The unique beauty of a single centre cycling holiday is the infinite variety of routes on offer. Every group that comes here is different and we tailor each day's cycling to suit everyone's requirements. You have the option to go as you please, you can go long or go short, by yourself or with a group - and if you just want to spend the day chilling by the pool that is OK too! In fact we can arrange any number of alternative activites for you - the luxury of one of the local thermal spas, a massage, horseriding, golf, farmers markets and brocantes. To find out more about all the attractions in this area visit our friends at

 

 

 

 

Here are just a tiny sample of the routes we offer you

Bassoues

 

As an easy introduction to the local area we will head to Bassous on day 1 - leaving Laas in the direction of Montclar sur Losse, taking us past the  majestic Chateau Montclar sur Losse (unfortunately in private ownership, although the more fiscally stable of you can book in here for a mere 400€ per night, per person!! ) It is a flat run to Montclar, but we can stop for coffee and the Crossways Bar at Montclar if this first 8k is a tad exacting for you...

From there we head to Bassoues, a magnificent village with parts over 600 years old including the main street and covered market. The feature of Bassoues is the 14th century Bastide which is fabled as the final battle of the 100 years war when the French eventually defeated Les Anglais.... and a highly recommended stop for lunch in an historic setting..
Cycling gets a little tougher now as we head south to St. Christaud which lies on the ancient pilrimage route from Arles in the north southwards to St. Jacques de Compestella in Galicia, northern Spain.
Our route then takes us through Bars and down into Tillac with it's superbly preseved 16th century main street used in the making of films about the Three Musketeers....
From Tillac we head back to base, and a welcome swim...
Total distance 40k and with lunch, coffee etc. about 4 hours of cycling over medium terrain with some climbs, but not too long

Maubourguet

 

Leave Laas and head for Tillac. Then it's cross country to Maubourguet , a starting point for a stage of the 2013 Tour which finished in Pau. You will cross several ridges which make for a lot of small climbs and easy descents while passing through wonderful countryside with an almost total absence of road traffic. The normal travel time to Maubourguet is about 2 1/4 hours. Then we continue south to Segalas with a swing eastwards to Malabat, on through Troncens and home to Laas via Tillac, which is always worth a stop to walk through this perfectly preserved 16th century village linked to the making of several Three Musketeers movies...Total trip 70k in about 4 hours not including stops....

Lac de l'Arrêt Darré

 

On leaving the farmhouse head north through the village of Laas and swing south for Mielan and Forcets, turning west to Estampes and leaving the main road to avoid possible traffic. Again you find these empty roads a pleasure to cycle and be amazed at the quality of the road surfaces. The route will take you along a  ridge providing an easy and relaxing pace. This route would be considered a flat cycle with only a few simple climbs. We cross the main Tarbes road near Luby Betmont and swing west again in a gentle climb to Goudon and on to the Lac de l'Arret Darre, one of the biggest man made lakes in the area. This route is best done on a clear day as the view of the Pic du Midi, highest mountain in the area, is breathtaking at the southern end of the lac. It is here that we lay on a special picnic lunch in a beautiful setting. This part of your cycle should have taken about 2.5 hours (40k). The return journey we head east to Cabanac and the north to Chelle Debat. Crossing again the main road to Tarbes we will head for St. Sever de Rustan and if time permits you should visit its famous World War museum. A coffee stop is also a welcome break here too. The final leg of this route will take you east to Castex, on to Mielan and back to the farmhouse. Total trip 80k in about 4.5 hours not including stops.

The Pyrenees

 

To do a day cycling in the Pyrenees we recommend a start in the centre of Lourdes (we transport you there) and head out to Argeles Gazost  then onto Luz St. Sauveur and Bareqes before the climb to the famous Col du Tourmalet. The first 30k from Lourdes is gently uphill and the 20 k from Bareqes to Col du Tourmalet is slightly less gentle! At this stage you are about 4.5 hours in the saddle and a stop at the Ski resort La Mongie for coffee will be most welcome.......Then its onto Col du Aspin, though not as high as the Tourmalet, is a very tough cycle at this stage of the day. A mostly downhill ride (honestly!) into Arreau is a beautiful finish to a tough day. 80k and approximately 9 hours of cycling.

 

If you want to complete the full Tour de France stage, which starts in Pau (always) and can finish in either Bagneres de Luchon or Cauterets, (the 2015 finish) this can be easily organized.

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