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The Trans-Pyrenees Challenge


 
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THE TOP 50 COLS
... you have to ride:



Duration
8 days / 7 nights

2015 Trip dates
June 7 › June 14
Sept. 20 › Sept. 27

Start location
Barcelona Airport

Ending location
San Sebastian Airport
Alternatively, travel back to Barcelona in our vans and leave from Barcelona airport the following day.
Contact us for details.

Accommodations
mix of 4-star, 3-star 2-star hotels

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person
$3,895 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $800

Non-rider price
20% Discount (double occupancy)

book this trip!
 

Take your riding to a whole new level on our Trans-Pyrenees Challenge....cross the Pyrenees, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic in just 7 days!

And in true Thomson Bike Tours style we won't be taking the easy route across the Pyrenees!

Our trip starts in Barcelona on the shores of the Mediterranean and ends in Hendaye, over 500 miles away, on the Atlantic Coast.

We've lined up an impressive route including most of the legendary climbs in the Pyrenees. Tourmalet, Aubisque, Peyresourde, Bonaigua, Portillon, Bagargui, Aspin...just a few of the famous climbs waiting to be conquered on this magnificent ride from the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.

Click here to view the complete list of famous climbs on this trip.

Join our expert guides in the Pyrenees for the ride of your life - you'll return home a different rider!

Trip Profile

 

Trip Highlights

  • Conquer the Col du Tourmalet - the giant of the Pyrenees!
  • The ride from the Col de Soulor to the Col d'Aubisque through the Cirque du Litor: one of the most spectacular rides in Europe
  • The Coll de Jou in Spain - one of the best descents in the Pyrenees.
  • Test yourself on the +20% slopes of Rat Penat!
  • The final day ride over one of the toughest climbs in the Pyrenees: the Col de Bagargui.
  • Over 50,000ft of climbing in 7 days!
  • As always the top support in the industry!

Top Support in the Industry

Throughout the trip you can relax and enjoy the rides knowing that you have the best Support Team in the industry right behind you all the way!

1 Sag Van and 1 experienced TBT ride leader for every 10 clients. And the highest staff to client ratio....1 staff member per 4 clients!

Your Daily Rides

Day Route Summary
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Warm-up ride around Sitges (includes the infamous Rat Penat)

30 miles
3,450 ft
2

Sitges › Coll de Ventosses Coll de Montaigu Los Pinos › Solsona

100 miles
7,000 ft
3

Solsona › Coll de Jou Coll del Canto › Sort

79 miles
8,700 ft
4

Sort › Port de la Bonaigua Col de Portillon › Luchon

68 miles
6,700 ft
5

Luchon › Col de Peyresourde Col d'Aspin Col du Tourmalet › Luz St Sauveur

58 miles
9,450 ft
6

Luz St Sauveur › Col de Soulor Col d'Aubisque Col de Marie-Blanque Col d'Ichere › Montory

80 miles
7,875 ft
7

Montory › Col de BagarguiCol d'IspeguyPuerto d'Otxondo › Hendaye

91 miles

7,850 ft

Total:
506
51,025
Daily Average:
72
7,289


What's included in the price of our trip

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip with Thomson Bike Tours
  • Mix of 4-star, 3-star and 2-star accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners except Day 1 and Day 4
  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Pick-up at Barcelona Airport
  • Drop-off at San Sebastian Airport (or transfer back to Barcelona in our vans)
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicles
  • Daily maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles


What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
  • Lunches (except Day 1 lunch which is included)


Climb these Famous Cols

In just 1 week climb many of the legendary cols in the Pyrenees! Here are some of the cols included in our itinerary (sorted by Difficulty Index):

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Col du Tourmalet
4160 ft
7.4%
10.7 miles
133
Col de Bagargui
3340 ft
4.8%
13.2 miles
Profile
129
Col d'Aubisque
2840 ft
4.1%
13.0 miles
110
Col de Peyresourde
3080 ft
6.1%
9.5 miles
96
Coll del Canto
3609 ft
4.2%
16.3 miles
92
Col d'Aspin
2555 ft
6.5%
7.5 miles
81
Port de la Bonaigua
3680 ft
4.9%
14.3 miles
Profile
78
Col de Marie Blanque
2020 ft
4.1%
9.3 miles
Profile
69
Col de Portillon
1910 ft
6.8%
5.3 miles
68
Col d'Ichere
1070 ft
6.1%
3.3 miles
Profile
63
Coll de Ventosses
1148 ft
4.3%
5.0 miles
Profile
33

 

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Infinito CV is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.

 

The Thomson Bike Tours Difference

Your trip to Europe may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you deserve the best! Performance cyclists now rate Thomson Bike Tours as the premiere provider of performance trips to Europe. Here are a few details that set us aside from the rest:

LESS VAN - MORE BIKE: NO Van Transfers between your hotels and the start/finish of the bike rides. Each day we ride from and to the hotel. Our local knowledge, extensive planning and vast experience mean that you spend less time in a van and more time on the bike!

Best-in-class Support & ride leaders: another key to our success! Sag van and ride leader for every 10 riders.

Highest Staff to Client Ratio: 1 staff member per 4 clients!

THE THOMSON RIDES: over the years we've also gained a reputation for providing the best (and most challenging!) rides. 25 years experience riding in the Pyrenees counts!