France Haute Pyrenees Cycling Tour

Sept 6 - Sept 13, 2025

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Dates of trip: September 6 - September 13, 2025 (Saturday through Saturday)

Arrival City: Biarritz, France

Departure City: Carcassonne, France

It is not a stretch to say that the Haute Pyrenees is one of the World’s greatest bike ride. We will ride Tour de France ‘regulars’ such as the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin and the Peyresourde.

We start with a couple of minutes of riding to the beach on the Atlantic coast for a photo of all of us on our bikes. We then use our next five days to ride coast to coast, ending the trip with a group photo on the Mediterranean. We have a day off in the middle for your legs to get a day off.

You’ll enjoy some of Europe's premier cycling roads, stay in charming hotels carefully selected for their rider-friendliness and convenience to the best cycling routes, and benefit from superb rider support & daily baggage/equipment transfers.

In essence, we help take the hassle out of riding across the Pyrenees, leaving you to concentrate on the scenery, the camaraderie, the local cuisine, and the small matter of propelling yourself up and down the mountains.

Since most riders will take a full week's vacation for this type of trip, this trip relaxes the pace a little from traditional Raid Pyrenees treks and takes you on a pure 'riders route.' We ride on a '5-day + 4-hour schedule', but the 'stages' remain challenging, and all the most iconic climbs are on our course as you'd expect.

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France Haute Pyrenees Cycling Tour
Sept 6 - Sept 13, 2025

While Jeff is the visionary of Threshold Academy, all events and affairs are managed by him.  

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Jeff is an author and coach, and he loves storytelling. He loves to take people out of their comfort zone, and he has a passion for seeing people improve. He is an avid duathlete, and he loves both running and cycling. Jeff retired from a successful career in the IT industry and now coaches athletes and leads adventure travel when he is not writing.

Day Riders
Day 1: Arrival Day (Saturday afternoon): Meet at the hotel in Biarritz for pre-ride briefing, bike assembly and fitting, and dinner. If you leave the states on Friday night, you should be able to book flights that take you to Biarritz by early afternoon on Saturday.
Day 2: Start/finish: Biarritz – Montory. Distance: 145km Elevation gain: 2745 m. This is your first picturesque day, taking in a selection of Cat 2, 3, and 4 climbs, notably St. Ignace, Otxondo, Ispeguy, and Osquich. The ride can be found here.
Day 3: Start/finish: Montory – Luz Saint Sauveur. Distance: 120 km Elevation gain: 3100m. Into the truly high mountains with the challenging ascents of Col de Marie Blanque and Col d’ Aubisque on today’s menu. Epic by all measures. The ride can be found here.
Day 4: Start/finish: Luz Saint Sauveur 0 Bagneres de Luchon. Distance: 94 km Elevation gain: 3656m. This is the “big one,” with the Tourmalet, Aspin, and Peyresourde following in rapid succession. It is a whopping 5 flat kilometers for the entire day. It is a memory maker. The ride can be found here.
Day 5: Day off.
Day 6: Start/finish: Bagneres de Luchon – Foix. Distance: 139 km. Elevation gain: 2656m. A nicely balanced day with some easy leg-spinning flat sections to afford you some recovery from the recent climbs. There is a H/C at the end, but it has an epic downhill afterward. The ride can be found here.
Day 7: Start/finish: Fiox – Prades. Distance: 143 km. Elevation gain: 2800m. Quiet roads and two of the longest descents of the week. Beware the sting of the tail with a 19 km climb up the Col de Jau. Once you crest the Jau, it is downhill nearly all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. Ride details can be found here.
Day 8: Start/finish: Prades – Argeles sur Mer. Distance: 68 km. Elevation gain 498 m. The last half day, with a (typical) tailwind, assisted the cruise to the sea. Well-earned respite after the previous 5 days of climbing. Dinner as a group in old Carcassonne. Ride details can be found here.

What does the trip cost?

Price of this trip is $2,995 and assumes double occupancy. Please inquire about single room pricing.

Trip prices are based on accommodation and English speaking guides for duration of the trip. All trips will have an orientation (in person if geography suffices) for all guests approximately 4 weeks before departure.

Deposit Requirement: A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required immediately with each booking request. A booking cannot be guaranteed without a deposit.

Deposits can be paid by check, travelme, or venmo (@jeff-gaura).

Trip Costs: This trip must be paid in full 120 days prior to the start of trip. If trip fees are not paid within this time-frame, trip deposits will be forfeited.

Refund Policy: There is a 10% non-refundable fee per person on all received cancellation requests, regardless of the period when the cancellation is submitted. This trip is only 50% refundable if the request is made prior to 90 days before our published start. If cancellation request is made after, no refund will be issued. This is due to the strict booking policies for our villa and support vehicles.

