Historic Stages of the Tour de France

This is a bespoke holiday and dates can be arranged to suit. As the title says this is a tough week and needs no introduction this week takes in 3 historic stages of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees the rides will be done on the Sunday, Tuesday and the Friday on the weeks below. The other days being free giving you a chance to ride any other Cols you may want to try whilst your here with us.

Our day off is the Wednesday but you can take our advice on finding some local hidden secrets that the Tour has never touched.

Stage 1 Pau Col du Tourmalet – 174 km

The 2010 anniversary stage of when the Tourmalet was first crossed in 1910. This is was tough stage 17 ridden by the amateur etapists in 2010, 2 days before the Tour and Stage winner Andy Schleck in 5 hours 3 minutes on the 22nd July 2010. Now where not expecting a time like that but you can follow in the wheels of the great riders by crossing the Col du Marie-Blanque, Col d’Aubisque and a grand finish on the Tourmalet.

Stage 2 Tarbes Luz Ardiden – 144.50 km

21kms Haut-De-La-Côte

34.50kms Côte De Mauvezin

37.00kms Côte De Capvern-Les-Bains

80.00kms Col d’Aspin

109.50kms Col Du Tourmalet

144.50kms Luz-Ardiden

A 2001 tour stage played out over some of the toughest climbs of the Pyrenees and the final climb up the climb Lance was nearly to lose the Tour in 2003 when a bag caught his handlebars, Lance never won this stage 14 on the 22nd July 2001 but this climb enabled him increase his lead over his rivals and give him a massive winning margin of over 5 minutes in Paris. Roberto Laiseka won the stage in 4hours 24 minutes.

Stage 3 Pau Cauterets – Cambasque – 147 kms

We go all the way back to 1989 stage 9 – 10th July for this one when Greg Lemond won the Tour by just 8 seconds from Laurent Fignon(RIP). A gripping last day on the Champs-Élysées one of the best Tours in history, it went all the way down to the wire on the final time trial, the difference was 8 seconds about 220 metres, after 3 weeks of racing and 3,279 kms, it was just 8 seconds!! Greg clawed back a 50 second deficit in the final individual time trial to win the yellow jersey on the final day of the Tour.

This particular Stage to Cambasque was won by Miguel Indurain, who we all came to know over the next few years and his exploits in the race against truth, that won him the Tour five consecutive times the 1st person ever to do so. He rode this stage over the Marie Blanque , Col d’Aubisque and won on top of Cambasque in a time of 4hours 24 minutes

For Greg LeMond, the victory was sweet. After his life threatening hunting accident, LeMond’s return to full form generated great emotion. The Tour de France had just witnessed the greatest race in its legendary history.

This holiday inlcudes:-

  • Half board including breakfast, afternoon tea and fantastic home-cooked 3 course meals every night(Except Wed our night off).
  • Return transfers from/to Pau airport(1hr 15min Transfer) or Lourdes airport(40 min Transfer) or train station(30 min Transfer)
  • Cereal bars and energy drink to keep you fuelled-up.
  • Experienced ride leaders
  • Secure storage for your bikes we know how much you love them!
  •  Vehicle and driver back up for major break downs…

The tour does not include:- 

  • Food on the road.
  • Transfers to from Toulouse or Biarritz unless previously agreed extra charges apply.
  • Wine, beer or any hotel extras e.g. washing of kit that may added to room, need to be paid for on check out from Hotel.

This is a Bespoke Tour please contact us for potential dates for your group, prices for bespoke start from £695.00 per person, includes half board accomodation. 

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