Ever since the 1910 edition of the Tour de France explored the Pyrenees for the first time, cyclists from all over the world dream of climbing the summits we propose to you today.
We’ll start the day by climbing the mythic Col d’Aspin, a classic feature on the Tour de France calendar and essential for connecting the Aure and Campan valleys, the gateway to the Tourmalet. We’ll descend from its summit surrounded by pine trees until we come to Sainte-Marie-de-Campan, lying at the bottom of the most renowned mountain pass of the Pyrenees, the Tourmalet. As we ride up its slopes, round its horseshoe bends and through its tunnels we’ll feel the epic emanating from this HC climb. We’ll reach the top at an altitude of 2,115 metres, together with Octave, le Géant du Tourmalet and for a day, we’ll feel like real professional cyclists. On the way back, we will have deserved a rest and we’ll stop La Mongie, the legendary mountain’s tourist centre where we can drink to the health of cycling champions.
We’ll end our tour by climbing the west side of the hidden and peaceful Hourquette d’Ancizan. After a technical and picturesque descent, we’ll reach the Vallée d’Aure again, where we’ll spend our last day enjoying the charms of Saint-Lary before saying farewell to the Pyrenees.