Pyrenees Coast to Coast

Tour de France 2022 Route Map

Tour de France 2022 Route Map . TOTAL: 3 328 KM           STAGE TYPE DATE START AND FINISH DISTANCE DETAILS 1  INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL FRI 07/01/2022 COPENHAGUE > COPENHAGUE 13 KM STAGE 1 2  FLAT SAT 07/02/2022 ROSKILDE > NYBORG 199 KM STAGE 2 3  FLAT SUN 07/03/2022 VEJLE > SØNDERBORG 182 KM…

Arthur Vichot – Hautacam

Arthur Vichot – Hautacam Arthur Vichot (born 26 November 1988) is a French cyclist, who rode professionally between 2010 and 2020, for the Groupama–FDJ and B&B Hotels–Vital Concept teams. He is the nephew of Frédéric Vichot, who won stages in the Tour de France in 1984 and 1985. In 2013 and 2016 is won the…

Rocamadour

Rocamadour Rocamadour is a small clifftop village in south-central France. It is known for the Cité Réligieuse complex of religious buildings, accessed via the Grand Escalier staircase. It includes the Chapelle Notre-Dame, with its Black Madonna statue, and the Romanesque-Gothic Basilica of St-Sauveur. You will not cycle past without stopping to take in the view…

Pont Valentré Cahors

Pont Valentré CahorsPont Valentré Cahors A remarkable example of medieval architecture, the Pont Valentré is a listed building and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. It is on the main pilgrim Route to Santiago de Compostela. Built at the time of the Anglo-French Wars, the Pont Valentré is an example of French…

Raid Pyrenees Coast to Coast 2020

Saturday 20th June to Sunday 28th June, 2020. Monday 6th July to Tuesday 14th July, 2020. Raid Pyrenees Coast to Coast – Full route datails Book Now 3 and 4-star accommodation. 7 days riding Average of 100km per day with the option to add on extra km each day. Collection and return to airport or…

Ireland

Customs tours in Ireland. From a long weekend to a full circle of the Island we know all the best roads to ride.

Pyrenees Coast to Coast Profiles

Pyrenees Coast to Coast Profiles Profiles of our coast to coast route with popup profile for the climbs. Best in full screen.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water in France Drinking Water Drinking Water is always a problem for cyclists in the heat of summer. To help out a bunch of French cyclists have started a database of List of water points that are good to drink from. It is a work in progress and is constantly being added to by…

Tour de France 2019 and 2020

Tour de France in the Pyrenees Based on the rumours locally, there will be a stage finish on Col du Tourmalet in 2019 and Col de Couradque in 2020. It is anticipated that they will look like this. Stage 14 – 2019 Tour de France- 20th July 2019. Pau to Col de Couraduque 2020

Pyrenees Cycling Routes

Pyrenees Cycling Routes Cycling Routes. Here is a sample of some Cycling Routes ridden by our tour guests in the Pyrenees and surrounding regions. It is not comprehensive and there are many more options and combinations available. I will be adding to this page as the years go by. [cm-routes-map category=pyrenees-great-road-climbs]

2019 Tour de France Route

2019 Tour de France Route STAGE 1 192 KM BRUXELLES / BRUSSEL STAGE 2 27 KM BRUXELLES PALAIS ROYAL / BRUSSEL ATOMIUM STAGE 3 214 KM BINCHE / ÉPERNAY STAGE 4 215 KM REIMS / NANCY STAGE 5 169 KM SAINT-DIÉ-DES-VOSGES / COLMAR STAGE 6 157 KM MULHOUSE / LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES STAGE 7 230 KM BELFORT / CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE STAGE 8 199 KM MÂCON / SAINT-ÉTIENNE STAGE 9 170 KM SAINT-ÉTIENNE…

Catalonia Spring Training Holiday

Spring holidays in Catalunya Through March and April each spring we offer the opportunity to ride some beautiful roads in Catalunya. Between our base on the coast and the beautiful city of Girona, are some of the best training roads in Europe. Expect to encounter far more cyclists than motorists as many cyclists from the…

Bespoke Cycling Holidays

Create Your Own Cycling Holidays Cycling Holidays and Tours. We will work with you on the creation of a cycling tour to your specifications. From a small group of friends to a large charity or corporate event, we have expert knowledge of southern France and Northern Spain. [wpforms id=”12900″ title=”false” description=”false”]

Bordeaux to Montpellier – Coast to Coast

Bordeaux to Montpellier 8 nights half board accommodation in hotels, 3 and 4 stars. 7 days riding, averaging 125km per day. This is a moderately difficult tour and is suitable for any regular cyclist. This tour offers a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of south-west France. Coast to coast from the massive sand dunes on…

Col du Portet

Col du Portet At 2215m altitude, this is the highest Tour de France finish in the French Pyrenees. The climb is a spectacular 16km @8.7%. The Col du Portet is located above the village of Saint-Lary Soulan in the Hautes-Pyrénées and during the winter it is at the heart of the resort’s ski area. With an…

Stage 19 Tour de France 2018 – 3d route

Stage 19 Tour de France 2018 – 3d route

Stage 17 Tour de France 2018

This is a short 65km stage which will finish on the awesome climb of Col du Portet. This 3d route video is best watched fullscreen. Use the button on bottom right of the video.

