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The Raid Pyrenean 2014 Cycling Holiday

15th to 21st June 2014

The Raid Pyrenean is a 714km randonnée from sea to sea across the backbone of the Pyrenees connecting the town of Hendaye on the Bay of Biscay with Cerbere on the Mediterranean. The route takes you over many of the cols which feature so prominently in the Tour de France, including the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Marie Blanc, Aspin, and Peyresourde.

You will leave Hendaye on the Monday morning, and the aim of the Randonnée is to complete the distance within 100 hours, thus arriving at Cerbere by Friday lunchtime. A Sports Tours International vehicle will follow as many of you as possible, giving feeds and mechanical back up.
A van will carry your luggage each day from overnight stop to overnight stop, and will also act as a back up for mechanical breakdowns and food provisions. Accommodation will be on Half-Board basis,i.e. Bed, Breakfast & evening meal.
Daily packed lunches and energy products are also included.

Our travel packages for the 2014 Raid Pyrenean are now on sale. please note that unlike previous years we will not be running this as a coach trip from the UK.
We will run transfers to and from Toulouse as this is the airport with the best flight access. We can also collect you from Biarritz if you wish. This trip is now shorter in duration at 6 days riding and with 7 nights hotel accommodation.

Planned itinerary:

Sunday 15th June: Arrival day
Today we are providing an airport transfer from Toulouse airport to Hendaye at 15h30. We can also come and collect you from Biarritz if you prefer. Please contact us to give us your arrival time.

Alternatively you can make your own way to Hendaye, where overnight accommodation is at the Hotel Campanile. On arrival in Hendaye, we will have a track pump and tools ready for you to put your bike together. After the evening meal our Sports Tours staff will do a Raid briefing and you can also get to know your fellow riders for the week.


Monday 16th June: Day 1: Hendaye to Arette - 149km with 1556m of climbing
After breakfast our first day begins with a good day's riding to Arette. Although quite long today is a day to find your cycling legs as there are not many massive climbs on the menu today.
We will have a scheduled lunch stop en route where you can have your packed lunch. There is the Col d'Osquich en route which tops out at 500m altitude. Like every day, your luggage will be taken to tonight's hotel in advance and we are on hand throughout today to support you on your ride. On arrival at this evening's hotel in Arette, we will enjoy the evening meal together.

Tonight we are staying at the Hotel de L'Ours in Arette.

Tuesday 17th June: Day 2: Arette to Sainte Marie de Campan - 145km with 3765m of climbing
We have a big day today. Lots of climbing with the 2 big ascents of the Aubisque/ Soulor and the infamous Tourmalet. Like every day, we are on hand to support you throughout the day. Packed lunches will be there for you at our agreed lunch stop and energy products are provided throughout the day.

Tonight we are staying at the Auberge des Pyrenees near Sainte Marie de Campan for an evening meal with local delicacies and a comfortable night's rest.

Wednesday 18th June: Day 3: Sainte Marie de Campan to Massat - 166km with 2863m of climbing
Another marathon day with a lot of kilometers. After breakfast we will tackle the first of today's clims; the Col d'Apin at 1489m followed by the Col de Peyresourde at 1569m today's highest climb and the Col des Ares which is quickly followed by the Col de Portet d'Aspet.

Tonight we will be staying in Massat.

Thursday 19th June: Day 4: Massat to Prades - 148km with 3348m of climbing
The Col de Port is first on the route today with the Col du Puymorens as the highest Col of the day. The Col de la Perche and Mont Louis will mean a challenging end to the day.

This evening we will dine and stay in the Hotel Princess in Vernet Les Bains, near Prades.

Friday 20th June: Day 5: Prades to Cerbere - 93km with 452m of climbing
Today is the final day of your 2014 Raid Pyrenean. It is all downhill with a couple of small climbs towards the end and you will get to your goal; the Mediterranean and the town of Cerbere.

Tonight we will have a celebratory meal in Cerbere and you can have a dip in the sea if you wish, We will take some photos to register the moment and your fantastic achievement.

Saturday 21st June:
After breakfast we will transport you back to Toulouse airport. Please book flights after 14:00.

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Price: £799 per person based on the double occupancy of a double or twin bed room.
Single supplement: £199 per person.

Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option.
We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.

Included:

  • 6 Nights at various hotels on half board with breakfast and evening meals included
  • Bike transport and storage
  • Packed lunches on riding days
  • Energy products
  • Support vehicle throughout
  • Support of our rep and mechanic
  • Luggage transport
  • Entry Fees & Maps

Not included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Any meals and hotel extras not included in the above

HOW TO BOOK:
Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:
Visas are not required to enter France. You need a passport to enter France. As a British passport holder you may stay as a visitor for three months. General Travel Information is available also.
All other non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for France.
For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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