Haute Route Pyrenees 2015

Route of the 2015 Haute Route - Pyrenees 15th - 21 August
Route of the 2015 Haute Route – Pyrenees 15th – 21 August

This years edition of the Haute Route Pyrenees, see the riders start on the beautiful Basque Atlantic costal town of Anglet on the 15th August and heading in an easterly direction into the heart of the Pyrenees before finishing in Frances fourth largest city Toulouse on the 21st. This seven stage event will cover 805km with 21’ooo meters of climbing. For the first time the event will stage a pre race, non timed parade around the streets of Anglet.

The Haute Route event is open to most levels of cyclist with a good level of fitness from rookie to expert. Each stage is professionally marshalled with medical crews and mechanical support on hand, rolling road security and even a film crew. All stages are times, so team and individual times can be ranked at the end of the day in to gender and age categories.

Haute Route - PyreneesHaute Route Pyrenees 2015 Stage by Stage 

Prolog Friday 14th August: Grand Village Depart and non-timed parade.
Stage 1 Saturday 15th August: Anglet to Pierre Saint-Martin (137km, 4050m+) Col de Bagarui 1327m, Ascent of La Pierre Saint-Martin.
Stage 2 Sunday 16th August: Pau to Pau ( 159km, 2800m+) Col de Marie-Blanque, 1035m, Col d’Aubisque 1709m, Col du Soulor 1474m.
Stage 3 Monday 17th August: Pau to Hautacam (104km, 3100m+) Col du Doulor, 1474m, Hautacam, 1635m.
Stage 4 Tuesday 18th August: Argelès-Gazost to Saint-Lary Soulan (113km, 3900m+) Col du Tourmalet, 2117m, Col d’Aspin, 1489m, Col d’Azet, 1580m.
Stage 5 Wednesday 19th August: ITT Saint-Lary Soulan to Pla d’Adet (12km, 953m+) Pla d’Adet, 1660m.
Stage 6 Thursday 20th August: Sainte-Lary Soulan to Superbagnères (123km, 4100m+) Col dAzet, 1580m, Col de Peyresourde, 1569m, Port de Balès, 1755m, Superbagnères, 1791m.
Stage 7 Friday 21st August: Bagnères-de-Luchon to Toulouse (157km, 1300m+) Col de Menthé, 1349m.

Other events organised by Haute Route:

5th Edition of the Haute Route Alps 23rd – 29th August Geneva – Nice
2nd Edition of Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps 31st August – 6th September Geneva to Venice.

For more information on the Haute Route Pyrenees or any other even organised by Haute Route, visit www.hauteroute.org

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Images thanks to www.hauteroute.org

For bike friendly accommodation across the Pyrenees visit BikeLodging/Pyrenees

La Corima – Provence Drôme Montelimar

Corima Drôme Provence
Corima Drôme Provence

The Corima Drôme Provençale is an individual timed road cycle race/event taking place on Saturday 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2015. The start and finish are in Montelemar close to the banks of the La Rhone. Competetors have the choice of the flowing events.

La Corima – 141km,  2016m climbing

La Jollywear – 111km, 1371 climbing

La Sesame – 76km, 600m climbing

Montilienne – 38km, 391m climbing (hikers only)

The event organised by the is Montelimar St James Cycling Club is limited to 1500 cyclists and 500 hikers.

The entry list will be available on the www.kms.fr site.

Registered competitors will receive a hot meal on arrival, a souvenir jersey “Corima Drôme Provençale”, a batch of local nougat and an energy product.

The awards ceremony will be at 15: 30pm.

Cycling Accommodation in Provence and around Mont Ventoux.

Ventoux Night Session

Ventoux Night Sessions 2015
Ventoux Night Sessions 2015

On the night of the 13/14th June 2015, Malaucene will host the fourth edition of the Ventoux Night Session, an event which aims to get over 200 road cyclists to the summit of Mont Ventoux in time for the sunrise. This year Malaucene will be the host and point of departure town and see riders climbing up the north side of the famous mountain.

During the evening leading up to the event the town hosts a pasta party for competitors, family and support staff. Pasta, bread, cheese, desserts, coffee and of course wine are all served, before some dash off for a couple of hours’ sleep.

Podiumcafe.com
From Podiumcafe.com

The start is staggered, with the expected slowest setting off at around 2.30am and progressively faster groups setting off at half-hour intervals. This is not a race, but a social event with the aim to get everyone to the summit for sunrise. The roads are closed to all but cyclists and support motorcyclists who patrol the route. A van transports competitors’ warm clothing to the summit for the group sunrise photo and for the chilly descent back to the valley.

