Riding the length of the Pyrenees in 12 days

Road Cycling Collection by
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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 short and gentle – all of them unbelievably scenic.

Every pass you will conquer rewards you with an indescribable feeling of happiness. Your road bike, sleek asphalt, and the best mountain pass roads. A perfect climate and hospitality, and delicious regional food – especially in the Basque region. A road biking trip through the Pyrenees is everything you can dream of. And that moment, when you reach the sea after 472 miles (760 kilometers), gaining around about 66,000 feet (20.000 meters) in elevation, the sense of elation is priceless.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    04:27
    49.2 mi
    11.0 mph
    4,925 ft
    4,525 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Biarritz is 80 kilometers from St. Jean Pied de Port on the first day. You cross the pass Otxondo Mendatea with a full ascent, roll past the monument Amaiurko Gaztelua and climb the Col d'Ispéguy.

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  • Difficult
    03:05
    27.1 mi
    8.8 mph
    4,900 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    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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  • Difficult
    06:03
    66.8 mi
    11.0 mph
    8,025 ft
    9,375 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    02:38
    26.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    3,425 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    After the last incredibly hard stage, a day of relaxation follows. About 800 meters up to the Col de Marie-Blanque. Once this is achieved, the last 20 kilometers per day are relatively easy and you can just enjoy the scenery.

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  • Difficult
    03:06
    29.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    4,825 ft
    5,075 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    On this stage, it's short and crisp over more than 1000 meters up to the Col d'Aubisque. Then down again and again a short drive to the Col du Soulor, before you comfortably roll again 1000 meters to Argelès-Gazost.

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  • Difficult
    05:16
    48.7 mi
    9.2 mph
    8,175 ft
    7,325 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    04:03
    43.8 mi
    10.8 mph
    5,475 ft
    6,150 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    2500 meters in altitude yesterday, 1700 are a breeze today, but the last meters on the Col de Peyresourde are a steep piece of work. Then it goes over the Spanish corner still on the Col de Portillon, here you can look forward to a great serpentine downhill.

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  • Difficult
    02:54
    28.1 mi
    9.7 mph
    4,450 ft
    4,150 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    03:27
    33.1 mi
    9.6 mph
    5,175 ft
    4,525 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    04:53
    51.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    6,400 ft
    6,525 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    05:34
    56.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    8,075 ft
    9,275 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    35.7 mi
    16.9 mph
    625 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The last day, the final, you did it. Happy and K.O. you roll over hills to the sea. In 60 kilometers, you can already swim in the waves and celebrate yourself for your mega performance. What a ride.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    497 mi
  • Duration
    47:34 h
  • Elevation
    64,500 ft
    64,550 ft