Deb and Tom's Bike Trip to the French Pyrenees, July 2002

 

We joined a group of folks and our friends Harlan and Liz Chapman on a two-week bicycle tour/pilgrimage to the French Pyrenees. The tour was organized by The Bicycle Outfitter in Los Altos, California. About thirty of us enjoyed some of the best riding in the world, through lush green pastures, up the grueling climbs and breathtaking descents of the Tour de France. We came, we rode, we ate a lot....over about 400 miles and 40,000 feet of climbing, more or less. Here's a brief description of our itinerary with some ride statistics. All photos by Deb Jensen, Tom Greene and Harlan Chapman.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Lescar

Day 2: Lescar to Orolon-St. Marie

Day 3: Orolon to Gourette - Col du Marie Blanc, Col d'Aubisque

Day 4: Gourette to Luz-St. Saveur - Col d'Aubisque, Col du Soulor, Hautacam

Days 5, 6: Luz-St. Saveur loop rides and rest days - Luz Ardiden, Lourdes

Day 7: Luz - St. Saveur to Beaudean - Col du Tourmalet

Day 8: Beaudean to Bagneres de Luchon - Col d'Aspin, Col du Peyresourde

Day 9: Luchon rest day (Superbagneres)

Day 10: Luchon to St. Girons - Col du Portillon, Col de Mente, Col de Portet d'Aspet

Day 11: St. Girons to Tarascon - Col du Port

Day 12: Tarascon to Quillan - Col du Marmare, Col du Sept Freres

Day 13: Quillan to Toulouse (bus), Tour Stage 11 at La Mongie

Day 14: Toulouse; bus to Tour Stage 12 at Plateau de Beille

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