AT A GLANCE
- 9 Days
- 6 Dinners
- 2 Stages
- Luxury Transport
- High Staff Ratio
- Intermediate to Experienced
- 3 & 4 Star Hotels
TransPyrenees from Girona for Pyrenees mountain stages
Duration: 9 Day
Dates: June 29, 2020 to July 7, 2020
Start: Barcelona (El Prat Airport), Spain
Finish: Toulouse (Blagnac Airport), France
Group Size: 12 guests - 4 staff
Price: AUD $5,900 (USD $3,950)
Single Supplement: AUD $920 (USD $620)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Note: Bikestyle Tours requires that all guests have a valid Travel Insurance policy for the duration of their trip.
- Ride where the Pros train, Girona and Costa Brava
- Adopt the Spanish relaxed way of life and enjoy more time on your bike
- Transverse the Pyrenees and see the Tour de France mountain stages in the Pyrenees
- Climb iconic French climbs including Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque and Col du Peyresourde
Many of our ride options follow the roads through the Pyrenees, an alpine mountain range. Some rides feature more than one climb, and the easier option concentrates on the feature climb for the day.
We take the best care of you and your bike. Experienced ride guides support every ride and we have support vehicles fitted with professional bike carriers.
EXPERIENCED RIDER BIKE TOUR
Our riders only trip focuses on our own riding goals. Whilst there are many climbs on this trip, we have some easier days on the bike as well. As we traverse the Pyrenees, we will travel by vehicle on some days avoiding busy roads to give you ample time to complete and enjoy the days ride.
You’ll always be able to climb at your own pace, but it is best under your own steam. All descents are controlled, your safety is paramount to us. Sorry, this itinerary does not cater for non-cyclists – many of our other trips do.
Accommodation and Transport
- Transport throughout custom van or luxury coach
- Transport for your bike with professional bike carriers
- 8 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
- Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Barcelona, El Prat Airport Airport
- Scheduled departure transfer on final day to Toulouse, Blagnac Airport
- Buffet breakfast daily
- 3 course evening meals on 6 nights
- Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
Professional Ride Support
- Hosted by our experienced tour guides and professional drivers
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Ride support vehicle when you need it most
- Navigation assistance on all guided rides
- Sports powders, water and bars during your ride
- Bike Rental Cost: AUD $528 (USD $350)
- Optional upgrade to SuperSix EVO Ultegra Di2
Note: All bike hire costs include 2 water bottles for you to keep. We also provide a saddle bag with a spare tube, pump, tyre-levers and multi-tool. The pump and saddle bag with its contents must be returned with the hire bike at the end of hire.
Girona Bike Tour with the Tour de France – Riding Itinerary
Bienvenidos, Welcome to Girona
Your support crew will meet you at Barcelona El Prat airport at 11am for a short transfer to Girona. We’ll assist you to assemble your bike, or attach pedals to your hire bike and test our equipment on our warm up ride around Girona, on the roads so many professionals train on. Tonight we have a welcome dinner, for you to meet others and ask your staff any questions.
Els Angels Training Ride
Many professional athletes have set themselves up in Girona, it’s no surprise that some have established their own coffee shop too. Today, we’ll see what all the fuss is about in the ancient city – these streets were used for scenes in Game of Thrones. Our ride connects common training rides of locals, including Els Angels. Explore this beautiful villages this afternoon and see the first mountain stage of the Tour de France in a local bar. Your free tonight to dine at one of the many fine quality restaurants or try a tapas bar.
Costa Brava Paradise
Our big ride from Girona takes us down onto the Costa Brava coastline. Undulating, twisty roads and very smooth surfaces that pass beaches, villas, private coves and tapas bars overlooking the Mediterranean – a popular holiday spot. Best way to explore Costa Brava is riding your bike. Put your swimmers in the van and take a dip in the Med. We’ll stop for lunch before returning to Girona.
Pyrenees Back Roads
Today we depart Girona and start our traverse of the Pyrenees. We’ll avoid the busy roads and drive you away from Girona and ride along much quieter ones to arrive at our hotel this afternoon. Our next two hotels are known as Paradors and are luxury hotels converted from palaces and castles – a government initiative that helps preserve historic buildings. Some climbing in today’s route, but nothing too serious. We’ll enjoy dinner together at our parador.
