Published by Lyn on 10 January 2018
La Pyrénéenne Cyclosportive in the Pyrenees in July includes two routes that climb the Tourmalet and the Hautacam. Local cyclist Simon Stay has this overview.
La Pyrénéenne Cyclosportive is a well established sportive that starts and finishes in Argelés-Gazost. - This year it takes place on Sunday, July 5.
There are 3 routes, two of which include the Tourmalet and the Hautacam:
La Quatre Vallées: 180km, Argelés-Tourmalet-Aspin-Hourquette d'Ancizan-Hautacam (4800m of climbing).
La Deux Vallées: 115km, Argelés-Tourmalet-Hautacam. (3200m of climbing).
La Cyclogourmande: 46km. A recreational ride around the local area.
This is a well organised event with good marshalling, support vehicles and regular feed stations.
Full details can be found at www.lapyreneenne.a3w.fr
Accommodation and bike hire in the Pyrenees
Simon is a local cyclist who lives at Arrens, just off the road to the Col du Soulor, which leads on to the Col d'Aubisque. He's just 15km from the climb upto Cauterets and knows these roads well. He runs the bike-friendly Les Artigaux Gites.