15th June to Sunday 23rd June 2013
The Raid Pyrenean is a 714km randonnée across the back bone 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.
The route also passes the Fabio Casartelli memorial located of the Col du Portet de Aspet.
You will leave Hendaye on the Monday morning, and the aim of the Randonnée is to complete thedistance 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. The coach will carry your luggage each day from overnight stop to overnight stop, and will also act as a back up for serious mechanical breakdowns and food provisions.
Accommodation on most nights will be on Half-Board basis,i.e. Bed, Breakfast & evening meal.
a profile of the Raid Pyreneen route.
Saturday 15th June:
Our touring coaches equipped with box trailer for the safe storage of bikes in bike bags will make collections at:
Leeds Queens Hotel (City Square),
Manchester Victoria Train Station,
Knutsford Services (M6 Southbound),
Keele Services (M6),
Norton Canes (M6 Toll),
Birmingham International Train Station (N.E.C.),
Watford Gap Services (M1 Southbound),
Junction 14 (M1 Coach Way),
London (Hesperia Victoria Hotel, Bridge Place Near Victoria Train Station),
Dover Eastern Docks (Ferry Terminal)
We can collect at other service stations along the above route (Please contact for more details).
We'll have an afternoon sailing to Calais.
Accommodation at the 3* Hotel Mercure on the outskirts of Paris
Sunday 16th June:
Travel to Hendaye, where overnight accommodation is at the 2* Hotel Campanile with evening meal. Alternatively fly to Biarritz or San Sebastian and make your own way to the Hotel in Hendaye.
Monday 17th June:
160km to Oleron Ste Marie (Col d’Osquich)
Tuesday 18th June:
130km to Ste. Maire, Campan. (Col de Marie Blanque, Col d’Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet)
Wednesday 19th June:
170km to Massat. (Col d’Aspin, Col du Peyresourde, Col de Portet de Aspet)
Thursday 20th June:
160km to Prades. (Col du Port, Col du Puymorens)
Friday 21st June:
80km to Cerbere. After the finish we travel to Toulouse and overnight at a hotel near Toulouse airport. If available you can get a late night flight from Toulouse airport.
Saturday 22nd June:
We commence travel home from Toulouse, making a night stop over at the 3* Hotel Mercure in Paris. You can take a morning flight from Toulouse airport.
Sunday 23rd June:
Continue the travel home, we take the 13.45hrs sailing to Dover arriving London 16.00hrs, Birmingham 18.00hrs, Manchester 20.00hrs, and Leeds by 21.00hrs.