Col du Tourmalet 3d

3d route video of the western side of Col du Tourmalet.

Is Col du Tourmalet Open? – 2018

Is Col du Tourmalet open? 25/May/2018 Yes. 24/May/2018 No. Col du Tourmalet will be open from 16:00 tomorrow. Col d’Aubisque has opened this evening. Bonne Route! 17/May/ 2018. No. Work has restarted on opening  Col du Tourmalet. Word is one to two weeks. 13/May/2018. No Winter returns with fresh falls of snow yesterday afternoon. 05/05/2018. No…

Cycling on TV 2018

Cycling on Television 2018 The following races will be shown in our cafe this year. Not a comprehensive list and subject to change. We will also try to find time for the Olympics, rugby, premier league and World Cup soccer, Aussie rules and Gaelic football and hurling, etc. February February 3rd to 4th: Cyclocross World Championships…

2018-Tour-de-France-Route

Velo Peloton Cycling Tours 2018 Tour de France Route Rent a bike in the Pyrenees. Rent a bike in the Pyrenees. STAGE TYPE DATE START AND FINISH DISTANCE DETAILS 1 On line Saturday, July 7, 2018 Noirmoutier en l’ile / Fontenay-le-Comte 189 km STAGE 1 2 On line Sunday, July 8, 2018 Mouilleron-Saint-Germain / La…

Is Col du Tourmalet Open? – 2016

Is Col du Tourmalet Open 2016? Col du Tourmalet – Col du Tourmalet Photo Map 8th November 2016 Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque are now closed. They are not expected to reopen untill mid May 2017. 14th September 2016 Gorge de Luz Closure Gorge de Luz is the road (D921) on the western side of…

2017 Tour de France Route

The route of 2017 Tour de France has been presented in Paris this morning, 18th October 2016. TOUR DE FRANCE 2017 Running from Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 23th 2017, the 104th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,516 kilometres. These stages have…

Cirque du Litor

The Cirque du Litor is the road between Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque. Litor is the Gascon word for avalanche. It is always the last road to open in spring. This photo is from last Sunday afternoon.

Route du Sud 2016 – Col de Couraduque

Stage 4 of the 2016 Route du Sud had a stage finish on Col de Couraduque. The stage was 185km with 5000 metres of climbing. Before the finishing climb the riders cross Col du Tourmalet and Col des Borderes. Here are some photos I made 4km from the finish. It was a super hard race…

Montée du Géant du Tourmalet

Montée du Géant du Tourmalet Photo Gallery of Montée du Géant in 2012. Montée du Géant du Tourmalet 2016 (Rise of the Giant) takes place on Saturday 4th June 2016. The famous statue of the giant cyclist on top of Col du Tourmalet, is removed at the start of October each year, to protected it…

Gorge de Luz

20th May, 17:15 Gorge de Luz has reopened. The road D921 through Gorge de Luz is closed due to a rock slide. This is the road on the western side of Col du Tourmalet. There has been several small earthquakes in the past week and it seems that they have loosened some rocks. At the…

Tourmalet 2016

I went up Col du Tourmalet yesterday to make some photos. Some of our guests from the cycling lodge were up there and I had hoped to see them and get a few shots. I only took the one photo, which is below before I came across Rob from England who had a mechanical. It…

Route du Sud 2016

The 40th edition of Route du Sud will take place from 16th to 19th June 2016. There are 5 stages which will cover a total distance of 642km. There will be 15 teams taking part and will range from Pro Tour to Continental. It is the last stage race before Le Tour de France and…

Webcam Timelapse

Timelapse of one day in the Pyrenees from Pyrenees Cycling Lodge webcam. The view across the valley to Hautacam.

Winter 2016

This has been a very mild winter with very few days of sub zero nights and hardly any snow. Last night was the coldest we have had with -4.8. The ski station at Hautacam has opened today for the first time this winter. I dont think it will last long as warmer temperatures are set to…

Vuelta 2016 – Col d’Aubisque

Stage 14 of the 2016 Vuelta a España will finish on Col d’Aubisque on Saturday 3rd September. The stage will be 200km long and will climb 4 cols, Burdinkurutzeta, Irati, Soudet and Marie Blanque before the finishing climb of Col d’Aubisque. La Vuelta has visited the area before with stage finishes on Luz Ardiden in 1992…

Is Col du Tourmalet Open? – 2015

See the 2016 Col du Tourmalet Page   Is Col du Tourmalet Open 2015? Col du Tourmalet – Col du Tourmalet Photo Map 20th November 2015 Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque have closed today and are expected to reopen in May 2016.   21st May 2015 Col du Tourmalet has reopened.   20th May 2015…

La Marmotte des Pyrénées

La Marmotte des Pyrénées New sportive on 28th August 2016 It’s been talked about for years, now it is going to happen. Run annually on the last Sunday of August. 2016 is restricted to 2500 riders. More details will be available in January. Route 160km with 5300m climbing. Start Argeles-Gazost. Col du Tourmalet. Col d’Aspin…

Tourmalet – Sunshine and Snow.

A few photos from Col du Tourmalet today.

Autumn 2015

Very nice weather now and forecast to last for at least 10 days.

