Pyrenees – the Cycling Vacation Pilgrimage in France

Cycling sport is one of the most aesthetic sports around the world. Apart from the categories based on difficulties there are other types of bicycle racing such as road bicycle racing, mountain bike racing, track cycling, and bicycle speedway, etc. There are also some non-racing cycling sports which include artistic cycling, cycle polo, freestyle BMX, and mountain bike trials. In Europe, France and Spain are known for their amazing biking routes and trails. Among the mountain trails that are world famous the ones situates in Pyrenees are the most scenic and aesthetic trails. For every cyclist around the world, cycling in Pyrenees for holidays is like going to the pilgrimage of cycling tracks.

About Pyrenees

The Pyrenees is a range of mountains that is crowning the southwest region of Europe and stands as a natural border between France and Spain. The Pyrenees range was named after a Greek mythological princess Pyrene, the virginal daughter of the Mediterranean Gaul, Bebryx. There are 8 geographical departments of the Pyrenees: Ariège, Aveyron, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Lot, Hautes-Pyrénées, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne. Pyrenees is not just famous for its cycling routes but is also known for skiing routes during the winter.

Top cycling routes of Pyrenees

There are some must ride on bicycles tracks in Pyrenees which every tourist on cycling Pyrenees holidays must keep in mind to ride through at least one or two of these.

  • The Col d’Aubisque: The Col d’Aubisque is a vital part of the rich heritage in the Tour de France.The trail ascent in Laruns, in the west side, with starting elevation of about 519m and gains an elevation of 1190m elevation. The eastern side of the Aubisque can be either reached via the classical track through the ascent of the Col Du Soulor or can be reached via Col des Borderes. The second route is less travelled by and ensures the rider less traffic stress.
  • Col de Tourmalet: Ranging 82 miles, this is one of the most thrilling and daunting bicycle tracks of Tour de France.
  • Col d’Aspin: This is the middle range of Tour de France connecting the three difference mountains road climbs.
  • Col de Peyresourde: This is the track situated in the Haute-Garonne region of the Pyrénées and has been featured more than half a century times in the Tour de France.

Riding on the bike through the beautiful biking trails can often be too overwhelming for the body. There are some bed and breakfast places around the plain regions of Pyrenees, which not only help you get your much needed break on your trail but also organizes bike tours for you. Some of these even lends well maintained bikes to their customers.

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