Arrival City: Biarritz, France
Departure City: Carcassonne, France
*If you have qualified for World’s Championship in Almere, Netherlands in 2020. Please refer to our FAQ section and learn how this ride prepares you for the event.
The Haute Route is arguably the most beautiful and rustic cycling route in the world, made famous by the Tour De France, the Vuelta and hundreds of thousands of cyclists who make the pilgrimage each year to ride it. Although it is no “route” per say, the Haute route begins with your rear tire in the Atlantic Ocean in France and ends with your front tire in the Mediterranean sea about a week later. It features riding the border of France, Spain and Andorra, staying a small cycling inns, drinking coffee on the sides of the Pyrenees and riding on remote routes on the sides of the world’s most famous cycling climbs.
Climbs like the Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet, Jau, and Portet will become lifelong memories as you climb and descend on quiet roads and fast speeds. In keeping with the Haute proposition, each day your will live and ride like a professional, benefiting for our services that include mechanical support, luggage transport, daily ride briefings, SAG on the road and more.
Whether you are looking to test your metal and compete with your peers or just want to ride the most epic cycling route in the world and take your time, the Haute Pyrenees week is for you. For nearly all cycling enthusiasts, this is a bucket list item that you want to check off. And, you will have photos to share with family and friends for a lifetime to come.
Arrival in Biarritz. Check into hotel. Afternoon to explore before group dinner to discuss logistics and the week of riding ahead.
Ride: Biarritz to Oloron. Approx. 102 miles and 6224 feet in ascent.
Ride: Oloron to Pierrefitte-Nestalas. Approx. 64 miles and 14245 feet in ascent.
Today will be the hardest of the week with 3 climbs over via the Col de Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin & Col de Peyresourde.
Ride: Pierrefitte-Nestalas to Bertren. Approx. 72 miles and 8165 feet in ascent.
Another day of climbing with ascents over the Col de Marie Blanque, Col d’Aubisque/Soulor & Hautacam followed by a descent into the town of Bretren.
Ride: Bertren to Tarascon. Approx. 80 miles and 7621 feet in ascent.
Another unforgiving day of vertical climbing with 4 peaks: Col de Mente, Col de Portet d’Aspet, Col de la Core & Col de Port.
Ride: Tarascon to Prades. Approx. 64 miles and 7785 feet in ascent.
Today is the time trial. Steep climbs today that will test your endurance covering the Route des
Corniches, Col de Marmare, Port de Pailheres and Col de Jau.
Ride: Prades to Argeles-sur-Mer. Approx. 49 miles and 2178 feet in ascent.
Last peak of the ride is today, Cote du Arboussols before hitting the flat roads through vineyards! Lunch & packing, then we are headed to Carcassonne.
Departure from Carcassone.
This tour is a serious 6 days of cycling through mountain peaks, not a leisure vacation ride. Many of the days have huge elevation gains of 6k+ and are not for the faint of heart. You will spend many hours each day in the saddle that will wreck you mentally and physically if not prepared.
This tour is for serious cyclists and we require 2 things before you meet us in Biarritz, proof of travel insurance that covers cycling as an activity and a completed/signed registration/liability waiver.
Jeff is a Seven-time World Duathlon Championships competitor for TeamUSA. He has ranked as high as 10th in the world during his 5+ years of cycling. He has competed in 6 Ultramarathons, including the Annapurna 100 in Nepal. Jeff is a certified USAT Level 1 Coach, and has previously ridden the Pyrenees as part of his lead up to the Powerman Zofingen in 2015. Jeff is married with 2 children, a daughter-in-law, a brood of hens.
Price of this tour is $2950 for each cyclist sharing a room and $5600 for a couple.
If you have questions about physical specifics of this trip, please contact Jeff (firstname.lastname@example.org). Trip prices are based on accommodation and American guides for duration of the trip. All trips will have an orientation (in person if geography suffices) for all guests approximately 4 weeks before departure.
