Tour info: Cycle the Pyrenees from Barcelona to the Tourmalet
June 29-07 July 2018
Cycle from Barcelona to Col du Tourmalet. Cycling Catalonia and the Spanish/French Pyrenees. The Pyrenees mountain range on the border between France are well known among all cycling fanatics. This unique road cycling trip starts in Barcelona and goes across Catalonia through Andorra and the Spanish Pyrenees all the way up to the summits of many iconic mountains of the Tour de France. You will bike from the Mediterranean sea to an altitude of more than 2000 meters high. From Spain to France and Andorra. You sleep in villages with history and bike through gorgeous landscapes. If you like to bike with other people sharing emotions, if you want to see spectacular landscapes and sleep in towns with centuries of history… this is your route! Cycle Port d’Envalira (highest asphalted col in the Pyrenees) and conquer Col de Peyresourde, Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet. This is your opportunity!
Cycle from Barcelona and finish on one of the most famous col of the Tour de France : Col du Tourmalet
Itinerary 2018 Pyrenees- Cycle from Barcelona to Col du Tourmalet
Day 1 June 29
You’ll meet the crew at your hotel. For those who want to have an airport pick up please contact us. The briefing will be at 18.00 Evening dinner will be provided. There will be a briefing and explanation for the coming activities and itinerary for this Barcelona – Col du Tourmalet trip in the Spanish and French Pyrenees.
Day 2 June 30
Stage 1. From Barcelona to Montseny mountains. Our guide will help you to get out of Barcelona and you will start with some climbing close to Barcelona. The amazing hotel you will be sleeping is located half way the first big climb of the trip. Nice, solitaire, amazing spot and views...
Day 3 July 1
Stage 2. Montseny to Joanetes. Great stage, with the amazing Coll Formic (1145 mts) at the start, then the passage through the Sau reservoir and the tiny road (with no traffic at all) to Coll de Condreu and possibly the approach to Sanctuary del Far, with amazing views. End in a cozy farmhouse with swimming pool. You will be at mum's house.
Day 4 July 2
Stage 3. Joanetes to Puigcerdà. This is a tough start with Coll de Canes and then a long approach to Coll de la Creueta, to almost 2000 mts, great climb! The descent via Collada de Toses is a real pleasure on a very wide road with stunning views. Puigcerdà is the main city in La Cerdanya region, a wealthy town very know for skiers and mountain lovers. We are in the border with France.
Day 5 July 3
Stage 4. From Puigcerdà to Rialp. The main climb of the day is Coll de Cantó, a true first category climb, with some very steep parts. On the other side, wide road, perfect surface, time to enjoy on the downhill and then sleep at Rialp.
Day 6 July 4
Stage 5. From Rialp to Bagneres de Luchon. This is really high mountain. Port de la Bonaigua is one of the classic climbs in the Pyrenees, reaching over 2000 mts. With a ski resort at the top, Bonaigua is the first road to be closed for snow in winter and the last one to be open in spring. Amazing lanscape. On arrival to Bagneres de Luchon, the strongest riders may climb to Superbagneres, a true hors category climb included in Tour de France several times.
Day 7 July 5
Stage 6. From Bagneres de Luchon to Campan. The classic approach to Tourmalet would be climbing Peyresourde and Aspin. Our stage is a bit longer including Peyresourde, also Val Louron-Azet (the climb where Miguel Indurain started to win the 1991 Tour de France) and finally the very nice and solitaire Hourquette d'Ancizan instead of the more known Col d'Aspin.
Day 8 July 6
Stage 7. Campan to Col du Tourmalet. Today is about enjoying Tourmalet. The idea is you to climb from both sides. Climb from Sta Marie de Campan, descent to Luz St Sauveur and then climbing again from that side (ideally the old road via Fignon). The main thing is enjoying the bar and the souvenir shop at the top. If weather conditions are poor then climbing from Sta Marie de Campan will be enough!
Day 9 back to Barcelona July 7
Departure day…..Time to say goodbye and thanks for joining us. Cycle Classic Tours hope to see you back soon on one of our other Cycling Holidays in Europe. We wish you a good flight back home or else a pleasant stay in Spain.
Airport/ Train Information Road cycling trip Barcelona to Col du Tourmalet
The most important gateway to/from Barcelona is the international airport 'L' Aeroport del Prat'. With over more than 25 million passengers per year, Barcelona airport has the second biggest airport in Spain after Madrid.
There are many regular flights to/ from Madrid, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, London Heathrow, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Athens, Zurich and more very important cities from all around the Globe.
There are three terminals. A=International B=Domestic and C = Private jets. The airport is situated 15 kilometres southwest of Barcelona’s city centre. The city centre is easy accessible with the bus and train.
Every half hour trains leave to the main stations in Barcelona. Take the RENFE train line that leads you to Plaza Catalunya, Arco de Triomf or Clot-Arago. Mostly the stations have connections to other metro stations.
Every 15 minutes the Aerobus A1 leaves from terminal A & B to the centre of Barcelona.
In terminal B you will find other bus lines leaving to many cities nearby Barcelona.
From 23.00 to 04.15 you can take the night bus 106 to Barcelona.
The second airport in Catalonia is Girona airport. Girona aiport “Costa Brava “is a very important hub to the Pyrenees and the nearby tourist destinations like Malgrat de Mar, Blanes, Lloret de Mar & Rosas. Girona airport is situated approximately 100 kilometres away from Barcelona. The airport doesn’t have a railway station. First you take the bus to Girona and from here trains running every half hour to Barcelona.
The best option is the bus. The bus ride takes you in one and a half hour to downtown Barcelona. In front of the arrival hall you can find the bus stop. There are three options, you can leave to: Girona, Costa Brava resorts or Barcelona.
The third airport is Reus Airport and it is located 100 kilometres south from Barcelona, nearby the city of Tarragona. This small airport handles only low cost companies. The bus ride is only 14 kilometres away to Tarragona’s city centre. From here you can take the train to Barcelona.
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