First of all mountain biking in the Pyrenees is an amazing experience for those that fancy travelling on mountain paths and singletracks. This bike trip is developed on gravel roads, lonely trails and singletracks and some few paved roads. Like in a masterpiece they link beautiful valleys and Romanic and medieval towns of the Catalonian and French Pyrenees. The tour starts in “Vielha”, Catalonia, the door entrance to the famous “Val d’Aran”. Here we find lots of ski resorts nearby. The tour finishes in Toulouse, capital of Languedoc Province, aone of the most important cities in the south of France.
Along the ride we’ll have all sorts of possible weather. This is absolutely normal in the Pyrenees between springtime and summer. The tour combines nice and calm rides with very demanding up hills and down hills.
It’s remarkable that most of the singletracks and trails are extremely lonely. Really off the beaten track and that help us breathing nature every time. The beauty of this trip is not only given by the magnificent mountainous views and pristine fir trees and pine forests, but also for the Romanic towns and churches and old constructions that make us dream about centuries ago.
The cuisine of the Pyrenees is inspiring: Mediterranean flavours that really worth to be tasted plus the will of the locals to make us feel comfortably “at home” are a recipe not to resist. This is an unforgettable experience; we look forward to ride together in the next upcoming tour!
|ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE CITY||Barcelona / Toulouse-Blagnac|
|DEPARTURE TIME:||12 p.m. at “Camp Nou” in Barcelona|
|Location||St Bertrand de Comminges, Vielha|
Pyrenees mtb tour, starting in “Vielha” in north Spain up to “St. Bertrand de Comminges” in south France.
Day 2: Vielha - Gotarta
Another few miles and we are in “Vilaller” where we’ll have lunch and the downhill is finished. The following challenge will be the “Col de Serreres” a tough uphill of 3,2miles and 400meters elevation gain and once in the top we start an outstanding millenary “Alta Ribagorca” singletrack to “Val de Boi” that will challenge our riding skills and where we’ll find an original Romanic cross.
Another serious uphill is waiting for us and will take us through “Iran” where we’ll have our lunch and “Irgo” where we’ll find the lonely “Chapel of Sant Salvador d’Irgo” from where we’ll get great views of the valley. After achieving the “Coll de Sant Salvador” there will be some few remaining miles to arrive in “Gotarta” a very small town where only thirty seven inhabitants live. Merce, the owner of the house, will be in charge of a lovely and homemade dinner.
27 miles and 4500ft elevation gain
Day 3: Gotarta - Espui
31 miles and 4300ft elevation gain
Day 4: Espui - Espot
27 miles and 4200ft elevation gain
Day 5: Espot - Montgarri
Once we are away from the forest we keep riding over a dramatic downhill until “Sorpe” and “Isil” another medieval rock town. From there and ahead we face a steady uphill, overcoming 1600 feet in more than 13,70 miles, following the narrow “Vall d’Aneu” valley and the “Noguera Pallaresa” river, tributary to the “Ebro” river.
The views of the pristine mountains covered by green and black pines, on the way to “Refugio de Montgarri” are again overwhelming. This refuge is a recycled building used by the priests when the “Santuario de Montgarri” was built in the 1.117 year.
33 miles and 420ft elevation gain
Day 6: Montgarri - Vielha
15 miles and 1000ft elevation gain
Day 7: Vielha - Les
From “Bossost” to “Les” is only a couple of miles to get there, following the Garona’s river course. We’ll have a second free afternoon to rest and enjoy the roman thermal baths of Les that rise at 37° degrees. Great oportunity to recover in the thermal pools.
20 miles and 3000ft elevation gain
Day 8: Les - Aspet (France)
31 miles and 4200ft elevation gain
Day 9: Aspet - St. Bertrand de Comminges
21 miles and 2500ft elevation gain