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Would you like a Hard Core ride in the Pyrenees that will challenge you to the max?
This HC Bike Tours Hard Core Ride features 8 of the most important climbs of the Tour de France all in 1 day! The ride distance encompasses 260 km (161 miles) and 8767 m (28 760 ft) of total ascent!!!! This past summer we did it in 13 hours. Are you up for the challenge? If so, don’t hesitate and sign up with us today!
 
Start: Saint-Girons
1.Portet d’Aspet (with the Casartelli memorial) + 2.Col de Mente + 3.Port de Bales + 4.Col de Peyresourde + 5.Col d'Aspin + 6.Col du Tourmalet + 7.Co du Soulor + 8.Col d'Aubisque
Finish: Laruns
 
Sorry, but only hardcore cyclists allowed on this one!
Although we welcome non-riders and family members of riders. The non-riders can take the ride with the riders in the comfortable van and support them during this challenge.

The following is a breakdown of what to expect while on this awesome, Pyrenees Hard Core ride:
  • Accommodation and meals for 4 people
  • Fully supported ride (1 ride leader + van support)
  • Transportation to and from airport
  • Full access to HC Tours staff Q & A 
If you have other requests or needs for this trip, get in touch with us and we will tailor the ride to best suit your and your companies’ needs. For your convenience, you choose the date to best fit your schedule and number of people.
P.s. The proposal below is calculated for group of 4 persons.

Check out more pics of the challenge here.
WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • All-inclusive 3 days / 2 nights of tour leadership
  • Ride leader and support vehicle during the ride
  • Services of professional English speaking staff – guide, local knowledge, recommendations, stories, coaching if you wish
  • On-road supplements including fresh fruit, snacks, energy bars and drinks (we will specify your needs before your trip)
  • Basic mechanic assistance
  • All transfers and ground transportation
  • All luggage transfers
  • All accommodations
  • Two breakfasts
  • One lunch upon arrival
  • Two dinners
  • Pre-tour training and preparation advice
  • Welcome package including a HC Bike Tours pro-jersey, 2 water bottles, recovery drink, maps and other goodies
  • Photos and video of your challenge provided at the end of the tour
  • We welcome non-riders and family members of riders (you will be able to follow your partner in our comfortable van)
 
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities, laundry
  • Carbon WILIER GTR rental bike, Ultegra, 11sp (available for an additional fee)
  • Other cycling gear - helmet, pedals, all clothing (available for an additional fee)
 
Day 1

Bienvenue dans les Pyrénées! Welcome to Pyrenees! Warm up ride to Col d’Agnes

In the morning, the HC Bike Tours team leader and ride van driver will greet you at the Toulouse airport take you to the ride departure destination in the Pyrenees in Saint-Girons. After arriving at the hotel, your bike will be assembled; we will have lunch and rest up in preparation for the warm up ride to Col d’Agnes. This 90km and 1800m ascent ride will be a walk in the park for the Hard Core cyclist getting ready for the next day’s Challenge.
In the evening, you will be treated to a most delicious and calorie rich dinner for all ride participants. During dinner we will go over ride details and answer any questions you may have. In order that you complete this Challenge and reach your personal goals, we will also discus at which speed you will want to climb at, what sports nutrition you would like to consume while on the ride, and address any special needs you may have.  
 
The ride route on Strava can be found here.

meals
meals
Lunch
Ride snacks and sports nutrition
Dinner
house
accomondation
Comfortable 2 or 3 stars hotels
hills
climbs
Col d’AGNES
tour
accomplished
Distance 54 miles / 87 km
Elevation gain 6109 ft / 1862m
Day 2

The Pyrenees. 1 day - 8 climbs - 260 km - 8767 m total ascent!

