Anthony Garcia
Banked bend of the Barèges Bike Park

MTB & Bike Parks

The Pyrenees are the favorite playground for mountain bikers and thrill-seekers! Whether you like to ride alone, with family or friends, you can easily find beautiful mountain bike routes suitable for everyone, even beginners. The ideal opportunity to have fun and improve your skills during your stay in the mountains. To make you experience the most beautiful adventures, the Gavarnie Valleys offer themselves to you: bike parks, pump tracks, marked routes, supervised mountain bike outings and even freeride descents. The possibilities are multiple! 

Pierre Meyer
Mountain bike trip to the Saugué plateau facing the Cirque de Gavarnie

Disciplines for all desires 

In the world of mountain biking, several disciplines are available to enthusiasts. Each practice offers its share of adrenaline and unique challenges. Discover this diverse universe where the passion for mountain biking takes varied forms to satisfy all desires for adventure. 

Enduro or all mountain

It is the most common practice, on all types of terrain, uphill and downhill, which combines endurance, technique and speed. The material used allows beautiful enduro descents on rough terrain thanks to good front and rear suspensions.

Cross-country or XC

Certainly the most practiced discipline, since you cover a fairly long distance while enjoying nature and the terrain, in hiking mode, on the handlebars of a fairly light mountain bike.

Gravel

It is the most common practice, on all types of terrain, uphill and downhill, which combines endurance, technique and speed. The equipment used allows beautiful enduro descents on rough terrain thanks to good front and rear suspensions.

Anthony Garcia
Gravel Val d'Azun

The Fat Bike

It is a bike suitable for soft terrain: sand, mud but especially snow! These wide tires allow good grip on difficult terrain.

Electric mountain biking, VTTAE or e-MTB

It is the most common practice, on all types of terrain, uphill and downhill, which combines endurance, technique and speed. The equipment used allows beautiful enduro descents on rough terrain thanks to good front and rear suspensions.

Freeride, downhill or DH

Derived from downhill, the idea is to take advantage of a completely natural, unmarked space, offering great sensations. The must is the freeride descent of the Pic du Midi, accessible by cable car.  
1 m of vertical drop, one of the most beautiful freeride descents in the Pyrenees! 

Anthony Garcia
Mountain bike route in the Pyrenees

Circuits for all levels

Adrenaline and landscapes, this is what awaits you in the Gavarnie Valleys! From quiet mountain bike trails along the Gave de Pau, to rolling highlands with panoramic views of the peaks, through beautiful descents, here, you won't be bored on the handlebars of your mountain bike. 

The Altamonta MTB area 

Descents in the forest, All Mountain circuits, mountain-style Enduro or family initiation outings, this is what the Altamonta mountain biking area has in store for you, labeled FFC mountain biking site (N°26 – French Cycling Federation), i.e. 73 routes spread over 6 sectors: Land of Lourdes – Val d'Azun – Valley of Argeles-Gazost – Land Toy Gavarnie – Land Toy Luz-Barèges – Cauterets.

Find all the marked trails

Altamonta

The Bike Parks

Each summer, two ski areas are transformed into a Bike Park to make way for beautiful descents!

  • The Barèges Bike Park offers 6 downhill mountain bike trails (DH) and 3 Enduro mountain bike trails, for 600 m of elevation gain, accessible from the Tournaboup chairlift, with a view of the peaks and the Pic du Midi. A shuttle, equipped with bike racks and accessible to pedestrians, connects the village of Barèges to the start of the chairlift.
  • The Cauterets Bike Park, accessible by gondola from the village, offers 5 routes for  
    1 m of vertical drop, in a natural mountain setting. 
© Antoine Garcia
Mountain biker at the Barèges Bike Park

The freeride descent of the Pic du Midi 

In the Pyrenees, this is certainly the most renowned freeride descent! Extreme cycling enthusiasts can indulge in their favorite sport and enjoy a unique descent of 1 m in altitude, in an exceptional high mountain setting.  

Freeride descent from the Pic du Midi

Anthony Garcia
View from the Pic du Midi over the valleys of Gavarnie
Anthony Garcia
MTB Valleys of Gavarnie

Mountain biking with the family 

Laugh, learn, share, dare... here, children practice mountain biking in complete safety. Family mountain biking is much more than just a sporting activity; it’s an adventure that allows young and old alike to discover together the beauty of nature and the excitement of outdoor life. 

Kid Zones

Au Bareges Bike Park, beginners benefit from downhill blue runs, learning modules and initiation to piloting, all while ascending by chairlift.  
In Cauterets, the Kid Zone of the Cauterets Bike Park is specially equipped with wooden modules and a mini pumptrack. Ideal for beginners in mountain biking, filling up on sensations, and in complete safety! 

Anthony Garcia
MTB Valleys of Gavarnie

The pump track

As well thought out for children as for adults, this asphalt area offers bumps, banked turns and jump zones. This fun space allows beginners to understand the notions of balance and piloting. The Arrens-Marsous pump track is located in the leisure base, a good opportunity to spend some time with the family! 

Anthony Garcia
Pumptrack Leisure Center - Arrens Marsous - VTT & Bike Parks

MTB instructors 

There is nothing like entrusting your children to professionals. Just like ski instructors, mountain bike instructors (MCF) are allies of learning that is fair, fun and adapted to each child.

Find a mountain bike instructor 

Anthony Garcia
Mountain bike outing at the Barèges Bike Park
Anthony Garcia
Mountain bike circuit in the Pyrenees
Anthony Garcia
Mountain bike circuit in the Pyrenees
MTB professionals

Benefit from personalized advice, explore the trails under the supervision of a mountain bike instructor or even benefit from the delivery of your equipment to the location of your choice... In the Gavarnie Valleys, professionals share their expertise in the service of two-wheelers !

Mountain bike rental companies

Many mountain bike rental points are available, so you can take advantage of real expertise and tailor-made advice. 

Equipment rental companies

Mountain bike guides 

How good it is to be accompanied by a specialist! Find the guides for a safe outing to discover the mountain landscapes.  

Bike monitors

Mountain bike shuttles on demand 

Several service providers equipped with fitted and secure trailers offer to transport you with your equipment where you want and when you want. Also ideal when traveling by train or plane with your equipment. 

Manon Vallin
Mountain biking Argelès-Gazost Valleys of Gavarnie
Altamonta
 
A UNIQUE LABEL

Altamonta,
Cycling reception

Under the Altamonta Accueil Cyclo label, there is a whole network of accommodation providers, service providers, Tourist Offices, local authorities mobilized around the Altamonta brand, which guarantees a territory of excellence for welcoming cyclists and mountain bikers. Cycling enthusiasts in the broadest sense will find a variety of services: secure bike rooms, clothing washing and drying points, repair equipment, sports menus, etc.  

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