raid pyrenees 2018

For 2018 we are again offering our Pyrenees coast to coast ride. Why not join us?

Starting in St Jean de Luz on the Atlantic coast and finishing in Cerbere on the Mediteranean, this is one of cycling’s must-do trips for anyone passionate about climbing: the stunning 720km coast to coast ride traversing the French Pyrenees taking in many of the famous cols of the Tour!

This year, I am pleased to announce that the Raid Pyrenees will we run in association with Stuart Hall Cycling. Stuart and his team have been offering cycling tours for over 20 years, and we have collaborated in the past.

Please check out their website

The Raid Pyrenees follows a classic 720km route traversing the Pyrenees from Hendaye on the Atlantic coast to Cerbère on the Mediterranean just north of the Spanish border. En route, riders experience breath-taking vistas, exhilarating descents and, of course, the epic cols of the Pyrenees that have seen many of the greatest battles of the Tour de France, including the famous Tourmalet, Aspin, Marie-Blanque, Aubisque and 


Over the entire six days of riding you’ll hardly see a main road. The result is a truly memorable experience of the Pyrenees on two-wheels: the challenging giants of the Tour linked together by stunning routes along lanes with minimal traffic, but plenty of leg-testing climbs, little-known cols and fantastic views.

The price-tag: a few more kms, and a bit more climbing than the standard Raid route. As an indication, our September 2017 Raid averaged 130km per day with roughly 2,500m of climbing per day. The exact route we use for each trip is likely to vary since we’ll tailor it to the cyclists on the trip and weather conditions. And if you’re looking to make it into a tougher challenge, we can always add in some more climbing!

Here’s what one of our customers wrote after the 2017 Raid:



1100€ per person based on sharing a twin room in the hotels.

Single occupancy is available, subject to availability, for an additional 170€.


2018 Dates

  • June 1st – 8th 2018: arrive 1st June, ride 2nd – 7th June, depart 8th June
  • June 9th – 16th 2018: arrive 9th June, ride 10th – 15th June, depart 16th June
  • Aug 31st – Sept 7th 2018: arrive 31st Aug, ride 1st – 6th Sept, depart 7th Sept
  • Sept 8th – 15th 2018: arrive 8th Sept, ride 9th – 14th Sept, depart 15th Sept


What’s included

  • Return transfers to and from Toulouse airport, including bike transfer – see below for details of required flight times
  • 7 nights half-board accommodation – bed, breakfast and evening meal
  • Support vehicle throughout the trip
  • Luggage transfer
  • Packed lunches on riding days


  • Arrival day: Arrive Toulouse airport, transfer to Hendaye, build bikes, pre-ride briefing
  • Ride Day 1: Hendaye to Montory, including Col Saint Ignace, Col d’Osquich
  • Ride Day 2: Montory to Argeles-Gazost, including Col de Marie-Blanque, Col d’Aubisque, Col de Soulor
  • Ride Day 3: Argeles-Gazost to Lortet, including Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin
  • Ride Day 4: Lortet to Massat, including Col de Peyresourde, Col des Ares, Col de Portet d’Aspet
  • Ride Day 5: Massat to Bolquere (Mont Louis), including Col de Port, Col de Paillères
  • Ride Day 6: Bolquere to Cerbère
  • Departure day: Return transfers to Toulouse airport


Bike hire

We offer full-carbon hire bikes for an additional charge of 110€ for the week if you prefer not to fly with your bike.


Flights and airport transfers


On the arrival day, we will collect you and your bike from flights landing in Toulouse mid-morning or from Biarritz mid-afternoon or evening. Alternatively, if these flights do not work for you, for an additional 50€ you can arrive in Toulouse the previous afternoon and we will provide you with an additional night’s accommodation and evening meal.


On departure day, we will transfer you to Toulouse airport for the flight home. Please ensure you book flights that depart after 14:00. We may also be able to accommodate mid-morning departures from Girona.

For alternative flights, please check with us before booking to ensure we can accommodate the arrival/departure times





Contact Us

Plein Air Pyrenees

La Garle

65250 Lortet




+33 562981476 (Home)

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