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Chateau de Pitray
Chateau de Pitray

Without a doubt, this was the cycling trip of a lifetime. The route took us over some of the most challenging and spectacular terrain I've ever encountered. Being an avid cyclist, to have ridden climbs such as the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Marie-Blanque, Peyresourde, and Pailheres is an accomplishment I will brag about for years to come

Rose Hewig, attended in 2009.


Not to be believed! When this trip was first planned I thought to myself, are you crazy? 12 days of riding, 7000-8000 feet per day of climbing? The more I thought about it the more I wanted to do it, and so I did. What an amazing trip. As I have said to everyone, it was everything I expected and much, much more.

Jeff Dux, attended in 2006 and 2010..

Hello everyone, I thought that I would keep you focused and excited for the 2012 Pyrenees trip by posting some photos from my collection. These are not in any particular order, just great shots that will make you wish you were riding in the Pyrenees right now. Patience, patience. It will be worth the wait, as the trip is coordinated to avoid the summer crowds and also to take advantage of the good weather in the late summer/early fall that is best for cycling - not too hot, not too cold, and usually no rain (uh oh, I hope I haven't jinxed us!).

If you haven't seen this already it is a map of the stages for the trip. I know, it's too small to make much sense of it so here is a link to the PDF version which is larger.

Pictured above is the town of Saint Sevin, slightly south and up the valley from Lourdes. This is the town that we will be staying in at the end of the 9th stage, coming off of the Tourmalet. Technically the Tourmalet is the last climb of the day, but for those with energy still in their legs the Haute de Cam is just a few miles away.

The very first time I came across a proceeding of sheep blocking the road was back in 2001, the first year I rode in the Pyrenees. This is a regular and normal event. I'm sure you'll have the opportunity to witness it yourself.

Natalie finally got to ride the Pyrenees last year, though this was linked with one of my trips at the Chateau. She's a school teacher who try's to make me feel guilty for s