Join us to ride on the famous climbs of the wild Pyrenees where the pros will battle for the lead and for cycling glory.
Tuesday, July 16th: Meeting point at Toulouse international airport
- 13:00: meeting @ Toulouse International Airport and transfer to our hotel.
- After the check-in we will start with the fitting of our world-class rental bikes. For those bringing their own bikes, our staff will help to assist with assembling your bike.
- 17:00: Short ride (bike fitting)
in the region.
- Welcome dinner included. The itinerary and the program for the following days will be explained.
- The next 2 nights we will overnight near Toulouse.
Wednesday, July 17th : Stage 11 Tour de France "Albi - Toulouse"
- Following the first rest day, the Tour de France continues with stage 11 from Albi to Toulouse. The 167 kilometres route meanders through the south of France against the backdrop of the Pyrenees. The roads are gently rolling though, so a bunch sprint is the most likely outcome. Lilian Calmejane is born in Albi. Possibly this inspires the French attacker to try his luck in the last stage before the Pyrenees.
- Yet, chances are arrival place Toulouse will roll out the red carpet for the fast men in the peloton. As was the case in 2008. Following a rain-soaked race, the sprint teams finished off the escape at 3.5 kilometres out before Mark Cavendish sprinted to his second-ever stage win on the Tour de France. The finish is near the enormous Capitole de Toulouse in the city centre.
- Early morning will see us making a loop ride in the region.
- In the afternoon we will witness today's Tour de France stage finish in Toulouse.
Thursday, July 18th : Stage 12 Tour de France "Toulouse - Bagnères-de-Bigorre"
- At 202 kilometres, the Tour de France serves its first high altitude stage on the 12th day of action. Following the start in Toulouse the riders head into the Pyrenees for a race with a downhill finish in Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
- The last time Bagnères-de-Bigorre was included as a stage finish on the Tour de France was in 2013. The race led over the Col de Portet-d’Aspet, Col de Menté, Col de Peyresourde, Col de Val Louron-Azet and La Hourquette d’Ancizan before ending with a descent of almost 30 kilometres. Daniel Martin bested Jakob Fuglsang in a two-up sprint, while the GC-contenders finished 29 seconds behind.
- The 12th stage of the 2019 Tour de France is not as tough as that race. Following the start in Toulouse the route travels flat to rolling roads for more than 120 kilometres before the first mountain appears. The Col de Peyresourde is crested at kilometre 138 and the riders plunge down to the valley. Up next is La Hourquette d’Ancizan, which is a 9.9 kilometres climb at 7.5%. The race ends with the same 30 kilometres downhill as five years ago.
- The 2008 Tour de France saw another stage from Toulouse to Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Featuring four minor climbs, Col de Peyresourde and the Col d’Aspin, the race ended with a descent to the finish. It was a dark periode for cycling and Riccardo Riccò soloed to the win. When it appeared the Italian was fueled by dope, and was subsequently banned, runner-up Vladimir Efimkin became the winner.
- After breakfast we will intercept today's stage by bike. From our viewing location along the course, at one of the decisive climbs, we will witness the fight for the Yellow Jersey in this first Pyrenees stage.
- The next 3 nights we will stay in Lourdes.
Friday, July 19th: Stage 13 Tour de France "Pau - Pau" ITT
- Stage 13 on the Tour de France is an out-and-back ITT in Pau. It is the only chance for time trialists to shine this edition. The distance is limited though - only 27 kilometres.
- Pau and La Grande Boucle belong to each other like a dog to its boss. It is the most visited location in Tour de France history. In the past nine editions, the race visited the town in the Pyrenees’ foothills nine times. The last two arrivals both boiled down to a bunch sprint with Arnaud Démare (2018) and Marcel Kittel (2017) storming to victory.
- No bunch sprint this time though. The Tour de Frances serves its only ITT on a course of 27 kilometres that’s marked by a number of uphills. The climb to the village of Mazères-Lezons and the punchy Côte d’Esquillot stand out. The first is crested at kilometre 6,5, the second at kilometre 16.
- Pau was home to an ITT on the Tour de France only once. In 1981, Bernard Hinault took the 6th stage and the yellow jersey in a race against the clock. He retained in yellow all the way to Paris.
- Our ride today will brings us up to Col du Soulor and back down to Pau where we will watch the ITT at our viewing spot along the course.
- Col du Soulor (elevation 1,474 m) is a mountain pass in the Pyrenees which has been regularly used in the Tour de France cycling race, normally in conjunction with the Col d'Aubisque.
Saturday, July 20th: Stage 14 Tour de France "Tarbes - Col du Tourmalet"
- The Tour de France serves its first high altitude finish in the 14th stage. The riders set off in Tarbes for a day in the Pyrenees. The 117 kilometres route takes in the Col du Soulor as an intermediate ascent before a final haul up on the Col du Tourmalet.
- The Col du Tourmalet is a Tour de France staple with 57 inclusions since 1947, yet the race finished on only two occasions at the summit. Jean-Pierre Danguillaume won the Tourmalet stage in 1974 and in 2010 Andy Schleck crossed the line in first with yellow jersey Alberto Contador following his wheel.
- The 2019 Tour de France ascends the giant in the Pyrenees from Luz-Saint-Sauveur. This climb amounts to 18.6 kilometres with an average gradient of 7.5%, while its last kilometre slopes at 10.5%. This section also features the steepest ramp of 13.5%.
- Tarbes was last included in the 2014 Tour de France, also as a departure place. The stage went to La Pierre Saint-Martin. It was the first high mountain stage of that edition and Chris Froome soloed to victory with a clear 1 minute margin over his rivals.
- Today we will also climb up to Col du Tourmalet. We will have a viewing spot along the course and after the race we will ride back to our hotel with our bikes.
Sunday, July 21st: Stage 15 Tour de France "Limoux - Foix"
- At 185 kilometres, the 15th stage of the Tour de France is the second race in the Pyrenees. Following the start in Limoux the route takes in a number of intermediate climbs before a summit finish at the unprecedented Prat d'Albis.
- Limoux hosted the Tour twice, both as departure place. In 2011 the race went to Montpellier, where Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory, while Luis León Sánchez won the Limoux-Foix stage in 2012.
- Once again the riders go to Foix, although the route now continues to the foot of the Prat d’Albis for the final haul up on a narrow and twisting road. The climb amounts to 11,8 kilometres at 6.9%, although that statistic is biased. The first half of the Prat d’Albis is much tougher than the average suggest. The fourth kilometre goes up at 14.5% (average!) and the sixth at 11%.
- Before tackling the final climb the riders face the Col de Montségur, Port de Lers and the illustrious Mur de Péguère with its steepest ramps at 18%.
- Today we will leave Lourdes behind us and drive towards Foix where we will make a local loop and watch the riders at one of the final climbs.
- After the race we will drive to Toulouse for our final night of this Tour de France experience.
Monday, July 22nd: Goodbye from Go4Cycling - Transfer to Toulouse international airport
- We will transfer you to the Airport. Then it is “Au Revoir!” from Go4Cycling until the next trip!
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