From Biarritz on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to Perpignan at the Mediterranean Sea. That's far. It's even further when you take the route through the Pyrenees and all their peaks. Mountain pass over mountain pass you work your way through this fantastic mountain range between France and Spain. Some days seem to be endless and tough, others are more gentle – all of them unbelievably scenic.
Every pass you will conquer rewards you with an immense sense of happiness. Imagine - you, your road bike, smooth tarmac, incredible mountain passes, warm weather, great hospitality and delicious regional food – especially in the Basque region. A road biking trip through the Pyrenees is everything you can dream of. And whenever the going gets tough, think about that moment, when you will reach the coast again after 472 miles (760 kilometers), gaining around about 66,000 feet (20.000 meters) in elevation, the sense of elation will be priceless.
You come to Larrau when you tackle the steep climb to Col de Burdinkurutxeta. Once you have mastered it, it's a leisurely pace, past ancient ruins, across the beautiful plateau of Col Bagargi and the highest point of the day, the Organbidexka Pass. Take a break here and enjoy the view in all directions!
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Right at the beginning of this stage, it is challenging to climb the Port de Larrau. A great track, but the same demands a lot. Then it goes downhill and over the small Paso Laza. Pleasant it goes there until at about kilometer 50, the rise goes up to the Col de Pierre Saint-Martin. From there you can expect 1500 depth meters to Oloron St. Marie at only 220 meters above sea level.
After 2 days of regeneration, it goes back to the thighs today. With the Col du Tourmalet you conquer the highest of the French Pyrenees passes and you will notice. On the other hand, the second pass of the day, the Col d'Aspin, seems like a child's play. The stage destination is the village of Arreau at 700 meters above sea level.
The day starts crisply and leads you though through one of the most beautiful regions ever. Once the wonderful Col de Menté has been conquered, it goes downhill wonderfully and then up again on the over 1000 meters high Col de Portet d'Aspet, before marveling through the beautiful countryside to Castillon.
There are beautiful churches almost every corner, today's stage comes after only a few kilometers in a particularly beautiful past. A quick look is definitely worth it. Then you conquer over 800 meters in the Col de la Core. After descending to the small town of Seix, a pleasant climb up to the Col de Trappe before it goes down a winding road to today's stage destination.
The last days. Today we go straight to the beautiful Col d'Agnes and her twin, the Port de Lers. Rich altimeters that are rewarded with a long descent. From Bompas up a gentle ascent and it goes up to Aixat on the plateau pleasant to the day destination Ax-les-Thermes.
Today, the Pyrenees show you what they can do. About three passes it goes about 90 kilometers to Prades. For the first 20 kilometers, 1250 vertical meters will take you up the Col de Pailhères. Hach, there are burning legs. It follows a long descent and two further climbs to the Col du Garavel and the Col de Jau, the last pass of your Pyrenees adventure.