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Cycling Holidays Pyrenees Bagneres de Bigorre

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Bagneres de Bigorre

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Nearest Airport:

Tarbes - Lourdes 21km


Airport Transfer:

28 minutes


Nearest Train:

Tarbes 25km


Train Transfer:

30 minutes or buy local TER Bus


Col de Tourmalet TDF 2012
Col d'Abisque TDF 2012
Circle of Death

Town:

Bagneres de Bigorre is a beautiful market town at the altitude of 550m and located in the foothills of the Pyrenees close to Tarbes and Lourdes. It has had a wealth of history since 28BC, when the Romans  first developed the regions natural thermal hot springs. Over the years plagues, earthquakes and fires have shaped the fortunes of this pretty town.

During the summer the town is famous for its floral displays and the bars and cafes are busy with happy cyclists and mountain biker. Much of the town center is made up of beautiful historic buildings and classical architecture. 

Biking:

Basing your Road Cycling holiday or vacation in Bagnères de Bigorre means that you are within a days return ride of all of the major Cols of the infamous Circle of death. This route, was first used by journalists  in 1910 when the Pyrenees were first used in the Tour de France. Such was the severity of the route, that riders were quoted with accusing event organizers of being assassins and murderers.

The route which passes over the Col d’Aubisque (1,709m), Col du Tourmalet (2,115m), Col d’Aspin (1,489m) and Col de Peyresourde (1,569m) with 4900m of climbing is widely regarded as the hardest cycling route in the Pyrenees.

Thanks to the towns relatively low altitude of 550m, it is easy to ride for day trip to the town of Lourdes, famous as a Roman Catholic Pilgrimage and place of miraculous healing. 

There are 23 signed Mountain Bike routes from Bagneres de Bigorre giving a total of 373km of off-road riding

Events:

Montée du Géant du Tourmalet - On every first saturday of June, the statue of Octave Lapize is transported from its winter resting place in Gerde, Bagneres de Bigorre, to its famous prominent summer position on the Col du Tourmalet. The statue, inaugurated in 1999, is a tribute to the 1910 Tour de France winner Octave Lapize. 

The day starts in Bagneres de Bigorre where hundreds of cyclists, many in traditional cycling clothes and some on vintage bikes, line up to follow the truck  loaded with the statue up the famous climb. The route is lined with local people playing live music and farmers offering a selection of regional wines, sausages and cheeses. The event is free to enter.

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