Hi Julie and Lee. A big thanks for looking after us whilst on a short riding
trip. Your culinary skills were only matched by your local knowledge of
where to cycle which was excellent. I can highly recommend the route to
spain and back with a large Tapas midway.
Hi Julie, Lee and the chickens
Thank you so much for looking after me on my inaugural Pryeneean adventure a few weeks ago
Incredible riding right on your doorstep!
Your advice on routes and knowledge of the local area was invaluable and the excellent food and company I found at Velo Pyrenees means I'll be back again soon.
Thank you, Julie and Lee for 3 fantastic days at Velo Pyrenees! We loved
every minute of it! From your friendliness and helpfulness to your
incredible meals to exploring the beautiful countryside! We also really
enjoyed getting to know the other guests and sharing meals together. We
really appreciated the time and effort you took to make sure that everyone's
needs were being met and personally helping to plan and give advice to every
guest. We did not come to cycle but still had an amazing time doing a couple
great runs through the surrounding hills and villages and doing some
sightseeing as well.
Thank you again for such a memorable experience:)
Incredible food, great location and advice regarding where to ride.... my trip exceeded every expectation..... kicked off an amazing cycling season of over 7000 miles.... the mountains just never stop and they are all right out your front door!!
We had a fantastic week here in June 2012, shortly before the Tour came past
the front door. The roads are very quiet and the recommendations from Julie
and Lee regarding cycling routes, walking trails and swimming lakes couldn't
We had a problem with the headset/stem on one of our bikes the evening we arrived, but Lee had it fixed by the time we had finished breakfast the following morning!
Also great food.
Lee, Julie and the Chickens,
Thanks for a great time at Velo Pyrenees including all your advice on routes, and your home cooking. I had an amazing time with you, and really enjoyed each and every route you recommended, and am glad that you didn't just suggest "the usual" cols, instead choosing interesting and beautiful routes.
Additionally thanks for all the advice on routes to and from your accommodation, the D26 enroute to you was definitely an unexpected highlight or our trip.
Hi Lee and Julie,
I can't thank you guys enough for making my trip to the Pyrenees on of the highlights of my life so far. The 50 Col Challenge was tougher than I could ever have imagined, but your impeccable arrangements in every way made it so rewarding. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend your services and in fact I can't wait to visit you guys again.
Hi lee & Julie,
I really enjoyed my week with you and it was great to meet different people. The home cooked food and relaxing atmosphere is just perfect at the end of a hard days cycling and Lee's advice on route's is invaluable. Thanks to you both for such a pleasent holiday.
Hi Lee & Julie
Thanks for a fantastic holiday. Everything was just great, your guesthouse, service, the bikes we rented and especially the food and the pleasant meals with small talk about cycling, trips in the area and general tips and advice about cycling and training.
This is recommended to all who want to experience a great and enjoyable cycling holiday
If you want to run, hike or bike in the Pyrenées, this is the place to be! Quiet, friendly,excellent food, detailed maps, everything you need (incredible eggs sandwiches).
July, 6th 2012 Alessandro and Cristina from Italy
Hi there Lee & Julie,
Just a quick note to say thanks for looking after us so well last week ...actually we've been back home just over a week now, but we're already thinking about when we can manage another trip out biking to the Pyrenees!
Before we set off, I think Nick was a little wary about what he might have let himself in for. However your great location, excellent catering and great route suggestions soon put him at ease. For me, after a day in the saddle it was great to be able to sit outside each evening, dining and chatting with yourselves and the other guests.
We've already recommended you to a number of our friends, and hope to catch up with you both again in the future.
My week at velopyrenees far exceeded my expectations with the hospitality
of julie and lee being simply outstanding. Providing a bike, maps and daily
advice ensured that i was able to experience the best the area had to offer.
And at the start and end of each day meals to die for in idyllic surrounds!
It doesn't get better than that.
I look forward to a return visit in 2013.
Again my thanks for all of your efforts.
Four fantastic days cycling which saw us tackle - among others - the Col de
Mente, Col d'Ares, Col du Portillon and, the highlight for me, the Port de
Bales, which is virtually on Julie and Lee's doorstep.
Thank you Lee for your advice, your maps and your cooking - you get very hungry after a day in the Pyrenees and dinner was always a godsend. And thank you Julie for your hospitality and for introducing us to Mignon and Tiger!
Velo Pyrenees is the perfect place from which to explore the region by bike and offers excellent value for money. We will definitely be back.
Thank you again for a brilliant holiday.
Derek and David
Hi Julie / Lee,
Thanks again for a terrific stay; one which I'll treasure for a very long time.
Whether it's mulling over the best croissants in the area or giving us everything we need for a lovely holiday, I know there's so much that goes on behind the scenes and you both remain positively serene all the time. The very fact I come home scheming ways to come back speaks volumes.
And of course, for a group of chaps who'd never cycled together before - or even met - we all got on so well and I will genuinely never forget the trip. You facilitate all of this. I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am that, through your set up and know-how, you can bring 6 chaps together to enable us to have a brilliant time doing the hobby we all love.
I wish you guys very well and I hope you remain nice and busy right into autumn.
Lee and Julie
Thank you again for great accommodation, your invaluable advice (on where to go and what to do), fantastic food and overall outstanding hospitality.
Velo Pyrenees is a special place and I certainly intend to visit again - Mrs P has already given me permission!
I must also mention the other guests who I met while staying with you - Chris and Wendy, Michael, Pieter, Pieter and Philip were all great people and I hope to keep in touch in the future.
All round a fantastic experience - thank you!
Dear Julie and Lee,
Memories from some wonderful days in the Pyrenees last summer have been with me through the norwegian winter.. Now it is springtime and my week-old roadbike and I have spent most afternoons pedaling around Oslo!
My stay at your guesthouse was all I could wish for .. and more! I did not expect to find such an experience when I searched the internet for the possibility of some days cycling in the Pyrenees.