Solidagri - Event chality
Solidagri – Event chality

Back in Malaucene, local pastries are served for breakfast with hot drinks, followed by a short ceremony and raffle.

Single rider €31

Tandem team €51

Pasta Party €10

Registration link

Event official charity Solid’ Agri

Plenty of snow and skiing at Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes 15th December thanks to Arnaud Guerrand
Les Deux Alpes 15th December thanks to Arnaud Guerrand

For those coming to les Deux Alpes for Christmas or New Year this year and have heard reports of the lack of snow across the Alpes, then the general consensus is that you are coming to possibly one of the best resorts in the Alpes with current conditions. Les Deux Alpes has a huge summer ski glacier area, so benefits from state of the art snow making and maintaining technologies. Where most resort let the winter snow melt away throughout the summer, Les Deux Alpes, with altitude on its side, uses various techniques to store and maintain a good level of snow on the Glacier. This combined with huge developments in snow making facilities, a reasonable snow fall across the southern Alpes at the beginning of the month and a vast ski area above 2000 meters and plenty above 3000 meters, means that there is plenty of open slopes to be enjoyed.

8 person chairlift from the mid station to the Glacier open for skiing.
8 person chairlift from the mid station to the Glacier open for skiing.

The glacier obviously has the most snow, with skiing for all abilities above 3000 meters. However currently there are plenty of red and blue runs open down to the mid station and plans to open down to 2100meters by the weekend. The huge snow park area is already open for business. Les Cretes has undergone even more development as the resort gears up for the opening of the brand new blue, return to the resort piste which is due to be open for the start of the 2015/16 season. This generally beginner area is now open and for young beginner children since ‘le garden de neige’ (snow garden) has been temporarily moved here from the resort slopes.

Due to the mild temperatures and the general low levels of snowfall across the Alps, many well know resorts we be closed for all but a handful of higher slopes. Thanks to plenty of altitude skiing and great snow making, Les Deux Alpes will be open for business as usual.

Venosc Chalet - Hot tub, Sauna, Home cinema, games room
Venosc Chalet – Hot tub, Sauna, Home cinema, games room

If you fancy a last minute Christmas ski trip take a look at Venosc Chalet, sleeping up to 12 people in 5 stylish and modern en-suite rooms. This beautiful luxury chalet at an affordable price has a hot tub, sauna, games rooms, private cinema room, heated wooden floors throughout, free wifi and a professional chef to cater for you.

Available for Christmas week and all weeks in January.

Tour de France 2015 in the Pyrenees

Col du TourmaletTour de France 2015 – Pyrenees

As usual the Tour de France will be hitting some of the major cols (mountain passes) of the Pyrenees, this time during the second week. With stage departs from Pau, Tarbes and Lannemezan, and passing over the Col du Tourmalet and the Col d’Aspin, this area will provide the ideal base to experience multiple stages of next summers Tour.

14th July  stage 10 Tarbes / La Pierre-Saint-Martin 167KM

15th July Stage 11 Pau / Cauterets – Vallée de Saint-Savin 188KM

16th July Stage 12 Lannemezan / Plateau de Beille 195KM

houseAllez Pyrenees sits just south of Tarbes, to the east of Lannemezan and well within riding distance of Pau. This location provides the perfect position to ride out and experience the excitement of a large town stage depart, where you have the chance to see many of the riders up close. Or head up and see the riders in the high mountains, with stage finishes at La Pierre St Martin,  Cauterets and the beautiful Plateau de Beille.  The property offers Half-board catering for up to 14 people in 5 en-suite bedroom.

Other bike friendly properties in the Pyrenees

Tour De France 2015 – In 3D

2015 Tour de France to feature Col du Galibier, Alpe d’Huez and Col du Tourmalet

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So as expected the 2015 Tour de France will once again feature the Tour classics of Col du Galibier, Alpe d’Huez and Col du Tourmalet. Starting in Utrecht, the route will spend 3 days in the Netherlands before heading east to west to Bretagne along the northern end of France.

The route then jumps to the Pyrenees region for three stages featuring the Col de Soudet, Col d’Aspin and the Col du Tourmalet.

Stage 11 of the 2015 TDF.
Stage 11 of the 2015 TDF.

