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Located in the village of Saint Savin between Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aubisque.
Coast to Coast Tour:
Is Col du Tourmalet open?
Thursday 14th November 2013.
No. Tourmalet is now closed for the winter.
Is Cirque du Litor open?
Thursday 14th November 2013.
No. Closed for the winter.
Both should reopen in May 2014.
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The day to do it was Saturday 22nd February 2014. I spent the whole week leading up to it checking the weather forecast. It looked good, not very warm but dry and sunny. My aim was to ride at 25kph and to make 3 stops of 15 minutes each for coffee and cake.
There is still lots of snow on the mountains (happy skiers). Down in the valley it feels like spring, with temps up to 17c and flowers in the garden. The next 3 weeks are the busiest of the ski season, after that the roads will be deserted for several months before the summer season starts. Quiet roads and warm spring weather, perfect! The long term weather forecast suggests that the worst of winter is over with temperatures over the next 2 weeks set to go into the 20's. Fingers crossed, Col du Tourmalet could be open in 10 or 11 weeks time.
As Le Tour will be doing Hautacam this year and I see it every time I look out the window, I've decided to give it lots of attention. My mad plan is to ride Hautacam 100 times this year.
I have ridden it 8 times only 92 to go.
Hautacam 2014 Photo Gallery.
Here are a few photos from my ride up Hautacam today. Taken with the phone so not great quality. There was fresh snow last night making the road was dodgy in places. It was an uneventful ride in beautiful sunshine.
Marcus Jackson-Baker is a long distance cyclist from London, England. In September 2013 he rode Super Randonnée Pyrénées, a 616 km ride through France and Spain with 15000 metres of climbing in 59 hours. This is his account of the ride.
There’s also some Strava data here:
Velo Peloton – Pyrenees Coast to Coast 2014. – 3 and 4 star accommodation.
7 days riding – Average of 110km per day with the option to add on extra kms each day.
Saturday 5th July to Sunday 13th July 2014.
Saturday 13th September to Sunday 21st September 2014
Collection and return to airport or train station, near start and finish.
8 nights b&b and evening meal with drinks. 3 and 4 star accommodation.
Velo Peloton cycling jersey.
Full route guiding and broom wagon support.
Flights not included.
7 days cycling across the Pyrenees through France, from Saint Jean de Luz to Argelés-sur-Mer.
We will average 110km per day using quiet back-roads where possible and will also climb the mighty cols of the Tour de France.
Ride the whole route or take a lift on the parts you want to miss. You can also add on extra climbs or takes shortcuts, this trip is flexible, you are on holiday after all.
Price €1890 for 2 sharing or €2190 for single room. Deposit of €400 with the balance one month before the trip.
Booking request: firstname.lastname@example.org
View the full Photo Gallery of Pyrénées Coast to Coast Cycling Tour.
Critérium de Lacq-Audéjos had it's 6th edition last night. Lacq-Audéjos is a town of 700 people just west of Pau. It sits on top of a large gas field, which produces five billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. It's been pumping gas throughout France for the past 50 years. The gas field is operated by Total who are the main sponsor of the critérium.
42 riders took part, 27 professional and 15 amateurs from local clubs. The course was 1.6km long and was ridden 50 times. Entry for spectators was free, there was in excess of 9,000 present.
Photo Gallery Criterium de Lacq-Audéjos 2013.
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I went for a ride with guests from La Lanterne Rouge Pyrénées Cycling Lodge this morning. Beautiful sunshine all day. We did Col du Spandelles from Argeles-Gazost, descended to Ferrières and then rode up the 12km @ 8% to Col du Soulor. Two super hard climbs and great company.