Pyrenean Challenge

Self guide yourself through some of the most spectacular mountain biking routes of the continent.  This ride is based on 7 stages crossing the Eastern part of the Pyrenees.  Working with locally based Transpyr Team this ride has been carefully designed to take you along one of the biggest mountain ranges in Europe enjoying breathtaking scenery along the route.  This is a challenge you will never want to end!

We have a local, English speaking ride leader and van to carry your luggage between your accommodation each day.  Cycle hire can be arranged or cycle transport so you can ride your own bike.

This will be our test trip and we are therefore running it at cost price.  The date is yet to be set so please contact us if you are interested and we will see what we can arrange to suit you.

 

Price £850

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October 2018

CHALLENGE SUMMARY

  • Grade 8/10 moderately challenging
  • Up to 370km / 230 miles
  • 8300m elevation gain
  • Cycle collection and delivery available
  • Cycle and Garmin hire available
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TOUR INFORMATION

SELF GUIDED TOUR:

DAY 1 : Arrive, bike set up and brief ready to start riding on day 2.

STAGE 1 : 72km, 950m gain

ROSES / BESALÚ A stage of contrasting scenes, mainly flat and passing through the beautiful area of Empordà along tracks though rural areas and Mediterranean forest taking us to the Garrotxa region. The route passes through different villages where we can have some food and a break. The arrival is in Besalú, a little town with an impressive medieval bridge.

STAGE 2 : 72km, 950m gain

BESALÚ / CAMPRODON This stage takes in the breathtaking beauty of the Alta Garrotxa and Pre-Pyrenees area.  Some challenging paths with varied terrain leading us to the foot of the Pyrenees, the village of Camprodon.  

STAGE 3 :72km, 950m gain

CAMPRODON / LA MOLINA A spectacular stage of the tour due to its altitude and panoramic views. We ascend 2000 meters through the “Collada verda”. A challenging stage as a result of its elevation gain in the core area of the Catalan Pyrenees. The end of this stage is at the ski resort “La Molina”, a good place to end a stage which will be remembered by all cyclists.

STAGE 4 : 69km, 1600m gain

LA MOLINA / LA SEU D’URGELL Some challenging stretches for this stage at a high altitude. A beautiful itinerary with magnificent views of different 200 mts peaks of the Cadí mountain range. The stage ends in the city of la Seu d’Urgell, famous for its gothic cathedral.

STAGE 5 : 59km, 1650m gain

LA SEU D’URGELL / GERRI DE LA SAL In this stage we ride along isolated tracks and paths. This stage is of great difficulty as it is a long itinerary without any villages on the way for stopping and taking a break, from Espaén to Gerri de la Sal. Food and water supplies will be vital to finish this stage successfully.

STAGE 6 : 54km, 1550m gain

GERRI DE LA SAL / PONT DE SUERTThe last stage in the Catalan Pyrenees which will drive us to the town of Pont de Suert, the door to the region of Aragón, and the start of the Aragonese Pyrenees. The stage has few villages for stopping at and resting because the route follows tracks and paths among uninhabited mountains.

STAGE 7 : 55km, 1500m gain

PONT DE SUERT / CAMPO The Last stage of the Challenge. We jump into the Aragonese Pyrenees, with some challenging tracks and paths. We ride very close to the valley of Benasque with some of the most impressive mountains of the Peninsula, such as the peak of Aneto or La Maladeta, both with a height of more than 3000 meters.

     

    Key Facts

    We can collect and deliver your bike from an agreed address.  Our van is  specially equipped to transport your cycle safely and securely. The cost of cycle collection and delivery is from £20 each way.

    Mountain bike hire can be arranged

    Mountain bikes only

    Please ensure you have your bike fully serviced prior to collection and that it is suitably equipped to complete the challenge.

    You need to bring your own helmet.

    You will require a passport and your own insurance

    INCLUDED

    • 8 nights accommodation with daily breakfast

    • Airport transfers

    • Qualified tour leader

    • Daily luggage transfer

    • GPX files

    • Public and Product liability insurance.

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Evening meals

    • Air travel

    • Cycle collection and delivery (from £20each way)

    • Travel and accident Insurance

    • Bike Insurance

    • Single supplement (extra £200)