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France - Pyrenean Tour Climbs

France - Pyrenean Tour Climbs

31st August 2019 - 14th September 2019 (15 days)

An opportunity to tackle many of the famous Pyrenean Tour de France cols including the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin and Peyresourde. This is a two-centre tour, starting and finishing in Argeles-Gazost with six nights in St-Lary-Soulan. Both of these small towns are surrounded by challenging riding and stunning scenery, with plenty going on in the evening or on a day off. The hotels are on opposite sides of the Col du Tourmalet, so there is the opportunity to ride this most famous of cols in both directions whilst your luggage is transferred for you.

  • Holiday Type Guided
  • Tour Manager Lynn Bland
  • Grade Challenging
  • Booking Status Places Available
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Board Basis Half Board
  • Travel Arrangements Land Only
  • Road / Off Road Road
  • Holiday Style Multi-centre
  • Vehicle Support Luggage Transfer
  • Holiday Ref 03241

Price
£1,450

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France - Pyrenean Tour Climbs

Saturday 31st August

Meet at the hotel in Argeles-Gazost from 1400 in time for the evening meal at 1930. Stay 5 nights.

Sunday 1st September

Ride some of the Tour de France climbs around Argeles-Gazost. These include the Hautacam, Luz-Ardiden, Aubisque, Soulor and Borderes. The Cirque de Gavarnie is also within reach.

Monday 2nd September

Ride some of the Tour de France climbs around Argeles-Gazost. These include the Hautacam, Luz-Ardiden, Aubisque, Soulor and Borderes. The Cirque de Gavarnie is also within reach.

Tuesday 3rd September

Ride some of the Tour de France climbs around Argeles-Gazost. These include the Hautacam, Luz-Ardiden, Aubisque, Soulor and Borderes. The Cirque de Gavarnie is also within reach.

Wednesday 4th September

Ride some of the Tour de France climbs around Argeles-Gazost. These include the Hautacam, Luz-Ardiden, Aubisque, Soulor and Borderes. The Cirque de Gavarnie is also within reach.

Thursday 5th September

Ride over the Tourmalet and Aspin to St-Lary-Soulan. 90km (2,700m total ascent). Stay 6 nights. 

Friday 6th September

Ride some of the cols around St-Lary-Soulan. These include Peyresourde, Peyragudes, Azet Val Louron, Portet, Bales and Horquette d'Ancizan.

Saturday 7th September

Ride some of the cols around St-Lary-Soulan. These include Peyresourde, Peyragudes, Azet Val Louron, Portet, Bales and Horquette d'Ancizan.

Sunday 8th September

Ride some of the cols around St-Lary-Soulan. These include Peyresourde, Peyragudes, Azet Val Louron, Portet, Bales and Horquette d'Ancizan.

Monday 9th September

Ride some of the cols around St-Lary-Soulan. These include Peyresourde, Peyragudes, Azet Val Louron, Portet, Bales and Horquette d'Ancizan.

Tuesday 10th September

Ride some of the cols around St-Lary-Soulan. These include Peyresourde, Peyragudes, Azet Val Louron, Portet, Bales and Horquette d'Ancizan.

Wednesday 11th September

Ride back to Argeles-Gazost over the Aspin and Tourmalet. 90km (2,300m total ascent). Stay 3 nights.

Thursday 12th September

More climbs around Argeles-Gazost.

Friday 13th September

More climbs around Argeles-Gazost.

Saturday 14th September

Tour ends after breakfast.

Accommodation & Meals

Eight nights at a smart 2-star hotel and six nights at a 3-star hotel with swimming pool, all with ensuite facilities. All rooms are based on two people sharing, with breakfast and evening meal included. Vegetarian meals are available if requested on the Booking Form.

Vehicle Support

Luggage will be transferred between the two hotels.

Passports, Visa & Health

EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa. There are no compulsory health related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. You must also carry your European Health Insurance Card.

Travel Insurance

Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.

Price

The price of £1,450 is based on a minimum number of 10 people taking part in the tour and is calculated at a rate of 1.12 Euros to £1 sterling (based on exchange rates published on www.x-rates.com on 14 September 2018; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 22nd June 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the holiday may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.

Price Includes

  • 14 nights hotel, sharing room, half-board
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to and from the tour
  • Drinks with evening meals
  • Lunches or refreshments during the day
  • Entry fees at any attractions
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single occupancy supplement (£550, subject to availability)

Payment Schedule

A deposit of £450 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £1,000 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 22nd June 2019.

Cancellations

Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:

Written notice received:

Before 22nd June 2019

From 22nd June 2019 through to departure

 

Cancellation charge:

Deposit (£450)

100% (£1,450)

 

The Area Covered By The Holiday

Argeles-Gazost and St-Lary-Soulan are located in the Hautes Pyrenees region of France. They are both lively centres ideally based for cycling many of the famous Pyrenean Cols. This includes the Aubisque, Tourmalet, Hautacam, Luz Ardiden, Peyresourde and Aspin plus a number of other less well known but equally stunning climbs. By September most of the crowds have gone, so it's possible to enjoy the roads without too much traffic.

Rides & Rest Days

There will be a led ride each day, but as this is a two-centre tour, rest days are possible on any day except on the transfer days between Argeles-Gazost and St-Lary-Soulan. The daily distances of the rides from the two centres will be between 60 and 80km with total ascents between 1,000m and 2,000m.

Travel

Argeles-Gazost is approximately 25km from Tarbes-Lourdes airport, where UK flights arrive from Stansted airport, and is 15km from Lourdes railway station.  It is also possible to drive from the ferry terminal in Bilbao (approx. 3½ hours) or from the ferry terminal in Caen (approx. 8½ hours). 
There is no travel included in this tour, thus it is very important that you note that neither the Tour Manager nor CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours are responsible for you in any way until the appointed time at the designated meeting point. Should you fail to arrive at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be responsible for any additional expenses you may incur in order to meet up with the tour group. Before finalising travel arrangements to meet the tour, you should ensure that you have read and understood our booking conditions. Should this tour not attract sufficient bookings to reach the minimum operating size, we may cancel the tour at any time up to 10 weeks before departure. It is therefore recommended that you book fully flexible and refundable transport and accommodation or wait until you know the tour is going ahead, as, in the event of the tour being cancelled, we will not be responsible for any losses incurred.

Group Information

The maximum number of participants will be 16, excluding the Tour Manager.

Weather & Clothing

Whilst the weather is usually a pleasantly warm temperature in September and therefore more comfortable than summer for riding big climbs, you will need to be prepared for everything. Because of the altitude it can be very cold descending in the rain and cold. A good waterproof is essential and some warm clothes and gloves just in case.

Cycles & Equipment

A lightweight road bike is recommended for this tour, but make sure you have a low enough gear to be able to ride uphill comfortably for long periods. The hills are not steep but they are sustained. If you are unsure about gears, please discuss with the Tour Manager. Lights are recommended and a hi viz jacket is a legal requirement in bad weather. Participants should carry sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs. A seat post bag may be useful for carrying these and a bit of extra gear in bad weather.

Maps & Guides

The area is covered by the Michelin Local map 342.

Travel Insurance & Advice

In addition to travel insurance, EU nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card, obtainable from www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/. This enables you to take advantage of emergency medical services free or at a discount under a reciprocal provision that exists between EU member states. Your travel insurer may refuse to meet the extra costs of medical treatment if you do not carry this card.
Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 0845 850 2829.