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Pyrénées Cycling Lodge & Bike Rental

Cyclist accommodation and bike rental between Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aubisque.

 

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Ride the Raid Pyrénéen in 2014 with Velo Peloton Cycling Tours.

Raid Pyrenees:
Dates for groups of 6+ available on request.
Booking request: paddy@velopeloton.com
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710km across 18 cols through the French Pyrenees with 11000 meters of accent and a time limit of 100 hours( Start at 9:00 Monday and must finish by 13:00 Friday). The ultimate cycle challenge.

 

View our Raid Pyrénéen Forum and Raid Pyrénéen Photo Gallery.

 

Started in 1952 by Cyclo Club Béarnais from Pau, the Raid Pyrenees can be ridden any time from June to the end of September.
It is a difficult task over 4.5 days across the famous high passes of the Tour de France.

 

There are 2 possible routes that can be ridden in either direction. Riding west to east is most popular.  This page is principally concerned with the 100 hour route. I will be adding a page on the 10 day route.


Here are the 3 Michelin Maps you need to cover the entire route.









The 100 hour route passes over 18 cols:
Le Raid Pyrénéen version RANDONNEUR
720 km - 18 cols
11 000 m de dénivellation
A réaliser en 100 heures maximum

 

The 10 day route passes over 28 cols:

Le Raid Pyrénéen version TOURISTE
790 km - 28 cols
16 000 m de dénivellation
A réaliser en 10 jours maximum

 

 

Sequence Location Altitude (m)
1 Hendaye (Control) 0
2 Col Saint Ignace 169
3 Col Pinodeita 176
4 Espelette (Control)  58
5 Col d’ Osquich  500
6 Tardets-Sorholus (Control)  286
7 Col de Marie-Blanque (optional) 1035
8 Laruns (Control)  531
9 Col d'Aubisque 1709
10 Col du Soulor 1464
11 Col du Tourmalet 2115
12 Sainte-Marie-de-Campan (Control)  857
13 Col d'Aspin 1489
14 Col de Peyresourde 1569
15 Col des Ares  602
17 Col de Portet d'Aspet 1069
18 St Girons (Control)  650
19 Col de Caougnous  942
20 Col de Port  1249
21 Col de Puymorens  1915
22 Col de Llous  1345
23 Col Rigat  1488
24 Col de la Perche 1570
25 Prades (Control)  200
26 Col Saint Pierre  185
27 Col de Ternére 233
28 Cerbere (Control) 0
Location Altitude (m)
Hendaye (Control) 0
Col Saint Ignace 169
Col Pinodeita 176
Col Budincurutcheta 1135
Col Bagargui 1319
Col de Marie-Blanque 1035
Col d'Aubisque 1709
Col du Soulor 1464
Col des Borderes 1156
Col du Tourmalet 2115
Col d'Aspin 1489
Col de Peyresourde 1569
Col du Portillon 1293
Col de Mente 1349
Col de Portet d'Aspet 1069
Col de la Core 1369
Col de la Trappe 1111
Col d'Agnes 1570
Port de Lers 1517
Col de Marmares 1361
Col de Chioula 1431
Col de Pailheres 2001
Col de Moulis 1099
Col de Garabel 1267
Col de Jau 1513
Col de Palomere 1036
Col Xatard 752
Col Fourtou 646
Col Llauro 380

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Le Raid Pyrénéen version RANDONNEUR
720 km - 18 cols - 11000m altitude gain - 100 hours to complete the task.

710km across 18 cols through the French Pyrenees with 11000 meters of accent and a time limit of 100 hours( Start at 9:00 Monday and must finish by 13:00 Friday). The ultimate cycle challenge.
Started in 1952 by Cyclo Club Béarnais from Pau, the Raid Pyrenees can be ridden any time from June to the end of September.
It is a difficult task over 4.5 days across the famous high passes of the Tour de France.

Raid Pyrénéen shirt
Raid Pyrénéen by velopeloton

Pyrenees Cycling Jerseys.

This is the full route. You can down-load the route to your GPS.

Download the .GPX file of the route.

View a photo gallery of Raid Pyreneen.


Hendaye on the Cote Basque.
Hendaye on the Cote Basque.

