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Raid Pyrenees 2022 13-19 September 2022 - Prices from £1299.00pp

Raid Pyrenees 2022 13-19 September 2022

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The Raid Pyrenean 100 hour challenge is one of the world's most famous cycling challenges. Our Pyrenean Raid comes with pro level support with expert mechanics, regular feed stops and nightly briefings preparing you for the small matter of getting over the Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde....

Raid Pyrenean 6-Nights Package

Experience the famous point to point cycling challenge, Raid Pyrenean. This prestigious event was introduced in 1950. To complete the ride you must have your official route card (carnet) stamped along the way and complete within 100 hours.

The ride stretches across 5-days beginning nearby to the Spanish border, just south of Biarritz where you will ride onto the famous Pyrenees climbs. Enjoy small group rides with expert local guides and mechanical support, allowing you to focus solely on conquering this epic challenge. The trip includes daily ride briefs along with breakfast and dinner.

The Raid Pyrenean cycling route

Take in dramatic scenery changes with quiet roads with gloriously rustic views. Our Raid Pyrenean tour will conquer legendary passes such as the Aubisque, Tourmalet and Aspin, as we ride from the Basque Pyrenees to the Mediterranean. Every 35km we have dedicated feed stations, stocked with cold drinks and snacks to boost your energy throughout the ride. Our team will deliver your luggage to each hotel.

Tour Highlights

Climb the Tourmalet: One of the giants of world cycling, the Tourmalet is the last climb of day two.

Complete the ultimate bucket list challenge: The 100 hr Raid Pyrenean challenge has been running since 1950 and completing it is an incredible achievement.

Ride quiet passes in the stunning Pyrenees: Much more remote than the Alps or Dolomites, the Pyrenees is a beautiful area packed with quiet mountain passes.

Average daily distance and climbing: 139km and 2922m

We stay in a mix of 2 to 3* hotels through our stay as a lot of the villages we stay in are far off the tourist trail with few hotels. Each of our hotels fits into the local area with a traditional Basque hotel to start and a mix of remote and town centre hotels until we stay overlooking the Med in Cerbere.

Includes:

  • Raid Pyrenean Carnet and Medal
  • Six nights in comfortable 2 - 3* hotels
  • Arrival airport transfer from Biarritz
  • Departure airport transfer to Toulouse
  • All breakfast & dinners (allow yourself a budget of €10 per day for lunch)
  • Five fully supported rides with support vans
  • GPX files
  • Expert mechanic on hand all week
  • Feeds set up every 35km

Also available:

If your flights arrive at Toulouse Airport (instead of Biarritz) we can offer transfers at £50 one way

Your Itinerary

Day One: Airport transfers – Stay in Hendaye

Please make your own arrangements to Hendaye or meet us at Biarritz Airport. 

Biarritz Airport Transfer (included)

We will run one transfer from the airport today at 17.00. Please allow an hour from your flight landing time to your transfer time, to allow you to get through passport control and collect your luggage. The transfer takes approximately 1 hour so we will get to Hendaye for about 18.00.

Toulouse Airport Transfer at £50 (select at checkout)

If you would like to join us by car, or your flight arrives into Toulouse, we offer a transfer from Toulouse Airport, where our departure transfer will bring you back to.

Our transfer will depart from Toulouse at 13.30, you should arrive by 12.30 in order to be ready to leave at 13.30.

What about my bike?

You can bring your own bike as we have made arrangements to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. We will transport your bike boxes every day whilst you ride. Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with building your bike after travel.

Day Two: Hendaye to Oloron - 153km and 1963m

After breakfast at 7:30am we roll out together at 8:30am dependent on the weather. Today you will be introduced to the Pyrenees through the Basque country. The roads are quiet, and the route is rolling with only one major climb before lunch, the Col d'Osquich. This afternoon, we will roll into Oloron for 3 big stages ahead.

Evening meal at the hotel.

Day Three: Oloron to La Mongie - 133km and 3713m

A massive day of riding lies ahead. After a hearty breakfast we head off for a 35km false flat where we all stay together. After a quick feed stop, we are onto our first of the Pyrenees beasts, the mighty Col d'Aubisque. From here we descend down into Argeles Gazost for another long false flat to the foot of the Tourmalet. We have lunch 10km before the Tourmalet, where it’ll be your turn to battle the mountain. Get your photos at the summit with a cool Coca-Cola, once done we have a short descent to our base for the night.

Evening meal at the hotel

Day Four: La Mongie to St Girons - 155km and 2781m

We gather for breakfast at 7:30am. Our ride starts by descending the majority of the Tourmalet. After 20km we will hit the Tourmalet’s little brother - the Aspin. The views here are spectacular, and the descent is quick and fun. The climbs come thick and fast as we quickly arrive at the Peyresourde before descending into the popular Tour de France stage town, Luchon, we end our ride with two great climbs, the Col de Mente and then the Col de Portet d'Aspet.

Evening meal at the hotel.

Day Five : St Girons to Prades - 191km and 3563m

An early start with a big breakfast for the long day of cycling ahead. We roll out by 8am, tackling the first 100km as easily as possible. The morning’s challenge will be The Col de Port filled with other scenic climbs. We then finish less than 100km from the Mediterranean.

Evening meal at the hotel.

Day Six: Prades to Cerbere - 92km and 643m

The final day begins with breakfast. Today is a much easier & short day with a couple of lumps to get over before a descent & ride to the coast. We will finish in the town of Cerbere for a late lunch. We will now get the last stamp in our Raid Pyrenean carnet, and with this it’s time to celebrate!

You'll want the classic photo of you standing in the Med after achiving this epic feat.

Final evening meal at the hotel.

Day Seven: Departure

One last breakfast before an early transfer to Toulouse Blagnac Airport. We will depart from the hotel at 09.00 for arrival at Toulouse by midday.

Please book flights to depart from Toulouse after 14.00 

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