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Raid Pyrenean Coast to Coast Ride

from $2,149.00

A journey over eleven of the most famous Cols in the Pyrenees

  • Reviews 13 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Tough
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 18
All about the Raid Pyrenean Coast to Coast Ride.

This unique cycling raid is a must-do route for any road cycling fan. It will take us on a journey over eleven of the most famous Cols in the Pyrenees. We traverse the mighty Pyrenees hugging the Spanish border as we follow a route that was made famous by riders trying to complete the distance in less than 100 hours, but on this trip you will have time to take in the stunning jagged landscape while still conquering great climbs like the Col du Tourmalet and the Col d’Aubisque. After taking on these rewarding climbs, the route brings us back down to the Mediterranean Sea for a celebratory swim.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts
* 7 nights hotel accommodation (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout. Group normally 6 to 18 plus leader in support vehicle (limited seats)
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Local bike rental (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Cycle from the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean Sea
  • Ride the most famous cols in the Pyrenees
  • Conquer iconic climbs from the Tour de France
  • 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 100% tarmac roads
  • Hilly route with mountain passes
  • Group normally 6 to 18 plus leader in suport vehicle
  • 7 nights hotels
  1. Day 1 Start Hendaye.

    Start Hendaye. If there is time we can go for a short ride along the sea front towards Pointe de Ste Barbe. In the evening the guide will talk through the itinerary for the weeks cycling.*Standard Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Ride over the Col du St Ignace and the Col d'Osquich.

    Our journey starts by climbing the Col de St Ignace at 169m, gaining altitude progressively to join the mountains before cycling through St Jean Pied de Port, the renowned medieval city on the Compostelle way. From here the route climbs the Col d’Osquich, officially at 392m of altitude but the road culminates at 500m. After this, we enjoy a nice ride down to the village of Montory where we spend the night.*Standard Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Ride through the Basque hills before taking on the Hors category Col d'Aubisque and the Col de Soulor.

    In the morning, we cycle through the Basque hills as we make our way to the west starting point of the mythic Col d’Aubisque, here we take on the challenging Hors Category pass, a 17km climb at 8% average gradient with sections at 10%. The summit is at 1709m of altitude, then after a short descent we start the second climb up to the Col du Soulor 1474m, this is the last summit before a superb descent to our hotel in Agos-Vidalos.*Standard Hotel*

  4. Day 4 Today we ride the mighty Hors category Col du Tourmalet followed by the first category Col d'Aspin.

    Today we take on the Col du Tourmalet, one of the most legendary climbs in the Pyrenees, at 2115m of altitude and climbed 52 times by the TDF since 1947 making it the most climbed col of the Tour de France. the Col du Tourmalet is a Hors Category pass, it is 18km long with an average gradient of 8% with some sections at 10%. From the summit there is a nice twisty descent to Saint Marie de Campan. Straight after the descent the second challenge of the day starts with the climb of Col d’Aspin, a first category climb with 12km of ascent from Saint Marie de Campan at 5,2% average gradient.*Standard Hotel*

  5. Day 5 Cycle over the Col de Peyresourde, Col des Ares and the Col de Portet d'Aspet.

    Three passes are waiting for us today. First up is the Col de Peyresourde, a first category climb with 20km of ascent at 4.5% average gradient with sections at 8%. Then we ride down to the Bagnères-de-Luchon valley where the Tour de France stops regularly. Here we ride over the Col des Ares to join the Col de Portet d’Aspet, a third category pass (4.3 km at 9.7%) that has been ridden 30 times since 1947 by the Tour de France.* Standard Hotel*

  6. Day 6 Ride the Col du Port with amazing views over the Ariege Valley before climbing the Col de Chioula.

    From St Girons, we will cycle towards the Col de Port another classic of the Tour de France, starting the climb from Massat the ascent is constant and doesn’t go over 6%. We then descend to Bompas where we join the “route des corniches”, a road that overlooks the Ariège valley with great views. We will then climb the Col de Chioula up to 1431m of altitude. From the summit we will descend towards Ax les Thermes where we spend the night.*Standard Hotel*

  7. Day 7 We follow the river that flows through the Gorges de l'Aude all the way to the Mediterranean sea at St Cyprien.

    Today is the last day of cycling, which means at the end of the ride we can jump into the Mediterranean Sea! Leaving the mountains we follow the rivers that come from the high peaks to join the sea; carving among the rocks we follow the fabulous gorges de l’Aude. Passing beautiful views over the Corbières vineyards we make our way towards the end of the route in St Cyprian by the sea. Here we will have time to celebrate the week’s achievements with a swim in the med and some well-earned drinks.*Standard Hotel*

  8. Day 8 Free morning in St Cyprien before the trip ends here.

    Free morning to relax or explore St Cyprien at our own pace before the trip ends here.**

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Where you stay

Hotels

We stay in good quality 2-star hotels, all with private facilities. The hotels are comfortable and ideally located in towns along the route with a good choice of restaurants serving delicious food to ensure you get a good meal and a good night sleep ready for the next day’s ride.