The map below shows the Cols on the route, you can click on each blue marker to see the details of the cols. Some of then are insignificant so I have given name and altitude only. The climbs are all on the west-east route.


Or if you prefer, here is the map in 3D in Google Earth.
Download the KML file of the entire Raid Pyrenees Route for Google Earth.


Raid Pyrenees Profile.
The Raid Profile.

 

Raid Pyrenées Directions.
Directions on the route card.

Raid Pyrenées Controls.
The route must be stamped in the towns listed above. Any business with a rubber stamp will stamp your card.


The medal awarded by Cyclo Club Béarnais for a successful completion.

The Cols:
Our page about
Col du Tourmalet.

Col d'Aubisque.

Cirque du Litor.

Col du Soulor.

Col d'Aspin.

Col du Marie Blanque.


Hopefully you will not need it. A list of bike stores in the Pyrenees. As of October 2011 it is still a work in progress.


 


Full itinerary.

View a photo gallery of Raid Pyreneen.

Ride the Raid Pyrénéen in 2013 with Velo Peloton Cycling Tours.

If you decided to organize the trip yourself this is a suggested itinerary for riding the Raid Pyreneen from west to east, starting cycling from Hendaye on a Monday.

Sunday:

Arrives Biarritz airport and transfer to your hotel in Hendaye. Put your bike together and get in a spin to check all is well after the flight.


Monday:
Hendaye to Laruns - 190km with 2500m of ascent.

Starting from the Atlantic the route passes along the Basque coast for a few kilometres before turning inland into the mountains over the Col De St Ignace (169m) and the Col De Pinodieta (176m) and the Col D’ Osquich (500m). Nothing too difficult today, don’t forget your camera.

Basque Country - Pays Basque.


Tuesday:
Laruns to Campan - 100km with 3000m of ascent.

Search for Hotels in Campan and Bagnéres de Bigorre

The Circle of Death.

Col d'Aubisque
Col d'Aubisque

This is a big day, starting with the Col du Marie Blanque, 9.5km at 7.5% to 1035m altitude, the last 4 km are a killer, followed by the stunningly beautiful Col d’Aubisque (1709m), before dropping down and back up the Col du Soulor (1464m), the most beautiful and spectacular road in the Pyrenees if not all France.

Cirque du Litor
Cirque du Litor between Aubisque and Soulor.

Following a 22km descent to Argeles-Gazost, is the unbelievable climb of Col du Tourmalet (2115m), 18km average 7.6% (actually climbing for 10km before the official start).The Tourmalet is the most used climb in the Tour de France, 2011 will be its 81st accent. The day ends with a super fast 20km descent into Campan.

Col du Tourmalet
Col du Tourmalet.

Wednesday:
Campan to Saint Girons - 150km with 2000m of ascent.

Search for Hotels in Saint-Girons

The first climb is the picturesque Col d'Aspin (1489m) and the end of the Circle of Death with the Col de Pereyresourde (1569m), before another long decent followed by the Col des Ares (797m) and the Col de Buret (602m), 2 beautiful climbs. These are followed by the challenging 17% inclines of the Col de Portet d’Aspet (1069m), past the memorial to Olympic champion Fabio Casartelli, who died on stage 15 of the 1995 Tour de France.

Riding the Raid Pyrénéen.


Thursday:

Saint Girons to Prades - 180km with 2600m of ascent.

Search for Hotels in Prades


The Col de Port (1249m) is a beautiful climb and has a great descent to Tarascon. The route follows a fairly busy road from here through Ax les Thermes, and on up the seemingly endless Col de Puymorens (1915m). From here it drops down into the town of Bourg Madame, before heading up the Col de la Perche (1570m) and the Col de Louis (1345m). Next the 36km long descent to our hotel, make sure to take a detour through the town of Villefranche, a stunning medieval walled town.

Col du Puymorens.


Friday:
Prades to Cerbere - 91km with about 300m of ascent.

Search for hotels in Cerbere and surrounding area.


Almost there, just 90km of mostly flat roads with some little climbs along the Mediterranean coast, but you will have to be quick as you must be at the finish in Cerbere by 13:00.

Cerbére

Saturday:

 Transfer to airports (Perpignan, Carcassonne or Toulouse) for journey home.

 

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