The three-course dinners with ingredients from your own garden, what a treat after a long day out! The good company, the stories at the dinner table. The good advice for roads to take the next day, even with a map to bring! The old farm you have restored is so beautiful!
It was a real dream to pedal along pyreneean countryside roads, few cars, and people greeting me from the roadside. And the feel of riding a roadbike! I fell in love with the yellow bike :) We went to Port the Balès together.. :)
Thank you for great hospitality and inspiration! Hope to see you again!
Anne from Norway
Dear Lee & Julie, We want to thank you SO much for providing us an absolutely wonderful Pyrenees experience! Everything was magnificent, ranging from the presentation of your tasty and nutritious meals to your route suggestions. We also really appreciated your geographical, historical, and cultural insights of your locale, which really distinguishes your operations from the commercial bike tour companies that mainly cater to cycling conquistadors who narrowly focus on bagging summits. With your help and advice, we experienced a much deeper perspective of your region, reaching far beyond the legendary cycling challenges of the Pyrenees Mountains.
I'd also like to mention how some of the difficulties we encountered during our travel provided an extremely enriching experience for us. I think people who normally travel to regions like yours almost expect a Disneyland type of vacation - that is, "Lets just get on board, enjoy the ride and be happy!" The fact that we had to find our way around to take care of our daily subsistence and wade through language barriers, provided a unique "street level" view of the Pyrenees and Basque regions. Our particular travel perspective allowed us to see many striking cultural similarities and differences, which we found to be a truely enlightening experience.
Because of your outstanding hospitality and service, you will always be part of our cherished lifelong memories from our first visit to the Pryrenees region of France.
Many Cheers! Leland & Stacey
I loved it here!
Lovely place and a great location to explore the Pyrenees on the bicycle - so many (in)famous mountains within reach. Julie and Lee are great for advice on where to go and how to make the best of your day. And they are wonderful cooks! The best meals in the area are served from their kitchen.
So, Julie and Lee, thanks a lot!
Want to ride the infamous Pyrenees Mountains, climbs that make or break the riders in the tour de France, see the spectacular scenery - then the only place you need to go is Velo Pyrenees!
All the great climbs and rides start from their front door. After breakfast each morning they equip you with a laminated map, directions, ideas for stops and side trips and send you off with a smile (though Julie sometimes seemed to have a sadistic smile telling me about a 'shortcut' such as over Port de Bales). So you go beat yourself up all day, legs screaming, lungs burning - and you dream about tonight's dinner and are never let down. It's like a supported ride but you don't have to repack every day. Their advice is always spot on and you will find out like everyone else - the best rides are not in the Tour de France - there are so many options and spectacular routes that you can keep coming back and doing new rides.
If you have not guessed I had a fantastic time in the Pyrenees and only left after six days because they were fully booked (even though I offered to sleep with the chickens and bath in the stream, they said that the neighbours complained with the last guy doing that so regretfully I was on my way).
If you want to cycle the Pyrenees - then the only place you need to go is Velo Pyrenees.
A very enjoyable stay with extremely friendly hosts. Excellent local knowledge given of all the cycle routes. Fantastic food is just what I needed after cycling up Tourmalet and a lot of the other local Cols. Would highly recommend staying here and enjoy the cycling.
Thank you, Michael
Dear Julie and Lee, just wanted you to know what a special place you have created. Keep it up. We had a swell time and can't wait to get back. Hitting a lottery jackpot and buying a jet to get there quickly would be great, buy hey then we could just move there!
We'll be in touch, many thanks
Glo and Bill, Muffy and John
This really is cycling heaven. Gentle, undulating rides through the foothills with hamlets and villages which seem untouched by the passing years or the drama of the big Cols. In 4 days we went from a tentative start to an epic which took in the Cols ofAspin,Toumalet, Palomiere and Coupe . After which a gentle ride up the Garronne to sample the Vaporium in Luchon was just what we needed.
Wonderful to come back to Julie and Lee's excellent hospitalty and cyclist-sized portions at the end of a long day and their advice on routes (incuding an encyclopedic knowledge of food and water supplies) was invaluable.
Looking forward to the next time.
We spent 8 days with Lee & Julie, in May/June and what a great time we had. The accomodation is home from home, the food is all freshly prepared and cooked and the attention to detail was second to none. Lee & Julies local knowledge about the cols and surrounding area is very informative and the advice given, regarding each and every climb, is information you won't find in any book.
We met some great guests (Nancy and George to name but a few) and with everyone's interests the same their was never a dull moment. I'll be back one day to tackle the climbs we didn't get time to do and will definetly book again.
Back in the States not quite a week and George is already talking about next year, and specifically returning to the Pyrenees and specifically Julie and Lee's "refuge". We felt very welcomed, and really appreciated not only the beautiful, homey setting, the terrific, delicious and fresh food, and the great company, but the careful attention to the kind of bikers and runners we are and Lee and Julie's riding/run recommendations.
While the area has plenty to offer the hard core, bike-until-you-drop athlete, we were never made to feel awkward about wanting to climb "a" col (instead of three at a time), accompanied by gorgeous scenery, and maybe a nice lunch thrown in. We really loved our week at Velo Pyrenees, and hope to return next year while the legs can still climb... give a smooch to Daisy and the boys and girls for us!
Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area where cycling is pretty popular, we would highly reccommend VeloPyreenes to anyone traveling alone or traveling in a small group who are interested in riding their bikes up the major Cols of the Pyrenees as well as take in the various sights of interests in the area.
The prices are also an excellent "Value Added Proposition" compared to the costs you would incur if you were to stay at a hotel, having to eat out at restaurants which have limited hours of operation (i.e. French Culture), or going with a tour company where you have to go by a set itinerary. Lee and Julie also have the resources (i.e. detailed climb/route information/liturature available at your disposal) as well as all the possible answers to your questions you may have related to rides/excursions you may want to plan in the area. Both are also very down to earth, top level athletes (both pretty ripped, no joke!) and full of wealth of knowledge and insight on proper training and nutrition which we feel is an asset (i.e. street credibility) to running a business catering to cyclists.