Not everyone is up for this kind of Challenge. We are happy that you have decided to join us!
We have taken great care in choosing this specific route, which includes the French Pyrenees most popular and beautiful mountains. We can not promise you that you will remember each turn, village and even mountain, but we can promise that you will remember this day for all time. The ride will begin from the hotel at the crack of dawn. Accompanying you on this ride will be a HC Bike Tours Ride Leader as well as our support van. At any time, you will have access to drinks and nutrition so that all you have to focus on is getting your bike up the 8 Pyrenees mountains at the pace you desire. With our professional experience and support, we assure you that you will feel like a Pro. We belive that you will be able to finish the ride before the sun sets, but if not, at any time you have the option of continuing the ride up the mountain in our support van. We will be spending the night at our ride destination in the village of Laruns. After having settled in, we will all have earned a delicious, multi course, traditional Pyrenees dinner, and we will celebrate our accomplishment with a glass of fine French wine.
 
The ride route on Strava can be found here.

meals
meals
Breakfast
Ride snacks and sports nutrition
Dinner
house
accomondation
Comfortable 2 or 3 stars hotels
hills
climbs
Portet d’ASPET
Col de MENTE
Port de BALES
Col de PEYRESOURDE
Col d'ASPIN
Col du TOURMALET
Co du SOULOR
Col d'AUBISQUE
tour
accomplished
Distance 160 miles / 260 km
Elevation gain 28 760 ft / 8767 m
Day 3

Au revoir et à la prochaine! Good by and see you next time!

We are pretty sure that even after a large and satisfying dinner the night before, you will wake up with a healthy appetite. We will have a leisurely group breakfast and share our enthusiasm and delight at what we have accomplished. To ensure that these memories remain vivid, we will have prepared a photo album as well as video for your viewing pleasure to take home with you. Members of the HC Bike Tours staff will assist you in packing your bike for its journey home and we will depart for the airport. As with all of our guest, we hope that we will become friends and that we will gladly see you again on one of our future Bike Tours.
Merci et à bientôt. Thanks and see you soon.

meals
meals
Breakfast

HC Bike Tours support


Our experienced, ex-Pro staff knows what the best support is.  Simply enjoy riding!
  • Our ex-Pro ride leader, will provide you with advice, on-road coaching, and professional support, and they guide you through every ride
  • We ride in a small group with a maximum of 4 riders
  • A HC Bike Tours ride leader, with an accompanying support vehicle, leads ride-group
  • If you become tired at any point, you have an option to ride with the support vehicle
  • An experienced mechanic will be available to assist in any repairs if required
  • On road supplements including fresh fruit, snacks, energy bars, and drinks will be available any time
 
Bike Rental
Pro level bikes are available for rental. Please see our bikes here. For availability and full details on our rental bike options please email us at info@hcbiketours.com or indicate the request for the bike rental in the Booking form and we will get back to you with the details.
WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • All-inclusive 3 days / 2 nights of tour leadership
  • Ride leader and support vehicle during the ride
  • Services of professional English speaking staff – guide, local knowledge, recommendations, stories, coaching if you wish
  • On-road supplements including fresh fruit, snacks, energy bars and drinks (we will specify your needs before your trip)
  • Basic mechanic assistance
  • All transfers and ground transportation
  • All luggage transfers
  • All accommodations
  • Two breakfasts
  • One lunch upon arrival
  • Two dinners
  • Pre-tour training and preparation advice
  • Welcome package including a HC Bike Tours pro-jersey, 2 water bottles, recovery drink, maps and other goodies
  • Photos and video of your challenge provided at the end of the tour
  • We welcome non-riders and family members of riders (you will be able to follow your partner in our comfortable van)
 
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities, laundry
  • Carbon WILIER GTR rental bike, Ultegra, 11sp (available for an additional fee)
  • Other cycling gear - helmet, pedals, all clothing (available for an additional fee)
 

Let's talk when it's best for you

Calls need to be scheduled at least 4 hours in advance of the scheduled call time and will be confirmed via email. HC Bike Tours uses time zone GMT/UTC+1 and welcomes your call in early mornings, late evenings and on the weekends as well.

Any questions?