French Pyrenees

You might have done a lot of cycling around Europe, even in the French Alps, but if you haven’t been cycling in the French Pyrenees yet, it’s hard to understand how unique the experience is until you ride it!

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The Pyrenees are not like any mountains you’ll have ever cycled in before. The passes that you’ll be cycling there were originally created by farmers and shepherds to move livestock and they often cut through woodland areas.

There’s hardly ever any traffic to contend with and the all-round cycling experience is a joy.There’s a huge cycling culture in the French Pyrenees. A big part of this is the Tour de France, which first passed through the Pyrenees in 1910. Over the intervening years, some of the Tour’s best moments have occurred in the French Pyrenees, cementing the location as a great cycling destination in the minds of fans and cyclists from around the world. There’s accommodation in the region that are aimed mostly at cyclists, emphasising how welcoming the region is to cyclists visiting it.

Popular Cycling Routes

The French Pyrenees has lots of very popular cycling routes and climbs that you can explore. There are dozens of them in fact, but there are some in particular that are very popular and stand out as options that you should consider cycling when you’re there.

If what you’re looking for is a truly spectacular climb, you should definitely head to Luz Ardiden. It’s generally considered to be one of the most picturesque cycling routes anywhere in Europe. Although it is present in the Tour de France, it wasn’t introduced until 1985. It has a 6.9% gradient and is inconsistent throughout.

Col d’Aubisque is a legendary climb made famous by the Tour de France, and is today one of the most popular routes in the French Pyrenees because people want to test themselves against it and experience it for themselves. It’s a must for anyone who considers themselves a hardcore cyclist and stands at 2613m high.

At 6929 feet high, Col du Tourmalet is the highest paved pass you’ll find in the French Pyrenees. It’s not far from Luz Ardiden but it’s quite a different cycling experience. It’s part of the Tour de France and was the highest part of the 2010 race. It’s an ominous climb, and anyone who’s watched the Tour knows that so be prepared.

When to Cycle in The French Pyrenees

Cycling in the French Pyrenees is best done between the start of June and the end of September. This is when you have the best chance of good weather. There can be times when there’s plenty of good weather outside of that window of time but it’s certainly riskier because the weather is more changeable and you might be left unable to cycle. It’s certainly true that the weather is better for longer and temperatures to remain higher in the Pyrenees than in the Alps, so this is a big advantage.

Latest French Pyrenees Tours

Road Cycling €1200
Bearn Tour

For this eight-day cycling tour through the Pyrenees, the premier climbs of the region such as the Aubisque, Hautacam or the Tourmalet, made legendary by the Tour de France, have been selected for you…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Hard
Road Cycling €2400
Introduction to the Mountains

We are delighted to bring you our Introduction to the Mountains week designed especially for riders with little or no experience of riding the high mountains, but with a passion to do so! You’ve got…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling €2550
Tour de France Week

Our Tour de France week will capture the beauty of the mountains and the colours and character of the Tour as it passes through the Pyrénées. Combining peaceful yet challenging ride days with the spectacle…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling €2550
Grand Cols

Our Grand Cols week is for those that are inspired to conquer the greatest cols in the French Pyrénées. Ride the most famous peaks and add your legend to the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin, Hautacam, Luz…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling €1890
Pyrenees Coast to Coast

Can be done anytime between June and October. Groups of 6 or more. 3 and 4-star accommodation. 7 days riding – Average of 100km per day with the option to add on extra km each day. Collection and return…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling €1590
Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees

Can be done anytime from June to October for a group of 6 or more. Open tour dates, Saturday, September 7th to Saturday, September 14th 2019. 
7 nights 3 or 4-star accommodation with 6 days of riding. 7…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling £925
France - Pyrenees Fitness Week - Guided Road Cycling Holiday (Grade 3-4)

<p>Our Pyrenees Fitness Weeks are the perfect way to get yourself ready for the season ahead, or round off your summer of cycling, with departures in springtime and in the autumn. Your base is the picturesque…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Intermediate
Road Cycling £925
France - Pyrenees Fitness Week - Guided Road Cycling Holiday (Grade 2-3)

<p>Our Pyrenees&nbsp;Fitness Weeks are the perfect way to get yourself ready for the&nbsp;season ahead, or round off your summer of cycling, with departures in springtime and in the autumn. Your base is…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Easy
Road Cycling £1995
France - Trans Pyrenees Challenge - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

<p>Our Trans Pyrenees coast-to-coast cycle Challenge has been one of our most popular road cycling tours ever since we started offering it, well over a decade ago. We updated this trip in 2015, and in…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Hard
Road Cycling $5499
Classic mountain climbs from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean

Conquer majestic mountain passes and relive epic race battles as you pedal across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. With daily routes through France and Spain, averaging over 60 miles…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling GBP290
Epic Pyrenean TdF Climbs

On the French Spanish border, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean, lie the famed Pyrenees Cols. From the pilgrimage town of Lourdes or Argeles-Gazost, you will ride the classics featured…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Hard
Road Cycling GBP290
Epic Pyrenean TdF Climbs

On the French Spanish border, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean, lie the famed Pyrenees Cols. From the pilgrimage town of Lourdes or Argeles-Gazost, you will ride the classics featured…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Hard
Road Cycling GBP290
Epic Pyrenean TdF Climbs

On the French Spanish border, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean, lie the famed Pyrenees Cols. From the pilgrimage town of Lourdes or Argeles-Gazost, you will ride the classics featured…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Hard
Road Cycling GBP290
Epic Pyrenean TdF Climbs

On the French Spanish border, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean, lie the famed Pyrenees Cols. From the pilgrimage town of Lourdes or Argeles-Gazost, you will ride the classics featured…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Hard
Road Cycling GBP1107
Raid Pyrenean

The Raid Pyrenean is a must-do ride for any road cycling enthusiast. In the 1950s the Cyclo Club Barnais were looking for a challenge, so they created a route across the Pyrenees, keeping as close to the…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Intermediate
Road Cycling GBP1180
Pyrenean Classic Cols

This road cycling holidayhas been carefully crafted to allow youto cycle the best cols and stage endings that the Pyrenees has to offer as well experience its quiet roads and unassuming ambiance. It is…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Intermediate