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Pyrenees trip - advice

Hi guys

My office has asked me to go to Toulouse for a conference In mid-July and will be extending my stay to go cycling in the Pyrenees for a few days. Does anyone has any hotel recommendations in the area or other suggestions more generally for my first trip into the mountains? I'd be really grateful for whatever advice people have.


That's an excellent idea! So many great cycling routes ... I don't have any hotel recommendations, as I've always stayed with my cousin when I've been there, but here are some suggestions about where to look.

Many of the great TdF climbs start or finish in a triangle between Arreau, Bagneres-de-Luchon and Saint-Lary-Soulan, including (going West) the Col d'Aspin (leading to the Tourmalet), the Hourquette d'Ancizan and the Col de Portet, (going East) the Col du Portillon  and (between them) the Col de Peyresourde (good in both directions) and the Col de Val Louron / Azet (scary on one side; never-ending on the other). If you can stay in Génos/Loudenvielle, most of those will be on your doorstep and the Tourmalet and Portillon will be options for a longer day out - otherwise, Saint-Lary and Arreau will give you lots of options, but be aware that Arreau is about 300 metres below Génos, so you'll have that much extra climbing to do before you get to the bottom of the Peyresourde or Val Louron. Luchon has a pleasant touristy bustle about it, but you'll have to get over the Peyresourde (Cat 1 from that direction) before you can try most of the other climbs.

I presume you've already checked that your dates won't coincide with any of the Pyrenean stages of the Tour? If they do, you won't find anywhere to stay, though you could always take a tent ...

Hi Ashley thanks for the suggestions. It's certainly prompted a lot of thought which is prompting a lot of research and potential route planning! I already checked the dates and fortunately the tour will be in the Alps. Hopefully my conference will have a television nearby so I can keep track of what's going on.