Our Into the Wild gravel tour is for those that have been bitten by the gravel bug and want to go much deeper off the beaten track, mixing roads with high altitude tracks and trails to get a very different perspective on the wild and rugged landscapes of the Pyrénées.
Supported by The Col Collective, discover paths that you’d never imagine even existed, from summit to summit and beyond. These are the rides that I’ve found when I head out with no agenda other than to explore, often returning in complete amazement at what the day brings when you go a little deeper into the unknown.
This tour will be a hugely unique and personal experience combining road, gravel tracks and forest trails in the day with comfort, relaxation and a lifetime of laughs and memories by night.
WHO’S IT FOR?
This week is for the most adventurous of riders and those un-phased by taking to the dirt over the road. To get the most from this tour a high level technical riding ability, for example a cyclocross or mountain bike background, is needed as is the right equipment - such as a specific gravel or CX bike and cycling shoes that relish the thought of shouldering the bike for the odd hike. It’s taken some serious fun and adventure and we’re very excited to take you above and beyond some the most famous peaks in the Pyrénées including Hautacam, Col du Soulor, Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and more. We won’t be posting full details of the routes, these are the rides that are closest to our heart so we want to keep them that way. Such is the nature of this tour it’s important that you have the right equipment, ability and fitness so please contact us directly at email@example.com for more details, to register your interest and reserve your spot.
With a maximum group size of just 8 riders this will be a very personal and hugely unique experience. To reserve your spot or register your interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri 11th - Thur 17th September 2020 (6 nights)
€2,595 per person - based on twin share, includes our exclusive Col Collective mountain essentials kit bag, see ‘what’s included’ for details.
€495 - single supplement. As we have limited rooms in our guest house please contact us in advance to confirm availability.
10% discount for non-riding partners.
5% loyalty discount for returning guests or group bookings of 3 or more.
A relaxing environment where we take care of you from start to finish:
Tasty and nutritious food, locally sourced and lovingly prepared to satisfy your palate and hunger:
On the bike fully supported experience:
A thorough recovery to keep you going longer and stronger:
Keeping it simple for you:
The Col Collective mountain essentials premium kit bag!
We are currently working on our 2020 Col Collective kit bag which will include the highest quality mountain essentials gear from our premium partners including limited edition Col Collective jersey, nutrition, lighting, tools and more. In 2019 the value of this kit bag was over €850!
What makes The Col Collective Cycling Tours experience unique?
More than just a cycling tour, an authentic experience
More than just a riding event, the experience of riding like a pro without the stress
More than just a moment, a lifetime experience to remember forever
What’s new in 2020?
THE WEEK IN BRIEF > It’s taken some serious fun and weeks of exploring to be able to find each of the rides that we have planned for you this week, and we’re very excited to take you above and beyond some the most famous peaks in the Pyrénées. Typically rides range from between 60 to 100 kilometres with 2,000 to 2,500m elevation. We’ll be tailoring each day to get the absolute most from your experience.
We won’t be posting full details of the routes, these are the rides that are closest to our heart so we want to keep them that way. Such is the nature of this tour it’s important that you have the right equipment, ability and fitness so please contact us directly at email@example.com for more details, to register your interest and reserve your spot.
Day 1 - Collection from Toulouse airport at midday, bike build and light spin to loosen the legs and get ready for the week. Over dinner Mike will chat you through the schedule for the coming days and no doubt a few tall tales will be told along the way.
Day 2 - 6 - Into the Wild, above and beyond all-road adventure! We’ll show you a new angle and elevation from famous climbs like Hautacam, Col du Soulor, Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet along with the raw beauty of the Gavarnie valley and up to the dizzy heights of the 2,877m Pic di Midi de Bigorre observatory! Since a picture paints a thousand words check out some of the landscapes you’ll explore in our photo gallery.
Day 7 - Final big breakfast, high fives, bike packing and transfer back to Toulouse airport for 12pm drop off.
Located in the heart of the Hautes Pyrénées with views towards the 2,877m Pic du Midi de Bigorre, The Col Collective HQ is a perfect base for cyclists looking to tackle the most prestigious Hors Catégorie climbs, gentle 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 12 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 flexible accommodation with the choice of either two single beds or one super king size bed. Complimentary services available in each room include:
Après vélo we welcome you to enjoy our 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.
Please complete the below booking request form so that we can start working with you to confirm your Col Collective cycling adventure. 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 12 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!
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Now in our fourth season, we're proud to bring you all the info on our new 2020 cycling tours. Whatever your level of cycling we'd be proud to share the road with you and help you become a more accomplished mountain rider.
Due to the unfortunate situation that we've all faced with COVID19, and for the continued safety and comfort of our guests and team, we have taken the decision to reschedule all of our 2020 tours to 2021. Full details of our new 2021 calendar will be online by the end of October.
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Brand new for 2020, our Taming the Ventoux challenge is for those that wish to conquer all three sides of this mythical mountain in one day to become a member of the prestigious Club des Cinglés.
Our Grand Cols Tourmalet Celebration is for those who wish to be part of the grand opening of the Col du Tourmalet while also conquering the most prestigious peaks in the French Pyrénées.
With the Vuelta a España set to make a rare appearance in the Hautes Pyrénées on August 23rd, we thought there's no better way to celebrate than with a special Grand Cols week conquering some of the greatest climbs in cycling history including the Aubisque, Aspin, Luz Ardiden, Soulor, Hautacam and friends, with the added excitement of being part of the Stage 9 summit finish on the legendary Col du Tourmalet!
If you want to create your own truly unique cycling experience with The Col Collective then drop us a line and we can put a bespoke tour together especially for you and your friends.