Bike Tours

highlights

 
  • Ride the key segments of the Tour de France 2017 route just hours before the peloton and watch the race LIVE in HC Bike Tours’ race viewing area with a large tent, LIVE TV, a grill party and drinks:
  • Climb many legendary Tour de France climbs in the Pyrenees: Col du TOURMALET, HAUTACAM, Col du PEYRESOURDES, Col du SOLOUR, Col d’AUBISQUE and many more!
  • Stay in specially selected hotels and spoil yourself after the ride with amazing gastronomic pleasures of the Pyrenees
  • Visit quaint towns: Argelès-Gazost, Saint-Lary-Soulan and Bagnères-de-Luchon
  • It is 7-day / 6-night all-inclusive, guided and a SAG van supported cycling tour, accompanied by the founder of HC Bike Tours and including access to HC Bike Tours’ special dedicated race viewing area. This cycling tour is open to anyone, but the number of spots is limited to only a maximum of 7 guests. 

Book your trip right now! To reserve your spot fill in the Booking form.

A special group discount is available for groups of 4 persons or more. Email us at info@hcbiketours.com to get a quote. You are welcome also to contact us on +1 650 319 8824 (US) or +371 26306180 (Europe).
 
You can make this tour Private or go Custom with personalized and tailored to fit your schedule, interests and budget. Start planning today! Go to Custom & Private cycling tour and fill in the Booking form.
 
Check out our guests Testimonials & Galleries from previous years. 
WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • 7-day / 6-night the founder of HC Bike Tours guided and a SAG van supported tour
  • LIVE stage 12 at Port de Bales in HC Bike Tours special dedicated race viewing area with a large tent, LIVE TV, grill lunch and drinks
  • LIVE stage 13 Start in Saint-Girons
  • All transfers from/to the airport and all ground transportation
  • All luggage and bike transportation
  • All accommodation fees for selected hotels (double occupancy)
  • All breakfasts
  • Two picnic lunches (on the arrival and LIVE race viewing days)
  • All dinners (except one, we will let you to explore local restaurants on your own)
  • On-road picnic lunches and supplements including fresh bread, cheese, meet, fruit, snacks, energy bars and drinks
  • Ride Leader (the founder) + SAG van during every ride
  • Services of our professional English speaking staff
  • Mechanic assistance
  • Welcome pack including the maps for the tour and an HC Bike Tours s/s cycling jersey
  • Pre-tour training and holiday preparation advice
  • HC Bike Tours staff evenings experience exchange – Pro experience sharing, nutrition advice, bike fitting, coaching
  • Photos of your tour
  • We welcome non-riders and family members of riders
 
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance (recommended)
  • Additional personal expenses, i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, drinks, gratuities, laundry, coffee stops
  • Lunches (however two picnic lunches and on-road picnic lunches are included)
  • Rental bike (available for an additional fee)
 
Day 1 - Sunday, July 9

Welcome to the French Pyrenees

Hautacam
HC Bike Tours’ founder and the rest of the team will meet you at the Toulouse airport in the morning. From there, you will be provided with a transfer to the hotel in Hautes-Pyrénées (High-Pyrenees). A bit later, our team will help you to set up your bicycle. An enjoyable picnic lunch will be served, after which, we will take off for a warm-up climb - Hautacam. This climb is used by the Tour quite often in last few years. In the evening, you will be invited on welcome dinner in a selected restaurant to enjoy the Pyrenean meal. 

 Strava map here

meals
meals
Picnic lunch
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Argelès-Gazost
hills
climbs
Hautacam
tour
accomplished
Distance 28 miles / 46 km
Elevation gain 5,580 ft / 1,700 m
Day 2 - Monday, July 10

Our favorite climb in the Pyrenees – Col d’Aubisque

Col du Soulour => Col d`Aubisque => Col du Soulour from Asson (optional)
We will ride our favorite climb of the French Pyrenees today. The views at the top of Col d`Aubisque are fantastic. Luckily our photographer will be there to get great pics of you.
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Argelès-Gazost
hills
climbs
Col du Soulour
Col d`Aubisque
tour
accomplished
Distance 75 miles / 122 km
Elevation gain 12 140 ft / 3,700 m
Day 3 - Tuesday, July 11

Col du Tourmalet - the most famous climb in the Pyrenees

Col du Tourmalet => Hourquette d'Ancizan
It`s time for the most legendary climb in the Pyrenees. The Tour went into the mountains for the first time in Y1910 and Stage 10 in that year included five brutal climbs: Col de Peyresourde + Col d’Aspin + Col du Tourmalet + Col du Soulor + Col d’Aubisque. The Alps appeared in the Tour only one year later. The Tourmalet has already appeared in the Tour 81 time!!! Let`s ride it! We will take a coffee stop and the top of the Tourmalet where you still can see some bikes from Y1910.
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Saint-Lary-Soulan area
hills
climbs
Col du Tourmalet
Hourquette d'Ancizan
tour
accomplished
Distance 53 miles / 86 km
Elevation gain 10 830 ft / 3,300 m
Day 4 – Wednesday, July 12