Liability Release: Each participant on the tour is required to fill out Big Fat World Tours liability release. Liability forms will be emailed upon registration.
Deposit Requirement: A deposit is required immediately with each booking request. A booking cannot be guaranteed without a deposit.
Deposits can be paid by check, Venmo or credit card. All credit cards are processed through Stripe.
Tour Costs: This trip must be paid in full prior to 3 months start of trip. If trip fees are not paid within this time-frame, trip deposits will be forfeited. Payment plans are available.
Refund Policy: There is a 10% non-refundable fee per person on all received cancellation requests, regardless of the period when the cancellation is submitted. This trip is only 50% refundable if the request is made prior to 2 months. If cancellation request is made after, no refund will be issued. This is due to the strict booking policies for desired hotels.
We apologize for any inconvenience of this policy. You can however, transfer your reservation to another willing participant in the event you need to cancel. Just notify us if this is the case.
Tour Cancellations: Big Fat World Tours reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason and will notify each guest as soon as possible. All deposits and monies paid will be refunded 100% in such an event. Trip Insurance is required for all cyclists.
These policies are strictly enforced due to logistical partners and reservations made with local hotels and providers.
There will be 6 days of cycling with daily breakfast in a small hotel at the base of the Pyrenees, following by packing up your room and setting your bags by the van.
Each days ride will be between 60 and 100 miles, stopping for snacks and lunch on the way. There will be LOTS OF CLIMBING on this tour.
We will arrive at the hotel early afternoon for time in the pool, cleaning up and adult refreshments before dinner.
Every evening, there will be a end of day briefing and distribution of routes and maps for the following day before heading to your rooms for quiet time and bed….or more time back at the bar.
The Haute Route is arguably the most beautiful and rustic cycling route in the world, made famous by the Tour De France, the Vuelta and hundreds of thousands of cyclists who make the pilgrimage each year to ride it.
Cyclists who are comfortable doing 5+ hour daily rides and love climbing are ideal for this ride. The miles are moderate but the climbing is not. Expect several days to take a toll on your body and for that reason only experienced cyclists are encouraged to register.
Yes, this ride will be fully supported with SAG and ride meals/refreshments.
We plan on cycling between 40 and 100 miles each day. Pay attention to the elevation charts for each days ride for a accurate picture of the elevation required for each day.
Jeff Gaura is a USA Triathlon certified coach who focuses on endurance training. He is available for a monthly fee and can help you with a training plan, with a 3-month minimum engagement.
Biaritz, France and you should arrive by the evening of August 22nd.
We recommend bringing your own bike.
Yes, we recently discovered a company called Oru that makes a bike case small enough so you can avoid paying the bike fees when you fly.
We have designed this trip to begin 11 days before this event. After 6 days of cycling, you will be well prepared for your events at World’s. This trip finishes 4 days before World’s and you have ample time to get to the Netherlands.
Yes, all cyclists who are competing in World’s will be able to ship their bike ahead of them. Big Fat World Tours can coordinate this service on your behalf but is the responsibility of the cyclist to pay for this service.
The steepest prolonged gradients we’ll encounter are a 4km section at 10-14% on Monday morning’s Col de Marie-Blanque. Hopefully we’ll all still be quite fresh at that stage. The vast majority of previous C2C riders have coped with a 34-tooth ‘little chain ring’ paired with an 11-28 (or 12-27) cassette. For the majority of the ‘big name climbs’ gradients sit in the 5%-9% range. Stronger riders might find a 50/34 chain set with an 11-25 cassette adequate (or a 53/39 with 12-27).
Yes. If you would like to do this or a similar itinerary but on different dates or with your own group, please contact us. We need a minimum of 6 cycling participants for a private trip.
If you start and can’t finish the day or get injurer, out SAG van will pick you up.
Onward travel arrangements should be made out of Carcassone, France. Toulouse is a larger city for departing by air and is reachable by train from Carcassone.
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