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Old 12-21-05, 01:23 PM   #1
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Raid on the Pyrenees

I was wondering if any of you have completed this ride from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic across the backbone of the Pyrenees?

Planning this around the end of the summer 2006 and I was hoping to get a few tips re: preparation, training, gearing and in general what to expect.

Any advice I'm sure would be valuable. Thanks.
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Old 12-21-05, 01:53 PM   #2
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I haven't traversed the whole range, but I've toured in the Pyrenees twice and crossed several of the high passes, including the Col du Tourmalet and Port d'Envalira (before the tunnel existed). Obviously, you need to be in decent cycling shape. Apart from that, I didn't do any special training. (I'm not sure how you can get hill climbing training done if you live in Illinois.) The Pyrenees rise rather abruptly, so you generally will not have long, gentle climbs. If you go in late summer, there will probably be little to no snow left. The first time I biked there was in September, and the 2nd time June. The high mountains around Andorra were completely barren in September. The Pyrenees were full of snow in June and were prettier. I had hot, dry weather both times. The western Pyrenees get a lot more precipitation than the eastern Pyrenees, so they're greener.

Nice towns include Perpignan, St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, & St. Jean-de-Luz in France, and San Sebastian in Spain. The valley headed west from Perpignan thru the town of Prades is delightful. From the Spanish-French border around Irun/Hendaye, do NOT ride the main road into San Sebastian. Either take the pretty but very hilly coastal road, or put your bike on one of the commuter trains into San Sebastian for a mere 1 euro. The main road is awful for cyclists and quite dangerous.
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Old 12-21-05, 02:30 PM   #3
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I was wondering if any of you have completed this ride from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic across the backbone of the Pyrenees?

Planning this around the end of the summer 2006 and I was hoping to get a few tips re: preparation, training, gearing and in general what to expect.

Any advice I'm sure would be valuable. Thanks.

Check this site out http://www.steephill.tv/galleries/2005/high-pyrenees/
As for training I think you would definitaly need some

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Try our Pyrenean RAID. You won't have any worries because we take care of all the organisation for you.

You'll never carry anything on the bike, and you'll have food & water whenever you need it. Best of all you'll sleep in the same bed and swim in the same pool every night.
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Old 01-15-06, 05:39 PM   #5
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You need to speak with Geoff Gadd in Toronto, email:- judywatt@sympatico.ca
He has done it a number of times and usually has group every year
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