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Cycling in the Pyrenees - Supported and Guided Rides

An exhilarating guided week in the footsteps of the Tour de France

Offered by:
Mountain Bug

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 62 42 90 50

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £790

Rob and Emma are cycling enthusiasts and local experts in the Pyrenees. Their ever popular week of cycling the classic cols is based on the current Tour de France itinerary and previous Tour routes. They call it the “I’ve been there” cycling week. Offering a challenging but enjoyable week, rides take in summits such as the Col du Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde, as well as Luz-Ardiden (2011 Tour finish) and Hautacam ski station (2008 Tour and Etape finishes). There’s also an optional ride to Gavarnie (UNESCO world heritage site) and the Col de Tentes 2200m, which is the highest paved road in the mountain range. The tour price is based on 2 sharing an ensuite room and includes full board in either a 3-star chalet or hotel (except one free day, when you have breakfast only), five days of guided/vehicle supported cycling and bike storage. The price does not include airport transfers or cycle hire.
Set week: July 1, 2017 – please ask about availability for other weeks.

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Freewheeling France Does Ventoux (and you're invited)

A weekend for readers and friends to tackle the Giant of Provence

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Phone number:
[email protected]

Tour length:
3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Anyone can do it, right?

Price:
€395 based on twin/double share

Calling club riders, cycling groups, couples, singles, men, women, young, old, semi pros and weekend potterers – you're all welcome. 
Apparently 'anyone' can climb Ventoux with a bit of training. I'm putting this theory to the test May 24-27. And you're all invited, safe in the knowledge that there's no conceivable way you'll be slower than me. We've organised this group rides weekend in partnership with Gerry and John at 44-5 Cyclng Tours, local Ventoux specialists. It's a fully supported weekend: three nights' accommodation with breakfasts, a warmup ride on the Friday to size up the Giant on the horizon, and then a Ventoux climb from Bedoin on the Saturday. There's also a welcome meal on the Thursday. Single rooms, airport/station transfers and bike hire all available for a surcharge. Just bring your climbing legs**.
Email me at [email protected] to sign up or for more info.
Save the date: Thursday, May 24 to Sunday, May 27, 2018.
** You can hire an e-bike if you need help or if you're a non-cycling partner.

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1 Day in the Languedoc

Top your holiday off with a half day or day ride in the south of France

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 or +61 (0)4 11 047 828

Tour length:
Half day or full day

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging - customised to suit you

Price:
From €130 including road bike hire (discounts for groups and multi-day rides)

The perfect solution if you only have one or two days to ride on your holiday in the south of France. VéloRoo's guided day rides take all the stress out of planning – all you have to do it turn up with your shoes and pedals and ride. Routes vary from 50-60km over a half day of undulating countryside through to hillier 100-120km itineraries with elevation gains of up to 1500m, but these can be tailored to individual abilities. All rides are fully guided, with optional vehicle support. Price includes performance road bike hire, souvenir VéloRoo water bottle and helmet. This is a great way to explore the stunning scenery of the Languedoc region, taking in beautiful countryside, wine and river country.

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2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix

A chance to combine cycling and the thrill of racing in Monaco

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 France or +61 (0)411 047 828 Australia

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
AUD $3990

The Monaco Historic Grand Prix gives you the chance to experience first hand beautiful historic racing cars as they roar around the world-famous street circuit. This is the way racing used to be without the modern electronic gadgetry that helps drivers whizz around the harbour in F1. This unique tour allows you to sample the grand prix as part of a thoughtfully varied cycling tour that will see you climbing 100 "lacets" hairpins in a day and experiencing descents through forests surrounded by mountains with the blue Mediterranean sea in the background. The weekend is spent at the racing, including a chance to ride the course on your bike, with great access and views. The price of this tour includes accomodation, meals and entry to the two days of racing.
2018 dates: May 7-14

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2018 Tour de France – Carcassonne, Millau the Pyrenees, July 20-28

Follow (and ride) 4 stages of the Tour de France with this special package

Offered by:
VeloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 (April-Nov) or +61 (0)411 047 828 (Dec-March)

Tour length:
8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging (non-cycling partners are welcome)

Price:
AUD$4350 (discounts for non-cycling partners)

Julia and Steve at the Franco-Australian road bike specialists VeloRoo have put together a super Tour de France trip that will take you from the turrets of Carcassonne and the Millau Viaduct through to the peaks of the Pyrenees. It's the complete package and includes 8 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels, guided riding and support car. Rides and stages include the Col de Portet, Col de Tentes, and the showcase Lourdes to Laruns stage on July 27 that features the Tourmalet. Price includes cycling bib shorts, jersey and gloves (plus daily washing), all breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners (except on the Carcassonne rest day when you will want to indulge in local specialites!) All you have to do is ride (and cheer). This is a personalised tour so numbers are limited (it sold out in 2016 and 2017). Non-cycling partners welcome (there will be a support car for you!) Price in dollars but also payable in euro.

