ROAD & TRAIL CYCLING
Excellent cycling routes, both for road bikes and mountain bikes...
READY TO CYCLE THE PYRENEES?
After celebrating the centenary of the Tour passing over the Col du Tourmalet in 2010 in 2011 the tour had a finish at Luz Ardiden on the 14th July. 2012 saw a passage through the valley and over the Col du Tourmalet on the 18th July and in 2013 we missed out – as did the Pyrenees generally. 2014 saw a passage over the Tourmalet with a finish at Hautacam, and 2015 will see the same but with a finish at Cauterets on the 15th July.
Outside of the Tour de France madness Luz is a fabulous base for tackling some of the great Pyrenean passes. The Col du Tourmalet of course, but also Luz Ardiden, Hautacam, Soulor and Aubisque. The roads here are made for cyclists and you will have difficulty finding more spectacular scenery to cycle through. The roads up past the Gavarnie ski station to the Col des Tentes, and up into the Cirque de Troumouse provide even more challenging climbs, even if they are never on the Tour circuit because they are within the Pyrenees National Park.
Our local bike shops have excellent equipment and you can organise rental of road bikes and mountain bikes through them. Both have on-line shops, Ardiden Velos and Gran Tourmalet Bike Tours. We have a secure cellar to store your bikes.
Note that the Col du Tourmalet often does not officially open until early June, but all efforts are made for it to be open in May. Contact us for information before you attempt to drive or ride over it in May and early June.
The following slideshow recounts a two week trip by an Australian friend testing out mountain biking paths in the valley and enjoying both the Jazz Festival and the Tour de France madness. Her trip resulted in an article in Mountain Biking Australia magazine.
Orbea, a Spanish bike brand, made a promotional video featuring the climbs around Luz.
Price depends on your choice of accommodation, but roughly 795€-1500€/week.
Ask us for options. We provide bed linen, bath and tea-towels, an information pack with some short self guided walks and a 1:25000 topographical map. All activities can be organised on an ‘a la carte’ basis so you can choose as you please. You need to bring swimming towels and leave the apartment clean as you found it. Cleaning can be provided on request (usually 60-100€ depending on the apartment/house).
HOTEL LES TEMPLIERS B&B
Start any day, and come for more or less than a week if you choose. Family room 4P, 105€/night, Triple room 95€/night, Double/Twin rooms 85€/night. Breakfast and activities can be added on as you please.
Check availability www.hotel-luz.com.
LES TEMPLIERS APARTMENT
Large open plan kitchen, living and main bedroom. Kids bedroom with bunk beds off this main room. Gorgeous views from all sides as you are on the third floor above the Hotel Les Templiers. Check availability www.hotel-luz.com.