France

Randonnée Pyrénées Direction Atlantique

25th juin - 2nd juillet 2017

  • Start Location MOLTIG LES BAINS
  • End Location BIARRITZ
  • Av. Daily Distance 122 KM
  • Av. Daily Elevation 3,175 M
  • Days 7
  • Difficulty
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.

Single occupancy — 4 750 € per person

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Who is it for?

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.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Randonneés include

  • Airport transfers (excludes Japan)
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Single occupancy as standard

How Hard is it?

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.

Day Distance Climbing
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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Arrival Day

Moltig-les-Bains Quick Spin

Flights into Perpignan airport or train to Perpignan TGV where you will be met by a member of Rapha Travel.

Accommodation

Chateau de Riell

Day 1

Molitg-les-Bains - Tarascon-sur-Ariège

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.

Distance

129 KM

Climbing

3,600 M

Accommodation

Manoir d'Agnes

Major Climbs

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

Day 2

Tarascon-sur-Ariège - Saint Girons

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.

Distance

91 KM

Climbing

2,500 M

Accommodation

Château de Beauregard

Major Climbs

Port de Lers (1,517) | Col d’Agnes (1,570m) |Col de Latrape (1,111m)

Day 3

Saint Girons - Bagnères-de-Luchon

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.

Distance

108 KM

Climbing

2,800 M

Accommodation

Acta Hotel

Major Climbs

Col de Portet d’Aspet (1,069m) | Col des Ares (797m) | Port de Balès (1,755m)

Day 4

Bagnères-de-Luchon - Saint-Savin

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.

Distance

129 KM

Climbing

4,100 M

Accommodation

Le Viscos

Major Climbs

Col de Peyresourde (1,569m), Col d’Azet (1,580m), Horquette d’Ancizan (1,564m), Col de Tourmalet (2,115m)

Day 5

Saint-Savin - Oloron-Ste-Marie

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.

Distance

120 KM

Climbing

3,200 M

Accommodation

Alysson Hotel

Major Climbs

Col des Bordères (1,157m), Col du Soulor (1,474m), Col d’Aubisque (1,709m), Col de Marie-Blanque (1,035m)

Day 6

Oloron-Ste-Marie - Biarritz

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.

Distance

153 KM

Climbing

2,900 M

Accommodation

Hotel Windsor

Major Climbs

Col de Bagargui (1,327m), Col d’Orgambidesca (1,284m), Col Heguichouria (1,327m), Col de Burdincurutcheta (1,135m)

Day 7

Biarritz

Transfer from the hotel to Biarritz airport or train station

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Customer Testimonials

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

It truly was an adventure and a testing one at that. Your companionship made the trip pure pleasure. To sit and eat (steak after steak after steak) and laugh with you all after what were very challenging days will make the trip live long in my memory. Our greatest thanks goes to the Rapha Travel Team. Thank you Ben, Greg, Joe and Francois. I know it's very calm on the surface but I also know that so much goes on behind the scenes. Not only on the trip but back in the office as well. I knew what to expect. But even knowing that my expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much guys.

— Randonnee Pyrenees rider, July 2016

FAQ

What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group - on Randonnées there are high guide-to-guest ratios. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

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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