Beauty of the Pyrenees

Lac d'Orédon => Col de val Louron Azet => Peyragudes => Col de Peyresourde
We will keep riding to explore more of the Pyrenees. Our first climb will be the lake of Ordeon – a dead end must-ride climb. We will cross Col de val Louron Azet before to get at the top of Peyragudes – the summit finish of tomorrow`s Stage 12. We will hit Col de Peyresourde going down to our hotel. Dinner and recovery time.
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Ore
hills
climbs
Lac d'Orédon
Col de val Louron Azet
Peyragudes
Col de Peyresourde
tour
accomplished
Distance 69 miles / 112 km
Elevation gain 11 810 ft / 3,600 m
Day 5 - Thursday, July 13

Tour de France LIVE - Stage 12

Port de Bales (TdF LIVE)
It`s the day you will witness the Tour LIVE. The Stage 12 route goes along our hotel and we will take it just few hours before the pros come and climb Port de Bales. We will stop at HC Bike Tours race viewing area to have picnic and watch the race LIVE. We will ride down back to the hotel when the last rider will be gone away. Dinner and get ready for your last day in the Pyrenees.
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Ore
hills
climbs
Port de Bales
tour
accomplished
Distance 43 miles / 70 km
Elevation gain 5,580 ft / 1,700 m
Day 6 - Friday, July 14

LIVE Stage 13 Start in Saint-Giron

Col des Ares => Col de Portet d'Aspet => LIVE Stage 13 Start in Saint-Girons => Col de Menté
We will head to Saint-Girons today to see the pros on the start line of Stage 13. We will climb two famous climbs on our way to Saint-Girons including nasty Portet d'Aspet and we will hit spectacular Col de Menté on our way back to the hotel. Let`s have excellent farewell dinner tonight.
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Ore
hills
climbs
Col des Ares
Col de Portet d'Aspet
Col de Menté
tour
accomplished
Distance 77 miles / 125 km
Elevation gain 9,510 ft / 2,900 m
Day 7 - Saturday, July 15

So hard to leave it all behind

Breakfast will be served before we transport you back to the airport. Goodbyes and off you go. Let us know if you need any help with arranging your further travel plans in France or elsewhere in Europe, or if you wish to be transported to another location.
See you on our tours next year again!

meals
meals
Breakfast

HC Bike Tours support


We know what the best ride support is. Get on your bike and enjoy the ride! We do the rest:
  • We are ex-Pro riders, professional coaches, mechanics, experienced Ride Leaders. We will provide you with professional support, guide and encourage you through every ride, even make photos, be your coaches and make sure you have the best picnic stops in the world
  • We ride in small ride-groups of up to 7 riders per group, which allows us to keep the group together and provide full support with less waiting time
  • Each ride-group is led by an HC Bike Tours Ride Leader and one SAG van per ride-group is provided
  • If you become tired at any point, you have an option to use van transfer
  • An experienced mechanic will be available to assist in case of trouble with your bike
  • We will provide you with on-road supplements including local fresh bread, cheese, meet, fruit, snacks, energy bars, and drinks will be available any time

Bike Rental
Pro level bikes are available for rent. 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?
  • 7-day / 6-night the founder of HC Bike Tours guided and a SAG van supported tour
  • LIVE stage 12 at Port de Bales in HC Bike Tours special dedicated race viewing area with a large tent, LIVE TV, grill lunch and drinks
  • LIVE stage 13 Start in Saint-Girons
  • All transfers from/to the airport and all ground transportation
  • All luggage and bike transportation
  • All accommodation fees for selected hotels (double occupancy)
  • All breakfasts
  • Two picnic lunches (on the arrival and LIVE race viewing days)
  • All dinners (except one, we will let you to explore local restaurants on your own)
  • On-road picnic lunches and supplements including fresh bread, cheese, meet, fruit, snacks, energy bars and drinks
  • Ride Leader (the founder) + SAG van during every ride
  • Services of our professional English speaking staff
  • Mechanic assistance
  • Welcome pack including the maps for the tour and an HC Bike Tours s/s cycling jersey
  • Pre-tour training and holiday preparation advice
  • HC Bike Tours staff evenings experience exchange – Pro experience sharing, nutrition advice, bike fitting, coaching
  • Photos of your tour
  • We welcome non-riders and family members of riders
 
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance (recommended)
  • Additional personal expenses, i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, drinks, gratuities, laundry, coffee stops
  • Lunches (however two picnic lunches and on-road picnic lunches are included)
  • Rental bike (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?