Tourmalet October 2015

I rode up Col du Tourmalet on Friday with a group of guests from the Cycling Lodge. It was a not unpleasant day with temps in the high teens down in the valley and 6c at the summit. Just as I was starting the descend it started to snow a little. Winter is on the…

2016 Tour de France Route Rumours

2016 Tour de France Route Rumours. This page will contain all the info I come across about the route of 2016 Tour de France up to the presentation on the route in October 2015. Rumours, hearsay and wild speculation. 2016 Tour de France to start in Normandy. The 2016 Tour de France will be the 103…

2015 Criterium de Lacq

2015 Criterium de Lacq-Audejos The 2015 Criterium de Lacq-Audejos is one of the post Tour de France criteriums which take place all over Europe in the weeks after Le Tour has ended. Usually there are 30 riders, half of whom will have ridden that years Tour and half who are local club riders. The pros…

Tour de France Team Hotels in Pau 2015

Tour de France team hotels in Pau 2015. The race will spend 4 nights in these hotels, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Le Tour de France 2015 in the Pyrénées

Le Tour de France 2015 in the Pyrénées Le Tour de France 2015 will spend 4 days in the Pyrenees. A rest day in Pau on 13 July and 3 stages in the mountains on 14th, 15th and 16th July. Stage 10 Tarbes / La Pierre-Saint-Martin 167KM La Pierre-Saint-Martin Stage 11 Pau / Cauterets –…

Vallée du Tech

Vallée du Tech is a stunningly beautiful valley high up in Val d’Azun. I rode up there the other day with guests from Pyrénées Cycling Lodge. https://www.facebook.com/moynaltycyclingclub

Hot! Hot! Hot!

We have had some gloriously hot weather recently and it’s set to continue for at least 10 days. Perhaps too hot with up to 40c expected mid week. It will be a little cooler up here in the mountains but still up to 38c. I took this photo at dawn this morning. These photos are…

Route du Sud 2015 Lourdes

I went to see the start of stage 1 of the 2015 Route du Sud race in Lourdes on Thursday. The big attraction was Alberto Contador. Route du Sud is the last stage race before Le Tour de France. Here a some photos I made at the start.

Tour Training

Our guests in Pyrenees Cycling Lodge have reported many sightings of pro riders the last week. This photo is from Cauterets yesterday.

Montée du Géant du Tourmalet 2015

Montée du Géant du Tourmalet 2015 Photo Gallery of Montée du Géant in 2012. Montée du Géant du Tourmalet 2015 (Rise of the Giant) takes place on Saturday 6th June 2015. The famous statue of the giant cyclist on top of Col du Tourmalet, is removed at the start of October each year, to protected…

Col d’Aubisque in the Mist

I rode to Col d’Aubisque with some guests from Pyrenees Cycling Lodge. The road was only open a few days so it was my first opportunity to get up there this year and the first time on our new Lapierre Rental Bikes. It really is the most wonderful route, an unmissable ride for any visitors…

Vélo Peloton Pyrénées Cycling Lodge

Vélo Peloton Pyrénées Cycling Lodge is getting very full for summer 2015. Now is a good time to start planning for summer 2016. The earlier you book the more likely you are to get your preferred dates. 2016 prices remain the same as 2015 and 2014, €65 per person per night for b&b and evening meal…

Pyrenees Bike Rental

Pyrenees Bike rental. For the 2016 season we are offering a brand new fleet of Lapierre Xelius SL 600 and 700 bikes. This is the same frame ridden by FDJ World Tour Cycling Team. Bike Rental in Vallée des Gaves, Argeles-Gazost, Lourdes, Hautes Pyrénées. Free delivery in Argeles-Gazost and Lourdes. Find us on Facebook Instagram. Book Online the earlier the…

Sunny and Warm

We are having a fantastic spring here in the mountains. In fact, it maybe that summer has arrived a month early. The snow is melting fast, almost all roads are open. Temperatures have been up to 34c.

An Evening Walk In Saint-Savin

A few photos from a short evening walk in our home village of Saint-Savin. The village dates from Roman times, with a spectacular church built in the 10th century or perhaps earlier, on the ruins of one burned by the Vikings in 841. It is probable that the foundations are Roman and date to the…

Ride with GPS Area Ambassador

Ride with GPS Area Ambassador I have been using Ride with GPS since 2009, for route planning it really is the best and it keeps getting better. They recently launched their ambassador program. The idea is that local experts around the world select their favourite routes and showcase them on Ride With GPS. I am covering…

Col de la Croix Blanche

I have been to Col de la Croix Blanche twice in the last week. The weather has been brilliant and at only 830m altitude at the summit, Croix Blanche is not too difficult. It is still a Pyreneen col and has the steep pitches expected in this part of the world. I went the easy way,…

Spring 2015

Spring is late this year. The first daffodils and other blooms have just come out, a couple of weeks later than usual. The big news for us is that the electrical and phone cables which were near Pyrenees Cycling Lodge have been put underground. This means that there is now an unimpeded view from the…

Photo Gallery – New

I have a new photo gallery on the site. Not many photos at the moment but I will be adding more as time go by. The main feature is that every photo is geolocated on a map. Whenever you load a photo you will see it’s location on a map. Photos are in galleries and…