As a bonus, Lee and Julie can also accommodate folks who want to plan custom bike rides where they need to be dropped off or picked up by their van at specific locations (i.e. Cols/other) that would ordinarily be a little too far to ride in a given day. This provides you with more flexibility than a bicycle tour company in that you don't have to follow a set itinerary and can create your own custom "Epic" rides with their assistance and experience riding in the Pyrenees.
Lee and Julie are both really good cooks and hosts and serve only fresh products daily from the local markets, producers, as well as fresh eggs from their chickens. The generous portions will satisfy any cyclist's appetite as well as the great Cotes du Rhone wine they serve to re-hydrate you (i.e. the French Method) with dinner after a long day in the saddle.
Lee's bicycle workshop also has all the tools/workstand/etc. needed to easily put your bikes together and fine tune after unpacking from your travel cases as well as a well having spare tires/tubes chains/brake pads etc. available in the event you are in a pinch. You can even make arrangements with Lee and Julie to be picked up/dropped off at your airport/train station which is a huge savings to having to rent a car/van or reserve a shuttle, especially when travelling with oversize bike cases.
We feel VeloPyrenees is truly a "Hidden Gem" for the money as well as for providing an amazing "Hub" for hardcore cyclists/racers/enthusiasts/and even non-cyclists.
Thank You for the
memories Lee and Julie.
Regards, Gilles and Shirley
If you're new to the Pyrenees, commit. It is simply some of the most beautiful scenery available, and that's before you even get on your bike.
We had a great 3 day trip, if only a little short. Yet such a short stay was well worth it for the cycling enjoyment and escapism.
Lee and Julie's hospitality was fantastic, particularly re their advice on the locally available routes/ascents (many!!), how best to go about them and maps. They are perfectly placed to ride straight from the house and head for Cols de Tourmalet, Mente, Superbagnieres, Peyresourde, D'Aspin, Port de Balet .... the list goes on. It truly is a cyclist's dream.
We'd highly recommend Velo Pyrenees.
Thanks Julie and Lee for a great stay.
This entry is only a month late but we had a fantastic few days staying with Julie and Lee at the beginning of October at this idyllic location nestled in the heart of the high Pyrenees. The house is truly beautiful, and the location for several of the historic Tour climbs is ideal.
We caught the end of the Indian summer with our first two days, and whilst we had an enforced rest on a rainy third, we then experienced autumn on a fantastic final day. The climbs were amazing, and the local shepherds bringing the flocks off the high peaks 40km down to the valley floor was spectacular. 40km walk with short legs - it put all our efforts to shame. We're already planning another trip to enjoy the hosts wonderful food, feed the local donkey & horses, and Julie's pampered chickens !
Thanks for a delightful stay and see you soon.
Andy & Sue
Just returned from a fab few days at Velopyrenees, probably my 20th visit to the pyrenees but my first staying here and i certainly hope to return soon(wife and childen permitting!) Julie and Lee are great hosts and provide a very relaxed place to relax and unwind after a hard day col bashing. If you stay go for the optional evening meal, great food and company with wine included. Highly recommended and great value.
Reading the guest book prior to my visit gave me high expectations of the accommodation and I was not disappointed in any respect. As regards the cycling, there is some very pleasant low level riding through local villages and valleys as well as the cols: the scenery was more pastoral than my experience of the Alps all of which made for excellent riding.
Many thanks for all the advice which made the week so enjoyable.
Hi Julie and Lee,
Many thanks for your hospitality, great food and sharing your knowledge of the area. We had a great stay, just too short.
I will recommend you and plan to return to adress some unfinished business on the col du Mente
Tom, Olly, Rich
What a wonderful time we had! We weren't sure what to expect and our stay
was a memorable one, with terrific biking crowned by the Tourmalet's
climb, delicious food, great guests for great conversations, and most of
all, awesome hosts : Julie and Lee, you were the most helpful, attentive
and committed to your guests, and we hope to be back soon.
Thank you for making our time the best.
Aude and Alan
Hi Julie & Lee, Just a quick note to say thanks for the hospitality, encouragement and of course the good cooking at VeloPyrenees.I'll be passing on the details of your lodge to those I know.
I've not had the chance for such a personal time before, just me and the bike. It was great and I'll recall those rides for many years to come. I hope my 93.45km/h on Superbagneres makes it to your Wall of Fame for speed freeks!
Cheers for now.
Thank you for an unbelievable trip!
The environment was welcoming from the minute I got there. Julie and Lee are excellent hosts. The farm house is great, the rooms and spacious (as are the toilets) and the food is just awesome. I was lucky to bump into fellow cyclists staying there making for great dinner conversations. Most importantly, the location is perfect for tackling the famous Cols and Julie and Lee provide good pre-ride advice/information/maps. The roads were almost barren of cars, and the ones I did come across make it a point NOT to run cyclists over.
Will be back to hit those Hors catégories!
Greetings from flat, col-less Brunei,
Thank you for a superb stay with you back in August. Local knowledge and hospitality was second to none, nothing was too much trouble.
Great information, both in person and the literature, available throughout the stay, which made cycling on the extremely quiet, although well known cols most enjoyable, even if it was unbelievably very hot.
Each evening the food was top class, mostly home grown or sourced locally, and a good story of how the food was sourced / prepared each night.
Great location, a lovely peaceful farmhouse, very well presented & very close to all the major passes
Thanks very much Julie & Lee.
Will come back next year to do all the stuff I missed - way too much in the area for a week!
We'd like to thank Julie and Lee for their great hospitality and their help in realizing a fantastic bike holiday. The amazing landscape, the wonderfull roads, the well-known cols and the magnificent lake make this region the ideal place to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest.
