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Guiness

Cycling in the Pyrenees

Anyone used any of these guys?

:

http://www.velopyrenees.com/

http://www.pyractif.com/

http://www.pleinairpyrenees.com/

Ms G and I are thinking of heading out there next year so thinking of using a company for the ease of someone else sorting out the logistics or just renting our own place out there if it is not too expensive.
Bartali

Pyractif - BRILLIANT!!!  Really good folk and Helen is a great cook!

Which trip are you thinking of?  I've done quite a few with them and hope to be back in the Spring.

PM me if you have any questions, but I can't recommend them high enough!
Slapshot 3

Bartali wrote:
Pyractif - BRILLIANT!!!  Really good folk and Helen is a great cook!

Which trip are you thinking of?  I've done quite a few with them and hope to be back in the Spring.

PM me if you have any questions, but I can't recommend them high enough!


The odd interesting piccy on that website.. Wink

I've heard of Pyractif before, a couple of friends used them and were mightily, mightily impressed.
Bartali

Slapshot 3 wrote:
The odd interesting piccy on that website.. Wink
.... yup, but in one of them I look so FAT!!
SlowRower

"Statesman-like" is the generally approved expression for the result of a MAMIL caught unawares by a lensman from an unflattering angle.

Nice bike though, and at the end of the day, that's what folk will be looking at. Smile
Slapshot 3

SlowRower wrote:
"Statesman-like" is the generally approved expression for the result of a MAMIL caught unawares by a lensman from an unflattering angle.

Nice bike though, and at the end of the day, that's what folk will be looking at. Smile



OI Stop giving away photographers' secrets....we always look for the unflattering, much much more natural

Very nice bike though....very very nice!!
SlowRower

Very disappointed that the "Geant du Tourmalet" was unmounted as well. Surely someone could have made the effort.
Guiness

Bartali wrote:

Which trip are you thinking of?  I've done quite a few with them and hope to be back in the Spring.


Maybe the C2C in summer or Autumn. Post wedding for sure. Don't think we can squeeze anything in come spring. School holidays and all that. Which one are you doing in the spring?
Bartali

I haven't thought beyond July, but the C2C is one I've always fancied ...

Really nice people ... I can't recommend them too much.  I go back time and time again.
sabcarrera

Bartali wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
The odd interesting piccy on that website.. Wink
.... yup, but in one of them I look so FAT!!


Looking at them through my eyes I no-one looks fat at all
Guiness

A friend of Mrs G's recommended this company:

http://www.bestofthepyrenees.com/index.shtml

Anyone come across them?
Bartali

I've never come across those guys so I can't comment on quality of service etc .... but they look frightfully expensive when compared with Pyractif (the guys I always use)?

Unless I'm missing something, they are charging 2,793 Euros per person for 8 days supported cycling?  A 7 day supported tour with Pyractif is coming in at 600 to 900 Euros per person???
Guiness

Good point. Hadn't looked at prices. Just wanted to compare quality of service. You seem to be a huge fan of these Pyractif guys. Maybe they're worth a shot.

We're planning the autumn escape already.

Ta.
Bartali

I'd definitely recommend them.  I'm sure you can get fancier accommodation, 3* restaurants etc, but I don't think you'll have any complaints if you try them.
Slapshot 3

So, been saving this one for a better story but can't wait any longer.......did the Aubisque while we were in France, instead of watching the Alpe D'huez stage live my mate John and I climbed the Aubisque instead.

We did the 32km from Argeles-Gazost over the Soulor to the top in just under 3 and a half hours slogging away in a granny ring most of the way. I'm chuffed to bits that I made it, I'm still way too heavy for stuff like that but did it anyway.

We'd been heading off in the car to one of his favourite rolling routes on the wee roads between Auch, Tarbes and Lannemezan. However halfway there he just turned off onto the peage and headed for Argeles instead. He's done both sides this year and said the climb from Laruns though shorter was a fair bit steeper so would be too tough in my crap state of health.

He has a couple of decent bikes and I had a Specialized Allez comp with Ultegra triple on it, 30x27 lowest gear so i could just spin away merrily, chunky wheels of course. He was on his fancy new Giant with Ultegra and pair of Easton carbon wheels. He was riding a compact just to shame me 50/36 front with a 27 big ring on the back. He was taking the piss a bit but at least he stayed with me. It is magnificent especially the corniche and the views are magnificent. I'm a bit pissed that he changed our plans on the road because I hadn't taken a wee camera with me so I have no pics of the event so thats a bit disappointing.

