The Gavarnie Valleys can also be discovered on a road or mountain bike !
The most beautiful mountains passes
Tourmalet 2115 m
Hautacam 1525 m
Luz Ardiden 1730 m
Soulor 1474 m
Aubisque 1709 m
Tentes – Gavarnie 2208 m
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Challenges, thrills, freedom: so many possibilities!
Cycling in the Gavarnie Valleys requires humility, courage and tenacity. You must conquer these mythical passes whose names sound like those of kings and queens: Tourmalet, Aubisque, Soulor, Ardiden, Hautacam.
They can be ridden on a classical road bike or on a mountain bike or electric bike!
As you cycle along roads ridden by legendary Tour de France riders, this mythical area affords you fabulous views of hills, plateaus and preserved valleys. With every turn of the wheel, a new landscape, a new thrill.
Whether you are an amateur or a seasoned rider, you will definitely find a route to suit your ability and to allow you to enjoy the region on two wheels!
Focus on a legend.... The Col du Tourmalet
This mythical mountain col from the Tour de France is the highest road pass in the French Pyrenees, majestically guarded by the Pic du Midi de Bigorre. Your stay isn’t complete with a ride up the Tourmalet!
Speed demons will opt for mountain biking, cross-country or enduro!
Several chair lifts are available for downhill and freeride biking enthusiasts! In Barèges - Tourmalet, the Family Bike Park offers 6 downhill mountain bike trails (DH) and 3 Enduro mountain bike trails, accessible from the Tournaboup chairlift. A shuttle is available all day long from the village of Barèges to the departure of the chairlift (equipped with bike racks and accessible to pedestrians), offering more than 600m of downhill slopes for the delight of children (from 5 years old) as well as adults! Cirque du Lys in Cauterets has a superb bike park. However, a “Must do” for free riders is still the Pic du Midi, open all year round (via cable car): 1,500m drop in altitude, one of the most beautiful freeride downhill descents in the Pyrenees!
The "Pumptrack" of Val d'Azun’s Leisure area :
By bike, scooter, skateboard or rollerblade, experiment Val D’azun’s pumptrack in Arrens-Marsous' leisure area. Two loop trails (a blue and red one) are accessible including bumps and steep bends. You don't need to be a world champion to come and have fun, the pumptrack is accessible to the youngest! "
On a mountain high ... on an electric bike!
No need to tail the polka dot jersey to get up the mountain roads! Just as easy to use as a conventional bike, the electric bike (also known as the E-bike) allows you to enjoy a leisurely ride by providing assistance according to your needs. Be it a road bike or mountain bike, it is easy to use and to get out and discover the Pyrenees! Cycling in the mountains is now accessible to everyone.
On the steeper climbs, the whole experience is a pleasant one, made easy by the extra power afforded by the bike. You will be able to enjoy the mountain scenery at leisure – something that you probably would not have imagined on a normal bike. With a guide or independently, all you have to do is enjoy the most beautiful panoramic views!
Guides and bike rentals info available in Tourist offices.
The green route
A former railway track that has been resurfaced and is now reserved for non-motorized vehicles, The Green Route is ideal for a gentle cycle, to discover the riches of the Gavarnie Valleys, its landscapes and its heritage.
Good to know: this bike path has "Tourism and Disability" accreditation on the Lourdes / Pierrefitte-Nestalas section of the route.
Local guides and equipment rental
It’s great to be shown around by a specialist! Find local guides in the Gavarnie Valleys a safe way to discover the mountain landscapes.
There are plenty of MTB and road bike rental points available, find them (+ rental playlists) in the whole area!
Altamonta: a unique accreditation
Altamonta rhymes with land of legends ... that of men and women braving the slopes of the Tourmalet or the Hautacam ... or enjoying the majestic scenery of the more intimate roads in Gavarnie or Piémont
Altamonta is also a land of excellence ... that of the welcome that you will receive as a cyclist. Thanks to the Altamonta logo, you will be sure to find a network of hosts and service providers all focused on welcoming road and mountain bikers: secure bike rooms, washing and drying points, repair equipment, sport menus...