Raid Pyrenean - Coast to Coast

The cycling adventure of a lifetime. Coast to coast from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Various route options between 700km & 1000km, taking between 5 & 10 days to complete. The official route is 730km with 15000m of climbing and must be completed in 100 hours. Start riding at 09:00 on Monday and you must be finished by 13:00 on Friday.

ABOUT TRIP

From €1500

€1500 for 6 night trip up to €3000 for the 10 night

June to September

Group: 6-16 persons

Difficulty: Hard to Very Hard

We do several different versions of the Raid Pyrenean Coast to Coast ride. These range in distance from 700km to 1200km and can be ridden between 4.5 days or 10 days. On the longer version, it is much more relaxed and holiday-like. The 4.5 (100 hours) days version is super hard, it’s all about riding.

Raid Pyrenean Route
Raid Pyrenean Route

DAY 1

Arrival day.

Arrive at Biarritz for a transfer to your hotel. If your group is from Ireland and you are availing of the transport option, your bikes and bags will be waiting in the hotel for you. There will be a route meeting in the hotel before a relaxing evening meal.

  • Arrival at the hotel after 15:00
  • Prepare your bikes
  • Take a stroll along the prom
  • Dinner at 20:00

DAY 2

We’re off. Riding through the French Basque Country.

Riding through the French & Spanish Basque Country. The hills are short steep and plentyful. Approx 140km.

  • Breakfast at 08:00
  • Riding from 09:00
  • Lunch break sometime between 12:00 & 14:00
  • Arrival at the hotel early evening
  • Dinner at 20:00

DAY 3

Big mountains

A change of pace today as the high mountains await. Col de Marie Blanque sets the tone with its super steep slope up to 20%. The Col d’Aubisque is not as steep but is twice as long and 700m higher at the summit of 1709m. Watch out for vertigo on Cirque du Litor before the short climb to Col du Soulor. The Col des Borderes finishes it off, it’s only 4km but it’s steel and really feels like you are off the beaten track. Watch out for the vultures and the bears.

  • Breakfast at 08:00
  • On the road at 09:00
  • Lunch break sometime between 12:00 & 14:00
  • Col de Marie Blanque
  • Col d’Aubisque
  • Col du Soulor
  • Col des Borderes
  • 110km to our hotel in Argles Gazost

DAY 4

High point

The big one rises up right outside of Argeles Gazost. The col du Tourmalet is the most used climb by Le Tour de France. Officially it is 19km @ 7.4% but you will have climbed 300m up the Gorge du Luz to get to the start. With the high altitude and the grade steepening towards the top, the Tourmalet is an unforgettable experience. With the Tourmalet in the legs, you will still have Col d’Aspin and Col de Peyresourde before a long descent into Luchon.

  • Breakfast at 08:00
  • On the road at 09:00
  • Lunch break sometime between 12:00 & 14:00
  • Col du Tourmalet
  • Col d’Aspin
  • Col de Peyresourde
  • Luchon

DAY 5

Shortest day

Rest day, sort of. Only 80km today but it does include Col de Menté and Col de Portet d’Aspet, although it is only 3.4km, it is the steepest of the week.

  • Breakfast at 08:00
  • Cycling at 09:00
  • Lunch at the finish town of Saint Girons, sometime between 12:00 & 14:00.
  • Col de Menté
  • Col de Portet d’Aspet

DAY 6

Corniche

Not too much climbing today. The Col de Port is the only significant obstacle. It is a beautiful climb on a very quiet road. Lunch if Tarascon before riding the corniche road and descending to Ax.

  • Breakfast at 08:00
  • Cycling at 09:00
  • Col de Port
  • Corniche

DAY 7

Mer Méditerranée

Another big day right out of the hotel, climbing to 2001 metres to the Port de Pailhères. It starts to feel very Mediterranean on the long descent to the Gorge de Saint-Georges, where a right turn starts us on the last major climb of the week, the Col de Jau.

  • Breakfast at 08:00
  • Cycling at 09:00
  • Col de Port
  • Corniche

DAY 8

Last day

Some hills through a rather quiet area before descending down to the beach.

  • Breakfast 08:00
  • Cycling at 09:00
  • Some hills through a rather quiet area before descending down to the beach.
  • Check out the beach or relax by the pool.

DAY 9

Mid-morning transfers to the airport for your flights home.

That’s all folks!

  • Breakfast 08:00
  • Mid-morning transfers.

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+353 83 3362342

paddy@nulleuropecyclingholidays.com

Cavan, Ireland & Limoges, France.

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