If you are not afraid of heights and you enjoy crowning peaks, the Pyrenees are waiting for you.
During this intense trip we will cross some of the toughest climbs of the mythical Tour de France, the most famous stage cycling competition in history.
Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin, Pierre de Saint Martin, Marie Blanque, Aubisque, Soulor or the Añisclo Canyon are some of the challenges waiting to be conquered at the pace of pedal while enjoying the wonderful views of the Pyrenean peaks.
Feel like Octave Lapize and attack your teammates in the last meters of the Tourmalet ascent to feel like a champion.
On this trip you will know the infinite pleasure of reaching several ports historically known for their great hardness, a titanic effort that will become an indelible experience. The Pyrenees are ready for the visit, and you?
The route begins towards the West, where we will begin to warm up on roads that go up and down and that will prepare us to attack the first port of the day, Aísa. It will not be an easy port and we will soon understand how authentic this route is. Shortly after we will enter the Pyrenees along winding roads with hardly any traffic and we will pass through magical villages such as Jasa, Echo, Ansó and valleys such as Zuriza, where we will pedal several kilometers a few meters from wild high mountain rivers that will prepare us for the last ascent of the day.
The second stage undoes the last kilometers of the first day to head towards the border, where we will begin to see the bottom tour. After passing through the Belagua bridge, we will have 14 km of ascent left with an average of 5.4% until we reach Pierre-Saint-Martin, where in 2015 Chris Froome won the stage starting in Tarbes. It will be time to leave the Spanish side to start a mythical port of the Tour de France and the famous Bearded Vulture march, the Col de Marie Blanque. Do not be fooled by its maximum height (1035m) or its distance (9.3). Its average of 7.7% has sections of more than 11% that will allow us to push hard and reach the top. After crowning, we will only have to drop down to Bielle for a smooth and fun descent.
The third stage leaves in a southerly direction towards Laruns, where we will attack the first Hors Categorie of the route. 17 km await us with an average of 7% and a cumulative drop of almost 1,200m, a monstrous port that we will climb from its most demanding slope. The beginning is the most bearable section, with sections of 6-8%, but we will quickly begin to notice pain in the legs. The long sections of more than 10% slope follow one another throughout the ascent, and the signs that warn us of the slope will not make it easy for us. This is a mythical port and as such, it requires us to give ourselves body and soul. Once we will crown proudly we will be able to regain strength on the descent, since shortly after we will face the last stretch of ascent to Soulor. The rest of the route will take us down to Argelès-Gazost, from where we will continue pedaling until the end of the stage in Luz Saint Saveur, the prelude to the Tourmalet colossus.
The 4th stage of our adventure will take us to the top of the most famous pass in the history of cycling, the Tourmalet. The port that began the modern era of cycling, which popularized our sport and raised it to the category of myth, awaits us a few kilometers after starting to ride. Although the slope is very homogeneous and rarely exceeds 10% incline, the 19 km at 7.5% on average already indicate that we are facing a monster. Since it was crowned for the first time in 1910, the Tourmalet has witnessed countless cycling battles and it is there that we will have to give everything to overcome our fellow riders. Once we reach the top and take the famous photo with Octave Lapize, we will quickly descend towards the Campán Valley, from where we will connect with the Col d’Aspin and descend towards Saint Lary Soulan. It is here where we will start the last climb of the day towards the border, where we will be waiting for you to go to the other side.
The last stage of our trip through the Pyrenees will start downhill, towards Escalona. The Añisclo Canyon, located within the Ordesa National Park, is recognized as one of the most beautiful roads in the Pyrenees and we will travel along it until we start the first of the ports of the day. The ascent to Fanlo will seem like an ordeal after having ridden all the Pyrenees, but its views and tranquility will make up for it. Shortly after we will descend towards Broto, where we will go up to the Puerto de Cotefablo, one of the classic ports included in the mythical La Treparriscos cycling tour. From there we will go down to Biescas and Sabiñánigo, where we can relax pedaling through the valley towards Jaca and savoring the last kilometers of a full-fledged cycling adventure.