How we got there
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 (velopeloton.com).
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-holiday.com.