2006 FRANCE PRO CYCLING TRIP 2- Pyrenees
10-15 July 2005
|BE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE ACTION TO SEE 3
STAGES IN THE PYRENEES!
"-we had such a great time with y'all -never forget -"
INCLUDES: 6 Days, 5 Nights, 4 Dinners, 1 or more picnic lunches (TBD)
DIFFICULTY- Intermediate To Difficult (But Choice is Yours)
NUMBER OF RACE VIEWING DAYS: 3
NUMBER OF CYCLING DAYS: 5
- View three days of racing in the Pyrenees, including the stage which exits
- Climb famous ascents like La Mongie and the Col du Tourmalet.
- Stay in world-famous Lourdes for 5 nights. No hotel transfers!
- Small group atmosphere- maximum of 14 in group
- Great French cuisine and wine
- Possibility to visit Lourdes shrines
- Free bike rental (or bring your own bike)
Here’s the program:
Day 1- The group will meet at the train
station in Pau. We’ll shuttle to our home
in Lourdes and settle in. You can spread
out and get comfortable since there will
be no hotel transfers on this tour! We’ll
then have a bike fitting and a short
orientation ride. Before our first group
dinner tonight we’ll toast to a great
upcoming week with a complimentary
Day 2- Today the fearless TEAM BV will be in the mountains, tackling the famous
climbs of La Mongie and the Col du Tourmalet. You’ll get to see first hand what it’s
like to ascend an HC (hors categorie, or in English, out of category) climb. After
our initiation to these famous Pyrenees ascents, we’re back to our hotel. There
should be some time before another group dinner to explore the town, and those
so inclined can even visit the world renown Lourdes shrines.
Day 3- Today we’ll see racing for the first time, and we’ll find an excellent spot
near one of the cols where you can try a Cat. 1 or HC climb if you like. Then you
can find yourself a good switchback from which to see the riders ascending on the
route to the day’s finish in Pau. After the riders pass it’s back to our hotel in
Lourdes. Again you can explore this famous town a bit, and you’ll be on your own
to scout out a restaurant that looks appealing. We’ll of course offer suggestions if
Day 4- Today will be a critical and possibly decisive race, and we’ll once again be
in a position for excellent riding and race viewing. After the riders pass our
location we’ll head to a local café to watch the finish on TV while enjoying some
well-earned adult beverages.
Day 5- The race leaves the Pyrenees today and probably a sprint finish on flatter
terain. There are still a few cols to climb beforehand, however, and we’ll be there
to witness some of the final Pyrenees action. We’ll once again have time to find
one of our favorite local establishments and watch today’s finish on TV. Those
who were with us last summer will remember the place and the great atmosphere.
It may be the local French people cheering at the end of today, however, as a
French riders always extend themselves to win on Bastille Day, July 14, the French
equivalent to our July 4.
Day 6- Our France pro cycling Pyrenees adventure comes to an end after
breakfast, and the group will be shuttled to the train station in Pau. Before leaving
Pau, we might suggest a visit on your own to the castle of Henri IV, who ruled the
southern part of today’s France, then call the Navarre, from Pau. Henri IV later
united the country and ruled from Paris. His grandson became know as the Sun
King, Louis XIV.
"We really enjoyed the time spent
getting to know the three of you,
and we thank-you for all the hard
work you did before, during, and
after our vacation to make it all
happen. A quote from Patty when
walking back to the van after
watching George win the Pla
d'Adet stage at the bar: 'This is the
coolest thing we have ever done!' "
|We know you’ll forever retain the great memories of this adventure, and
we’ll look forward to helping you rekindle them on another of our tours in the future.
CALL 1-877-362-0045 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DEPOSIT: $400 per person- due upon booking
PRICES: $2,895 per person Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement- $500)
- Accommodations in high-end 3 star hotel
- All breakfasts and most dinners as indicated on specific tour itineraries, including superb
French dining. One or more picnic lunches (where and when is TBD)
- Bike rental
- Entrance fees to historical attractions visited, time permitting.
- Support vehicle which sweeps the daily routes, provides snacks, picks up daily purchases,
offers a lift to the weary.
- All transfers from rendezvous point to final drop-off.
- All gratuities for hotels and included meals.
- Knowledgeable, bilingual, American guides who know France like the backs of their hands.
- Welcome cocktail on first night
- Intimate small group atmosphere
- Lunches, except one or more picnic lunches (TBD)
- Alcoholic beverages at meals
- Flights from North America to Europe and return.
- Train tickets to and from rendezvous locations.
- Travel and other personal insurance (available as an option)