8 days in the heart of the Pyrenees
The Pyrenees is like our home: For over 15 years, we run The Pyrenees Cycling Tours
Central-Pyrenees Cycling Tour 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 very top of this page. This Central-Pyrenees Cycling Tour combine the very best of the Pyrenees into a one week tour.
The best of the Pyrenees in one week
The famous Tour-de-France climbs in the north and dream roads through spectacular mountains and canyons in the south
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.
Starting location is Taüll, Vall de Boí in Spain. About 280km/175mi drive from Barcelona this is the most southeastern point of the Central-Pyrenees Cycling Tour. The remarkable Boí valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with nine Romanesque churches from the 9th and 10th century.
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 1: Graus, Huesca Province, Spain
Day 2: Aínsa, Huesca Province, Spain
Day 3: Biescas, Huesca Province, Spain
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 4: Biescas, Huesca Province, Spain
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 5: Argelès-Gazost, Hautes-Pyrénées department, France
Day 6: Arreau, Hautes-Pyrénées department, France
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.
Day 7: Vielha, Catalonia Community, Spain
Information in the itinerary is subject to change. Depending on conditions the exact route and length of stages and transfers may need to change.
Maximum participants: 12
Prices in USD:
The tour price is payable in Euro. Here are approximations as reference only: €1.945,00 is about $2.130,00. €355,00 is about $388,00.
Single room supplement (8 rooms maximum)
€355,00 (per person)
Rental bike Cervélo C3 Climb
€259,00 (per bike)
Rental bike 3T Exploro with road wheel-set
€299,00 (per bike)
Rental electric bike
€368,00 (per bike)
Airport transfer Barcelona (BCN) or Girona (GRO)
€110,00 (two-way/per person)
Bike case airport transfer
€85,00 (per case)
Transfer from Vielha to Taüll
€45,00 (per person)
€65,00 (per person)
This is included in the tour price:
This is not included in the tour price:
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 / 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.
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 of Central-Pyrenees Bike Tour 2020 in the Pyrenees.
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.
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
We are deeply connected to cycling in the region of Girona. Dirk came here by bike for the first time in 1988 and immedialty fell in love with the perfect cycling conditions. As often as possible, he would try to come back for cycling, before moving to the region in 2003 and starting Canigou Cycling.
Canigou Cycling always prioritized the recreational and travelers perspective on cycling. At the time famous cyclist like Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie were living in Girona. One thing was clear for Dirk from day one: Canigou Cycling will not offer tours to cyclists who are only looking to be close to the Pro-Cyclists here. Our tours prioritize what really matters to passionate hobby cyclsist: great roads, authentic hotels and a friendly, heartfelt experience.
Of course we foster good connections with the pro-community in Girona. For instance Canigou Cycling organized launch events for Cervélo in Girona. Dirk also works as Associate Professor for Innovation in Tourism at the University of Girona.
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