After a hard day of physical activities we enjoyed the peacefull evenings sharing stories with the other guest accompanied with some outstanding, local food. Each evening we concluded our day by going through the well prepared road book to dream about the next days ride.
Julie and Lee made our holiday an unforgetable experience which we'll never forget!
Thank you Julie and Lee for your fantastic hospitality during our stay at Velo Pyrenees!
Your route books and local knowledge were a wonderful resource, and we loved all the meals, especially the 3-course dinners! The accommodation was very comfortable and homely, beautifully situated in the French countryside.
Thank you for going the extra mile for us during our stay - we will be recommending VP to all our cycling friends in NZ.
Our stay at VP was an amazing time. Julie is a wonderful host - with plenty of terrific recommendations for all things to do in the area to ensure that you get the most out of your experience in the Pyrenees. Also, the dinners at VP are not to be missed. Julie is a wonderful cook with a great committment to using fresh, seasonal and local produce both from her own garden and from producers down the road. If we're ever in the area again we will definitely try and stay here.
Thanks for a great holiday.
I would recommend V-P particularly for the warm, friendly welcome. There's also the great home-cooking with local produce.
Thanks for planning the challenging route. It's a pity I was not able to complete the route in full, but your knowledge of the local roads and supportive suggestions meant I was able to enjoy doing many miles of cycling in some superb countryside and climb some famous cols in the process. I'm still on a high right now!
Thanks for looking after me.
See you again soon
Awesome food & great riding!
Thanks for the hospitality and route recommendations, we're looking forward to the next trip.
Can only echo the other comments here. What a great place to stay. Accommodation, hospitality, food and location all second to none. Great local knowledge of routes, thanks Julie and Lee. Hope to see you soon.
David and Stacey
East London Velo
I completely agree with all of the comments left in the guestbook already. This is the perfect place to stay if you're looking for the following -
Superb local knowledge and more running, walking or cycling routes that you could ever need, catering for all abilities
Wonderful, healthy breakfasts and dinners
A genuine, warm welcome / hospitality
Comfortable, well-priced accomodation in a lovely Pyreneen guesthouse
Many thanks Lee and Julie, and see you again
Tom and Di
Thanks Julie & Lee for the 5 great days at Velo Pyrenees.
We visit your place (from May 16th till the 21st) to train for La Marmotte this summer in the French Alps.
Every morning Lee had a new map prepared for us with a great route which fits our trainings schedule perfectly.
After a great day on the road (training in a magnificent scenery) it's so relaxt to have such well prepared, tasty and healthy meals as you served for diner. Jummy Jummy Rub My Tummy!!!!!!
We hope that the little chicks are doing well. And that they soon can join the rest of the funny running pack in the meadow.
You have a great place for a sportive stay in the Pyrenees!
Tanja & Sjoerd
Me and my wife stayed for a week in May what can we add to the comments but confirm great hospitality & food combined with great local knowledge for routes and places to visit. Your partner does not require to be a serious cyclist to enjoy the area there is easy routes and cycle paths in the valley plus plenty of walking routes.
We both had a great time and would definitely return.
We, Rob, Marcel, Fred and Peter would like to thank Julie and Lee for there warm hospitality and outstanding care during our stay (may 13th till may 16th) It was a great joy for all of us, also because of the fantastic accomodation/dinners and the great surroundings.
Despite the bad weather (rain, hailstone and snow) and despite the fact that the Tourmalet for that reason was shut we had a great time we all will never forget. There where plenty other options left like the Col de Mente, Ares, Peyresourde etc we have climbed during our stay.
Again, we had a great time and we will definitely come back some day.
With a cordial salute from the Netherlands,
Rob, Fred, Marcel, Peter
We stayed at Velo Pyrenees for a weekend just after Easter and were very impressed with the entire set up. Our expectations were exceeded on all fronts! With snow still on the mountains, and the sun shining warmly during the day we were treated to great weather and some beautiful walks in the mountains.
Lee and Julie were fantastic hosts. They treated us to a healthy and tasty meal on arrival (we were about 3 hours late!!), and the place has a very homely feel about it. We thoroughly enjoyed their company and admire the way in which they run the place - they are the "greenest" people I know! Something we can all learn from!
We went there to walk in the mountains, relax and enjoy time out and were blown away by the beauty of the Pyrenees. If I can give you any recommendation about the place, it's to stay longer! I don't think a week will be enough!!!
We look forward to returning sometime in the near future - thanks very much to Lee and Julie for a great stay!!
In mid-May 2010, my wife, daughter, and I discovered V-P much to our joy and astonishment. Julie & Lee treated us like royalty.
They sent me on an enjoyable cycling route and wife and daughter to local historical sites which they enjoyed. I lengthened my cycle ride on the Col D'Ares tour by an additional 10 or so KM up Port de Bales for an overall wonderful experience. Dinner and breakfast were great. Even my bike-hating wife loved Velo-Pyrenees.
Many thanks for an incredible ride and experience.
Hi Julie & Lee,
Our weekend (august 09) in your place was JUST GREAT !
Before going, we liked the cozy atmosphere in your hotel, when we arrived it was clear confirmation of what we were expecting - mountain biking, comfort, privacy, organic grown food, nice people - lovely.
Thanks for all the advice that Lee gave us for mountain biking. We're looking forward to return... maybe after the winter.
All the Best from Paris,
I had an amazing time at Velo Pyrenees - thanks Lee & Julie!
This was my first visit to the Pyrenees - and France for that matter, but Lee & Julie was a great help with collection at the station, advice on routes, GREAT food and general encouragement. VP is close to several huge climbs (Port de Bales, Superbagnes) and my personal favorite steep climb : Col de Mente from St Beat.
Many thanks for a great time and I look forward to seeing you both again next year. GM
I only can subscribe every word of all the very positive comments below. A perfect place for cycling enthusiasts and others of course.
Thank you so much Julie and Lee.