Tour Cancellations: Threshold Academy reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason and will notify each guest as soon as possible. All deposits and monies paid will be refunded 100% in such an event. Trip Insurance is recommended for all participants.

What's Included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 6 evening meals (Sun-Thu)
  • Daily baggage transfers
  • All-day on-the-road rider support (two support vehicles)
  • Full trip mapping in electronic format
  • Easy access to a comprehensive range of tools, spare parts and energy/hydration products

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Trip Insurance
  • Specialized nutrition
  • Lunches while cycling and 1 night of meals out on the town

Do you provide advice on what flights I should book to get to/from a tour?

You want to land either in Biarritz or a nearby airport that will let you shuttle/taxi to Biarritz. It is a luxurious beach town, and if you want to take a few days to come early, please do so. You want to fly home from Lyon if you are going back immediately, or perhaps you can explore the French Riviera. Email me if you have a specific inquiry or if you’d like to check that your proposed flight itinerary ‘works’ before you book it.

When is a single supplement payable?

A single supplement is a fee added to the trip price, which secures a private room with no roommate for guests who prefer to stay alone. If you would like your room, please make sure you clearly communicate your request. The price of the Single Supplement will vary from trip to trip but typically equates to around 25% of the advertised trip price. If you are a solo traveler and do not opt for Single Supplement, then you will be paired with a roommate of the same gender.

What standard of accommodation do we stay in?

For this trip to the Pyrenees, we primarily stay in 3-star hotels selected for their rider-friendliness and proximity to the best riding routes. In some of the more remote mountain village locations, if a 3-star hotel is not available then we will have chosen the best of the 2-star options available. If you would like more details of any of our hotels/lodgings then please just drop us a line to ask.

Do I need to take out travel insurance?

Yes. As a minimum, that policy should provide extensive health/accident/hospitalization cover AND substantial provision to cover your liability in the event that you are deemed to be at fault in any accident. We will ask to see a copy of your policy document (electronic copies will suffice) before you commence riding. Most policies of this type will have some cover to protect you in the event that you need to cancel your holiday, e.g., in the event of sickness, so we recommend that you take out the cover as soon as you book the trip, not just as a ‘last minute’ action immediately prior to travel.

What training should I do for the trip?

Again, it is somewhat difficult to give a generic ‘fits-all-riders’ answer. This is an average level/demanding tour and does require fitness and endurance to cycle 100+ km every day as well as climb mountain passes. For an ‘average’ rider signing up for a 7-day Summer tour with 600km+ of riding and 10,000m+ of elevation gain ahead of them, we’d suggest that you aim to be riding 3-4 times per week (indoor training ‘counts’ on this scorecard) in the 3 months leading up to the trip. The cumulative duration of those rides should build up to at least 10 hours per week in the last 4-6 weeks of preparation. You should be building at intervals or ‘efforts’ of 15-30 minutes to 2-3 of your weekly rides. Pay attention to your descending skills as well as your ‘base fitness’ and climbing ability. It is very valuable on any of our trips to be able to descend safely and confidently. If you’d like any more personalized advice on training & preparation, then send me an email, and I would be happy to discuss your circumstances in more detail.

What gearing do you recommend I ride on the big climbs?

Inevitably, the answer to this one is going to be entirely down to your strengths as a rider. Stronger/lighter riders may well be content to ride a standard 53/39-tooth or ‘semi-compact’ 52/36-tooth chain set – usually coupled with a rear cassette ranging from 11-25 or 11-28. Those of you who find the climbs that bit tougher or prefer to ‘spin’ a gear will find a compact 50/34-tooth chain set more suitable and may opt to match that with an 11-32 cassette to give yourselves a true ‘bale out’ option that will keep you pedaling on even the steepest sections. If you’re still not sure what will be most suitable for your specific trip and riding style, send me an email, and I will be happy to advise.

How do you manage groups to cater to a wide variation in rider experience & riding speed?

A key ‘success factor’ in enabling this to happen is that we need all riders in the group to take an efficient approach to all of our rest breaks, meal/café stops and col-summit regroupings. Your ‘job’ during a break period (as well as relaxing, eating, drinking, taking your photos & celebrating your successes) is to make sure you are properly prepared to move on when we ask you to.

Along with some start-of-day ‘head starts’ for the steadier riders in the group, we will also encourage those riders to set off a few minutes before the faster participants after each refreshment stop or col-summit regrouping. The composition of the ‘lead group’ may vary from day to day (if fatigue starts to play a part) or even on individual sections of the ride depending on terrain (some steadier climbers may be excellent descenders or very strong on flatter / rolling roads). The real key to the success of this approach is collaboration within the group – the faster riders showing some patience in allowing a head start to accumulate and the steadier folks being sufficiently well organized to get ahead when we ask them to.

Our Gift to You

As a participant of our trip, you'll receive one of these fabulous Threshold Academy biking jerseys and a water bottle with the same logo.