The Col Collective

Explorer / Explorer Mini

Tour Overview

For those that wish to set their own pace and agenda, our Explorer week and long weekends allow you to target the cols that matter most to you with expert route planning, help and advice from The Col Collective. Want to have a big day followed by coffee and culture? Col conquering before lunch and a chilled out afternoon by the pool? Or perhaps you’re training for an event like Etape du Tour or the Haute Route and want to use this time to fine tune your preparation and fitness? That’s the beauty of our Explorer options, you’re in control of the agenda and we’re here to help you get the most out of the mountains and your time.


This experience is for anyone that really wants to be in control of their week and are less worried about having full back up and on the road support. Maybe you’re a group of friends happy to do your own thing in the day, but are seeking extra advice to make sure you’re heading in the right direction to make the most of the ride. From casual col collectors to those wanting to hit specific numbers on each climb in preparation for an event or season peak, The Col Collective Explorer provides the perfect cycling base, luxury accommodation, quality recovery time and all the partner products and benefits that are found in our other packages.

Dates & Prices

We’ll be hosting two Explorer Mini (4 nights) and one Explorer (7 nights) experiences this season, all of which are limited to a maximum group size of 10 riders so you can enjoy the highest quality, comfort, riding and relaxation.


18th - 22nd June 2017 (4 nights) - sold out

18th - 25th June 2017 (7 nights) - limited availability

29th June - July 3rd 2017 (4 night) - limited availability


€1,100* per person

€1,800* per person

Both the Explorer 7 night and Explorer Mini 4 night include our exclusive Col Collective mountain essentials kit bag worth up to €875! See ‘what’s included’ page for details.

*5% discount for group bookings of 3 or more or triple share.

What’s Included

  • 4 or 7 nights (depending on experience booked) boutique style accommodation at The Col Collective HQ based on a twin share basis. We are a small but beautifully formed guest house therefore single supplement rooms are limited. Please enquire and we will do our best to accommodate, but in most cases rooms will be on a twin share basis. See more about the house in “accommodation”.
  • Personal airport collection and transfers from Toulouse. Arrangements can be made for Pau and Lourdes airport or Lourdes train station.
  • Hearty “cyclist” breakfast to get the day started (our local bakery is the stuff of legend).
  • 6 home cooked and healthy 3 course evening meals including beer, house wine and soft drinks. 4 meals for Explorer mini.
  • TORQ nutrition energy and recovery products with guidance on fuelling on and off the bike.
  • Post ride snacks and hydration.
  • Daily use of NormaTec recovery “moon” boots.
  • Words of wisdom, help, advice throughout the week from Mike.
  • Daily kit wash.
  • Bike wash facilities, tools, workshop and secure storage.
  • Use of a Lezyne GPS loaded with routes if required.
  • Mavic and Cannondale test product (limited supply).

The Col Collective premium mountain essentials kit bag worth upto €875!
We are very proud to be able to offer a truly exceptional package from our partners to help you in every area of your cycling. This kit includes:

  • Mavic Ksyrium Pro jersey and shorts (€250)
  • Lezyne Pressure Drive mini pump and Metal Patch kit* (€50)
  • Scicon Custom Rain Bag* (€120)
  • Exposure Lights Trace and TraceR light kit* (€135)
  • Muc-Off Ultra Endurance, Recovery, Chamois Cream and Hydrodynamic lube (€100)
  • TORQ nutrition pack to allow you to fuel properly and scientifically throughout the week (€160 for 7 night tours / €100 for 4 night tours)
  • 6 months free access on all new subscriptions to The Sufferfest training app to help you get ready for the mountains (€60)

* The Col Collective Limited Edition

PLUS! Access to preferential Col Collective partner pricing**

  • 25% off Mavic wheel systems and rider equipment up to €2,000 (€500 saving).
  • 25% off selected Scicon products. Available in advance if needing to buy a bike box or bag to travel.
  • 20% off InfoCrank and access to their MyPower training suite (€320 saving). Available in advance if wishing to fit the InfoCrank prior to cycling tour.
  • 20% off Muc-Off.

** Limitations may apply and can be confirmed prior to booking.

What’s not included

  • Your flights and travel arrangements.
  • Bike hire (can be arranged).
  • Travel and personal insurance.
  • 30 minute mid week sports massage (can be arranged).
  • One evening meal with drinks (the chef needs a night off). Does not apply to Explorer Mini.
  • Additional sustenance outside of what’s listed above.


THE WEEK IN BRIEF > X Cols / X km / X m elevation - It’s up to you!

Day 1 - Midday airport collection and transfer, bike build and prep for riding.
Day 2 - Mountains.
Day 3 - Mountains and mountains.
Day 4 - Mountain, mountains and mountains.
Day 5 - Mountains, mountains, mountains and mountains. Airport return for Explorer Mini.
Day 6 - Mountains, mountains, mountains, mountains and mountains.
Day 7 - Mountains, mountains, mountains, mountains, mountains and mountains.
Day 8 - Breakfast (dreaming of more mountains), bike pack and airport transfer for 12pm noon arrival.

Learn more about some of the climbs you’ll conquer throughout the week here.

As this is an open schedule we’ll help create a ride plan based on your needs, picking the best routes and climbs that fit the bill each day.

About the house

Located in the heart of the Hautes Pyrénées with views towards the Pic du Midi and Montaigu, The Col Collective HQ is a perfect base for cyclists looking to tackle the most prestigious Hors Catégorie climbs, gentler rolling roads or even flatter farmlands that give this area so much charm and character.

We have 5 beautifully appointed en-suite guest bedrooms which can hold a total of 10 people*. All of our rooms are named after local peaks or cols and each bring their own unique feel of the Hautes Pyrénées to life.

4 rooms are located in the Grange and 1 room is located in the Maison de Maître. All are warmly appointed and allow for peaceful relaxation and recovery after a great day of cycling. Each room is private and spacious and offers guests flexible accommodation with the choice of either two single beds or one super king size bed. Complimentary services available in each room include:

  • Tea and Coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer…..gotta look good off the bike
  • Safe for valuables
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Towels
  • Soap and Shampoo
  • WIFI
  • TV with French and English channels

Après velo we welcome you to enjoy our heated pool, also known as ’the recovery zone’, cultivate your tan lines in our generously sized courtyard or take a spin into town for a coffee and culture.

* For groups larger than this please contact us as we may be able to accommodate.

Booking Terms

Please complete the below booking request form so that we can start working with you to confirm your Col Collective cycling tour. We’ll give you a call or send you an email with more details, also prior to booking we can answer any questions that you may have. Once you’re happy and have confirmed the booking we ask for 30% of the full price of the tour at this time, with the remaining balance paid in full 8 weeks before the tour. Changes and cancellations are detailed in our terms and conditions.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to welcoming you to our mountains!

Ride safe,

Mike Cotty

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