I stayed with my friend Mani and our wives for 8 days in velopyrenees. The accommodation was great and the place very calm. We had a healthy breakfast every day and a fantastic dinner - the deserts were sensational :-))
The area is superior for biking - reminds me a lot on the Alps with two differences: Its milder and there's **much** less traffic on the well asphalted roads. We did some tours (velopyrenees offers data and maps of at least 30 tours from 30-200+ km and 500m to 3km altitude meters) where cars where really a rarity. You can do really romatic trips through wild national parks and lonesome pass roads - you can also go to your limits on famous routes like Tourmalet and others.
After our daily biking torture we also visited nearby places like little holiday towns, castles or huge impressive caves. There are quite peaceful places, romantic restaurants and you can get everywhere tasteful crepes(pancakes).
Julie and Lee where always helpful in advicing us for adequate tours or helping us with other little things. Even a guest computer for internet access was available.
Back home I am missing my velopyrenees today and I am sad a little bit. But I'll add all our memories to our blog here ... http://www.doxtop.com/magazines/racebikepyrenees.aspx ...
and hope we'll have the chance to enjoy this wonderful place ones again in the future ...
Best to Julie & Lee
Paul (in the name of Mani, Evi and Joan)
We had a fantastic family holiday walking in the hills. Julie and Lee were perfect hosts; the hospitality great, their support and advice on what to do - priceless! Could not recommend it highly enough. Next time shall return with my bike for a play in the mountains!
Fantastic cycling, superb countryside and mountains, thanks for the great hospitality, the food was excellent and the house had far more than enough room, special thanks to Lee for the use of the wheel, and support with the bikes and route choice.
If you are considering this area then this is the place to stay!!
Chris and Jane
Looking back at our photos we are reminded of what a beautiful little valley that Velo Pyrenees is situated in. It was great to be able to head up the valley and after only a short warm up start the 19km climb up the Port de Bales which is challenging and has great views from its summit at 1,755 metres.
As the cycling options in the area were many and varied we appreciated the advice we got from Julie and Lee which helped us to make the most of our 7 day's stay in the area. I appreciated having route maps made available rather than having to make up our own. There are plenty of routes we could still explore if we are ever able to make the long trip from New Zealand again.
In NZ we provide accommodation ourselves and we were impressed with the high standards of presentation and cleanliness of our rooms.
We took a long journey in Pyrenees and found by accident Velo Pyrenees while searching good place to make one good exercise-session for triathlon. That was a very lucky "accident". One day turned to three days, and everything was better than what we could have expect.
We spend those three days with a great hospitality of Julie and Lee. First of all, they gave us specific guidance where to do exercising, secondly offered some equipments we were missing, and thirdly offered great accomondation (not to forget meals). Thanks to them we really had a succesfull "exact impact" for training, and we were enjoying a whole "packet" in there very much. We can and would like to recommend Velo Pyrenees to everybody who likes to stay pleasant and peacefull place either if you do sport, rock climbing or are just travelling thereby.
Julie and Lee, we wish you all the best and look forward to visit you again.
Arto and Annika from Finland.
Team Gump cannot recommend Velo Pyrenees highly enough. As a well travelled group of highly un-organised and dis-jointed cyclists, it was sheer heaven to land in the middle of the Pyrenees and find all our needs and expectations met and surpassed.
The routes were awesome and well mapped out, including Col de Peyresourde, Portet D'Aspet, Col de Tourmalet and the Aspin. You could spend many weeks cycling in this area and never do the same route twice.
The accommodation was spotlessly clean with fantastic facilities creating a real cyclists nirvana.
Finally the food was out of this world. Julie and Lee truly understand what cyclists need in the nutrition department and every night was a three course extravaganza of home made cuisine using the finest of local ingredients and produce. Keeping seven hungry male cyclists happy is not an easy task but Velo Pyrenees managed to exceed all expectations.
If you are considering cycling in the Pyrenees look no further than here, because believe you me, you will find nowhere better.
Team Gump (Pat, Andy, Anthony, Dave, Chris, Ralph and Dan)
Velo Pyrenees is Velo Heaven. Thanks for a brilliant week with the most amazing cycling area and your excellent route suggestions, we couldn't fail but to have a super holiday. Will be back for some of your lemon pie and to feed the chickens soon.
Julie and Lee were tremendous hosts, making my time in the Pyrenees incredibly enjoyable and rewarding.
Their hospitality, knowledge, cooking and companionship made my trip to the mountains vastly enjoyable. Their home is a perfect sanctuary for athletes or anyone who speaks English looking to visit this picturesque part of the world.
Velo Pyrenees comes very highly recommended, I can not wait to go back again!
Sad to be home and in the rain!!
Thank you for another great weeks riding, running, swimming, spa'ing, chicken feeding, eating (not the chickens), walking and generally relaxing.
Couldn't have asked for a better week in prep for the years racing. Have come home feeling so much stronger and healthier after a week of mountain air, amazing food - yeah for carrot cake - and complete isolation from anything that resembles a telly, a computer or a phone. Thank you.
Can't wait to see you next year for some mountain running (apparently!)
Georgie and Marc
p.s thank you for making sure that Tourmalet was closed so I didn't have to go back to Hautacam - that was almost as good as organising sunshine for the entire week!!
A should do!
3 guys on a journey to discover the Pyrenees climbs.We couldn't imagine a better stay. The room is perfect, food is great, the hosts are superb, and the chickens (cfr; Giant) are adorable.
For a whole week we could enjoy these sensations of this guest house and we would like to thank Julie and Lee for this.
THANK YOU GUYS !
For those who haven't been here : A should do !
We strongly recommend Velo Pyrenees to anybody who would like to train and relax in peaceful surroundings. Julie and Lee have created great facilities in a beautiful and inspiring environment. They back this up with great service through their knowledge of the area and dedication to producing great meals from the fresh local produce. We are vegetarians and they thoughtfully catered for our needs with great tasting and nutritious meals.
