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PYRENEES SEA TO SEA
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ACCOMODATION: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*
DURATION: 9 days / 8 nights
RATING:
DATES: July - August
OTHER DATES: Ask
GROUPS: 6/... MIN/MAX
PRICE: From 2900 € / person
         





Itinerari Transpirinenca


FROM MEDITERRANEAN TO ATLANTIC

9 days
8 stages
+ than 900 km
+ 20000 elevation
+ than 30 mountain passes
Several passes over 2.000 metres


The great route of Pyrenees, one of the greatest challenges for any cyclist.

For 9 days we'll conquer the great mountain passes that have become part of this sport's history. The classic ones and some others, not so popular, but impressive and demanding as well.

This route is intended for experienced cyclists that are used to long rides, although pace is always adapted to the groups'level making the necessary stops and regrouping. The long summer days will allow us to finish the stages with no hurry, enjoying the beautiful environment and landscape.

At the end of every journey we will taste local gastronomy and will rest in little mountain hotels. The ideal place to forget our daily routine and turn this days into an unforgettable vacation

Are you up to the challenge?



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  • D1
    GIRONA

    Individual arrival at hotel.
    UTOPIC BIKE TRAVEL presentation.
    Bicycles set up

    Possibility of pickup at the Train Station or at the Girona Airport.
    Please consult "Arrivals & Departures" in case of different arrivals or for  additional logistical information.

    WELCOME TO CATALONIA!
    Once settled in the hotel, our guides will give you information regarding tour details and will complete the setup of your bike. You have spare time to visit the Barri Vell (Old Neighborhood), the historical center of the city where you can find unique constructions in Europe: the roman city walls, el Call (one of the best conserved jewish quarters in Spain) and the Gothic Cathedral, with the widest central nave in the world. We recommend too a visit to the river Onyar colored houses that, together with the numerous bridges and the Cathedral in the background, define the most emblematic image of Girona.

    At night we will have dinner in one of many traditional restaurants available. Lodging in a central 4* hotel.

  • D2
    GIRONA - MOLITG LES THERMES Distance: 139km / Elevation: 2340m img02

    Our big challenge starts. In the morning transfer to a great overlook with views to Mediterranean sea and with a solar powered lighthouse that has been working for 20 years. We'll enjoy the magnifiscent sunrise and will understand why this zone is called la Costa Vermella (Red Coast).

    We start riding through Costa Vermella, with cliffs, fishing villages and vineyards that nearly touch the sea.

    TOUR DE MADELOC (657m y 6,78% de slope) will be our first ascent. A very peaceful climb along a very narrow road digged in the side of the mountain and with vineyard terraces almost hanging over the sea.

    At the end of the stage we'll find COL DE FOURTOU (646m), COL DE XATARD (752m) and COL DE PALOMÈRE (1036m). One after the other in tthe same side of the mountain, with a great view of the 2748m Massif of Canigó, 2784m high. Dinner and lodging in Molitg les Thermes.

    Optional: COL DE MANTET (1760m).

  • D3
    MOLITG LES THERMES - TARASCON Distance: 91km / Elevation: 3020m img02

    We keep our route towards Cantabric sea still pedalling through quiet and sunny roads of Catalunya Nord. Today we enter completely in the hardest Pyrenees, with a "hors catégorie" pass and heights over 2000 meters.

    Climbing starts with COL DE JAU (1506m) in a narrow and very low traffic road that connects small villages, catalogued as some of the most beautiful in France. Once at the summit, a descent through an spectacular road moving to the next valley and climbing COL DE GARAVEL (1256m). We find there a more rural France, with farms, sheep and cows pastures, traditional dairies, and small rivers always plenty of water.

    We need to get to this point with a 100% strength since the first great Transpyrenees by Utopic Bike Travel's mountain pass starts here. The relatively unknown but amazing COL DE PAILHÈRES (2001m), a true colossus that can be compared witf Tourmalet. Big names in the Tour de France have put up spectacular fights there, like in 2005, with Lance Armstrong deciding his 7th Tour in front of Ullrich, Basso, Leipheimer, Kloden... We will feel participating in cycling history.

    A very comfortable dexcent we'll take us to Tarascon, where we can rest knowing we have been pedalling through "sacred" roads.

    Dinner and lodging in hotel 3*.