Cafe on Col de Peyresourde Damaged

The Café on Col de Peyresourde is well-known to cyclists. It has a well deserved reputation for crepes. A popular stop for hungry cyclists in the heat of summer, the Cafe is always a welcome sight. As this photo shows it snows a bit up there and a couple of weeks ago the café was extensively…

Winter 2015

Winter 2015 had been unremarkable until a few days ago when it started to snow. We have had the heaviest snow I have seen here in Saint-Savin. It has closed all the ski stations due to the risk of avalanche and is forecast to stay cold with fresh snow for the next week. Not only…

Is Col du Tourmalet Open 2015

Is Col du Tourmalet Open 2015? Col du Tourmalet – Col du Tourmalet Photo Map 20th November 2015 Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque have closed today and are expected to reopen in May 2016.   21st May 2015 Col du Tourmalet has reopened.   20th May 2015 Cirque du Litor, the road between Col du…

Hautacam 100

Hautacam 100 Personal challenge to climb Hautacam 100 times in 2014. 4th December 2014 Finished with a few weeks to spare. The first 97 were the hardest. It got easier after that. 3rd December 2014 Ride 98. Change in the weather, it was -2.9c at the top and +2c at the bottom.   1st December…

1903 Tour de France – Stage 6

Stage: 6 19 July : Nantes Paris/Parc des Princes, 471.00 km 1903 Tour de France – Stage 6 started at 18:00 in the city centre of Nantes. There was a huge crowd in attendance. After the events of the previous day Garin is booed while Augereau was applauded and cheered. As the race left Nantes hundreds of…

1903 Tour de France Stage 5

Stage: 5 13 July : Bordeaux Nantes, 425 km Stage 5 started at 23:00, it was an easy victory for Garin. His only real rival for the GC was Georget who abandoned at La Rochelle  feeling very unwell. Garin easly won the stage in a sprint with 2 of his domestics. Fernand Augereau arrived 10 minutes later…

1903 Tour de France – Photo Gallery

1903 Tour de France - Photo Gallery

1903 Tour de France – Stage 4

Stage: 4 10 July : Toulouse Bordeaux, 268 km First foreign stage victory. 1903 Tour de France – Stage 4. The riders are divided into 2 groups again for this stage. There were 25 riders left in the GC competition. It is once again the second group that produced the winner. Swiss rider Charles Laeser from Geneva.…

1903 Tour de France – Stage 3

Stage: 3 7 July : Marseille Toulouse, 423 km 1903 Tour de France – Stage 3. The race was started in 2 groups. Those who competed for the GC left 1 hour before 5 riders who competed for the stage only. Hippolyte Aucouturier started in the second bunch. Eugene Brange won the sprint from the first group…

1903 Tour de France – Stage 2

Stage: 2 4 July : Lyon Marseille, 374 km 1903 Tour de France – Stage 2 from Lyon to Marseille 347 km. Stage 2 started at 02:00. 42 riders started but only 37 would finish. The stage finished in the village of Saint-Antoine about 10 km from Marseille. This stage was won by Hippolyte Aucouturier with Maurice…

Tour de France History

Tour de France History A brief history of Le Tour de France . The greatest show on earth, le Tour is the largest annual sporting event in the world. Introduction – Origins A newspaper publicity stunt, personal animosity and class warfare set to the backdrop of one of the biggest political scandals in French history. The story of…

1903 Tour de France – Stage 1

Stage: 1 – 1 July : Paris – Lyon, 467 km For the 1903 Tour de France – Stage 1 there were 79 riders entered in the race. Only 60 turned up at the start of which only 37 would finish the first stage into Lyon the following day. The stage started at 15:16. The riders…

1903 Tour de France

1903 Tour de France Origins of Le Tour de France 4 days after they lost the court case forcing the name change, Henri Desgrange announced his plans for Le Tour de France in L’Auto. The original itinerary was for the race to start on 31st May and finish on 5th July. with an entry fee…

Tour de France History – Origins

Tour de France History – Origins The Dreyfus Affair The Tour de France has its origins in the political scandal known as the Dreyfus Affair which rocked France and Europe in the last decade of the 19th century. The scandal began in November 1894, with the treason conviction of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a young French artillery officer…

Luck Cycling Shoes

Luck Cycling Shoes I needed new cycling shoes. Last year I bought a pair of Giro shoes. They were new in the shoe market but were well-known for their helmets which I have used for the past decade. The Giro shoes were very comfortable. I’m afraid that’s where the good things to say about them…

Argeles-Gazost

Argeles-Gazost An ideal location for cycling, in The Circle of Death, it has easy access to the most famous climbs of Le Tour de France. It is in general a great location for a Pyreneen adventure, on or off the bike. Within 15 km there are over 30 categorised climbs, including Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque,…

The Circle of Death

Circle of Death The “Circle of Death” is the hardest Tour de France stage in the Pyrenees. It is a place where the Tour is often won and lost. In modern times it has been the 200 km from Luchon to Pau or vise versa. In 1910 it was the start of 326 km from Luchon to Bayonne.…

Col de Peyresourde

Col de Peyresourde Col de Peyresourde ia a Cat 1 climb on the borders of Hautes Pyrenees and Haute Garonne. The summit is 1569 metres altitude. It was included in the first mountain stage of Le Tour de France in 1910 and has appeared regularly since. In 2012 there was a stage finish at the…

Red Onion and Goat’s Cheese Tart

Red Onion and Goat’s Cheese Tart I serve this with a green salad as a starter in Pyrenees Cycling Lodge. You could add potato wedges to make a main course or just eat as a snack. Ingredients 250g Ready-made Puff Pastry 2 Red Onions 150g Goat’s Cheese 100g Chorizo 50g Smoked Bacon 50ml Balsamic Vinegar…

Tourmalet Photo Gallery

Col du Tourmalet – Photos

Hautacam Photo Gallery

Hautacam Photo Gallery

Col du Tourmalet Old Photos

Col du Tourmalet Old Photos A gallery of old photos of Col du Tourmalet.

