Classic Climbs of the Alps

CLASSIC CLIMBS

6 NIGHTS

COMFORT

Advanced Bike Tour of the Alps

LEVEL 2-3

538 KM

UP TO 19,400 M

PYRENEES CYCLE TOUR

Conquer the Classic Climbs of the Pyrenees on this 7 day, all inclusive tour. Enjoy epic climbs, thrilling descents and exquisite, ever-changing scenery. The Pyrenees are know for hosting historic battles between the world’s best cyclists every year in the Tour de France.

Now is your chance to test yourself on some of the toughest climbs in cycling. The Tourmalet, the Peyresourde, the Aspin, the Hautacam, Luz Ardiden and more. Ride out from three Pyrenean bases – the pretty town of Bagnères de Luchon, Saint Lary Soulan and Saint Savin. Climb the iconic cols of cycling and tick them off your bucket list.

On an Eat Sleep Cycle tour all you have to think about is enjoying your ride. Our trip support is second to none and we pride ourselves on a high staff-guest ratio. We take care of everything so you can savour the ride of a lifetime. This is a flexible itinerary offering riders the opportunity to extend or shorten the ride depending on their fitness level.

CYCLING ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Bagnéres de Luchon
Warm-up ride, Superbagnères, 35 km, 1,100 m

Day 2:

Ares, Mente, 102 km, 2,400 m
Make it epic: Portillon, 108 km, 2,700 m

Day 3:

Port de Bales, 70 km, 1,700 m

Day 4:

Bagnères de Luchon to Saint Lary Soulan
Peyresourde, Val Louron Azet, 42 km, 1,600 m
Make it epic: Lac du Cap du Long, 89 km, 3,000 m

Day 5:

Saint Lary Soulan to Saint Savin
Aspin, Tourmalet, 92 km, 2,500 m
Make it epic: Luz Ardiden, 119 km, 3,500 m

Day 6:

Soulour, Aubisque, Spandelles, 84 km, 2,600 m
Make it epic: Hautacam, 117 km, 3,900 m

Day 7:

Departures from Saint Savin

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Yes!

Our Classic Climbs tours are designed for ‘Advanced’ riders with optional extensions for riders who want to challenge themselves further, as well as options to shorten the rides for those who need to. To best enjoy the tour riders should be comfortable riding 100 kms and able to climb for at least an hour without stopping to altitudes of over 2,000 m. Training for the tour is highly recommended.

MAP

Map - Classic Climbs of the Pyrenees Cycle Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • TOURMALET
  • ASPIN
  • AUBISQUE
  • SOULOUR
  • SAINT SAVIN

PYRENEES TOUR INFORMATION

RIDE SUPPORT

Full Support

Rides are fully supported by our team of guides and vehicles.

The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes and water. On longer days the team will serve a roadside lunch – a time efficient pit stop with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fruit & veg to keep you energized and feeling healthy all week.

Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of Cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime. Our Tour Leaders know the region well and speak the local language.

Mechanical support will be close by at all times.

Quick Facts
  • THE HIGHEST PEAK IN THE PYRENEES IS THE TOURMALET
  • THE TOURMALET IS HOSTING A STAGE FINISH IN THE 2019 TOUR DE FRANCE

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

Full Board

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and ride nutrition tailored especially for cyclists.

Start the day with a breakfast buffet at the hotel to prepare for an epic day in the saddle. Then on the road eat a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle.

Refuel for the next day with dinner included at our accommodation or in nearby restaurants (table wine included).

Pyrenean Hospitality

Rest and recover from the day on the bike in the beautiful towns and villages of the Pyrenees. Stay in Bagnères de Luchon (host to the Tour de France every year), Saint Lary Soulan & the stunning village of Saint Savin.

Stay in the best accommodation in the region, perfect for getting a good night’s sleep ahead of the next day’s ride.

There are 6 nights accommodation included in the tour, in 3* hotels (or equivalent comfort level!).

BIKE HIRE

Bike Hire

Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.

Choose from a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium, or a state-of-the-art Factor bike.  All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes. 

Our Bikes

RIDLEY FENIX SL 105

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano 105 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY HELIUM X

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY FENIX DISC

  • Disc Brake Road Bike
  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • DTSwiss R24 DB wheelset.

FACTOR O2

  • State-of-the-art lightweight frameset
  • Black Inc. carbon wheels & finishing kit
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2

TRIP SUMMARY

Classic Climbs of the Alps Tour Dates

Trip Dates

18th – 24th August 2019

On demand for groups

Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycling Tour Pricing

Price Per Head

€2,299*

Single Supplement €390

Travel Logistics

Meeting Point: The meet point for the tour is Toulouse Airport at 14:00 on Day 1 of the tour.

Riders will be taken back to Toulouse Airport on Day 7 of the tour by 12 noon, in time for flights after 14:00.

What's Included?

Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 3* Hotels and guesthouses.
Food: Full board.
Bike Hire: Optional
Transfers: Return group transfer to Toulouse Airport

Group Bookings

Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.

Payment

Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.

TAILOR OUR CLASSIC CLIMBS OF THE PYRENEES ITINERARY TO SUIT YOU

Choose your dates, accommodation type, tailor your ride itinerary & support.
Add a physio, gourmet food experiences and more!

WHY EAT SLEEP CYCLE?

Classic Climbs of the Alps

EXCELLENT LOCATION

Our home in Girona, Spain, gives us unique access to remarkable people and places, allowing us to create world class cycling tours.

Classic Climbs of the Alps Expert Tour Guides

EXPERT GUIDES

Our guides are experts in cycling, travel & hosting world class tours. We recruit professionals from all walks of life who love to ride.

Classic Climbs of the Alps 5 star reviews

5 STAR REVIEWS

You’ll be back!
98% of our guests say they’ll come back to Eat Sleep Cycle for another tour.

Classic Climbs of the Alps Expert Local Knowledge

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Ride with Eat Sleep Cycle and enjoy the best roads, landscapes & cultural experiences thanks to our knowledge.

When we were looking for an outfit to guide us through a cycling adventure through Pyrenean cols, [...]ESC were perfect. They personalized every aspect of the trip, from the routes to the hotels to the food.[...] ESC's local knowledge created a cycling trip that we won't soon forget. You just can't get this kind of attention and personalized catering from larger tour companies. I highly recommend booking your next cycling adventure with ESC. We're already looking forward to being with ESC in 2018. Chapeau, ESC!

Steve Derringer

If your looking at this wondering whether to call Eat Sleep Cycle then I urge you to do it. The trip we had with them was superb, couldn't fault it. All the guides stuck the perfect balance of being absolutely professional but by the end of your trip, good friends, I'll be back.

Ed EPyrenees trip

Every fit cycling enthusiast should ride the Pyrenees and Eat Sleep Cycle has put together a fantastic trip to do just that. Their inaugural trip in September 2016 was a huge success. Brian, Lee and Louise, the owners of Eat Sleep Cycle, made it fun and they understand the need for hydration, nutrition and rest on such an epic ride. Every night we stayed in great places that were quiet and we had huge delicious meals. On the road we had excellent support ensuring we never got hungry or thirsty. The route was absolutely magnificent. I would highly recommend a trip with them.

Peter Gaskill

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