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Your Trek Travel race adventure begins in the legendary scenery of the Pyrenees where the pros will battle each other on world-famous climbs that have made and shattered champions. Meet your guides at the Pau TGV Train Station this morning and shuttle 60 minutes to the heart of the Pyrenees and the pilgrimage town of Lourdes. You are free to enjoy lunch at the hotel at your leisure while your guides ensure a perfect fit to your race-ready Trek Domane. This afternoon’s ride is a short loop through the foothills of the Pyrenees where narrow, forested roads lead from one mountain village to the next. With your Trek Travel guides supporting you throughout the ride, a quick refreshment, snack or van boost is just a hand signal away. It is the perfect way to shake out your travel legs, ensure your bike is the right fit and get primed for the week ahead. This evening, you’ll become better acquainted with your travel companions over cocktails and dinner at our hotel.
Lourdes to Astuges
Approximately 23 miles with 1,800 ft of climbing
Welcome & Bike Fit
Stage: Rest Day Albi
Grand Hotel Belfry
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
It's only day 2, but we're about to jump into one of our signature race experiences, complete with a ride on the race course just 48 hours before the peloton powers through! After a hearty breakfast, the hors categorie Col du Soulor awaits. You’ll soon appreciate the true grit and sheer determination of the pros. It's the penultimate climb of Stage 14, and sure to cause some separations in the field, as they battle over 22 kilometers at an average grade of almost 5%. The real climbing, however, comes at Ferrières where it kicks up to a severe 9% grade. This northern ascent was last featured in the 2010 Tour de France, where Andy Schleck triumphed and was also the eventual champion of the entire Tour. At the summit, we'll take a break for lunch at an alpine bistro, or you can choose to climb the epic sister of Soulor, the hors categorie Col d’Aubisque crossed over 70 times by the Tour since 1910. From the top, enjoy a well-earned sweeping descent and scenic ride all the way back to Lourdes. Tonight, you’re free to explore Lourdes for dinner at one of its colorful bistros.
Lourdes to Col du Soulor loop
Approximately 53 miles with 5,100 feet of climbing
Lourdes to Col du Soulor and Col d'Aubisque loop
Approximately 64 miles with 7,300 feet of climbing
Stage 11: Albi to Toulouse
Grand Hotel Belfry
Breakfast | Lunch
Today is your VIP day at Le Tour. Rise early this morning to climb Hautacam, the ascent that even Alberto Contador said is "particularly hard." Afterward, we'll freshen up back at the hotel before we shuttle into Bagnères-de-Bigorre for a VIP afternoon at the finish of Stage 12. There, we'll watch the arrival of the racers from a unique vantage point aboard an official VIP luxury open-top bus near the finish line. This exclusive viewing location is head and shoulders above the crowd and fully equipped with an open bar and plasma screen TVs so you don’t miss any of the action. This evening, we'll get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes during a private event with Trek- Segafredo. You'll mingle with team representatives during our cocktail hour Q&A session, take a tour of the team bus, and meet the team mechanics to talk specs, tech and get up close to the ultimate Trek bikes. Take it all in and prepare for the ascent of the legendary Col Du Tourmalet tomorrow, just a day ahead of the peloton!
Lourdes to Hautacam return
Approximately 39 miles with 4,500 ft of climbing
VIP Access to the open-top bus at the Stage 12 finish
Behind the scenes with Trek-Segafredo
Team cocktail hour and bus tour
Grand Hotel Belfry
Breakfast | Dinner
This morning you confront one of the Pyrenees’ legendary mountain passes—the mighty Col du Tourmalet. Approaching 7,000 feet, this giant is the highest pass in the central Pyrenees. Since its debut in 1910, Tourmalet has been climbed the most in the history of the Tour, 82 times to be exact. We'll warm up with a 12.5-mile cruise along the valley floor following the river to Pierrefitte-Nestalas before a gentle climb through the Gorges de Luz. With dramatic jagged cliffs above and a lively bubbling stream below, this section of the ride is incredibly picturesque. You'll then begin your ascent of Tourmalet from the Barèges side as the pro's will tomorrow. With an average grade of 7.9% over 11.8 miles, this HC climb is sure to test even the strongest of climbers. Once you’ve reached the top, linger for a bit on this famed summit and pay homage to rider Octave Lapize, the first pro to summit this climb in the Tour de France over a century ago. After refueling at the cafe of your choice, you’ll descend in time to see the final riders cross the finish line of today's time trial in Pau on TV. Tonight, relax with a delicious mountain style dinner at our hotel, set in the picturesque village of Gèdre and perfectly located for more live race action tomorrow!
Lourdes to Col du Tourmalet to Luz Saint Sauveur
Approximately 43 miles with 6,500 feet of climbing
Lourdes to Col du Tourmalet to Gedre
Approximately 50 miles with 7,400 feet of climbing
Stage 13: Pau to Pau
La Breche du Roland
Breakfast | Dinner
Today is another VIP Tour day! Choose to rise early for a beautiful climb up to the Cirque de Gavarnie, a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts the Gavarnie Falls—the second highest waterfall in Europe—or sleep in and relax over breakfast. Later this morning a short shuttle takes us to our destination for the day, the exclusive Relais Etape hospitality zone of Stage 14. Complete with live broadcast of the race on a large-screen TV, a sumptuous lunch and open bar. It's the perfect place to watch the Tour de France in style. You'll bear witness to live race action on the course as the pros battle toward the finish line on the Col du Tourmalet. After the dust has settled, we'll return to our hotel and gather for a gourmet dinner with newfound friends and raise a toast to the Pyrenees, their epic ascents and the riders who conquer them!
Gedre to Garvanie return
Approximately 21 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing
VIP access to the Relais Etape hospitality zone on Stage 14
Stage 14: Tarbes to Tourmalet Barèges
La Breche du Roland
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel or take the chance to ride once more up into the Cirque de Gavarnie and close to the Spanish border. You'll say goodbye to your guides at 11:00 AM at the la Breche du Roland, then board a private shuttle back to Pau TGV train station.
Gedre to Garvanie return
Approximately 21 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing
Stage 15: Limoux to Foix Prat d'Albis
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride/Avid Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.
We recommend that you fly into Pau Pyrénées Airport (PUF). From Pau, take a bus or taxi to Pau TGV station where you will meet your guides.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Pau Train Station (Avenue Jean Biray, 64000 Pau, France) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. A 60-minute shuttle through the Pyrenees foot hills will bring you to our hotel in Lourdes for lunch and a bike fitting. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.
If you will be late for the pick-up or will miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Le Grand Hotel Belfry (+33(0)05 62 94 58 87), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi from the train station to your first hotel for approximately 100 Euros.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM from La Breche du Roland. A private shuttle will take you back to the Pau Train Station where trains run directly to Paris. Please consult the SNCF website to review the train schedule and book a ticket ahead of time. Please do not arrange any connections from the station before 1:00 PM.View our post hotel recommendations
The summer months can bring warm days, ranging from the mid-60s to low-80s, with evenings dropping to the mid-50s to mid-60s. When traveling in the mountainous regions of France, it is best to be prepared for variable conditions, as weather can change very quickly, and there is always the chance of snow and rain. We recommend always traveling with rain gear, as well as plenty of breathable layers to provide warmth should the temperature drop. Packing List
Pau, the capital of the Pyrénées-Atlantique, is situated near the border of Spain, between Toulouse and the Côte Basque. It offers spellbinding views of both rolling hills and snow-capped mountains. Don’t miss the Pau Castle, the birth place of King Henry IV, and the fortress of the Viscounts of Bearn, a royal residence during the Renaissance. Parts of the castle look quite austere, but the main entrance is lovely. You’ll find exceptional museums, including the Bernadotte Museum and the Musée des Beaux-Art, which house works by Rubens and Dégas among many others. Pau-Pyrénées also has the best shops in the Bearn region. From antiques dealers to souvenirs and from bars to restaurants to haute-couture, this region offers it all. Plus, enticing markets with lively, colorful and varied selections that are sure to please the senses. We recommend the following for your pre-trip accommodations:
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Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.
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