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3 Days in the Languedoc - Come ride with me

Short break package with plenty of quiet back roads – and sunshine!

Offered by:
Vie et Vélo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 48 08 42 00

Tour length:
3 days / 2 nights

Level of difficulty:
Flexible - can be tailored to your ability

Price:
€255-€495

This is a lovely little package for all abilities. 'Come ride with me' is a perfect introduction to the Languedoc – an often overlooked region in the south of France that's magnificent for cycling, offering the beauty, landscapes and history of Provence but without the crowds. (Think quiet back roads, vineyards, and plenty of sunshine – great for year-round riding, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 10 degrees). Local cyclists Denise and Bruce are keen to introduce more people to this super area. Their price includes 2 nights’ B&B accommodation, airport transfers for you and your bike (or help with rental if you need it), and personalised guided rides based on your riding level and interests.

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4 Day Guided Road Cycling Holiday in the Alps

Supported rides over Col de Joux Plane and lots more

Offered by:
The Alpine Generation

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£295 per person

This tour is a great chance to experience some wonderful climbing in the Alps over 4 days, a perfect long-weekend. Running from Wednesday to Sunday you'll tackle some of the most famous climbs in the region, including Col de Joux Plane, Col des Aravis, Col de Joux Verte, Col de la Ramaz and the Col de la Colombiere, all with a guide and vehicle support. The price includes chalet accommodation, breakfast, afternoon tea, two-course evening meals with wine, and transfers to and from Geneva airport.

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6 (or 7!) Cols Tour in Pyrenees

Cyclist-run supported rides from the foothills of the Pyrenees

Offered by:
Cycle Aude

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 68 20 66 08 or +33 (0)7 86 70 43 15

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging (can be tailored for you)

Price:
From €50 per night

Ride the cols of the Pyrenees from cyclist Martyn's base in the beautiful Aude at the foothills of the mountains and within reach of all the big-hitters: Col de Portel, Col De Portet d'Aspet, Col de Peyresourde, Col de Mente, Col de Aspin, Tourmalet and the Hautacam. Airport/train transfers or luggage and bike bag collection included (you can cycle from the airport or train station if you like). To keep things simple, the trip's priced at a flat per-night rate that includes B&B, evening meals and on-road nourishment. Available guided or self-guided if you prefer to go off and do your own thing with maps and route advice from Martyn.

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7 Day Tour of Corsica

Experience mountains and the wild coast

Offered by:
Cycle The Alps of Provence

Phone number:
+33(0)6 78 11 91 85

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
€1250

This is a 7-day tour that starts and finishes in Bastia, although this can be adjusted to accommodate different arrival points. The route includes Cap Corse which is the island’s sparsely populated and stunning northern peninsular, the mountainous Desert des Agriates, the famous Route des Artisans with stunning views of the West coast and the Col Vergio, the highest road pass on the island. The adventure is fully guided with vehicle support and the price also includes seven nights' half-board accommodation and airport transfers.

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7 Days Southern Cols Cycle Tour

Test yourself on some lovely mountain climbs in the south of France

Offered by:
Cycle the Alps of Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 78 11 91 85

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Difficult

Price:
€900

Starting in Nice, head inland and upward towards the mighty Col de la Bonette. After scaling all 2860m of it, it's on to and over the border into Italy via the Col de Maddalena (1991m) and then back into France via the Lombarde (2350m). 
On the way, tackle one or two other cols such as Castillon (707m), Turini (1607m), St Martin (1500m), and Couillole (1678m). 
End the week with a ride around the gorges of the Verdon
. That's a total of around 600km with 13,021m of climbing. This is a fully supported, guided ride, with a support car never far away carrying your luggage, spares, snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Price includes half-board accommodation and transfers.

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All accommodation has been checked to ensure it meets our cycle-friendly criteria. We also deal with tour operators personally before adding them to the site. To recommend a great French cycling holiday or a nice bike-friendly place to stay, please email [email protected]

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