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Tour de France 2018 Pyrenees Cycling Tour
Summon your inner Bradley Wiggins and get an exclusive taste of the Tour de France 2018 by riding key segments of the route before the pros. This is a one-in-a-million high-class cycling experience as you ride through the stunning Pyrenees and tackle legendary Tour climbs. You will also get to witness history in the making as you observe Stage 17 and Stage 19.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- DestinationThe Pyrenees
- Duration6 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level5 - Tough
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance224.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance44.7 miles
- Day 1Welcome to the French Pyrenees
Having touched down in Toulouse airport, you will be met by the tour leader and the rest of the team. From there, you will be provided with a transfer to the hotel in Saint-Lary-Soulan. Having unpacked and rested for a bit, the team will help you to set up your bicycle.
A picnic lunch will be served, after which the group will go for a warm-up climb. Route des Lacs is one of the most scenic climbs in the Pyrenees with stunning lakes at the top. It is also a part of the Pyrenees National Park, which prevents the Tour de France from using the climb as a stage, but you are welcome to enjoy it.
- 36 miles
- Day 2Challenge yourself on a difficult climb
After a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to Mauleon-Barousse for the starting point of the climb at Port de Bales.
Ready yourself as the Col de Peyresourde and Col d’Azet are known to be challenging and some of the more difficult climbs in the Pyrenees. The Col de Peyresourde is quite popular too; the Tour de France has included this climb more than 50 times.
- 51 miles
- Day 3Tour de France Live – Stage 17
It’s going to be an intense day as you start with a warm up climb at Piau-Engaly before hitting Col de Portet just a few hours before the Tour de France peloton goes through.
With 65km, Stage 17 will be the shortest non-split road stage in the last 30 years. Expect nothing but an action-packed day as it’s going to be a fierce stage with three climbs.
After all the excitement, ride back down to the hotel and enjoy dinner in the evening.
- 41.6 miles
- Day 4Breathing in the beauty of the Pyrenees
It’s time for the most legendary climb in the Pyrenees. The Tour went into these mountains for the first time in 1910 and Stage 10 of that year included five brutal climbs: Col de Peyresourde, Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, Col du Soulor, and Col d’Aubisque.
See if you measure up with the pros as you ride Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet; these two climbs will be included again in the Tour.
Afterwards, take a well-deserved coffee stop at the top of the Tourmalet, where you can see bikes from 1910.
- 55.9 miles
- Day 5Tour de France LIVE – Stage 19
This is the day when you climb a crowd favorite – Col d’Aubisque.
With killer views at the top, Col d’Aubisque is the perfect place to watch The Tour LIVE in a private race-viewing hospitality area provided by the tour operator.
Today puts the cherry on top as the your time in the Pyrenees winds down. After watching the race, ride down to the hotel and prepare for a sumptuous farewell dinner.
- 39.8 miles
- Day 6So hard to leave it all behind
Breakfast will be served before being transported back to the airport, where it’s time for goodbyes. At this point, you can be assisted if you need any help with arranging further travel plans in France or elsewhere in Europe, or if you wish to be transported to another location.