The French Pyrenees is a road cyclists' heaven offering challenging climbs, high speed descents and gentle rolling terrain to spin out the legs on virtually traffic free roads. This is probably why many professional teams from around the world choose to cycle and train in this region.
Being located in the central Pyrenees, we have great access to some of the most famous and popular cols such as the col des Ares, Aspin, Portillon, Peyresourde, Tourmalet, etc. The cols can range from anything between 800 and 2,100 metres altitude connecting valley to valley. There are many cul-de-sac climbs that are well worth cycling as well, some finishing at beautiful high altitude lakes amidst superb scenery.
The valleys - linked by the cols - and around the mountain foothills provide miles of beautiful rolling routes, via a good network of virtually traffic free roads. It is possible to see more cyclists than cars on some roads. The roads are generally well surfaced and maintained. Dotted throughout the foothills you will find many small rural villages with interesting architecture and history.
There is a huge variety of routes from our base. If you wish, you can cycle across the border to Spain and enjoy the scenic Val d'Aran or incorporate several TDF climbs into a days ride.
For information, profiles and views of cols - the mountain passes accessible from our base, please view our Pyrenees Cols page.
There are lots of challenging cyclosportives in the Midi-Pyrenees and professional stage races passing through too. Many of our guests have cycled to watch the pro's or taken part in a cyclosportive event during their stay with us. Contact us if you would like help with entry into any particular event or see what is on this year by visiting our races and events page.
Whether you use an MTB, cross bike or gravel specific bike, there are many opportunities to go off the beaten track for some gravel riding on fast rolling unpaved roads that exist in the lower valleys and the highest mountains. In fact, you will find unpaved roads at much higher altitudes than their paved little brothers, offering more adventure and greater views.
Just two examples include the Col de Artigascou which begins at the summit of the well trodden Col de Mente. and the Pic du Midi which starts from the Col du Tourmalet at 2,115m, climbs past a lake to reach the summit at 2,872m altitude with breathtaking views over the mountain range.