Julie and Lee also took time to understand our training goals for the weekend and tailored suitable running routes for our 4 runs. We really enjoyed our time and are looking at returning shortly to explore more of the running routes in the area.
Thank you Julie and Lee.
It was my intention to take in some big climbs and long rides on my bike, bit of running and swimming during my week at Velo Pyrenees (though as it turned out the big climbs and long rides were more than enough).
The hassle was taken from this task by superb hospitality, assistance with bike maintenance, professional guidance in terms of routes and distances (including maps and map briefs)..... and of course the fantastic food and accommodation. I managed to lose only 1lb during a very arduous week... thanks for that... I'm light enough as i am.
Have every intention of returning hopefully later this year 2009.
many many thanks... Dave
I had an amazing short weekend stay at Velo Pyrenees! Having never done anything like this before this it was an excellent experience. 1 day cycling, 2 days walking, and half a day to wander, eating local cheese, shopping and site seeing, drinking tea/coffee/hot chocolate and playing petanque!
The accommodation, hospitality and food was excellent. The scenery beautiful and calming and relaxing, the air fresher and poultry amusing!
Thanks Lee and Julie, I hope to see you both again soon in 2009.
Had an amazing four night stay at velo pyrenees!
1 day cycling, 2 days walking, and half a day to walk around the lovely little towns and eating crepes.
The hospitality and food were excellent, scenery beautiful and even the air was fresher!
I am definitely coming back.
Cheers Lee and Julie.
Anyone with a penchant for cycling and a taste for home cooked food need look no further for the ultimate break!
Julie and Lee's place is a great starting point for so many varied rides, be it a 20 mile blast or a 60 mile tour of the mountains. And you needn't worry about guidance, as Julie and Lee provide route cards to make sure you get the most out of every outing.
The food was delightful - I've just received J & L's recipe for their cracking Paella which we ate on Saturday night. The portions were an ideal size (huge) to replenish the spent calories from cycling! It was genuinely some of the best food I have ever eaten.
It's nice to see so many positive comments in this guest book, and hardly a surprise either - it seems we're not the only advocates!
We'll return soon to crack some of the other Col's....
Fantastic weekend's riding for our group - great food and exceptional hosts, many thanks and we hope to return.
Many thanks to Lee and Julie for a wonderful week of cycling.
Excellent route maps, mechanical back-up and superb food to finish off the day. Wish I was back in the Pyrenees!
A wonderful house in a beautiful setting, perfectly placed for the hill climbing I was hankering after, and with Julie and Lee as the marvelous hosts who made sure I got the absolute most out of my brief stay, and that I have a memorable holiday to daydream about now I'm back stuck behind a desk in the UK.
Each of the routes Lee suggested for me kept me challenged and happy. But the great thing was that he had a whole other set of wonderful rolling leisurely rides that were exactly what my 65 year old uncle who also came along was looking for. I'm very grateful that we could both enjoy our stay so much, meeting up in the evening to discuss our day's riding over some wine, and all the wonderful food that kept on coming.
Thank you both very much.
What can we say that has not already been said in the guest book?
Well, we arrived a little below par after a hectic period at work and were welcomed by two very friendly hosts - Julie and Lee. Both enthusiatic and encouraging, Julie and Lee pointed us in the direction of great runs, bike rides and stunning scenery.
We will not forget the cooking either....simply the best! Mouthwatering and balanced we could not have dreamt of a better place to eat/stay/relax.
If there is one place to visit when looking to train and relax for a few days, one week or more, this is it! Friendly, knowledgeable hosts combined with great food make for a great training location.
A big thank you to Julie and Lee.
We will see you both soon.
Louise and Craig.
Bonjour Julie and Lee,
Thanks again for your hospitality. You got the perfect spot for roadies, triathletes, riders and runners! It was just amazing to ride on the most mythique cols of the Tours and to follow wonderful locals roads...thanks to Lee for sharing your secrets!
Le vélo, la nourriture les paysages étaient tout simplement magnifiques. Vous êtes les bienvenue au Québec quand vous voulez.
You would probably see other Québécois anytime soon as we spread the word about your great guest house!
Julie et Félix
Hi Julie and Lee
Just a short note to say thank you for your wonderful hospitality and your outstanding knowledge of the local area and Cols. I have learnt so much during my stay and have enjoyed riding through some of the most wonderful scenery France has to offer and enjoyed climbing and desending some of the local Cols, to many to mention and all so close.
The accommodation was first class and the quality and quantity of the food, could not be faulted, special mention must go to the pasta bake, the fish paella and the chocolate cheesecake.
I look forward to seeing you both really soon.
Many thanks Julie and Lee for an amazing time.
Three stages of the Tour with all your good food and hospitality, just fantastic! A beautiful and tranquil place to start and end our days in the mountains.
Robert and I were making plans to return on the plane home so see you next year.
Lee & Julie go above and beyond other establishments that I've stayed in - highly recommended.
Just wanted to drop you a note to say a huge thank you for one of the best holidays we have been on. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you both, nothing seemed to much trouble and the food and chat were first class.
I'm missing having you around to make my evening dinners! The run in the mountains was probably the highlight of the weekend for me followed by the banana cake! I have passed your details to as many people as I can think of with the highest of recommendations to visit you.
With very best wishes.
Lorna & Phill xx
Julie and Lee,
I am sorry that it has taken me so long to write on here following our trip staying with you. All of us had the best time, it was amazing to ride in such impressive scenery and to be so lucky with the weather!
It is a blessing that you guys are such great cooks to keep us going through our rides, we spent our time at the dinner table always amazed at the quality, and the quantity of food! I think Dave enjoyed that as much as making Matt and I suffer up our 13 cols.
The only let down - snow stopping us reaching the top of the Tourmalet! I will be in touch soon to arrange coming out to finish it off with Matt and maybe a few others.
Thank you so much, see you again soon.
Really miss waking up in the mountains today, our daily conversation about planning the day's route and the mouthwatering croissant, thank you very much for looking after me during my visit.