    Optional : PLATEAU DE BEILLE (1939m).

  • D4
    L'ARIÈGE, PYRENEES LAND Distance: 136km / Elevation: 3000m img02

    We wake up in the beautiful Ariège, avalley surrounded by mythical climbs like Plateau de Beille, Ax 3 Domaines, col de Chioula, el Pailhères...

    After breakfast we head to the valley of Vicdessos looking for our first ascent, COL DE LERS (1517m, 7% slope). Right after we find COL D'AGNES (1570m, 5,6% slope). We will climb through its easiest face because that gives us a vey nice descent with a maintained slope of 8% for about 10 km. We are talking of two mountain passes with no big bias, but the view of one of the highest peaks pf the Pyrenees, La Pica d'Estats (3145m) and an exceptional environment (rivers, leafy forests, cascades...)is really worth it. The grey Gascon cows, which can be found in these typical Ariège roads, will surely stand in our way sometimes.

    Our route continues trough COL DE LATRAPE (1110m). Once here we can choose to climb the GUSET NEIGE sli station(1520m) or to keep descending through the Ustou valley until we arrive to the end of the stage, crossing beautiful villages with slate roofs.

    An entertaining day and not too tough, excellent to enjoy some forgotten Pyrenees roads where only Transpyrenees by Utopic Bike Travel can take you. Dinner and lodging in a great 3* hotel.

  • D5
    ST-GIRONS - BAGNÈRES-DE-LUCHON Distance: 113km / Elevation: 2680m img02

    Our day starts climbing COL DE LA CORE (1395m), which will take us to the valley of Bethmale, splattered with farms and harmonious landscapes and famous for its delicious cheeses and unique clogs. We will climb COL DE PORTET D'ASPET (1069m) through the valley of la Bellongue. 1km before ending our descent we find the monument remembering Fabio Casartelli, the professional rider who died here in the 1995 Tour.

    After this spot, a diversion towards COL DE MENTÉ (1349m), a classic pass and testimony of great battles. The most remembered one happened in 1971, when Luis Ocaña (who was then leading the race) fell and handed the victory to Eddy Merckx.

    We will ascend using the west side, which is shorter but harder. In St-Béat, at the bottom of the pass, we will cross the Garonne river and will continue to arrive to the elegant spa resort of Bagnères-de-Luchon. Dinner and lodging in a charming XIX century 3* hotel.

    Optional: PORT DE BALÈS (1755m).

  • D6
    LUCHON - LUZ-ST-SAUVEUR Distance: 94km / Elevation: 3100m img02

    A legendary stage in cycling history.

    In 1910 Tour de France organizers decide to include for the first time an extremely hard mountain stage that crossed the Pyrennes between Luchon y Bayonne through Cols of Peyresourde, Aspin, Tourmalet, Soulor, Aubisque and Osquich using mostly unpaved roads. Octave Lapize, after crowning the Aubisque yelled at the organizers his fammous: "Vous êtes des assassins!" (killers!). Lapize won thta stage (and the Tour that year), after 14 hours and 10 minutes. Only 10 out of the 59 contestants arrived within the time limit.

    100 years later we will be the protagonists of this huge stage, with 4 mountain passes. Starting with the famous COL DE PEYRESOURDE (1569m), that has been crowned 60 times by Tour de France. When we arrive to the small village of Arreau we start to climb our second mythical pass, COL D'ASPIN (1489m). At the top, an amazing view to Pic du Midi. In Ste-Marie-de-Campan we will face our next objective, COL DU TOURMALET (2115m). As some say, it's not either the longest one, or the hardest one, or the nicest one, but it's the Tourmalet, a real myth in this sport. A real challenge that will take us to the limit Dinner and lodging in hotel 3*.

    Optional LUZ-ARDIDEN (2168m).

  • D7
    LUZ-ST-SAUVEUR - OLORON Distance: 108km / Elevation: 2480m img02

    Our last stage in Haute-Pyrénées. We'll go over Val d'Azun, known as the "Pyrenees Eden". A wild and illuminated valley that has kept all of its authenticity (with caddle pastures, shepherd's cabins, farms, mills and small villages).

    We will start climbing the renowned COL DU SOULOR (1474m) to continue with the mythical COL D'AUBISQUE (1709m) through the impressive Corniche road, which borders the Cirque du Litor, an extremely narrow road that literally "hangs" from the mountain and crosses it with small tunnels digged in the rock. A very impressive moment of the tour.

