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Central-Pyrenees

Central-Pyrenees

Central-Pyrenees

The best of the Pyrenees in one week—the most famous Tour-de-France cols in the north and dream roads through spectacular mountain regions and canyons in the south.

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.

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Tour Facts

Pyrenees / Spain & France

Tour Date
July 25 – August 2, 2020​
Duration

8 Days / 8 Nights

Rental Bike

Cervélo C3 Ultegra Di2

Price

Starting at €1945

Stages & rest Day

6 & 1

Distance

640km/398mi
13,000m climb/42,500ft climb​

Rental E-Bike

New: available for 2020

Special Offer

10% off till October 31, 2019
For the first 5 bookings.

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Tour Highlights

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(1) Col d'Aubisque (1709m/5607ft)

(2) Col du Tourmalet (2115m/6939ft)

(3) Col d'Aspin (1489m/4885ft)

Trans-Pyrenees Col de Peyresourde

(4) Col de Peyresourde (1569m/5148ft)

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:

Pyrenees Cycling Tour
Pyrenees Cycling Tour

Tour Itinerary

The Pyrenees

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.

The Central-Pyrenees Tour

Starting location is the Vall de Boí in Spain. About 280km/175mi drive from Barcelona this is the most southeastern point of the Central-Pyrenees tour. The remarkable Boí valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with nine Romanesque churches from the 9th and 10th century.

Day 1 -3 / Stage 1 - 3

For the first two stages we cycle the southern slopes of the Pyrenees in a westerly direction. Being less steep, these roads are ideal for the first few days. We reach the magnificent medieval town of Aínsa where we stay for the third night. Form here we head north towards the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park—one of the most beautiful parks in Europe.

Day 4 / Rest Day

Then we have a rest day in the picturesque small town of Biescas where we stay in the four star hotel Tierra de Beiscas. Here you can spend the rest day in the garden at the pool or strolling the town. In the afternoon we will go for an excursion into the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park where a local geologist will explain the origins of the Pyrenees mountain range.

Day 5 - 6 / Stage 4 - 5

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.

Day 7 / Stage 6​

The final stage has another challenging program: The classic Col de Peyresourde and the steep Col du Portillon. We return to Spain where we stay in the ski resort of Vielha for the final night. The circle is almost complete: Vielha, just 20km north of our starting point in Vall de Boí. The tour ends with a final dinner.

Departure

On Sunday August 2, 2020 we will bring you back to Barcelona or Girona airport. For those of you who come by car, we offer a transfer back to Vall de Boí  where you can park your car for the duration of the tour.

Information in the itinerary is subject to change. Depending on conditions the exact route and length of stages and transfers may need to change.

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Price and Payment

Central-Pyrenees 2020

July 25 – August 2, 2020
€ 1945 (Base Price)

Special offer till October 31, 2019
Limited to the first 5 bookings ​

10% off

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

  • 8 nights in a double / twin room
  • 8 breakfast & dinners
  • Cycling support: Support cars & stations
  • Bike maintanance
  • Tour jersey
  • Aliveness Cycling water bottle
  • Air fare
  • Beverages during dinner
  • Lunch and coffee stops along the route
  • Repair service for flats (everyone repairs their own flats)
  • Luggage distribution (everyone carries their own luggage between room and van)
  • Gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff
  • Spare parts for your own bike
  • Personal items purchased during the trip

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

20 %

€85

until 15 days before tour begin

60 %

€85

until 7 days before tour begin

75 %

€85

Less than 7 days before tour begins

90 %

€85

No Show

100 %

€85

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Example: Choose a second date for your family / a closed group.

Tour Services

Our services include the following items:

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.

Bike

Rent a bike

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.

Bring your own bike

For the bike set-up, we have most standard tools (including a torque wrench) available for you. So, unless your bike has special requirements, there is no need to bring extra tools. Your bike-case will be stored and brought to where the tour ends. There, you may repack your bike in the evening before the departure day. During the tour you will not have access to your bike-case and your bike might need to be transported by us on the roof of our vehicle. While we offer tools for setting up your bike, please be advised that correct and timely bike set-up remains your responsibility. We carry spare parts for Shimano Ultegra Di2  11-Speed components. If you have anything other than this, we recommend bringing some basic spare parts as you see fit.

Arrival & Departure

Airport Transfer

Arrival: July 25, 2020

Pick-Up Location: Airport Girona (GRO)
Departure Time: 10:00am

– OR –

Pick-Up Location: Airport Barcelona (BCN)
Departure Time: 12:00pm

Departure: August 2, 2020

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.

Coming by car

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

Do you have some questions about the tour?
Have a look at our FAQs. Or contact us.

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About Us

Fangye and Dirk

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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