After a couple of days in and around the Massif Central, the tour heads to the Alpes for the final week. Those hoping catch multiple stages will do well to base themselves in the Oisans/Alpe d’Huez region.

From here you will be able to watch Stage 18 featuring the Col de La Morte, passing through Allemont and over the Coll du Glandon before finishing in St Jean de Maurienne.

Stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France from Modane via the col du Telegraph and the Col du Glandon and finishing in Alpe d'Huez
Stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France from Modane via the col du Telegraph and the Col du Glandon and finishing in Alpe d’Huez

Stage 19 24th July, head up to the Col de la Croix de Fer or the Col du Mollard, before the penultimate stage 20 (25th July) of the Tour from Modane over the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Glandon and finishing in Alpe d’Huez. On the famous 21 bends of the Alpe d’Huez you would be part of one of the largest gatherings of sporting fans in the world.

The Tour ends on Sunday the 26th July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris

Route for the 2015 Tour de France leaked

Unofficial route of the 2015 Tour de France
Unofficial route of the 2015 Tour de France. Official route to be announced late October 2014

So with the date of the official release of the route for the 2015 Tour de France almost apon us more and more rumours and leaked information is coming out. Despite the official route not being announced until later this week, a leaked report has revealed  what is expected to be the official route the Tour will be taking next July.

The grand depart spends three days in the Netherlands with the starts in Utrecht before heading in a anti clockwise direction through Belgium and across the top end of France from east to west ending (Cambrai, Arras, Amiens) and take the road  (Fougeres, Rennes, Vannes …) via Normandy (Le Havre, Livarot) to Brittany.

The Tour then jumps to the south of France for 3 gruelling stages in the Pyrenees. It then heads back north east through the Massif Central before heading for the final week in the Alpes.

Most noticeably the final mountain stage will be from Modane to Alpe d’Huez over the Col du Galibier.

As usual the final stage on July 26th July will take lead into Paris and finish on the Champs-Elysées.

The route with more detail will be officially announced on Wednesday the 22nd October.

Bike Lodging open for business in the French Pyrenees

Col du TourmaletThanks to the success of the popular cycling areas around Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux, Bike Lodging has expanded its service to include a number of fantastic bike friendly properties in the French Pyrenees.

These new properties provide a number of fantastic locations across the region, ideal to explore the fantastic diversity of road cycling and Mountain biking that the Pyrenees offers.

The mountains of the French Pyrenees which span the distance between the Mediterranean in the east and the Bay of Biscay Atlantic in the east, form an impressive natural barrier between the most southern part of the French mainland and the northern Basque region of Spain. The region also completely surrounds the beautiful Principality of Andorra. The mountain range itself is older than the Alpes and is know for beautiful landscapes, littered with huge waterfalls and great vertical cliffs.

With over 50 mountains above 3000meters, the highest of which is Aneto at 3404 meters, the region represents a challenging landscape for all levels of road cyclist or mountain biker.

Many of the towns and villages in the French Pyrénées have been labeled as most beautiful in France thanks to their natural and built heritage and beauty. Specialist and bike friendly vacation accommodation is in abundance, often run by keen cyclists and mountain bikers.

The region also benefits from short transfer times from well serviced airports such as Pau, Tarbes-Lourdes and Perpignan.

The Pyrénées region is know as a heaven for road cyclists and attracts cycling tourists from all over the world. Here the generally quiet roads which sometimes cling precariously to shear cliffs and though tunnels carved from the rock, follow undulating terrain and are both technical and challenging with fast descents.

In July the region almost always features in the 3 week cycling Tour de France, alternating each year with the Alpes for 4 – 5 days just prior to the final stages before heading to Paris, or during the second week prior or heading over to the Alpes.
The equally famous Vuelta España takes place in late August and early September also uses the region, with various stages and time trials to test the riders to their limits prior to the races finale in Madrid.

Cycling in the PyreneesSome of the hundreds of cycling cols or mountain passes found across the region are Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin, Col des Ares, Col de Portillon Superbagneres, Port de Bales, Col de Marie Blanque, Col de Mente, Col de Port, Col d’Aubisque Col de Peyresourde, Portet d’Aspet. Spandalles, Luz Ardiden, Col de Marmare, Hautacam and the Col de Soulor.

Bike Lodging Properties in the Pyrenees

such as Pau, Tarbes-Lourdes and Perpignan.

Availability for La Marmotte

Availability for La Marmotte

Thanks to a few cancelations, we still have a number of options for the week of La Marmotte as well as all over dates over the summer.