Winter Has Arrived

Winter has arrived in the Pyrenees. All cols above 1800 metres are now closed. 4 days ago I was out riding in shorts and short sleeves. Now it’s full winter gear. This is the view of Hautacam from Pyrenees Cycling Lodge this morning.

Hourquette d’Ancizan

La Hourquette d’Ancizan La Hourquette d’Ancizan ia a Cat 1 climb in Hautes Pyrénées. The summit is at 1564 metres altitude. It is on road D113 connecting Campan in the west to Ancizan in the east. La Hourquette d’Ancizan runs parallel to Col d’Aspin. Hourquette is from the Gascon language. It means fork. It is a common place…

Col des Ares

Col des Ares Col des Ares is a Cat 3 climb in Haute-Garonne, between Juzet-d’Izaut and Fronsac, some thirty kilometres north of Bagnères-de-Luchon, and south-west of Aspet. The summit is at 797m altitude. There is a cafe and small hotel at the summit. Climb Col des Aers As climbs in the Pyrenees go, this one…

Is Col du Tourmalet open 2014?

Is Col du Tourmalet open 2014? New page for 2015 https://velopeloton.com/col-du-tourmalet-open-2015/   Tuesday 4th November 2014 Col du Tourmalet is now closed after snowfall this morning.   Sunday 2nd November 2014 Col du Tourmalet remains open, but perhaps not for long. Forecast is for heavy snow on Tuesday night, down to 1200m.   Saturday 11…

Col des Borderes

Col des Bordères Col des Borderes is a Cat 2 climb in Hautes Pyrénées. The summit is 1157 metres altitude. This is a very beautiful climb, I would say that as I live on it’s lower slopes in Saint-Savin. Bordéres comes from the Gascon language and means “Barns”. You can start from Argeles-Gazost or From Pierrefitte-Nestalas.…

Port de Lers

Port de Lers Port de Lers (or Port de l’Hers or Port de Massat) is a Cat 1 climb in Ariège, between the communities of Aulus-les-Bains (west), Massat (north) and Vicdessos (east). The summit is 1516 metres altitude. Cat 1 from Vicdessos, the climb is 11.5 km @ 7%, gaining 807 metres. Road D18. Cat 1 from Massat, the…

October 2014

October 2014 has been glorious so far with no cold or wet weather at all. Temperatures have been in the mid 20’s mostly and even over 30c for a few days. It is set to continue into next week when a change will come bring a feel of winter for the first time. A few…

Cauterets РVall̩e de Saint-Savin РCambasque

Cauterets – Vallée de Saint-Savin-Cambasque Cauterets-Cambasque is a 15 km climb from Pierrefitte-Nestalas to 1330m altitude. The first 10km are easy enough but after the town of Cauterets it kicks-up very sharply for 3km before easing off for the last 2. Cambasque has been used as a stage finish by Tour de France and Vuelta…

Port de Pailhères

Port de Pailhères Port de Pailhères (or Col de Pailhères) ia a Cat HC climb in Ariége between Mijanès (south-east) and Ax-les-Thermes(west). The summit is 2001 metres altitude. It was first used in the 2003 Tour de France, since then it has become one of the most popular climbs with cyclotourists. Port de Pailhères has replaced Col de Puymorens…

Col de Portet d’Aspet

Portet-d’Aspet Col de Portet d’Aspet is is a Cat 2 climb in Haute-Garonne. The summit is 1069 metres altitude. It is situated on the D618 road between Aspet, Haute Garonne to the west and Saint-Girons, Ariége in the east. The climb is short but very steep on the western side. It was in the first mountain…

Col du Pourtalet

Col du Pourtalet Col du Pourtalet, El Portalet or Portalet d’Aneu is a Cat HC climb to the border between France and Spain in Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The summit is 1794 metres and links the Ossau (France) and Tena (Spain) valleys. The name is tautological as Pourtalet comes from the Gascon language and means the same as the French word…

Col du Portillon

Col du Portillon Col du Portillon is in Haute Garonne on the border between France and Spain. The summit is 1293 metres altitude. Cat 2 from Bossòst in Spain, the climb is 8.6 km @ 6.8%, with 583 metres gain. The steepest section is at 8.2%, 3 km from the summit. Cat 1 from Bagnères-de-Luchon, the climb is 10.2 km @ 6.5%…

Col de Puymorens

Col de Puymorens Col de Puymorens is a Cat HC climb in Ariége. The summit is at 1915 metres altitude near the border of France, Spain and Andorra. It was first used in Le Tour de France in 1913 and last in 1993. The road to the col is very busy and it has very…