Tomorrow will see my club mates at the pool session, I'm sure they will love your place, facilities and the very impressive information you have on the rides and Cols.
When good results come later in the year I will definitely think of my time I've spent in the Pyrenees, now I could only think of the time to be back.
Wishing you the very best and looking forward to my next visit.
Hello Lee and Julie,
I'm back in rain-soaked Cumbria, enthusing about my stay with you to everyone I meet. I had a great time - wonderful scenery, up and down many cols and ports, and with the unexpected bonus of getting to try out so many different bikes and gearing arrangements. Your place is lovely, and as you know from my ability to eat up every scrap as well as beg leftovers from others, I loved the food. For me, the chocolate cheesecake just shaded it over the carrot cake for all round delicious-ness. I am now off to fly up Flinty Fell with my new crank arms.
Bye for now and see you next year
Lee and Julie,
Thank you very much for an outstanding few days of cycling, swimming and running in the hills. Your advice on the local area was brilliant and more than helpful. Thanks for the great hospitality, I'm sure we'll be back sooner rather than later. (Assuming Julie is still making that wonderful Carrot Cake)
Dave and Kate
4 days of hospitality and wonderful food - matched only by the height of the mountains.
We shall return !
Thanks so much for providing me with a launchpad into les Hautes Pyrenees, even if I wasn't climbing like a rocket I still felt very much on top of the world from the clouds atop the Tourmalet.
The lush green French Pyrenees make for spectacular scenery and are certainly a contrast to the less compact Alps and even the Spanish Pyrenees. The cycling certainly trumps the Alps.
Steaming up the gentler Col des Ares, descending the Peyresourde (watch for that hairpin!), climbing the relentless Tourmalet and then descending the Tourmalet with 25ms of visibility, rolling for many kms along the traffic free D26, coming home to great food and easy company ... it was a very memorable trip made ridiculously easy by my very generous, knowledgeable and easygoing hosts.
My bike is already chomping at the bit to return ... so thanks again and 'til soon.
Dear Lee and Julie,
What a week! Waking up to a big breakfast, followed by a quick morning run through some little French towns, then some lunch and a walk to a lake, a tough hills session at altitude in the evening, finished off with a big home cooked meal shared with the other guests (even catering for me, a vegetarian) - I couldn't have asked for more than that.
Your advice on trails was much appreciated and those laminated A4 maps a great idea.
I've already smashed one of my PB's since arriving home.
I'll let you know when I get that Aus champs 1500m qualifier!
Hope to see you again one day
Thank you to Julie and Lee for a really special 4 day stay. The accommodation, food and local knowledge of cycle routes was fantastic.
This was the perfect base for me to do the Bales Barousse cyclosportive and I will certainly be disappointed if I don't return for another stay. Lovely area for racing, touring or mountain biking.
What an awesome 5 days - great cycling, scenery and accomodation and suppoprt. Got to be the best value in France. Julie and Lee, your hospitality was friendly, excellent and you provided a good base for the Etape and other ventures.
VeloPyrenees is 4 star accommodation with 5 star service. (excellent rooms, food and drink, hospitality and transport and only a few miles from the biggest hills I've ever seen - fantastic).
I look forward to returning as soon as possible.
All the best.
Many thanks to Lee and Julie for the fantastic time that was had down at Velo Pyrenees ! The close access to amazing cycling, running and walking routes was incredible ! Those maps certainly came in handy ! The location is superb ... with some many famous cols just up the road. I can definitely recommend the Port de Bales and Superbagneres double for anyone looking for a challenge ... not a great idea to tackle it on a 35 degree day !
The accommodation was extremely comfortable and the home cooking was a definite highlight! We will certainly be going back before we head back home to Australia !!!
I wanted to thank you and Julie for the great times I spent at your place. I managed to finish the Etape du Tour though it took me 11 hours to do it - not quite tour de france pace... It was a great experience in hindsight, frightening before hand and a mentally and physically interesting time on the day. I would not have made it without your advice, especially with respect to changing the gearing on my bike and planning the food and water along the way. I've never seen so many bikes as at the start, nor so many being pushed along as on the Port de Bales!
My ten days with you in Las Graves was all I hoped it would be. As a cyclist of advanced years, the Tour Cols were a definite challenge, but with Lee's careful advice and maps I had a superb time, increasing the challenge gradually and taking my time at record slow paces! The country around is so varied and beautiful: forests, rivers, deep valleys, high mountains, superb views and the road conditions ideal for safe, quiet and smooth cycling. There's a lot of interesting history and architecture around also.
Add the high standard in accommodation and food, with endless variation in the courses, and the visit was ideal. The alfresco meals long into the evening were perfect ends to strenuous days. The journey by plane and train was also easy & uncomplicated, and you were so very helpful with the transportation nearby.
Thanks for a really memorable time, Julie and Lee. I'll be back.
A belated thank you to Lee and Julie for providing one cyclist and two hangers on, such an excellent visit at the end of May to recce the Etape route (now successfully completed).
Food,accommodation, hospitality, route advice and location were all superb, even if riding the Portet d'Aspet and Col de Mente in 10.5 degrees temp was not quite what was expected! I have spread the word to others and hope to be back, legs permitting!
Thanks to you both.
Thank you Julie and Lee for providing top notch, reasonably priced accommodation. The location is perfect for riding and running. I had a great run with Julie and the ride with Lee up Port de Bales and Superbagneres was incredible.
The rooms are large and the meals that Lee and Julie prepared were outstanding. Lee also generously took the time to adjust my rear derailleur and lube my cables to get my bike ready for the Etape du Tour.
Thank you again Lee and Julie for being so friendly and making my experience at you guest house a fanstatic one. I hope to be back soon.
First rate location and hospitality if you are considering L'Etape du Tour.
Welcoming and calm atmosphere; very impressive evening meals - local food prepared with great care. Port de Bales took more than 1.30 last Monday!
