Self-Guided Cycling Trips to the Pyrenees

Introduction

This guide includes all the information you need for an incredible cycling vacation in the French Pyrenees. In addition to the Col du Tourmalet and other famous climbs from the Tour de France, this area includes lesser-­‐traveled backroads that are ideal for cycling; perfect for your first – or tenth – cycling trip to France!

Start by reading all of my free guides for general information on things like travel, accommodations, etc. Intended to supplement the free guides, this guide contains very specific information about the Pyrenees including six distinct climbs offering an unlimited number of route combinations.

I also recommend that you buy the Michelin Regional Map for this region, “525, Midi-­‐Pyrenees” for a detailed view of the area roads including the routes discussed in this guide. You can find Michelin maps online at www.languagequest.com or www.amazon.com, among other places. Bon voyage!
 

Table of Contents

 
The Area .................................................................................................................................... 2
When to Go ............................................................................................................................... 2
Getting There ............................................................................................................................ 3
Accommodations ..................................................................................................................... 3
Food and Drink ........................................................................................................................ 4
Outdoor Markets ....................................................................................................................... 4
Restaurants .............................................................................................................................. 5
Bike Shops ................................................................................................................................ 5
Viewing the Tour de France ...................................................................................................... 5
Routes ....................................................................................................................................... 6
Col du Tourmalet Loop .............................................................................................................. 7
Col du Tourmalet (both sides) Out and Back ............................................................................ 9
Col du Soulor and Col d’Ausbique Out and Back ..................................................................... 10
Col du Soulour and Col d’Aubisque Loop ................................................................................. 12
Hautacam Out and Back ........................................................................................................... 13
Luz Ardiden Out and Back ........................................................................................................ 14
Cirque du Gavarnie Out and Back ............................................................................................ 16
Pont d’Espagne Out and Back .................................................................................................. 16

The guide is $20.

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