    In the final part, the famous COL DE MARIE-BLANQUE (1035m) is waiting for us. A very well known col due to the hardness of its western side. We will climb it through the east side, much smoother but also much more beautiful. Dinner and lodging in hotel 3*.

    Optional PIERRE-ST-MARTIN (1760m).

  • D8
    OLORON - AINHOA Distance: 134km / Elevation: 3110m img02

    Today, ascension to the relatively unknown COL ISSARBE (1559m), a hard but gorgeus pass. In Larrau we will climb COL BAGARGUI (1327m) through a nice roads that offers us views of forests, fields and panoramic views of the valleys and the mountain summits of Pic d'Orhi (2018m) and Pic des Escaliers (1472m).

    We are also going to face the beautiful COL DE BURDINCURUTCHETA (1135m) thriugh its smoother side. In St-Étienne-de-Baïgorry we will start to climb COL D'ISPÉGUY (672m). At the top, the border between France and Spain. Dinner and lodging in hotel 4*.

  • D9
    AINHOA - HONDARRIBIA Distance: 93km / Elevation:1730m img02

    Our last stage. Ascent to PUERTO OTXONDO (602m), to COL DE LIZARRIETA (441m) and to COLLADO DE ARICHULEGUI, the last pass of our tour.

    Arrival to Hondarribia where this wonderful route ends. We will do it as we started, with a well deserved swim in the sea (now Cantabric)

    NOTE: Possibility of extra night and transfer to San Sebastián, Girona or barcelona airports.



In UTOPIC BIKE TRAVEL we have made a selection of what we think are special lodgings, regardless of their price or category. They are usually located in unique surroundings and placed at historical or ancient buildings with a great architectural value.
Charming and inviting places which are family-runned and join quality, peacefulness and personalized care.

In this route "PYRENEES SEA TO SEA" we will lodge in a central 4* hotel (spanish rating), 3* mountain hotels and rural hotels (french rating).


JUL
   04th   (9 days - 8 nights):
  2900 € / person   (+400 €  Single OCC)

AUG
   29th   (9 days - 8 nights):
  2900 € / person   (+400 €  Single OCC)



  • INCLUDED


  • ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
  • Transfers to and from Girona Train Station or Girona Airport to Hotel

  • LODGING & MEALS
  • 8 nights at hotels 3* & 4*
  • Breakfast every day, lunches, picnics, snacks and drinks throughout all the route. Dinners and local wine included in every meal.

  • SUPPORT
  • Minimum of one guide + one support vehicle. (depending on group size)
  • Road book with maps and tour documentation in spanish or english.
  • 24h personalized care.
  • Clothes clean and ready every day.
  • Luggage transportation during the tour.
  • Client transportation in our support vehicle if necessary.

  • TICKETS & ACTIVITIES
  • Tickets for the most important historical places like churches, monasteries and museums

  • INSURANCES & TIPS
  • Basic travel insurance (consult policy)
  • All tips in restaurants and hotels


  • NOT INCLUDED


  • Plane ticket, air taxes and airport taxes.
  • Bike rental. Bianchi Intenso. 160 €.
  • Optional travel or cancellation insurance
  • Guide tips
  • Personal items purchased during the tour.
  • Optional activities not programmed by Utopic Bike Travel
  • Any aspect not specified in the above section.


  • EXTRAS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP EVEN MORE INTERESTING...


  • We know that, even though our tours offer a lot, you may want more. That's why we provide you with extra experiences which can be added to the standard tour.
    You can contact us once you've made the reservation of your chosen trip, or before you actually book it , and we will send you all the information about the available options and prices in those dates.

    Some examples...

    SPORT ACTIVITIES
  • Trekking
  • Sailboat rides
  • Balloon flights
  • "BIKE FIT"


  • ENJOY BARCELONA
  • Extra nights in Barcelona
  • Shopping
  • Cultural visits
  • FC Barcelona Stadium visit


  • AND MUCH MORE...
  • Sports massages
  • Bianchi  products
  • Grand Prix of Formula 1 and MotoGP in the Circuit of Montmelò...


  • Contact us if you have any idea or wish. There's a lot of possibilities and experiences that can make your trip unforgettable!!!



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