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!
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.
The undulating foothills of the Pyrenees provided some beautiful riding, the recent rain apparent in the verdant surroundings.
Roads winding through forest and fields brought us to overnight towns of Esterençuby, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, and finally Luz-Saint-Saveur.
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.
All that was left afterwards was to roll down to Saint-Lary-Soulon for a well earned rest.
Until the next day when I got a bus, plane, taxi and train to St Malo…