SFIDA Pyrenees
SFIDA Pyrenees

RIDE ACROSS THE PYRENEES WITH SFIDA CYCLING

Ride across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

This epic itinerary will take you to some of the most spectacular climbs on both sides of the Pyrenees. In the French side we will take on some of the famous Tour de France cols like Aubisque, Tourmalet, Peyresourde to name some.

On this trip we will ride across five different language regions!Last night in Girona, one of Europe’s cycling capitals, discover this little gem.

DISTANCE: 861km    CLIMBING: 21,700m

Prices in Australian Dollars.

BOOK THIS TRIP
SHARE
  • Destination:France
  • Duration:9 days
  • DATES : Sep 15 - Sep 24
    • HOTELS:2-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:San Sebastian (EAS)
    • DEPARTURE:Barcelona (BCN)
    • NON RIDER:20% discount
  • PRICE :

    $5,150.00

DAY 1

Welcome to the Basque country!

Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at San Sebastian Airport (EAS) or at a designated hotel. Alternatively, you can travel from Barcelona the day before in one of our vans
(check with us).

After checking at our hotel in Hondarribia we will proceed with our orientation meeting, lunch, and build up bikes. In the afternoon we will ride up to Alto de Jaizkibel, a classic climb at la Vuelta Pais Vasco.

RIDE INFO: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20764665
33km / 960m
CLIMB: Alto de Jaizkibel 453m from Hondarribia   Alto de Jaizkibel from Donibane
HOTEL: www.hoteljaizkibel.com

DAY 2

Short climbs in Basque country…a lot of fun riding today!

Our ride today will take us through the north of the Basque country, a continuous undulating landscape with five different climbs.

We will cross the Spain/France border 3 times before our arrival in Saint Jean Pied de Port, a historical town at the start of El Camino de Santiago, a very popular pilgrimage route.

RIDE INFO: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20764635
128km / 3,200m
CLIMBS: Collado de Arichulegui 443m. Alto de Agina 550m. Col de Lizarrieta 441m. Puerto de Otxondo 570m. Col d’Ispeguy 672m.

HOTEL: www.hotel-andreinia.com

DAY 3

Col d’Arthaburu-Bagargui and Col de Soudet! big climbs starting.

Leaving our hotel, we will ride through the French Basque country until we get into the Pyrenean part. First, we will encounter the steep ramps of the Col d’Arthaburu, one of the hardest short climbs in the Pyrenees. The landscape here is magnificent. We will join the Col de Bagargui when the road widens.

In the afternoon, after climbing the tough Col de Soudet, from the top we will descend through a very isolated road to arrive at our hotel.

Today’s ride is a tough one, the pacing is very important.

RIDE INFO: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20764767
110km / 3,675m
CLIMBS: Col d’Arthaburu- Bagargui 1,327m. Col de Soudet 1,540m, Col de Bouezou 1,009m.

HOTEL: www.chateaudarance.com

DAY 4

First TDF classic climbs: Col de Marie Blanque and Col d’Aubisque.

Today we are entering Tour de France territory. Famous climbs, integral to the history of this race, will come one after the other. We will feel like the Queen stage is never ending for the next three days.

After leaving Cette Eygun, we will head toward the Col de Marie Blanque, followed by the mighty Aubisque and its little brother Col du Soulour. the views over the cirque du Soulour are spectacular, find a safe spot and enjoy the cliff view. To end, the Col des Borderes, short climb but very spectacular road.

We will sleep in Luz Saint Saveur at the base of another big climb – but that’s for tomorrow,

RIDE INFO: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26941210
119KM / 3,245m
CLIMBS: Col de Marie-Blanque 1,035m. Col d’Aubisque 1,709m. Col du Soulour 1,474m. Col des Borderes 1,156m.
HOTEL: wwwhotelmontaigu.com

DAY 5

TOURMALET, more than 100 years of history, see you at the top, enjoy!

