Tour du Tourmalet with Saddle Skedaddle

Last year I guided a bespoke trip from Lake Garda to the Stelvio Pass. Along with six other guides, we completed the trip with nearly 40 riders, the biggest group I had then managed.

This year, the same group set their sights on the Pyrenees and the col du Tourmalet followed by the col d’Aspin!

Packed van!
Packed van!

The route started in Dantxarinea, a town on the border of France and Spain. After the first climb and descent into Spain, the route climbed once again to the French border.

Pyrenean foothills
Pyrenean foothills

The undulating foothills of the Pyrenees provided some beautiful riding, the recent rain apparent in the verdant surroundings.

Watch where ewe go
Watch where ewe go

Roads winding through forest and fields brought us to overnight towns of Esterençuby, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, and finally Luz-Saint-Saveur.

Rolling up the gorge to Luz-Saint-Sauveur
Rolling up the gorge to Luz-Saint-Sauveur

The next day was what the trip was building to. The Tourmalet and Aspin back to back. Different cols with different characters, both beautiful in their own way.

Climbing the Tourmalet. TdF coming soon!
Climbing the Tourmalet. TdF coming soon!
Tourmalet locals
Tourmalet locals
Happy about to descend the Aspin
Happy about to descend the Aspin

All that was left afterwards was to roll down to Saint-Lary-Soulon for a well earned rest.

Final stretch
Final stretch

Until the next day when I got a bus, plane, taxi and train to St Malo…

The adventure continues!
The adventure continues!