Col de Mente from St.Beat. There are 21 hairpins and yes they do hurt!!
There are numerous mountain bike or VTT (Velo Tout-Terrain) tracks all around, of which we have some course maps of this area for you to try.
Alternatively, and if you dare, in the summer months some of the Pyrenees ski resorts are open for you to try “downhill” on your bike.
Using our local knowledge, we can send you out and pick you some very good routes that start and finish from our Gites.