2020 Crossing the Pyrenees

Routes and report

Routes:

Crossing the Pyrenees: July 2020
Starting point: St. Jean de Luz -- > Destination: St. Argelés sur Mer

 

1st day:Monday 13 July; 80 km, 1'530 hm; St. Jean de Luz - Ezterentzubi; Col Saint Ignace - Puerto Otxondo - Col d'Ispéguy

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2nd day: Tuesday, 14 July; 110 km 3000 hm; Ezterentzubi - Oloron Sainte-Marie; Col de Arthaburu - Col de Bagargui - Col de Suscousse

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3rd day: Wednesday, 15 July; 109 km 2'700 m; Oloron Sainte-Marie - Luz Saint Sauveur; Col de Marie-Blanque - Col d'Aubisque - Col de Soulor

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4th day: Thursday, 16 July; 97 km 3'000 Hm; Luz Saint Sauveur - Bagniere-de-Luchon; Col du Tourmalet - Col d'Aspin - Col de Peyresourde

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day off: Friday, July 17th in Bagnieres-de-Luchon
5th day: Saturday, July 18; 112 km 2'900 hm; Bagnieres-de-Luchon - Seix; Col de Portillon - Col de Menté - Col de Portet d'Aspet - Col de la Core

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6th day: Sunday, 19 July; 105 km 2'250 Hm; Seix - Ax-les Thermes; Col d'Agnes - Port de Lers

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Additional roundtrip: Monday, 20 July; 60 km 1'600 hm; Ax-les Therme; Col du Chioula - Col des sept fréres - Col du Pradel

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7th day: Monday, 21 July; 111 km 2'900M; Ax-les Therme - Mosset; Col de Pailhéres - Col des Moulis - Col de Jau

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8th day: Tuesday, 22 July; 132 km 1,900 hm; Mosset - St. Argelés sur Mer; Col de Palomére - Col Xatard - Col de la Brousse

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Total: 917 km 21'780 hm 27 passes => > 2'375 hm per 100 km
Report:
The idea of crossing the Pyrenees came up during an evening trip on the VC-Allschwil. Together with Daniel Wälchli we planned the details:
  • 8-9 stages, ca 100km and 2000 - 3000hm.
  • Start in Luz St Sauveur (Atlantic), finish in Argelés-sur-Mer (Mediterranean)
  • Day off in Bagnéres-de-Luchon
  • Rest day at the destination, Argelés-sur-Mer
  • Train journey to the start in Luz St Sauveur, and back home from Argelés-sur-Mer
  • accommodation in hotels
  • Only light luggage on the road
  • We sent the bike bag, swimsuits and clothes which we didn't need for the bike-journey by post from Luz Saint Sauveur to Argelés-sur-Mer
I am very satisfied, grateful and happy that the whole trip went so smoothly and without an incident.
Many thanks to Daniel Wälchli for the amazing tour 🚴🏻‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️, it was super great and fun with you 👍😊, ... and thank you for waiting at the top of the passes... 👍