Solos, couples and groups
Your base will be bedbreakfastbikespyrenees, Loubieres.
Because we live in the area we can offer bespoke routes, taking you along some beautiful quiet back roads and through spectacular landscapes enabling you to get the most out of what this region has to offer. The Ariege is one of the least populated areas of France and although relies heavily on the tourist trade the roads are still amazingly quiet – you will not believe how quiet compared to the Alps and other parts of the Pyrenees.
Let us know your ideas/requirements and we will customise rides for you. Our approach is flexible – we normally discuss the ride of the day after breakfast which can be changed according to how the legs are feeling.
Incorporate a sportive into your vacation – choose from the list below, we can assist with entrance and logistics.
Sample itinerary below – alternatively feel free to discover the area at your leisure and use bedbreakfastbikespyrenees as your base.
Sample Itinerary – 7 days five rides – a good level of fitness is required
Most rides will take approx. 6 to 7 hours
Rides can be made shorter/longer depending on your needs.
Sample itinerary only and can be tailored for short stays, rides can be made shorter longer etc – just let us know.
Day of Arrival – depending on the time you arrive here, light refreshment served after which we will help set up your bike. Again, time dependent, a short bike ride out to loosen up the legs.
Day 2 – Etape 1
Approx 119km 1291m
Easing you in to the Pyrenees – a ride taking you out of the mountains and heading towards the flatter Cather countryside, stopping off for lunch in the beautiful historic ville de Fanjeaux after which continuing on through to Camon, a small fortified medieval village famed for its roses, heading back to Foix travelling through rolling countryside with the Pyrenees as your backdrop.
Day 3 Etape 2
Approx 108km – 2600m
A short distance you may think but packed with climbs descents and some fantastic scenery. TDF Col de Peguere starts on the edge of Foix with the Col de Marrous leading to the Peguere totaling approx. 22km of climbing, albeit gentle. Fantastic descent down into Biert and the quaint ancient town of Massat where we will stop off for a lunch break. You will then be ready to ascend the TDF Col de Port, a beautiful climb, followed by the rewarding downhill into Tarascon and from there steady flat ride into Foix and back to base camp Loubieres
Day 4 – Etape 3
Approx 140km 2700m
A quiet route, running parallel to the main valley road to Ax Les Thermes you will have a birdseye view. This route takes a steady climb from Bompass passing through typical pyrenean villages up to the Col de Chioula and its ski station. There is still a little more climbing to do as we head towards Belesta and then to the famous last Cathar stronghold of Chateau Montsegur – now a ruined castle. From there head towards Foix for a well earned beer before base. A long day but well worth it.
Day 5 – Etape 4
Approx 150km 2190m
Heading east, a steady day in the saddle. 150km along some good surfaced roads with some steady climbs and gentle gradients. Magnificent descent down into Quillan and along to Esperaza where we stop off for a bite to eat before heading towards Chalabre touching on Lac Montbel before heading towards base via Roc D’Olmes and then Foix. Needless to say great scenery is a given.
Day 6 – Etape 5
One of my favourite rides. This route is not for the feint hearted, a test of endurance in the pyrenees, taking you through some hard terrain, but rewarded by some fabulous scenery and – o – the descents!!!
Starting with a gentle roll out to Massat along quiet leafy lanes, lulling you into a false sense of security before heading towards the climbs we will stop off for a bite to eat. The serious TDF climbing begins with Guzet Neige ski station (optional extra – straight up and down) followed by Col de la Trappe, Col de Agnes and Port de Lers descending down to Tarascon and steady ride back to Foix and base camp.
Breakfast and depart.
Incorporate a day trip to the Tourmalet and Hautecam – an early start, taking you over to the High Pyrenees where you will experience the iconic TDF cols Tourmalet and Hautecam. A fantastic day out, you will notice the change in scenery, whilst climbing the legendary cols of the area. At the time of booking just let us know and we can include in your itinerary. (there will be an extra charge)
Incorporate a Sportive into your vacation – a medical certificate signed by your doctor is required.