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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 French F1 Grand Prix

Ride through Provence to see the return of the French GP

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285021 or +44 (0)1788 568371

Tour length:
5 or 7 day options

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £795 for 5 days or £1100 for 7 days

After a 10-year absence from the racing calendar, 2018 marks the comeback of Grand Prix to French soil. This tour allows you to enjoy Provence as you ride towards the Paul Ricard circuit to enjoy the race at the culmination of the ride. With a huge variety of experiences along the way you will explore wonderful and unusual landscapes, from the Gorges du Verdon in the Haute Provence, the heartland of Provence Verte and on to the Mediterranean sea. This tour includes some of Provence's most spectacular riding, along a mix of quiet colourful country roads and great off-road tracks. You will arrive at the circuit in time to see both qualifying and the race itself.

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2018 Monaco F1 Grand Prix

A beautiful ride to the most famous Grand Prix in the world

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285021 or +44 (0)1788 568371

Tour length:
5 or 7 day options

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £795 for 5 days or £1100 for 7 days

This is a really unusual tour and offers the chance to explore a beautiful stretch of the Med coast taking in the Massif des Maures, passing the Esterel and the French Riviera en route to Monaco. The cycling is generally moderate, allowing you time to explore villages, experience the Riviera lifestyle or choose lesser known trails. There's a 7-day and a 5-day package: the 7-day tour includes Provence's Massif des Maures and its coastline and gives you the option of a non-cycling day to add some relaxation to the tour; the 5-day tour starts with the Sainte Maxime to Cannes stage of the longer trip. Both culminate at the Grand Prix itself. The price includes accommodation, breakfasts, lunches on cycling days, luggage transfers, all routes, high quality bikes and support vehicle.
Dates for 2018: May 21 (7-day tour) or May 23 (5-day tour)

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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 - Alps

Ride the routes during the world's greatest cycling spectacle

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
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This 7-night Tour de France cycling holiday immerses you in the atmosphere of the race and allows you to combine some great Alpine riding with top vantage points at a number of the stages in the 2018 race. The TAG team has planned 3 daily routes to enable you to stop and watch the pros as they ride past you. On the Tuesday, you'll cycle the Col de Aravis from Flumet to Grand Bornand and watch stage 10; on Wednesday you'll ride from Aime Cormet du Roselind and watch Stage 11; and Thursday it will arguably be the showpiece of the 2018 Tour: Stage 12 from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Alpe d’Huez. The price of this tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, transport to and from te event, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full vehicle support.

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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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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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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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