Cycling Challenges at Allant Holidays

Make your cycling holiday really special with a cycling challenge over the cols made famous by the Tour de France
Try our Tourmalet Challenge - a timed ride from Sainte Marie de Campan to the summit; a 17km climb, with gradients of up to 10% and a height of over 2000m
Cycle 5 fantastic Pyrenean mountains in either 2,3 or 4 days of riding by attempting our Allant Raid des Cols (ARC);
Create your own bespoke challenge by choosing from the huge list of accessible mountains from our base in Galan;
Take part in one of the many cyclosportives organised in this region of France and combine it with a training session from Steve to really get the best result possible

The Tourmalet Challenge

Allant RAID des Cols (ARC)

Traverse the heart of the Pyrenees over five of the largest and most famous cols;
Use our suggested Allant Raid des Cols (ARC) route of 176km with 4830m of climbing over five top mountains, that you can tackle over 1, 2 or 3 days
Or create your own verson of our ARC by cycling 5 fantastic Pyrenean mountains of your choice
Over the past 11 years we have had the great pleasure of taking over 260 riders up to the summit of the Tourmalet - the highest mountain pass in the Pyrenees.  The challenge starts at St Marie de Campan with the top a gruelling 16.9km later, having passed through the ski village of La Mongie to reach the summit.  Many of our guests choose to put themselves throug this ordeal not only once but each year they come - determined to get their best time yet. In honour of all of these efforts we have compiled a BIG LIST of everybody's best time.
THE BIG LIST
Allant Raid des Cols - suggested route - 176km and 4830m ridden over 1, 2 or 3 days
Starting in Bossost it is straight into climbing, with the Col du Portillon (a steady 9km with some lovely switchbacks). At the top is the Spanish-French border -the descent is technical and fast in places;
After riding through the lovely spa town of Luchon, it is onto the Col de Peyresourde. At just over 14km this is one of the longer climbs - and at times it will feel like it! The end of the climb is signalled by three large switchbacks in the last 2km.  Once at the top, you are rewarded with one of the nicest descents in the Pyrenees;
After the Peyresourde, it is all downhill until Arreau and the start of the Col d’Aspin. This is the steep side of the Aspin - but after 12km you are at the top and looking forward to a nice descent into Sainte-Marie-de-Campan;
Now the real fun starts: the Col du Tourmalet. This is the climb that scares even the professionals so, taken on the back of the Portillon, Peyresourde and Aspin, it is going to be really hard. The first few kilometres break you in gently (as if you need breaking in) but once you are through Gripp, the beast of the mountain really kicks in. The ski station of la Mongie takes your mind off the climb, even if only for a minute. Then, before you know it, you are at the top. The first few kilometres of the descent are to be taken with care, but soon the road opens up and the descent is one of the fastest. Even after finishing the true descent at Luz St Sauveur it is still a steady drop all the way into Argeles Gazost;
By now your legs will be tired and even the rise out of the town will hurt, so there is a flattish section before the final climb - the Col d’Aubisque. The Aubisque is really broken up into 2 climbs: the Col du Soulor and then the Aubisque. When climbed from this side, the Soulor is the hardest part of the Aubisque climb. The final descent into Laruns is technical and fast at times so care must be taken if you’re tired...
You can choose to take on the Allant Raid des Cols (ARC) over 1, 2 or 3 days - depending on your fitness, holiday duration and mental state! You can undertake the ARC any when between May (after the snow has cleared) and October (subject to vehicle availability). The price to ride the ARC including transfers to and from the airport, to the start and from the finish, feed stations and drinks, plus support throughout the day (if it is needed) is 491€. This is based on two people sharing a room with four nights' accommodation, dinners, breakfasts and lunches included.
 
 
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Interested?
Contact us at: Allant Holidays, 2 rue du Padouen, 65330, Galan, France
+33 963 21 41 87   allantholidays@gmail.com

SARL Allant    Numero SIRET: 50013953000017