- Itinerary Overview
- Full Itinerary
|Arrival day Meet us at the first night accommodation|
|Day 1 Girona Loop||205 KM||2,800 M|
|Day 2 Girona - La Molina (Spain)||196 KM||4,600 M|
|Day 3 Molina - Andorra||204 KM||4,500 M|
|Day 4 Andorra - Sort (Spain)||200 KM||5,400 M|
|Day 5 Sort - Bagneres de Luchon||177 KM||5,400 M|
|Day 6 Luchon Loop||199 KM||5,200 M|
|Day 7 Luchon - Oust||209 KM||5,500 M|
|Day 8 Oust - Ax-les-Thermes||202 KM||4,700 M|
|Day 9 Ax les Thermes - Amelie les Bains||184 KM||4,700 M|
|Day 10 Amelie les Bains - Girona||197 KM||3,300 M|
|Departure day Transfer day|
Meet us at the first night accommodation
The Girona loop is a perfect, relatively gentle introduction to the hilly roads that make this area one of the most favoured of all by the pro’s with a typical mix of 'known' roads and some narrow, lesser-ridden ones. The stage ends with a little loop up to the the famous old part of Girona.
Major Climbs: Rajols, Gomara, Condreu
Girona - La Molina (Spain)
After climbing the infamous Roccacorba we head north west, via 13 cols, towards the heart of the Pyrenees, finishing at the La Molina ski station, near the French border.
Major Climbs: Rocacorba, Crueta, Vidra, Merolla
Molina - Andorra
Starting on the impressive Cerdagne plateau we then explore the dramatic, barren gorges and remote climbs of this little-known area of southern Arriege before we tackle the long climb to the highest road pass in the Pyrenees (Port d’Envalira) and arrive in Andorra.
Major Climbs: Llose, Creu, Puymorens, Port d'Envalira, Ordino
Andorra - Sort (Spain)
A truly epic stage that includes the best ‘jewels’ in the crown of Andorra climbs: perhaps the Queen stage of the event, this will be an unforgettable day!
Major Climbs: Alto Cortals, Engolasters, Gallina, Baixalis, Port del Canto
Sort - Bagneres de Luchon
A long but spectacular climb brings us back into France for the first part of the ‘Luchon Feast’: Portillon, Hospice de France, and Superbagneres make it immediately clear why Bagneres de Luchon is so worth spending three nights of our trip at!
Major Climbs: Port de Bonaigua, Portillon, Superbagneres, Hospice de France
The Luchon loop is another feast of classic Tour climbs, interrupted by a mid-stage section of ‘CCC roads’ that will bite the legs just as hard as the ‘Giants’.
Major Climbs: Peyresourde, Azet Louron, Hourquette d'Ancizan, Poer de Bales
Luchon - Oust
Once back over the (harder) French side of the Portillon, we climb one of the most remote roads of the Pyrenees to arrive at the Col de Menté. Familiar Tour climbs appear mid-stage but we are soon back on the ‘rare pearls’ on our way to Oust, the tiny village in the heart of one of the most picturesque areas of the High Pyrenees. 15 cols make this an especially tough stage.
Major Climbs: Artigascou, Menté, Core, Saraille
Oust - Ax-les-Thermes
The majestic Agnes/Port de Lers climbs open the stage, with views hard to beat. Yet the winding route to the Col de Marmare, via the Route des Cretes, to the Col de Pradel is hardly less impressive. The stage ends with another tough Tour favourite at Ax-les-Thermes, where thermal baths in the town centre can comfort tired legs!
Major Climbs: Peguerre, Jouels, Agnes, Port de Lers, Marmare, Pradel
Ax les Thermes - Amelie les Bains
Starting like a predictable ‘classic’ route, via the Port de Pailheres, and the Col de Jau, the stage then takes on true 'CCC style' as we climb through long, remote gorges to the Col de Palomeres and onto the dramatic Col de Brousse. A tough five km ramp up to our remote hillside hotel, completes the back-road feast of these little-known climbs through dense Mediteranean oak forest.
Major Climbs: Pailheres, Jau, Palmer's, Roquejalere
Amelie les Bains - Girona
Glorious stretches of rolling coastal road, with occasional single-track balcony-road sections through the impressive Banyuls wine hills, make the perfect way to celebrate this CCC journey. After an unusually flat part across the plain back towards Girona, we hit the infamous ‘Montanya dels Angels’ for an unforgettable final climb of the event.
Major Climbs: Monestir de Rodes, Gascons, del Bombo, Els Angels (Portells)