720km in 100 hours from Atlantic to Mediterranean, following the Franco/Spanish frontier, with over 11,000 metres of ascent!
The Raid Pyrenean is a fantastic challenge- a true ‘Randonnee’ in every sense of long distance riding! The original route established in 1950 by the Bearnease Veloclub follows the main border route, and we use this for days 1 and 2 incorporating all the major cols, then traverse over the mighty Port De Pailhere in the Ariege, thus avoiding heavy traffic on day 3, albeit with a tougher climb.
It is a significant challenge with the 2 middle days effectively back on back ‘Etapes’ involving the mighty Tour climbs of the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin and Peyresourde.
The entire region has stunning vistas and quiet, well maintained, low traffic roads .
Velocamp will take care of your every need from meeting your flight to preparing your bike, to supplying you with sufficient sports nutrition and shadowing you with pro-style vehicle support throughout.
Riders fly into either Toulouse or Biarritz on the Sunday afternoon/evening and fly back via Perpignan, Carcassonne or Toulouse on the following Saturday morning/afternoon.
Accommodation throughout is in quality gites and small country hotels, finishing with a celebratory final night meal in the stunning medieval village of Collioure on the Med.
Fitness requirement. 4
Tour price: £995