Col du Tourmalet is, without doubt, the most mythic climb of the Pyrenees and one of the most famous in cycling. The Tour de France passed over the summit for the first time in 1910, and the legend began.
Today is a day to enjoy being part of the history of this mountain.
Forget Strava and admire the landscape. To finish our epic ride, the Hourquette d’Ancizan will surprise by its beauty too, this is one of the hidden gems of the Pyrenees.

RIDE INFO: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20766556
69km / 2,315m
CLIMBS: Col du Tourmalet 2,115m. Hourquette d’Ancizan 1,564m.
HOTEL: www.mercuresensoria.com

DAY 6

Riding in the heart of the Pyrenees.

Saint Lary Soulan is located in the heart of the Pyrenees, surrounded by mountains and a great number of different climbs. We will leave via the Col d’Azet, which has often been climbed in the Tour de France.

Col de Peyresourde and Col du Portillon will follow and take us into Spain. Here, the Catalonia region awaits us with more fun. Arties, a small town up the valley of the Val d’Aran is our first stop.

RIDE INFO: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20766733
84km / 2,680m
CLIMBS: Col d’Azet 1,580m. Col du Peyresourde 1,569m. Col du Portillon 1,293m.
HOTEL: http://www.parador.es/es/paradores/parador-de-arties

DAY 7

Welcome to Catalonia!

We leave Arties towards the Coll de la Bonaigua, a long climb through green valleys. Descending to Sort before taking the Coll del Canto, today’s ride follows the South of the Pyrenees sides, near Andorra.

We will finish in the pretty La Seu d’Urgell, one of the most important towns in the Pyrenees.

RIDE INFO: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20766868
118km / 2,420m
CLIMBS: Coll de la Bonaigua 2,017m. Coll del Canto 1,725m.
HOTEL: http://www.parador.es/es/paradores/parador-de-la-seu-durgell

DAY 8

Quiet roads, great scenery.

From La Seu d’Urgell we ride through the Cadi Massif, lonely and scenic roads that will take us deep into this area of Catalonia.

We are starting to leave the Pyrenees behind but before we have a few good climbs on very quiet roads. Our arrival to the little town of Campdevanol will also mark a change in the landscape, we are getting closer to the Mediterranean sea.

RIDE INFO: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20767140
113km / 2,575m
CLIMBS: Coll de la Trava 1,491m. Coll de la Josa 1,640m. Coll de Merolla 1,100m.
HOTEL: www.lasequiamolinar.com

DAY 9

The Mediterranean! end of an epic adventure.

Our last day will be the easiest on this epic adventure. From Campdevanol we ride through the provincial capital of Ripoll before climbing the Coll de Canes which will take us to Olot, a town in the middle of an old volcanic area.

From Olot we will follow the scenic road to Banyoles lake, and from there we will begin our final approach to the coast. The seaside town of L’Escala will be our destination to end our epic ride.

After a swim in the Mediterranean Sea, we will travel by van to Girona, one of Europe’s cycling capitals. There is good cycling all around here…

RIDE INFO: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20768548
105km / 1,320m
CLIMB: Coll de Canes 1,121m. Coll de Caselles 623m.
HOTEL: www.hotelacpalaudebellavista.com

DAY 10

After breakfast, transfer to Barcelona airport (BCN), or alternatively stay in Girona and enjoy this
cosmopolitan city and its many offerings. Expect to arrive around 11:00.

MORE INFORMATION

PRICE:

TWIN room:  $5,150 AUD
SINGLE Supplement:  $850 AUD
Rental bike:  $700 AUD

PAYMENT TERMS:
$700 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.

WHAT´S INCLUDED:
9 nights accommodation between 2 – 4 Stars

ALL MEALS:
9 breakfasts.
1 lunch on day 1.
8 Picnic lunches during the rides.
9 dinners, including wine.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.
Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.
Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
91 days before the trip starts – the return of deposit less $300 AUD cancellation fee.
61 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less $300 AUD cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from our hotel and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
31 days before the trip starts- the return of 50% of the full amount paid.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
We highly recommend that you have travel insurance.

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “SFIDA Pyrenees”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *