The Pyrenees is quite simply the cyclist’s paradise. If it’s mountain biking you’re after, the Pyreneen mountains are the ultimate playground. The resorts and hinterland offer everything from technically extreme terrain to beginner runs.
If you’re a road biker, you can’t fail to feel the buzz of the challenging climbs and thrilling descents. And with kilometer after kilometer of switchbacks, stunning views and valley straights; the mountain range offers interest and variation to keep you pedaling every day of your holiday should you want to.
Finally, if you’re a cycling tourist, there’s enough variation to challenge you or just keep you busy.
As well as introducing you to the area and helping you to decide where you want to be based, we’ll also show you some routes designed to take you on a leisurely tour, whet your appetite for more or challenge even the most hardened pro.
Of course, if you’d rather be watching than taking up the saddle, the Tour De France is one of the major events in the Pyrenean calendar. Every year, Tour excitement unfolds during the two mountain stages in the Pyrenees. The routes vary slightly year on year but Tour rides always tackle the grueling Col de Tourmalet, Col D’Aspin and Port de Bales.
This year’s King of the Mountains, Thomas Voekler, hails from the Vosges in the Alps. Despite having Alpine terrain on his doorstep, he has chosen to train in the Pyrenees throughout his professional cycling career.
He knew every climb and descent like the back of his hand. The 2012 Polka Jersey Winner described winning the Pau to Bagneres de Luchon stage as a personal victory and pinnacle of his career.
So, go on! Give the Pyrenees a go. If Voekler loves it, you probably will too.