Luz-Ardiden

Luz-Ardiden Luz Ardiden is a Cat HC climb to a ski station in Hautes Pyrenees. About 30km south of Lourdes in a valley known as Pays Toy (country of the small people). The climb starts in the spa town of Saint Sauveur at 710m altitude and climbs for 13.1km @ 8% to the summit at…

Banana and Date Cake with a Honey and Walnut Glaze

Banana and Date Cake with a Honey and Walnut Glaze Olive’s recipe for Banana and Date Cake with a Honey and Walnut Glaze, as served in Vélo Peloton Pyrénées Cycling Lodge. Ingredients 175g softened butter, plus extra for the tin 200g self-raising flour 1 tsp cinnamon 100g light muscovado sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 3…

2015 Tour de France

The route of the 2015 Tour de France has been presented in Paris today. There will be 3 stages in the Pyrenees. Tarbes – Col de la Pierre Saint Martin. Pau – Cauterets – Vallee de Saint-Savin Lannemezan – Plateau de Beille

La Pierre Saint Martin

Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin is a Cat HC climb in Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The col is on the border between France and Spain. It has appeared in one Tour de France in 2007, on a stage that finished at Col d’Aubisque. The 2015 Tour de France will have a stage finish…

Crusty Pesto Salmon With Ham and Mushroom Tagliatelle

Crusty Pesto Salmon With Ham and Mushroom Tagliatelle A recipe from Olive, typical of what we serve in Vélo Peloton Pyrénées Cycling Lodge. Ingredients Ingredients for Crusty Pesto Salmon With Ham and Mushroom Tagliatelle. 2 Salmon Pavé/Filets 1 Slice of Bread, blitzed to bread crumbs 3 tsp of Pesto 250g Tagliatelle 2 Slices of Prociutto or similar…

Col d’Aspin 2015

Le Tour de France have just published this on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/letour/ It is a photo of the 1922 Tour de France on Col d’Aspin. That means that the stage on 15th July will be Pau to Luchon.

2015 Tour de France Route Rumours

2015 Tour de France Route Rumours 22nd October 2014 The route of the 2015 Tour de France was presented in Paris today. There will be 3 stages in the Pyrenees. Tarbes – Col de la Pierre Saint Martin. Pau – Cauterets Lannemezan – Plateau de Beille     Updated on 20th October 2014. New rumours about…

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon With the winter now setting in, what could be better for a hungry cyclist after a day on the bike than a hot stew. After much persuasion, Olive has agreed to share some of her secrets with you, however you still need to come to Pyrénées Cycling Lodge to taste the real thing, OMNOMNOMNOM! Beef…

Airports

Airports Map Map of airports near the Pyrenees. [cmloc-locations-map list=”bottom” limit=100 page=1 category=”airports”]

First Snow

The first snow of the oncoming winter arrived on the high peaks yesterday, above 2800 metres. It remains warm down here in the valley and temperatures of 26c are forecast for the weekend. Our last guests of the year left a couple of days ago. Time to catch up on some sleep  😛 This photo was…

Bike Stores Pyrenees Map

Bike stores in the Pyrenees map is best viewed fullscreen. Use the control buttons on the top right of the map to set fullscreen and to show your location on the map. The list contains all kinds of stores from multinational sports chain stores to back street repair shops. It is common for stores in small…

La Pierre-Saint-Martin 2015

2015 Tour de France in the Pyrenees. New rumours would indicate that the route of the 2015 Tour de France in the Pyrénées will be as follows. July 13th: Rest day in Pau July 14th: Tarbes – La Pierre-Saint-Martin. Possible Soulor, Aubisque and Marie Blanque. July 15th: Pau – Vallée des Gaves perhaps Cauterets or Lourdes. Or…

New Climbs for Tour de France

New Climbs Tour de France With the Tour de France route for 2015 to be announced next month, I had a look to see how often Le Tour finds new climbs to use. The answer is very often. What could be new in 2015? 2012: Col de Péguère Cat 2,  Peyragudes Cat 1 , Col du…

Tour de France 2015 in the Pyrénées.

Tour de France 2015 Pyrenees Updated 25th September. Most of what I said below has proved to be wrong. Rumours are now: July 13th: Rest day in Pau July 14th: Tarbes – La Pierre-Saint-Martin. July 15th: Pau – Cauterets or somewhere nearby. July 16th: Lannemezan – Foix or somewhere nearby.   The basic outline of the…

Flying With Your Bike

Flying With A Bike Flying with your bike can be a hassle or perhaps even a nightmare. The internet is full of horror stories of lost and damaged bikes or uncaring or malicious baggage handlers. The truth I believe, is no so bad. In the 6 years that we have been running Pyrenees Cycling Lodge we…

Col de Couraduque

Col de Couraduque Col de Couraduque is a cross-country ski station in Val d’Azun. It is a really great climb for cycling and has been used as a stage finish by Route du Sud in 2016. From Argeles-Gazost climb in the direction of Col du Soulor until the village of Aucun. In Aucun take the right…

Col d’Aubisque

Col d’Aubisque The Col d’Aubisque (1,709 m) is in the department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Aquitaine region of France. It is approx. 50km south of the city of Pau. Col d’Aubisque photo Gallery. The col is on the northern slopes of the Pic de Ger (2,613m.) and connects the towns of Laruns, in the…

Criterium de Lacq-Audejos

Criterium de Lacq-Audejos Criterium de Lacq-Audejos will take place on Monday 4th August 2014. This will be the 7th edition of the race. It is one of many post Tour de France criteriums which take place throughout Europe in the first few weeks after Le Tour. Lacq-Audéjos is a town of 700 people just west…

Hautacam Morning

View of Hautacam from Saint-Savin this morning. Tour de France will be up there later today.

