Cycling in the Pyrenees

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Cycling in the Pyrenees

Postby bobhill » Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:10 pm

If you are interested in cycling in the Pyrenees a good place to base yourself is at a small town named 'Argeles-Gazost'. I have been there three times in the past years to coincide with the TDF passing thro'. It is about 10miles south west from Lourdes and convenient for airports at Pau or Toulouse. Many of the climbs used in the Tour are convenient. The Hautacam is at one side of the town and the Solour to the other (leading onto the Aubisque). Riding about 10 mile up the valley (Gorge de Luz) to Luz St Saveur you have the Tourmalet on one side and Luz Ardiden on the other. There is also a senic climb to Cauteret and onto Pont d'Espagne and you can ride further up the valley to Garvanie. There are many other non-TDF climbs in cycling distance so you can certainly get in a good weeks riding.
The town is a reasonable size with shops, pubs, market, etc and the tour normally passes thro'.
There are a lot of hotels and several camp sites (with static homes for rental). There is stuff to do for families.
We have stayed at La Miramont now a Best Western, and twice at hotel Beau Site which has been centrally located and very reasonable with excellent food. Need to get booked up early if you want to see the Tour as the whole area gets booked out quickly.
Typical mountain weather so you can expect one day of rain in a weeks hol.
If you need any more info let me know. BobH
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