Anthony Garcia
Ascent of the Col des Tentes by road bike

The Gavarnie Valleys by bike

Climbing the Pyrenees is not just about cycling. Amateur cyclists in search of challenge and self-transcendence will find here a land of welcome worthy of their ambitions...Confront these stone giants who have seen the birth of cycling legends over the years. Once at the top of one of them, you can take advantage of your recovery time to contemplate the panorama, you will then realize that the Pyrenees give you back much more than the time and effort they take from you. You will leave drained of all energy, but filled with humility and pride. That's what climbing the Pyrenees is all about. 

Legendary climbs

Between those that we no longer need to present as their reputation is so great and those that shine with their intimate setting, there are a multitude of routes here on which to challenge yourself. From the great crossing of the Pyrenees by the mountain pass road to more classic outings, there is plenty to do for very beautiful outings in the Gavarnie Valleys.  

© Pierre Meyer
Col du Tourmalet from Luz-St-Sauveur

In good company 

As beautiful as they are harsh, our Pyrenees are not easily tamed. The ideal is to surround yourself with instructors from our valleys who will accompany you in your conquest of the summits during a cycling course. These professionals know the roads of the valleys inside out and will concoct tailor-made outings for you. They will give you advice to adapt your progress to the course and will pass on their best techniques.  

Find a course with an instructor

Anthony Garcia
Col du Tourmalet by road bike from Barèges

The Altamonta brand 

Altamonta rhymes with land of legend... That of men and women braving the slopes of Tourmalet or Hautacam or savoring the majestic scenery of the more intimate roads of Gavarnie or Piedmont. 
Altamonta is also a land of excellence... that of the welcome that will be reserved for you as a cyclist. Thanks to the Altamonta label, you are sure to find a network of hosts and services mobilized around the reception of cyclists and mountain bikers: secure bike rooms, washing and drying points for clothes, repair equipment, sports menus... 
 
All cycle routes and services  

Altamonta
Altamonta the cyclo reception in the Hautes-Pyrénées

The Tour in the Valleys 

When we talk about cycling events not to be missed, we obviously think of the Tour de France. This prestigious race is a must and brings together crowds every year. Federating, it creates a real emulation on its way. Cycling enthusiasts or simply curious follow the runners through their screens or even come to encourage them directly on the sides of the roads.

The Pyrenees, a key stage of the great loop 

In the route, the Pyrenees have always been a key stage. With their relief, they offer beautiful mountain stages. This year, it is in Cauterets that you will be able to witness the arrival of the riders on July 6th after a long stage including the ascent of the Col d'Aspin, the Col du Tourmalet before finishing with the Cambasque in Cauterets. .  

Stages of the Tour de France 

© Manon Vallin
Arrival of the Tour de France in Hautacam in the Pyrenees
© Manon Vallin
Arrival of the Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France 2022 in Hautacam

Women's Tour de France 2023 

After the men, it's the women's turn to shine! From July 23 to 30, 2023, they will set off on an 8-stage course starting in Clermont-Ferrand with the Tourmalet finish site then finishing their race in Pau for the final finish. Come encourage them! 

The route of the women's Tour 

Gravel, the new do-it-all bike 

What is Gravel? A funny name behind which hides a new type of bike. Straight from the United States, this bike with wider tires allows you to ride on rough roads and paths covered with gravel. Versatile, it is a mix between road bike, mountain bike and travel bike and offers total freedom to go on an adventure on all terrains

“The Gravel offers the advantage of being able to leave the paved roads to take full advantage of nature. In the heart of the Val d'Azun, the ascent of the Col de Couraduque which is extended by the discovery of forest tracks to the Col du Soulor is an example of this. Just like the climb to the Tourmalet by other routes than those taken by Tour de France enthusiasts. Gravel offers a more playful, more natural practice. It is also an opportunity to visit villages like St Savin and give in to the pleasure of a few tastings. » 

Meeting with Bruno Valcke – cycling instructor 
Spotlight on...

The Pyrenees Cycl'n trip  

To surpass yourself and face one or more Pyrenean stone giants in complete tranquility and safety, the Pyrenees Cycl'n Trip is the perfect event. Every summer for 5 days the road becomes 100% cycleable on several Pyrenean passes! Access is free, open to all, without registration or fixed departure time. What you set off serenely on these mythical roads and shade the greatest runners...   

© Antoine Garcia
Cycling event in the Hautes-Pyrénées

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