Historic Stage of the Pyrenees
Over recent years, one of the most memorable solo stage victories was a finish in Andorra in torrential rain, by Tom Dumoulin – stage 9, 2016. He went on to win the Giro the following year. Ride much of that stage between our hotels and conquer two great climbs along the way. The rugged beauty of the part of the Pyrenees is mesmerising, over 100km and 2,000m of vertical ascent for the day. Skip one of the climbs for something shorter.
Tour de France Pyrenees Stage 8
We’re surrounded by the mountains and awaiting the arrival of Le Tour to the Pyrenees. We’ll set off and get a good warm up before climbing the modern classic - Port de Balès. Since its introduction in 2007 it has featured more or less every 2nd or 3rd year since and one of our favourite climbs in the Pyrenees. Climb Balès this morning ahead of the race and watch the race on the final climb, Col du Peyresourde, returning to our hotel after the race finish. Will a daring descent establish victory today?
Final Stage in the Pyrenees
We’ll ride another classical climb of Tour de France today and descend to the stage 9 finish. Our climb ticks off two summits from our bucket list – Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque. After seeing the finish, we’ll travel back to our hotel, for a final ride on the legendary Tour de France climb – Col du Tourmalet.
Tour de France Legend, Col du Tourmalet
It is a perfect 100km loop, also another of our favourite rides. There are two possible ascents of Tourmalet, we’ll follow the direction of the last time Tour de France climbed this legend – the tougher western side. We have a gradual ride up the gorge to warm up before the 19km ascent starts, it’s a steady climb with an average of 7.4%. Find an easy gear and keep pedalling. Stop at the nice cafe at the top and take a photograph at the summit under the monument, before continuing over the otherside. A grand ride to finish our trip before our farewell dinner tonight.
Farewell from the Pyrenees
Sadly today, our trip crossing the Pyrenees has come to an end. From the smooth roads of Girona, where professionals train to the legendary climbs of the Pyrenees, we have had laughs together, some challenging times on the bike and seen Le Tour de France mountain stages. We wish you a safe journey home, or a great stay on in Europe and hope to see you again one day – soon. We’ll arrive at Toulouse Blagnac airport at about 12pm.
See key stages of the 2020 Tour de France
2 mountain stages in the Pyrenees, over 2 days
Modern climb of the Tour de France, Port de Balès
Classic climb of the Tour de France, Col du Peyresourde
Ride Mountain Stages of Tour de France course, in the Pyrenees
Tour de France 2020 makes a brief visit to the Pyrenees, after all the parcours has 5 mountain ranges in just 3 weeks. The Tour de France has an incredible history and an ever increasing amount of participants from different continents – raced in France, it sparks interest around the world. In 1928, Pioneers of bike racing including the great Sir Hubert “Oppy” Opperman and Harry Watson, entered an Australian / New Zealand team into the Grand Boucle, the Tour of France. From the 160 race starters, only 41 riders finished – how the Tour has changed!
Today’s foreign riders base themselves in Europe for the entire season, from February to October and they’re able to choose a base for those months. There are 3 hot spots where the professionals choose, Nice / Monaco, Andorra and Girona. Whether they’re chosen for the weather or taxation incentives, they all have incredible riding terrain and therefore are the perfect locations for cycling.
Our boutique bike trip to Tour de France starts in Girona and rides the popular training routes before traversing the Pyrenees, finishing with the riding and watching stages of the famous Grand Tour.
Two punchy stages in the Pyrenees mountains
In a break from tradition in favouring sprinters in the first week, the 2020 Tour de France has multiple mountain stages as well as hilly stages. There are only two dedicated stages for sprinters of the 9 stages and there are 2 summit finishes. When the 2020 Tour de France comes to the Pyrenees, riders will already be fatigued and looking forward to the first rest day. It’s a tough first week, of the toughest bike race. Going into yellow early in the tour may be an advantage, it may take its toll on their domestiques too. It is going to be an interesting, dramatic and incredible Tour de France. Don’t miss the 2020 Tour de France in France.