Tour de France Start List

Tour de France Start List Tour de France Start List for 2014. There will be 22 teams of 9 riders each. This Tour de France Start List is not yet complete. Updated ast July 2014. Team Sky – Facebook – Twitter 1.FROOME Christopher 2.EISEL Bernhard 3.KIRYIENKA Vasil 4.LOPEZ David 5.NIEVE Mikel 6.PATE Danny 7.PORTE Richie 8.THOMAS Geraint…

La Route du Sud 2014

La Route du Sud 2014 Stage 1: Lectoure to Payolle-Campan (171.7km) 1 HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus (Movistar Team) 2 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar Team) 3 BOUHANNI Nacer (FDJ.fr ) 4 ROCHE Nicolas (Tinkoff-Saxo) 5 HARDY Romain (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) 6 ROGERS Michael (Tinkoff-Saxo) 7 DI GREGORIO Rémy (Team La Pomme Marseille) 8 BOSWELL Ian (Team Sky) 9…

Route du Sud Start List 2014

Route du Sud Start List 2014 Start List for the 2014 Route du Sud AG2R La Mondiale 1.DOMONT Axel 2.DUMOULIN Samuel 3.KADRI Blel 4.DUPONT Hubert 5.MONTAGUTI Matteo 6.BéRARD Julien 7.VUILLERMOZ Alexis 8.DANIEL Maxime Movistar Team 11.GUTIéRREZ Iván 12.HERRADA Jesús 13.MALORI Adriano 14.SüTTERLIN Jasha 15.CASTROVIEJO Jonathan 16.SZMYD Sylwester 17.VISCONTI Giovanni 18.VALVERDE Alejandro Team Sky 21.BOASSON HAGEN…

Montée du Géant 2014

Montée du Géant Montée du Géant – Rise of the Giant. Le Géant du Tourmalet is the statue on top of the col which is removed in October for safe keeping and returned to the summit in June each year. This year it will be on Saturday 7th June from Bagnéres de Bigorre. Depart is…

Lucien Buysse

Lucien Buysse Lucien Buysse, 11 September 1892 3 January 1980, was a Belgian cyclist and winner of the 1926 Tour de France. Lucien Buysse was born in Wontergem Belgium in 1892, Buysse started racing as a professional in 1914, in which year he rode his first Tour de France. He comes from one of cycling’s…

Tour des 3 Vallée

Tour des 3 Vallée Tour des 3 Vallées is a stage race promoted by our local racing club UC Lavedan. It attracts the best amateure teams from across south west France. Here are a few photos of stage 3 which finished up the 10km climb to Cauterets.

Cyclotouring France

Cyclotouring France Donna and Milton from Sydney, Australia. They left Pyrenees Cycling Lodge this morning for a month long tour of southern France. Bon Route!  

Adam Hansen Shoes

Adam Hansen Shoes I need new cycling shoes. It’s always a problem for me as my feet are wider than normal. 42 is a good length but they are too tight around the foot. While 44 is a good fit around the foot but are too long. Aussie cyclist Adam Hansen makes his own shoes.…

Tour de France Stage Profiles

Tour de France Stage Profiles 2014 Here are the 2014 Tour de France Stage Profiles for all 21 stages. In all they add up to 3600 km of racing with 5 mountain top finishes. Planche des Belles Filles, Chamrousse, Risoul, Pla d’Adet and Hautacam. There is only one time trial. -Stage 1 – Saturday, 5…

FDJ at Hautacam

FDJ at Hautacam I planned to catch the Francaise des Jeux team this afternoon on Hautacam. My guess was that they would be starting the climb about 14:00. I was wrong! They were finished before that. Anyway I caught then right at the top and got a few photos. Hope to catch up with them again…

Francaise des Jeux

Francaise des Jeux The French World Tour team, Francaise des Jeux, are in the Pyrenees this week for some mountain training in preparation for Le Tour de France. The team which is sponsored by the French national lottery, www.fdj.fr will be built around Thibaut Pinot. Pinot is a very talented rider. He is 24 years old and many…

Eugene Christophe

Eugene Christophe Eugene Christophe was born in Malakoff, near Paris on 22 January 1885. He was a professional cyclist from 1904 to 1926. In 1919 he became the first rider to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France. In all he rode the Tour 11 times, finishing 8 but never winning, however, he…

Eugene Christophe Story

Tour de France TV presenter and producer, Gérard Holtz has been in the area for the past 2 weeks filming a TV programme about the events of the 1913 Tour de France. The Eugene Christophe story is one of the great legends of Le Tour de France. Locations have included Hautacam and Saint-Savin, it will…

Col du Tourmalet

Col du Tourmalet Col du Tourmalet is a Cat HC climb in Hautes Pyrenees. The summit is 2115 metres altitude. The road D918 connects the Vallées des Gaves to the west with Vallée de Campan to the east. It is the most used climb in the Tour de France. 2018 will be the 86th time it…

Hautacam

Hautacam Hautacam is a Cat HC climb in the Vallée du Lavedan in Hautes Pyrénées. The climb up Hautacam starts from Argelès-Gazost by the Gave de Pau river near the rugby club, on road D100. The start altitude is 431m. It is 14.5km to the ski station at Hautacam. The road continues for 1.3km to the dead-end…

Hautacam Photos

Hautacam Photos A few photos from hautacam today.

