Classic mountains with a twist for even the most seasoned rider.
The unique Rapha Randonnée that takes riders through one of the world’s most famous and majestic mountain ranges, taking a classic route in reverse, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean. The route straddles the border of France and Spain, mixing cultures and cuisines with spectacular riding. Among a cast of stellar climbs, including the Col du Tourmalet, hidden gems are unexpected delights alongside the slopes of cycling's legends.
Let us challenge and inspire you, and fuel your passion for cycling. Using our vast experience of road riding and our love of the history of the sport, we have created Rapha Randonnées: point-to-point itineraries in cycling’s classic territories, and in select destinations across the world. Take on mythical climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, or cycle the road less travelled through the beautiful landscapes of Japan, California or Corsica. Whichever you choose, you will experience the same levels of service and support. Rapha Travel team cars and experienced guides will be on hand with local knowledge, a morale-boosting chat or a full bidon every pedal-stroke of the way. And, at the end of the day, you’ll simply hand your bike over to our mechanics, who will return them in top condition the next morning. In the evenings all you have to do is enjoy your appointment with our pro-level soigneur, sample the regional wines and cuisine, and relax in our carefully chosen accommodation.
Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included
Single occupancy as standard
Randonnées are a real challenge, often climbing the same cols used in the biggest races in the world. But because they’re fully supported, they can be enjoyed by everyone from veteran riders with years of experience to relative newcomers who have put in the training and committed themselves to achieving something special.
|Arrival Day Moltig-les-Bains Quick Spin|
|Day 1 Molitg-les-Bains - Tarascon-sur-Ariège||129 KM||3,600 M|
|Day 2 Tarascon-sur-Ariège - Saint Girons||91 KM||2,500 M|
|Day 3 Saint Girons - Bagnères-de-Luchon||108 KM||2,800 M|
|Day 4 Bagnères-de-Luchon - Saint-Savin||129 KM||4,100 M|
|Day 5 Saint-Savin - Oloron-Ste-Marie||120 KM||3,200 M|
|Day 6 Oloron-Ste-Marie - Biarritz||153 KM||2,900 M|
|Day 7 Biarritz|
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Flights into Perpignan airport or train to Perpignan TGV where you will be met by a member of Rapha Travel.
Chateau de Riell
Wasting no time in entering the mountains, the Randonnée begins with the incredible Col de Jau, immediately providing a true taste of the Pyrenees. The Port de Pailhères is our first appointment over 2000m. We then take the Route des Corniches to our hotel, a converted English-style manoir close to the Ariège river.
Col de Jau (1,506m), Col du Garavel (1,256m), Port de Pailhères (2,001m), Col du Chioula (1,431m), Col de Marmare (1,361m
Today we enjoy the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Ariégeoises to the fullest. The beauty of the Port de Lers will leave you speechless, before some rapid climbing and descending towards the hidden climb of the Col de Catchaudegue and our friends at the Chateau de Beauregard.
Château de Beauregard
Port de Lers (1,517) | Col d’Agnes (1,570m) |Col de Latrape (1,111m)
Once again, we are submerged in history as we take on classic cols that have been the scene of triumph and tragedy in the Tour de France. We ride past the memorial to Fabio Casartelli and the site of Andy Schleck’s infamous ‘Chaingate’, before descending to Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Col de Portet d’Aspet (1,069m) | Col des Ares (797m) | Port de Balès (1,755m)
A stage worthy of any Tour de France awaits. The Col de Peyresourde begins the day, but save some energy for the Azet and the beautiful Hourquette d’Ancizan. Then, the mighty Tourmalet, which has both crowned Tour champions and ruined pretenders. A long downhill takes us to a cordon bleu dinner.
Col de Peyresourde (1,569m), Col d’Azet (1,580m), Horquette d’Ancizan (1,564m), Col de Tourmalet (2,115m)
The terrain changes and the landscape becomes greener as we make our way towards the Atlantic, but the views and scenery continue to astound. Today features the classic Soulor-Aubisque double-punch combo, and the traverse of the Cirque du Litor – surely one of the top five must-ride roads in Europe.
Col des Bordères (1,157m), Col du Soulor (1,474m), Col d’Aubisque (1,709m), Col de Marie-Blanque (1,035m)
A long day of unpronounceable cols – but all headed gently down to the long-awaited Atlantic coastline. Lush green Basque countryside, a rewarding sea view and a great meal in the buzzing city of Biarritz.
Col de Bagargui (1,327m), Col d’Orgambidesca (1,284m), Col Heguichouria (1,327m), Col de Burdincurutcheta (1,135m)
Transfer from the hotel to Biarritz airport or train station
So, you could say the odds were against me having one of the most rewarding and inspirational experiences of my life - yet that is exactly what the Randonnée proved to be.
— Rider, Randonée Corsica 2016
The team.. James, Nico, Vicki and Livio just blew my mind and exceeded my expectations. They were sooo patient even at my lowest energy point when I perhaps wasn't at my finest the team was always there for me!
— Randonnee Dolomites, July 2016
All our trips are physically demanding, but some are harder than others. Randonnées and Cent Cols Challenges are among the toughest, and Retreats are among the most relaxing. Our guides, soigneurs and mechanics will support every rider to go beyond their usual level of riding. Each individual trip is rated for difficulty, and each trip type page gives rough guidelines on who the trip is for, to help you decide if it’s right for you.
We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.
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Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)
Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)