1. CAN I BRING MY OWN BIKE?
Yes of course. We have a range of road bikes which are of very good quality, so it is up to you. We would also suggest that you bring your own saddle and pedals. We will supply water bottles.
2. WHAT PEDALS ARE ON THE GCT BIKES?
We use Shimano pedal systems suitable for both flat and SPD studs. Remember when deciding on your footwear that there will probably be quite a bit of off-the-bike walking, so any protruding studs will be both awkward and uncomfortable
3. HOW DO I GET THERE?
The nearest airports are Lourdes/Tarbes - 40 mins; Toulouse - 90 mins, Biarritz - 2 hours, Bordeaux - 2 hrs 45mins; Carcassonne - 3 Hours. These airports receive regular flights from both national and budget airlines. Because this area offers so much to explore we strongly suggest that you hire a car, but we do offer free pick-up & return to Toulouse airport and can arrange pick-up from other airports/train stations on request and at extra cost. We are more than pleased to discuss your travel details and all the assistance we can offer. Depending on which direction you are arriving from we will also send you a detailed map at booking time.
4. DO I NEED INSURANCE?
Yes you will have to obtain travel and medical insurance for France. We will need to see proof of this before we allow you out on the road
5. DO I NEED A HELMET?
At time of writing there is no law in France obligating the use of helmets, but our policy is to request that you wear one. We believe that it is a legitimate safety aid and we don't want anyone's holiday ruined due to a preventable injury. We supply helmets as part of the package.
6. HOW MANY PEOPLE ON EACH TOUR?
We want to ensure an all-inclusive experience for everyone, so we limit the size of the tours to 16, with a minimum of 6 persons. If we cannot achieve the minimum number on any particular week we reserve the right to cancel that particular tour giving at least 6 weeks notice - i.e. either we will not take the final payment and refund in full your original deposit or offer you an alternate week.
7. WHAT FINANCIAL PROTECTION DO GASCON CYCLING TOURS PROVIDE?
In accordance with the law, GCT are fully Insured for the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Gascon Cycling Tours. A certificate detailing this cover will be given to every tour member as evidence of cover. Please ensure that you have been given the appropriate certificate at the time of booking.
8. ARE THERE ANY AGE LIMITS?
There are no upper age limits, just a reasonable level of fitness is required and we do not allow children under the age of 14.
9. DO YOU OFFER ANY POINT-TO-POINT PACKAGES?
No; bitter experience has shown us that relying on French hotels or B&Bs to consistently provide a guaranteed level of service is nigh-on impossible, and as we believe that your comfort and well-being is of paramount importance we are not prepared to hand-over such a crucial part of your holiday to a third party.
10. DO YOU SUPPLY TOWELS AND CLOTHES WASHING FACILITIES?
Yes, we will supply you with hand, bath and pool towels. There are also clothes washing and drying facilities available to you, just liase with our onsite house manager and she will show you how it all works.
11. WILL WE HAVE COOKING FACILITIES?
Yes, each gîte has a fully equipped kitchen plus a Bar-B-Q to use as you please.