Hautacam No 27

Ride to Hautacam Today I cycled to the Tour de France stage finish for the 27th time this year. It was a cool morning so I waited for the day to warmup. By the time I went out at 15:00 it was very hot and humid, exactly the weather I hate most. It made it…

Tour de France Route 2014

Tour de France Route 2014: Running from Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2014, the 101th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,656 kilometres (before ratification). 9 flat stages 5 hill stages 6 mountain stages with 5 altitude finishes 1 individual time trial…

Tour de France 2014 Pau – Hautacam

Tour de France 2014 Pau – Hautacam Stage 18 of the 2014 Tour de France will be from Pau to Hautacam on Thursday 24th July and L’Etape du Tour Mondovélo on 20th July. Stage 18 Thursday 24th July. Pau-Hautacam https://www.strava.com/routes/55191 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/3563703 Km 38.5 – Côte de Benejacq – 2.6 km climb to 6.9 % –…

French Tour de France Winners

French Tour de France Winners. Despite not winning for the past 29 years, France is still well ahead in stage and GC wins. France 36 Belgium 18 Spain 12 Italy 9 Luxembourg 5 USA 3 Netherlands 2 Switzerland 2 England 2 Germany 1 Denmark 1 Australia 1 Ireland 1 France has had 680 stage wins…

Tour de France Wins By Nation

Tour de France Wins By Nation France (36 victories) 1903 : Garin 1904 : Cornet 1905 : Trousselier 1906 : Pottier 1907/08 : Petit-Breton 1910 : Lapize 1911 : Garrigou 1923 : H. Pélissier 1930/32 : Leducq 1931/34 : Magne 1933 : Speicher 1937 : R. Lapébie 1947 : Robic 1953/54/55 : L. Bobet 1956…

Alberto Contador Rides Hautacam

Alberto Contador Alberto Contador has put an end to a very successful spring season but has already started the preparation of his major target: the Tour de France. Last week he made a reconnaissance of the decisive stages in the Pyrenees and the final long time trial of the French race. Last week Alberto Contador…

Saint Savin

Photos of Saint Savin in 2014.  

Sarcasm

Greg Lemond Greg Lemond responds to Lance Armstrong’s video. Now that’s how you do comedy.

Earthquake

The Pyrenees experienced 2 quakes this morning. The first at 09:03 measured 4.7 and caused violent shaking and a very loud rumbling noise. It was centered on the Hautacam Massif. No injuries have been reported. Bureau of Seismology France According to the national network of seismic surveillance the Pyrenees are one of the regions of…

Grand Tourmalet Ski Station

Grand Tourmalet Ski Station closed for the season on 21st April 2014. The road is expected to open on or shortly 16th May.  

Spring Time

Springtime Ride Hautacam The ski station of Grand Tourmalet is now closed for the season. The col should be passable sometime in the next 3 to 6 weeks. I hope to get up there later this week to have a look.In the meantime I continue to cycling up Hautacam a couple times a week. Adam…

Col d’Aspin

Col d’Aspin Col d’Aspin is a Cat 1 climb in Hautes Pyrenees. The summit is 1489 metres altitude. It connects Sainte-Marie-de-Campan, in the upper Adour valley to the west, with Arreau, on the River Neste into Aure Valley to the east. Col d’Aspin has a big reputation and is one of the better known climbs…

Plateau de Beille

Plateau de Beille Plateau de Beille is a Cat HC climb to a ski station in Ariége. It is between the towns of Tarascon-sur-Ariége and Ax-les-Thermes, south of road N20. My advice is to not cycle on N20, very dangerous road. Plateau de Beille has been a stage finish 5 times in Le Tour de…

Superbagnères

Superbagnères Superbagnères is a Cat HC climb to a ski station in Haute Garonne. The summit is 1804 metres altitude. Cat HC from Bagnères-de-Luchon, the climb to the ski-station is 18.5 km @ 6.3%, with the summit being at 1800 m above sea-level. There are several short sections in excess of 10%.  Tour de france 1961 : Massignan 1962 : (clm/ITT)…

Col du Soulor

Col du Soulor Col du Soulor is a Cat HC climb near Argeles-Gazost in Hautes Pyrénées. The summit is 1474 metres altitude. A Tour de France classic it is one of the cols of “The Circle of Death” also one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Bucolic and rustic, it sometimes seems that…

Col de Val Louron-Azet

Col de Val Louron-Azet Col de Val Louron-Azet is a Cat 1 climb in Hautes pyrénées between Genos and Saint-Lary-Soulan. It is also known as Col d’Azet. The summit is 1580 metres altitude. It connects Saint-Lary-Soulan , in the valley of Aure , to Génos and Loudenvielle in the Louron valley by Road D225. Cat…

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