Due to the point-to-point nature of our drop bar trips, it is inevitable that there is some variance in the style and quality of accommodation used each night. Our priority is to make the riding days as balanced as possible in terms of distance and elevation gain and once we are happy with the route we choose the most appropriate accommodation in our chosen location. In some of the more rural locations there may not be a wide choice of accommodation.

Eating and Drinking

For breakfast you can expect a continental style buffet with cold meat, cheeses, bread, eggs, jams and pastries as well as tea and coffee.
Throughout the trip you can expect really good food with strong influences from Spain and France. Lunches and dinners are not included in the trip price to allow you to take advantage of the local restaurants and cafes along the route and give you freedom over what you eat. Our guide will be able to recommend the best local restaurants and will have planned some stops at good coffee shops to break up the days rides.

This trip is classified Drop-bar.

Activity Level 7 (Tough).

Average daily distance: 104km (64 miles)

No. of days cycling: 6  with partial vehicel support (limited seats)

Terrain and route: a classic road tour with some challenging climbs. The gradients do not get much steeper than 10% but the climbs can be long.

Daily distances are realistic, and there are plenty of opportunities for stronger riders to add more kilometres if they wish. The support vehicle is always available for riders who have achieved their personal goal and require a lift up or down any of the hills (although with limited seats). This trip is on roads away from traffic however we do have to use some roads which can be busy; the scenery from the route we take is wonderful. All of the roads used are good quality tarmac, we recommend using drop bar road bike for this trip.

You should be aware that cycling of all kinds has its dangers and that accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake. Helmets must be worn by all cyclists.

Please note: Our drop bar cycling holidays are not run in a training camp style, all our daily rides are group rides and we aim to cycle as a group wherever possible. The days are broken up with food and coffee stops so it is likely that we will be outside for the majority of the day (sometimes between 9am – 5pm). It is common for the group to split on the longer climbs, please keep in mind that if you are looking to push yourself on the climbs you might have a wait at the top for other members of the group, however the support vehicle will be there to offer warm clothes and snacks.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Raid Pyrenean coast to coast ride

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the first HC category summit in blazing sunshine, followed with a well earnt beer shared with cycling companions.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Vincent, very professional, knowledgeable and good company, he is an enthusiastic cyclist so clearly he gets the trip 'vibe' and is a ready source of support and information on the route. Always on hand and contactable by mobile if things should go awry.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Usual stuff, bit of training beforehand will pay benefits on the long climbs, take some gels and bars, keep hydrated, take sun cream and ear plugs, a couple of the hotels are located on main roads, so if you get a room on that side it can be noisy. Check your bike before hand, treat it to a new set of tyres and service.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Highly recommended

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Raid Pyrenean Coast to Coast Ride

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the Med after a week of hard cycling and lots of fun.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Johann was brilliant, knew what he was doing, lots of fun, cared for us, nothing was too much trouble and absolutely made our trip.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train hard
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Made some friends for life.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Pyrennean RAid

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There is a gradual change in architecture and climate. You start with cow bells and end with cicadas.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good. Great knowledge and calm expertise from Vincent
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Accomodation is all 2* and is perfectly adequte. Some of the towns are more proaperous than others and all the menus were attractively priced.. We got picnic lunches from shops as it was cheaper and quicker to eat from the van
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip could be a very rewarding experience.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Excellent coast to coast trip through the beautiful Pyrenees

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Rising to the challenge and enjoying every moment. The exhilaration of jumping into the beautiful Mediterranean Sea at the end of the last day’s ride will be hard to beat!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Felt well supported. Great picnics along the way with Claude asking us each day what we’d like on the menu, then doing his best to provide it. Thank you Claude.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I packed way too much gear- most of which I didn’t need as there were opportunities to have kit washed along the way. I would recommend potential travelers make sure they are fit enough to take this on- it will make the difference between torture and an enjoyable but achievable challenge.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Already planning my next exodus trip!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Raid Pyrenees Trip June 2016

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling up the Col de Tourmalet, a climb that the organisers of the 1910 Tour de France feared was unachievable.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Claude was an excellent guide. Professional, encouraging, helpful and friendly throughout the week.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit before you travel and make sure you can cycle 80 miles a day for 6 days running.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have no hesitation in recommending Exodus for this kind of trip. I have travelled with them on cycling holidays twice and both trips were outstanding.

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