Pyrénées seems to be a well kept secret in the world
of mountain biking and offers a huge variety of trails
for all abilities. Following the old shepherd's tracks,
challenging single track and fast flowing forestry trails,
it is easy to see why these dramatic mountains are such
an exciting area for bikers.
The majority of the trails are natural and are more suited to XC mountain biking as most routes involve some degree of climbing. The exception being at Superbagneres, where you can hitch your bike to the cable car (summer months only), taking you 1,200m vertically, to begin your ride from the top of the mountain.
can vary immensely in technicality, altitudes and speed but generally require reasonably good bike handling skills and good fitness, power and endurance to enjoy the mountains and get the most from your trip.
Lee is our host qualified MTB guide and is available on occasion to join anyone for a ride. We have route guides, map extracts and lots of information to share with you to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
There are many sign-posted MTB routes around the foothills
of our valley and also further up at altitude, near ski stations and in
adjacent valleys. Sign-posted
routes use a grading system with green
for very easy, then blue, red and black for very
difficult. These are determined by the length,
technical ability needed for the terrain and the
amount of climbing involved.
Some typical trail features include:
- Hard-pack dirt single tracks with random rock gardens;
- Wide stone tracks with rocky outcrops;
- Cobblestone/ boulder descents - loose or bedded;
- Steps, berms, dropoffs, off-camber single tracks and tight or sweeping switch-backs;
- Beech and Oak forests, pasture land, open mountain tops and mountain ridges;
- Gulleys, gap and log jumps;
- Easy hardpack or challenging technical rocky climbs.
There are several mountain bike races and events throughout the year that could be incorporated into your visit. As soon as these are announced, we endeavour to add them to our races and events page.
For the less energetic, there are scenic routes passing
medieval villages with interesting architecture, history
and of course, typically French cafe's or bars to refuel.
If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.