Best wishes, Tom
I just wanted to thank Julie and Lee for the hospitality and professionalism that I savoured at velo last week.
The quality of the venue was superb and location fantastic. Having so many Cols on your doorpstep is enviable. I'll definitely be back to have another crack at the port de bales (and definitely back for more of julie's desserts!).
Julie and Lee were as involved in your trip as you wanted. In my case alot! As a novice their advice on route selection was invaluable.
Thanks again for a great experience.
Thanks for a great week, it was absolutely fantastic, thanks for all your hospitality, great food, great trails and as we say in ireland great craic.
We will definitely be back.
Many thanks for taking such good care of three Irish (two MTB riders, one professional chiller) for a great week. Your guesthouse is a haven of spotless, well-organised and excellently-fed civilisation. I'll be doing my best to come back!
Highlights included trying to keep up with Lee (no chance!), descending 3000-feet-plus under the cable car into Luchon (epic!), riding the ridges from Port de Bales after 23km of climbing, with the brilliant descent into the Luchon valley, and the excellent trails into and out of the magical Cirque de Glere.
Thank you for a brilliant week, I am so impressed with the set-up you have there in the Pyrenee's it really does make for a fantastic triathlon or cycling holiday... if you can call an 80 mile day ride a holiday!! Julie and Lee are so well knowledged on the region, routes and sports, meaning you can get the max out of your days. Much appreciated the local home cooked food after a hard days work.
Thank you for all your tri tips and advice, I will be back!! :)
Brilliant week - fantastic place to cycle. Wonderful vegetarian food - thanks for your hospitality and it was great cycling with Lee!
Thanks for the photos. Francis
Out of our party of 3, only 1 was a cyclist. However, I can offer hope to non-cyclists 'tagging along'.
The accommodation was fantastic (clean / stylish / peaceful) and thanks to Julie and Lee's travel tips we had a great two weeks seeing what the area had to offer, while our cyclist rode up and down the Cols. I can personally recommend the Vaporium at Luchon, the local cheeses, the markets in and around the area and last but definitely not least the top class food that was laid on!
Thank you for all your help and although I never want to see the Col de Peyresourde again (even from a car!) I would certainly pay a return visit to your establishment.
Best of luck for the future
Emma. Wirral, UK
Great week, fantastic accommodation, great food especially the puddings!! So sorry to leave because there was still so much to be explored.
Thanks to Lee and Julie for being the perfect hosts and guides. And thanks for all your sound advice.
See you next year.
Lorraine and Jeff
Fantastic location, beautiful accommodation and wonderful hosts. Nothing else to add except that we all had a fantastic time and are looking forward to our return to Velo Pyrenees.
Great location, excellent accommodation, very good bike workshop. All in all a great place to spend a few days testing oneself against the mountains. Thanks Julie and Lee, I'll hope to be back before too long.
We arrived on a sunny Wednesday afternoon not knowing what to expect and were immediately impressed by the great accommodation and location - particularly when we realised we were only 4km from the foot of the Port de Bales.
We had two great days riding, doing the d'Aspet and Mente (an absolute killer) on day one and the Bales and Peyresourde on day two.
The advice, routes and facilities were spot on and Julie and Lee gave us plenty of encouragement.
We will be back, probably with a larger group next time.
Thanks to you both.
Just like to say what a great time was had by all. You have a lovely location & excellant accomodation, food was first class & those sweets (after those climbs) just what I needed. To Lee, thanks on all the information to the Cols, and what great pictures you took of us all. Many thanks to you both, will come again.
Great climbs, good roads (not a single puncture all week nor any tyre splits), fantastic food and a charming farmhouse. If those running routes and 'hors category' climbs don't make your legs strong there's no hope!
Thanks for everything
Thanks for a great week. Excellent location for the cols. Did Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin, Col des Ares (several times), Pla-de-Beret. Good food, nice pasta, v nice prawns! We want to know who nicked the statue from the top of Tourmalet.
Would thoroughly recommed Velopyrenees. Hopefully see you next year.
Just wanted to thank you again for a lovely stay at your house. The accommodation was top notch as was the food especially those desserts you knocked up. Hope to see you again soon when we are back in the area.
We arrived in the Pyrenees, prepared to do some cycling, but discovered a triathletes training heaven. The cycling was exceptional, roads good with easy access to all the climbs and Lee and Julies guidance and knowledge spot on. Being able to ride the famous cols of the TDF was very special.
The cycling kept us so occupied that we are going to have to return to do the multitude of trail runs and the open water swims in the lake. Thank you for a fantastic few days, we were truly sad to leave.
The hospitality at VeloPyrenees is second to none: great place, amazing scram and first class support. Many thanks for an awesome weeks cyling both on and off road.
Our legs are still hurting!
Can't wait till next year.
Cheers Brian & Karen
Amazing weekend - three days of good cycling taking in the Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin, Col de Mente, Col des Ares and surrounding area. Great scenery and excellent hospitality and support from Julie and Lee. Being met at the airport by Velopyrenees with a car + trailor for the bikes made it all so easy.
I thought the whole thing was very well organised, which meant we could just concentrate on the cycling - supporting us up the Tourmalet was spot on.
Welcoming smiles at the airport, bikes packed in trailor (no hire cars!), great accomodation, food, advice, guided rides etc. Julie and Lee are perfect hosts - my only complaint is that they didn't offer to ride my bike up the Tourmalet and I had to do it myself. Thanks for a great, if tiring, couple of days.
Fantastic weekend, to get Col de Mente, Col D'Ares, Col de Super Bannieres, Col de Tourmalet and col D'aspin in one weekend, amazing. Great spot to start and finish, great workshop for sticking freewheels, outdoor eating and chilling after the rides. At least I beat Pete at Petanq!
Thanks for your great hospitality, food drink, tour leading. Next time I will have to try the Col de Peyresoude. Excellent few days.
Thank you for the pictures
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