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- 2014 Cycling Tour Itinerary (Print PDF Version)
- 2013 Pyrenees Challenge Photo Gallery!


Groups of 4 or more receive a 5% discount!



2014 Tour Details
                   

Dates: 11 to 20 July 2014
-  10 days / 9 nights
-  Guaranteed entry to Pyrenees Cyclo-Sportive!  
-  Cycling through the Spanish & French Pyrenees 
-  Visit to Pamplona (Spain) during the Running of the Bulls!
-  9 Guided stage rides with support van
-  Approx. 18 famous climbs from the Tour de France & La Vuelta!
-  Minimum 850km
-  Minimum Intermediate + / Advanced cycling level recommended
-  2-3 Star Accommodation (twin share) incl. breakfasts
-  Arrival & Departure transfers from Madrid or Bilbao Airport
9 dinners with wine included
-  Sierra Sports & Tours Travel Pack (including Bike Jersey)
 - Tour Price: $AUD 3,450 per person

EARLY BIRD PRICE: $AUD 3,300 per person
(Note: 20% Deposit to be paid by 30 November 2013)


Please ask us for Special ´Non Cyclist´ Offers

Optional Extras (price per person)

-  Single Room Supplement:                       
Price on request
-  Road Bike Hire:(Carbon):                         $AUD 500

2014 Tour Description

The tour includes 9 unforgettable cycling stages taking in the best of northern Spain and southern France. We will collect you in Bilbao (Spain) and drive to nearby Vitoria Gasteiz (voted Europe´s Green Capital in 2012).

´Vitoria´ is the home to many international cycling and triathlon teams and we have two spectacular cycling routes planned for you! We will also visit nearby Pamplona at the foothills of the Pyrenees to witness the world renowned festivities of San Fermin (Running of the Bulls).

After some excellent warm-up cycling through the heart of Basque Country we begin our 6 stage adventure through the breathtaking scenery of the Spanish & French Pyrenees. We will follow a genuine 6 stage cyclo-sportive which combines more than 600km and 18 famous climbs (‘cols’).

During 2014 we will cycle the Tourmalet, Marie Blanque, Aubisque, Hautacam and other spectacular peaks straight from the Tour de France & La Vuelta a España!

2014 Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Fri 11 July 2014 - Bilbao to Vitoria Gasteiz

We will collect you from Bilbao Airport at approximately 10am. Following a 1hr transfer you will arrive at our tour hotel in Vitoria Gasteiz. There will be time to set you up on your bikes and an afternoon ride through the nearby rolling hills used frequently in the professional race ´Vuelta of Basque Country´.

Sleep: Vitoria Gasteiz (Spain)

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner with beer & Wine provided

 

Day 2: Sat 12 July 2014 – Vitoria Gasteiz

Following breakfast we will cycle to the north of Vitoria Gasteiz to enjoy some popular routes used by the local cycling groups. Here we cycle past green fields, sunflowers and through small villages. We will also be able to enjoy a picnic lunch alongside the beautiful waters of the Ullibarri-Gamboa Reservoir. Don´t forget to pack your bathers!

  

Sleep: Vitoria Gasteiz (Spain)

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner with beer & wine provided

 

Day 3: Sun 13 July 2014 – RUNNING OF THE BULLS

This morning for something different we will enjoy breakfast on a balcony overlooking the narrow cobbled stoned streets used by the Running of the Bulls. The atmosphere will be amazing and the experience surely a once in a lifetime event! Following a short drive we will jump on the bikes and head to Urzainki located in the mountainous northern Spanish province of Navarra. Here we will be cycling in the training territory used by Spanish legend Miguel Indurain. For those who would like to rest ahead of the upcoming 6 Day Pyrenees Challenge there will be room for you in the support van.

 

Sleep: Urzainki/Isaba (Spain)

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner with beer & wine provided

 

Day 4: Mon 14 July 2014 – Sportive - Urzainki to Formigal

Cycling from our hotel we have the chance to climb three epic mountain passes. As we scale ´Piedra San Martin´ we enter France and a 25km descent awaits us down to Marie Blanque (14 Tour de France crossings). All that remains will be the 28km climb of the ´Portalet´ which has been made famous by the Spanish Cyclo Sportive ride Quebrantahuesos. At the top of the Portalet we enter Spain again where we will stay in the Spanish ski station of Formigal which was used as the Stage 16 finish of the 2013 La Vuelta a España. 

Sleep: Formigal (Spain)

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner with wine provided

 

Day 5: Tue 15 July 2014: Sportive: Formigal to Luz

One of the main highlights for the entire tour will be the thrilling 30km descent down the ‘Portalet’ from Spain into France and the amazing lake views at the top of Artigues. This route will also find us cycling in the heart of the Midi-Pyrenees which has witnessed countless Tour de France heroics. Today it will be your turn! The famous climbs of Aubisque-Soulor and finally Hautacam are calling and the mountain road linking the Soulor and Aubisque summits is a cycling experience like no other! 

Sleep:  Luz St Sauveur (France)

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner with wine provided

 

Day 6: Wed 16 July 2014: Sportive - ´Luz´ to St Lary Soulan

There is no letting up after the two previous days of accumulation! On route we will pass the famous climbs Tourmalet, Horquette d´Anzican & Pla d´Adet. The Tourmalet is always a favourite amongst recreational cyclists and this cycling mecca has been used on 77 occasions during the Tour de France. We will need to pace ourselves appropriately today as the initial 18km climb to the top of the Tourmalet is only the beginning of what will be a very challenging day!

Sleep: St Lary Soulan (France)

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner with wine provided

 

Day 7: Thur 17 July 2014: Sportive - St Lary to Bagneres

Today´s ride includes a combination of French climbs that were featured during both the 2013 Tour de France and La Vuelta a España. Pla d´Azet, Peyragudes, Bales and Superbagneres are all there for the taking!

Sleep:  Bagneres de Luchon (France)

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner with wine provided

 

Day 8: Fri 18 July 2014: Sportive - Bagneres to Lourdes

After what will have been four gruelling cyclo-sportive stages there is a slight reprieve today with only two mountain passes to contend with; Peyresourdes & Beyredes! The afternoon will also be available to visit the historic city centre of Lourdes which from the 19th Century has seen thousands of pilgrims attend its impressive cathedral.

Sleep: Lourdes (France)

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner with wine provided

 

Day 9: Fri 19 July 2014: Sportive - Lourdes to Urzainki

We will have a 1hr transfer to Oloron located in the Altlantic Pyrenees region. While the cyclo sportive is entering its final stage the final climb to Piedra San Martin (Rock of San Martin) will provide a fitting finish to what has been a truly amazing cycling journey. The 26km climb will take us back to the Spanish border and bring us full circle as we enjoy the final descent to our finishing point in Urzainki. What a great 6 days of cyclo-sportive action!

Day  10 - Urzainki to Bilbao –  Sat 20 July 2014

Following breakfast we will check-out of the hotel and begin our 3hr transfer to Bilbao. If you decide to stay on in the Navarra or Pyrenees region you are free to continue your travels.

Meals:  Breakfast



IMPORTANT

In order to secure your booking a 20% tour deposit is required. 

All prices are per person and are land-based only, including double occupancy (i.e. two sharing a room). Cash and direct deposit payments do not attract a fee. Visa/Mastercard payments incur a 2% fee and Amercian Express a 3% fee. 

                                      
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