Details of the Transpirenaica by road bike group challenge
The Trans-Pyrenees road bike is one of the most dreamed routes for advanced cyclists. It will be a challenge to cross from Donostia to Roses, the Pyrenees mountain range and the border between Spain, France and Andorra, cycling from the Cantabrian Sea to the Mediterranean.
During the 8 stages you will have time to enjoy the impressive and diverse landscape that characterizes the route. You will cross large valleys with abundant fruit trees and aromatic plants, lush forests, canyons and cliffs.
But above all, the climbs to the well-known and great passes of the Pyrenees will be a real adventure. Among which Tourmalet, Aubisque, Peyresourde, Luz ardiden, Superbagneres or Larrau stand out.
The climate and altitude do not make it easy, the level of demand is very high, the mountain range requires a great preparation and physical condition if you want to enjoy its unique reliefs, dizzying heights and captivating villages. Every effort has its reward, in this case, the typical gastronomy of the Pyrenees which will recharge your batteries!
More than 800km and 17000m of positive elevation gain, do you want to do the Trans-Pyrenees?
Day 1: Arrival at the first hotel in San Sebastián
In Donostia, you can enjoy the promenade, the Concha beach or the old town, where we recommend having some pinchos to recharge your batteries before you start pedaling.
Day 2: San Sebastián – Pamplona 135km ↑2050 ↓1570
You will start the challenge from Donosti, a unique location on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea. We will start pedaling through a land of apple trees and cider. Green hillsides and mountains typical of the Basque Country until we enter Navarra. Today we will sleep in the capital of the ancient kingdom.
Day 3: Pamplona – Isaba 134km ↑1809 ↓1478
From Pamplona, we will start off flat and build up our legs until Navascués, where the ascent will begin. Today it will be the turn of Larrau, an impressive mountain pass that is getting more and more famous with its 8km with an average gradient of over 10% where you get to find even some ramps of 15%. Finally we will have the 25km downhill to Isaba where you can stroll through its narrow streets, admiring the work of the neighbors for the care of the wooden and stone houses, gardens and thus beautify the village where we will enjoy a well deserved rest.
Day 4: Isaba – Argelès-Gazost 134 km ↑2600 ↓3000
You will continue your adventure through the heart of the Gavarnie Valleys, close to the border between Spain and France until the ascent of the Aubisque pass, a mythical mountain pass in the Pyrenees. Already in Argelès-Gazost you will discover the Gaves Valley, which has a thermal park, canals and springs. Located at the entrance of the National Park and between Lourdes and Gavarnie, it is a magnificent place surrounded by mountains and peaks and ideal for cycling lovers.
Day 5: Argelès-Gazost – Bagnères de Bigorre 88km ↑2800 ↓2700
From Argelès-Gazost, we will leave behind the Gaves Valley, but there will be time to be surprised by another great landscape of the Pyrenees mountain range. Cycling through the Pyrenees National Park and facing the ascent to the Luz-Ardiden pass. Later we will enter the most famous mountain pass in the world of cycling and the Tour de France, the Tourmalet Pass, which will force us to give everything but it will be worth it to get to climb one of the mythical and most demanding ports of cycling. After savoring the satisfaction and joy of climbing the pass we can enjoy the views over the two valleys, the upper Adour and the valley of Bareges. And we will start the descent while watching how other fellow cyclists fight against themselves to crown from Saint-Marie de Campan the original slope.
Day 6: Bagnères de Bigorre – Vielha 105km ↑2700 ↓2300
Today we will continue the challenge with the ascent of Peyresourde and Superbagnères passes that are located between the regions of Arreau and Bargnéres de Luchon, in the Haute-Garonne and Hautes-Pyrénées. In the first one, Contador became known as a great cyclist who would be fighting at the highest level in the future..
The stage will continue to the capital of the Val d’Aran, Vielha, a town on the banks of the Garonne River. It is largely dedicated to the commercial activities of adventure, high mountain and snow, with a unique cultural and historical attraction.
Day 7: Vielha – La Seu d’Urgell 124km ↑2200 ↓2500
Leaving Vall d’Aran behind, we will touch again the 2000m as we will climb the accesses of the snow resort of Baqueira, we will finish the beautiful ascent in the castle of Bonaigua where we begin a long descent through the National Park d’Aiguestortes a landscape of forests, rivers and beautiful green meadows.
La Seu d’Urgell has a great cultural attraction, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria, museums or the Segre Olympic Park, a place to practice adventure sports.
Day 8: La Seu d’Urgell – Llanars 136km ↑2200 ↓2000
Today we will enjoy a tour between two large parks and mountain ranges, appreciating a beautiful landscape. The natural park of Cadi Moixeró, which forms a barrier of cliffs between the Pyrenees and the Pre-Pyrenees, with spectacular alpine vegetation and a varied fauna. Arrived at Llanars we will find a landscape between meadows and fields. A rural, quiet area of medieval character. We recommend you to visit the church of Sant Esteve
Day 9: Llanars – Roses 105km ↑715 ↓1655
The last stage will take us to the Bay of Roses, in the heart of the Mediterranean. Cycling through the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrocha. A volcanic landscape in the Iberian Peninsula that makes it admirable. Thanks to its orography, climate and soil results in an abundant vegetation of oaks, beeches and oaks with a high landscape value.
Day 10: End of the trip
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What is it like to do the Transpirenaica by road bike group challenge
The climate and altitude do not make it easy, the level of demand is very high, the mountain range requires a great preparation and physical condition if you want to enjoy its unique reliefs, dizzying heights and captivating villages.
By bike we propose 8 stages to cover more than 800km and nine nights in carefully selected accommodations to complete what we are sure will be one of the most enriching adventures you will ever do.
Usual accommodations for the Trans-Pyrenees bike tour
The accommodations of this bike trip have been selected for their quality and location, carefully inspected by our team. Always valuing the comfort when arriving with the bike. They are hotels and rural accommodation where you will feel at home.
I am only one person, can I still book?
Yes, you can book as a single traveler.
Is it possible to rent a bike?
Yes, this trip can be done with either your bike or ours. You can choose it during the booking process, hybrid or electric mountain bikes are available.
Is the daily luggage transfer between accommodations included?
Yes, every day we will take your luggage to the next hotel. You only have to leave it at the reception desk, and we will take care of everything. Normally it will already be at the hotel when you arrive.
Is it possible to cancel?
We want to be as flexible as possible. Therefore, in case of unforeseen circumstances, we will do our best to change the dates of the trip free of charge so that you can travel within the same year, as long as you let us know at least 3 weeks in advance.
And if your plans change and you want to cancel the trip before the start date, the following handling fees will apply:
– with more than 30 days, the management fees will be 20% of the amount of the trip.
– between 30 and 15 days, the handling fee will be 50% of the amount of the trip.
– with less than 14 days, the amount to be paid will be 100% of the amount of the trip.
In order to have more flexibility, we recommend taking out travel, assistance, CR and cancellation insurance. Check with us the conditions. Please note that the price of the insurance is not refunded once contracted in case of cancellation or modification.
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