How we got there

Cyclist - - Tourmalet -

As I ap­proach the sum­mit I feel I should fling my arms aloft, but I’m so shat­tered I can barely muster a fee­ble high five


Cy­clist flew from Stansted to Lour­des with Ryanair, and then hired a car from Europ­car at the air­port. Flights start from around £60 re­turn, though a bike box will cost you a fur­ther £60 each way. It’s about a 45km drive from the air­port to Luz-st-sauveur, which takes around three quar­ters of an hour.


We stayed in La Grange Aux Mar­mottes, a tra­di­tional moun­tain chalet ho­tel with bou­tique-style rooms, a fab­u­lous break­fast and a se­cure bike shed. Rooms cost from €72 (£56) per night (grangeaux­mar­mottes. com). We’d also highly rec­om­mend Vélo Pelo­ton Pyre­nees in nearby Saint-savin, a su­perb cy­cling lodge with bright, airy rooms, de­li­cious food and a se­cure bike store and work­shop. Rooms cost from €65 (£50) per per­son per night on a half-board ba­sis (velopelo­


Many thanks to the Hautes-pyre­nees tourist board for all their help and sup­port with this trip, and es­pe­cially Marc, Ce­line, Corinne and Jean-philippe. Find more in­for­ma­tion at pyre­nees-hol­i­

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