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The Pyrenees

One of the iconic cycling destinations makes for a fantastic long weekend destination from the UK, or it could form the main event of a longer trip. Have a look at some of the great reviews that our trips have been getting!

Other weekends available for groups, or to make up other 'open' weekends. See our calendar page for our availability and propose your own trip. If you have, say, 4 people we can help you to find the rest of a cost-effective group of 7 or 8 people.

Trips can, of course, be longer than 4 days too!

How does a long weekend work?

Well, firstly, YOUR BIKES DON'T FLY!!! We load your bikes up in the UK into our custom-fitted bike trailer and then take them down ahead of you the day before you travel. We meet you from your luggage-free morning flight at Toulouse airport, and transfer you to the start of 4 days of riding in the Pyrenees (you can be riding within the hour), then after your day 4 ride we drop you back at the airport for your evening flight. Then we drive your bikes safely back to you the next day.

Price: For long weekends the price is just £595pp for groups of 7/8 people, or £695pp for groups of 5/6 people. For longer trips add around £100/person/day for groups of 7/8, £150/person/day for groups of 5/6.

Includes transport of your own bikes and luggage to/from the UK, plus your transfers to/from Toulouse airport and your bed & breakfast in a great fully-catered chalet in Bagneres-du-Luchon, in the heart of the Pyrenees. 

 

The Chalet: We have found a great, bike-friendly chalet in the spa town of Luchon, amongst the great Pyrenean cols, with bike storage room, surrounded by great restaurants and bars, and with rooms like this.

Support: You will receive full support throughout your rides and the rest of your trip at a luxurious ratio of no less than 1:8, including mechanical/medical backup, carrying your spare clothing, water and food, and sourcing of fabulous picnics of great local produce for you (our speciality). When you do the big climbs the van will be as close to you as you like and we can usually even pass spare water bottles in and out of the van as we come alongside you, á la Tour.

Routes: Your ride routes can be tailored to suit your thoughts, but we have a long list of suggested routes and must-see and must-ride spots. Turn east out of the village and there is the icomic Col du Portillon and Spain within 10km. Turn west and it's the Port de Balés, the Col de Peyresourde and, of course, the mighty Tourmalet.

The van will be on hand to support you throughout your 4 days' riding, and we can meet you at beautiful places with a fantastic picnic, or we can book you in for lunch or supper wherever you like, and then bring you home afterwards if you'd like. We are at your service throughout.

Arriving by plane: Departure: around 8am Gatwick, arrival Toulouse around 11am local time. 1hr transfer to beautiful drop-off point for lunch and day one ride. Return flight departs Toulouse around 9pm for arrival Gatwick before 10pm. Allows plenty of time for a full day ride on all 4 days, and enough time even for an early supper and beer before your return flight.

Bike pick-up and drop-off will take place from a single location in Kent or SE London a day or two in advance of departure and after arrival. 

Group sizes: Because the chalet has its own 9-seater we can cater for groups up to 12, but our open weekends would suit a single group of 7-8 but could be open groups comprised of individuals or pairs. Smaller groups can be catered for, but the best per person price is for groups of 7-8. There is no lower limit to group size, and a nice small group pays a little more per head but enjoys a far greater level of attention and the comfort that small groups afford.

Ability: Any ability can be catered for but to climb in the Pyrenees all riders should have a good level of fitness and be accustomed to riding up steep hills for extended periods of time. The fitting of a compact chain ring and/or 30+ tooth sprocket in your gearset is highly recommended.

Available weekends in 2017: You can choose a weekend for you and your mates by looking at our calendar page for availability, or look out for our 'open' groups if you are not numerous enough to make up a whole group. We recommend late Summer to early Autumn (September-October) for a Pyrenees trip and currently most of these are free in 2017. High summer is also great but there is a greater risk of very high temperatures. Check our calendar page for the most up-to-date situation. Just consult our calendar page and choose a date then give us a call on 07984 065329 or email us at angus@lavieenvelo.com.

Long weekends (Fri-Mon): from £595pp

Weeks: from £795pp

 

 

4-day weekends in the Pyrenees from £595pp

including accommodation, bike & baggage transport and plane ticket - your bikes don't fly!

"The bicycle had, and still has, a humane, almost classical moderation in the kind of pleasure it offers. It is the kind of machine that a Hellenistic Greek might have invented and ridden. It does no violence to our normal reactions: It does not pretend to free us from our normal environment"
J.B. Jackson

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