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Chateau de Pitray
Chateau de Pitray

"Thanks again for a wonderful week.

The best compliment I can give you; it never felt "transactional". It was as if we were old friends from the this side of the pond, meeting to ride in your "neighborhood"; eating in your old haunts, drinking wine and sipping coffee.

The graciousness of you and your secret weapons (your aunt Alix and uncle Pierre), the owners of Pitray, is what made it so special. There aren't adjectives effusive enough in praise of "Pitray."

Grinding away on the flats adjacent to the river, the exhilaration of the hills, relaxing in a quaint cafe, it was truly invigorating, exciting and beautiful. The road network must be seen to be believed. The way you made every ride and every rider comfortable; that's a talent.

Your knowledge of the "just so right" restaurants and what was best on the menu kept it simple and delicious. St Emilion; the wine, the wine class, the fire works, wineries, "oh la la, c'est magnifique."

Seth Brown., Arizona

Newsletter:  March 2011.
Articles:  "Life at Chateau Pitray," "See the Castillon Pro Criterium"  and  "French Pyrenees Cycling."

Touring medieval villages, drinking Bordeaux wines = your life at Chateau de Pitray !

Bird's eye view of Chateau Pitray

The Chateau de Pitray, located 35 miles east of Bordeaux, is nestled in the middle of its estate grounds, surrounded by fields, woods, and off in the distance its vineyards. In all the estate is 200 acres, and when you are at the chateau you have the impression of being far away from everything in an exclusive setting. The comment I hear so often from friends is that it is a very quiet, peaceful and relaxing place. The splendor and beauty of the property is magnificent.

Some of my favorite memories at Pitray are sitting out on the south patio, sipping wine, and looking at the stars late on a summer's night. more, full article.

The Professional Criterium de Castillon, one of France's oldest crits ! ( stay at Chateau Pitray )

Pro Criterium de Castillon bike race - bike tours france

Riders race up the hill at the Castillon pro criterium.

Come see some of the same pro-cyclists who raced in the Tour de France race in the professional Criterium de Castillon bike race, held on the first Tuesday of every August. This is one of the oldest and longest running professional crit races in France. 2010 was the 37th edition of the race, and it was won by Alberto Contador, the 2010 Tour de France winner. I have watched many of these races in Castillon, and enjoyed attending the VIP official pre-race lunch celebrations at my family’s Chateau (Chateau de Pitray). You too can enjoy this race and luncheon, and experience an insider’s perspective to a celebrated French cycling tradition. more, full article.

Why ride across the Pyrenees ? It is about more than the accomplishment, it is also the adventure along the way !

Cycling in the Pyrenees Mountains bike tours

The valley between the Col de Marie Blanc and the Col d'Aubisque.

I love these stats: 1000 miles, 94000 feet climbing, 12 days of riding.  Ride across the Pyrenees, coast to coast and back.  Now that is a bike ride with some bragging rights, and something unique that only a few cyclists will ever accomplish.  Anyone who can lay claim to that is revered.  Does it make you envious?  I have done this trip 4 times and I am impatient to go back.  Yes, the stats are impressive, but the real stories behind this trip are the legendary climbs, striking mountains and enchanting countryside.  I mean what a fairy-tale for fit committed cyclists…and not to mention the challenge of a lifetime. more, full article.

Improve your bike posture and increase your power and endurance.

Bike Posture

Power and endurance on a bike are directly correlated to your posture on your bike. Correct posture allows you to leverage all the muscles in your hips and thighs to turn the cranks. Incorrect posture inhibits you from recruiting all those muscles and thereby causing you to be less powerful, less efficient and ultimately to have less more, full article.