This tours is for the connoisseurs of road cycling. If you would like to spend one-week cycling in the Pyrenees including the big names like Tourmalet and Aubisque, as well as some unknown gems on the beautiful Spanish side of the Pyrenees, this is the tour for you.
Tourmalet and Aubisque—these two legends of cycling are highlights of this tour. Every cyclist should come to climb these mountains at least once. However, at least as impressive are the largely unknown Spanish Pyrenees—truly beautiful roads with little to no traffic. To see what we mean, have a look at the video at the top of this page. This Central-Pyrenees adventure combines the very best of the Pyrenees into a one week tour.
8 Days / 8 Nights
Cervélo C3 Ultegra Di2
Starting at €1945
6 & 1
13,000m climb/42,500ft climb
New: available for 2020
10% off till October 31, 2019
For the first 5 bookings.
Along the route, we will stay at the beautiful medieval Pyrenees town Aínsa for one night and next day we pass by Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in our Central-Pyrenees tour:
The mountain range extends about 500km/310mi from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean (West to East). About 1/3 of the Pyrenees are in France and 2/3 in Spain. The northern part is generally steeper and this is where most of the famous Tour-de-France cols are located. On the southern Spanish side, the slopes are generally milder and there is even less traffic.
After the rest day we cross the border into France and climb our first Tour de France classic: The Col du Aubisque. This is our personal favorite. We will stay overnight in Argelès-Gazost at the Auberge des Pyrénées where Stehane will prepare a superb French dinner for us. We will need the energy for the next day: The time has come to climb the Tourmalet. This is an unforgettable challenge for every cyclists. We have one more classic to climb berfore we reach the next hotel: the Col d’Aspin. Fortunatly it’s slopes are much more gentle than the Tourmale. This stage ends in Arreau where we stay in the Hotel Angletere, another one of our favorite hotels in the french Pyrneees.
Information in the itinerary is subject to change. Depending on conditions the exact route and length of stages and transfers may need to change.
Single room supplement: € 355 (8 rooms maximum)
Maximum participants: 12
Early booking discount applies only to base price, not to any supplement.
Prices in USD: The tour price is payable in Euro. Here are approximations as reference only: €1.945 is about USD2.130. €355 is about USD388.
Single room supplement: €355
Rental Bike: Cervélo C3 Climb : €268
Rental E-Bike: €428
Airport Transfer: €110 (two-way/per person) Barcelona (BCN) or Girona (GRO)
Bike Case Airport Transfer: €85
Transfer for Car Pick-Up: 45€ (per person) from Vielha to Vall de Boí
With the booking a total of €1,000 per person and the fee for the rental bike is payable.
The remainder is due 20 days before the arrival date of the tour.
Transaction cost is to be paid by the customer. There is a 2% transaction fee for credit card payments.
The same payment conditions apply for early booking discount.
In compliance with European and Spanish regulations for tour operators, your payment is secured through our insurance. Our tour operator license is GC-1872.
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You may cancel your booking at any time.
We will acknowledge the cancellation within 3 working days and refund your payment within 30 days in accordance with the following table.
Amount Due as % of Total Tour Price
Cancellation fee per person
until 14 days after booking
until 60 days before tour begin
until 15 days before tour begin
until 7 days before tour begin
Less than 7 days before tour begins
Example: Choose a second date for your family / a closed group.
You will receive a GPS rental-unit and a route card for each stage. With this GPS on your handlebars, you will always know your way. It is up to you whether you want to cycle in a group or at your own pace. If you are bringing your own GPS, we will transfer the tracks to your device at the beginning of the tour.
One of our support cars is always nearby – en route we stay close by and we await you with snacks and drinks at the important cols. As necessary, we also offer the possibility to ride parts of the stage in the support car. All tours are scheduled so that you can expect excellent weather. Should it unexpectedly happen that you cannot cycle, we will transfer you to the next hotel.
Our support car is equipped with a comprehensive first-aid-kit. For immediate response we carry standard equipment, oxygen and a heart defibrillator.
For the most important repairs we carry a comprehensive set of tools and standard replacement parts for Shimano 11-speed components. We also carry some spare bikes. Additional costs may apply.
We carry fresh fruits, energy bars, gels, cookies & crackers, nuts & dry fruits, water, sports drink powder, soft drinks and hot beverages for you in the support car.
The Pyrenees are our home. In order to always guarantee the best possible road conditions we annually update each tour.
We transport one soft-shell traveling bag and one daypack for you. Your daypack will be accessible during the stages.
Accommodations are in well-kept, family owned Hotels and B&Bs. Regional specialities will be served and the needs of cyclists are accounted for.
On the rest day up to three cycling kits will be washed for you.
We capture the best moments of the tour for you. There will be a slideshow presentation at the end of the tour. Also, you will be able to purchase a USB flash drive (additional costs apply) with the slideshow and individual photos of yourself.
For this tour, we recommend the Cervélo C3 climb rental bike with 50/34 with 11-34 gears and Continental GrandPrix GT 28mm tires.
New for 2020: We also have an E-Bike available for rent.
On the arrival day, your rental bike will be set up for you and adjusted to best match your position and requirements. You may bring your own pedals and saddle and attach these to your rental bike. If you bring your own computer or GPS you may attach this system to the bike.
Pick-Up Location: Airport Girona (GRO)
Departure Time: 10:00am
– OR –
Pick-Up Location: Airport Barcelona (BCN)
Departure Time: 12:00pm
Drop-Off Location: Airport Girona (GRO)
Arrival Time: 4:00pm
– OR –
Drop-Off Location: Airport Barcelona (BCN)
Arrival Time: 2:00pm
If you are bringing your own bike in a bike-case and are taking our airport transfer, please let us know in advance and we will bring your bike-case to the starting location in the Pyrenees.
Please book your flights with at least 1:30h time before/after the transfer. Trip time of transfer takes about 4 hours. If you are arriving from outside of Europe, you might want to schedule extra days as a buffer. Other transfers upon request.
If you are coming with your own car, you may park it for the duration of the tour in Vall de Boí To pick up your car, we offer a transfer in the afternoon after the final stage from Vielha to Vall de Boí. We will then return together to Vielha for dinner.
Opening Get-Together: July 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm in Taüll, Vall de Boí, Spain
Fangye & Dirk
The adventurers behind Aliveness Cycling
Fangye is Chinese and, as a master student of tourism, one of her visions was to market South America as an attractive destination for travellers.
Dirk is Canadian, Chilean, and German, founder of Canigou Cycling/Aliveness Cycling and Associate Professor at the University of Girona. His mother is from Chile and much of our family lives in Santiago de Chile. Dirk has visited the country extensively and for more than a decade it has been his vision to offer cycling tours to Chile.
Fun fact: the Atacama Desert is where Dirk’s parents went for their honeymoon.
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