Cycling in France - The Pyrenees (Chapter)
This is the Pyrenees chapter from Lonely Planet's Cycling France guidebook.
So you've been training hard and now you're ready for action - congratulations! The Pyrenees will test your mettle. Legendary peaks, tear-welling scenery, and winding, narrow climbs lasting up to 30km are all part of the, ahem, fun. But seriously, folks - this is cycling country at its best.
- get to know the lively Basque towns of Espelette and St-Jean Pied de Port
- transport and accommodation
- hang on for the thrilling descent from Col de Marie-Blanque
- tackle the Raid Pyrénéen: only those with thighs of steel need apply
Coverage includes: History, Environment, Climate, Pyrenean Foothills, Raid Pyrenéen, Towns & Facilities.