Trans-Pyrenees: Sea to Sea
Atlantic to Mediterrean: 17 climbs – over 63,000 feet of climbing
About the Riding…
While the Alps capture the most attention from American cycling fans, the Pyrenees sit quietly, waiting to be tackled. The mountains are picturesque, the roads are quiet, and the climbs are EPIC. Only dedicated, serious cyclist need consider this trip – The Trans-Pyrenees Bike Tour. Crossing the Pyrenees with over 17 climbs and over 63,000 feet of elevation is a right of passage, a check on your bucket list and a ride that simply “needs” to be done.
Consider recent Tour de France races, where the outcome was decided on the exact Pyrenees climbs you will ride over during this trip. Cycling aficionados appreciate the grandeur of these mountains and the classics such as: Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque, Col d’Aspin, Col de Peyresourde, and more.
Jemison Cycling Tours invites you to explore the raw beauty and sheer power of a Trans-Pyrenees journey. Each village we ride to and from, represents the strong character of these mountains, offers great cuisine, regional wines and strong local cultures of Basque, Occitan, Pyrenean and Catalan – all while crossing the Pyrenees from Spain to France to Spain.
**Expect to ride 5-8 hours/day everyday. It’s advisable that you speak with one of our previous guests who have completed this trip first**
Disclaimer: This trip is HARD and only for those who truly understand what it’s all about. Please call and talk to Marty about the difficulty or ask to speak with one of our previous guests who previously did the trip.
About the Food…
Each day’s meal represents important nourishment and calories your body will need to cross the Pyrenees. We’re known for always having food around including the ‘snack-box’ in the van. We have food in the morning, daytime, evening and every second in between. During the trip, your guides will give you food, food and more food. Breakfasts are plentiful with eggs, fruit, breads, cheeses and meats. Lunch is prepared along the route and dinners offer a variety of flavors. You will be burning an enourmous amount of calories. Our focus is to feed you so that you can reach your goals. We’ll also enjoy local wine from each region as we cross these spectacular mountains – a little bit of red will help you sleep well.
About the Accommodations…
Comfort – Cleanliness – Convenience
Example hotels on this trip.
Villa Soro: www.villasoro.es/en – This 19th century villa embraces everything we look for in a hotel: service, elegance without stuffiness and an ideal location.
Alysson Hotel: http://www.alysson-hotel.fr/index-en.php – Oloron Sainte Marie, where Marty raced for a local club in 1990
Les Templiers: www.hotellestempliers.com – The simplest, yet one of the favorite hotels of our guests. Basic rooms, hot showers, outstanding hosts and only 200 yards from the base of the Tourmalet.
Hotel Acta: www.actahotels.es/en/destinos/luchon – Located at the base of the Col de Peyresourde and in the bustling, city center, this 4-star hotel has every modern comfort you would want. Contemporary rooms and a selection of restaurants are just outside the door.
WHAT LEVEL RIDER DO I NEED TO BE?
This is an “extreme” trip, so you must be fit, strong and have dedicated yourself to training for this trip. You’ll climb over 17 mountain passes in the Pyrenees, resulting in over 63,000ft of climbing. You do not need to be fast, but you need to have a solid foundation to do this trip. This trip is limited to 12 riders per tour and must have 6 riders minimum.
IS THIS A GOOD TRIP FOR A NON-RIDER?
Probably not, but maybe. This trip is designed for serious cyclists. We change accommodations nightly, riding point to point, while traversing the Pyrenees Mountains. A non-rider will see beautiful views, but will transfer daily by van.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL ME?
Our staff is on this trip to support you and your dreams. Our focus is to keep you safe, feed and strong. We move your luggage, prepare your bikes and provide you with maximum support and encouragement. We treat you as we would treat any professional rider. After all, you are spending hours on the bike and deserve it. Read: About Us
European Knowledge – Jemison Cycling is owned & operated by a former Professional cyclist who raced over 900 days throughout Europe
Van Support & Luggage Transfers
Ride Food – Drink Mix
One Guide per 4 Guests
Snacks on the Fly
Bicycles (Rental Bikes available)
Personal incidentals & Guide Gratuities (our guides work hard for tips)
*Travel Insurance strongly suggested (www.TravelGuard.com)
Location: Biarritz, France
Date: July 29 - August 7
Dates: July 29 - August 7
Cost: $4,599Sign Me Up