However, it nearly did me in, when I hit the steeper pitches on the Soulor I was in bother and really struggled to keep moving. I'd tried to go very steady till then but it was hard going for those 6km or so, took me over an hour. I know by the number of guys that passed me how slow I was going, John waited at the top of the Soulor for me he'd been sitting enjoying the view for 20 minutes, he'd even stopped sweating by then. Along the corniche to the top was superb managed to keep up with him for a bit but he"sprinted" away the last 4 km or so and took another ten minutes out of me.

As the car was in Argeles and I was bolloxed we came back down the same way, the corniche is scary at speed especially when you hit the tunnels and the light disappears. we got back to Argeles in about an hour, I was too knackered to go too fast.

If nothing else my crappy effort shows just how fit the likes of Bart and SR are after their Marmotte efforts in comparison to this fat boy but it's given me a real hunger to get back to some fitness level and do some more.
SlowRower

Fantastic stuff, Slapshot Smile. There's definitely a Marmotte in you...

Maybe aim for a ride of ~100k and 2500m ascent next year before The Big One in 2013.

You have to carry on your new career as a "mountain goat" as you need to go back and get some photos, if nothing else. Smile
Bartali

Excellent ride SS.  A lovely route too - especially the Aubisque bit at the end ... even if one does have tired legs by that stage.  I hope your friend let you get your breath back at the top of the soulor.

We need to back you of to the guys at Pyractif.  A wek in them there hills and you'll be showing me a clean pair of Sidi heels!

Guiness - are you still planning on visiting the Pyrenees this year?
Slapshot 3

Short of the views off the Galibier I've never seen anything so pretty as the views off the corniche and over to the Pic de Ger it is stunning.

I struggled like hell on the last 6 or 7 ks of the Soulor, I had to stop a couple of times but I didn't walk a single step, cycling was probably easier than walking on a steep uphill on cleats! One of the ramps near the top was horrifying!

As to a Marmotte, well theres a lot of weight to shed and fitness to gain before I could even contemplate thinking about something like that. Need lots of miles and a metabolism that works properly before I can head that path. I'll be happy if when next time we get over I can manage a couple, love to do the Aspin, Tourmalet and Aubisque in one go. Anyway, I'll just feel smug about this one for now!
SlowRower

Slapshot 3 wrote:
I'll be happy if when next time we get over I can manage a couple...


Brailsford would be proud of your application of the "law of incremental improvements". Smile
maffy

good work slappers. there's still hope for us larger chaps out there on the big ones.
Guiness

Bartali wrote:
Guiness - are you still planning on visiting the Pyrenees this year?


Yup. But still not booked anything. Trying to sort out a nanny and time off work.
Guiness

Slapshot 3 wrote:

If nothing else my crappy effort shows just how fit the likes of Bart and SR are after their Marmotte efforts in comparison to this fat boy but it's given me a real hunger to get back to some fitness level and do some more.


Good for you, mate! Keep going.
Guiness

Guiness wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Guiness - are you still planning on visiting the Pyrenees this year?


Yup. But still not booked anything. Trying to sort out a nanny and time off work.


In deep discussion with Mrs G about plans. Looks like we will head out in October for the Mémorial Fabio Casartelli.
Guiness

Bartali - we are using these guys

http://pyreneescycling.co.uk/
Bartali

Lovely Guiness!  I've never come across those guys so I'll be interested to hear how it goes.  If I read it right you will be based in Bareges - half way up the Tormalet on the pretty side.  Great riding on your doorstep ... Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden (my fave), Hautacam, Souler, Aubisque etc etc all within a stones throw.  

Just remember to leave a bit in the tank for the ride back home every night! Wink
SlowRower

Bartali wrote:
...Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden (my fave), Hautacam, Souler, Aubisque etc etc all within a stones throw.


Were you a champion javelin thrower in a previous life? It's a long throw to the Aubisque!

Agree about Luz A - fantastic climb.
Bartali

True ... but I meant it was just a warm-up ride away if one counts the Soulor and Aubisque as one combined col.

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