Welcome to the Pyrenees and the final week of the le Tour de France 2018.
Our staff will collect you from Toulouse and transfer to our hotel near Carcassonne where our expert staff will assemble your bike before we head out for a light ride to stretch our legs and acclimatised with the surrounds.
After lunch we will jump in our vans and explore the medieval citadel at Carcassonne, known as ‘La Cité’, encompassing no less than 53 towers, strung together by two enormous concentric walls, surrounded by a moat, and punctuated here and there by heavy barbicans, portcullis and draw-bridges.
If the afternoon couldn’t get any better, Stuey has organised an exclusive meet and greet with one of his former pro teams on their rest day We will meet the riders, Director Sportif, mechanics and seigneurs and even have a private tour of the team bus. An experience not to be missed!
Our first day will finish with a group dinner to discuss the day been and days coming over a few wines.
Today’s ride: 50km light riding north of the Pyrenees
Dusting off the wines from last night we will head out of our hotel early by bike towards the Stage 16 start in Carcassonne where we will have VIP access to the Village and Paddock, the exclusive area for all teams as they prepare for the start of the first stage in the Pyrenees. Let Stuey lead you through the maze of riders and buses, introducing you to his former teammates and directors. Let him know your favourite rider and he will make every effort to get your selfie.
After watching the peloton roll off the start we will jump back on the bike and tackle the beautiful forest climb of Pic de Nor, a 12.3km climb at an average of 6.3%. As a group we will decide if we have the legs to ride back to the hotel or jump back in the vans to our hotel to see the riders finish the stage.
Dinner tonight will be at your leisure in and around our hotel.
Today’s ride: 70km along valley roads and the climb of Pic de Nore.
Col de Portet
After breakfast we will check out early and travel in vans towards the course. From there we ride to the course and conquer Col de Portet (16km at 8.7% gradient) the final climb of today’s historically short stage of only 65km. After a well deserves rest atop the summit we will ride back down to Genos where we will watch the stage as a group including roadside lunch and drinks. Be sure to have your camera with you today as the peloton race through our vantage point towards the final climb of the day.
Following the race we will transfer to our premium hotel in the Pyrenees town of Lourdes. Take some time to check in and freshen up before we enjoy a group dinner to share stories and photos.
Today’s ride: 50km of undulating roads including the final climb of Stage 17 to Saint-Larry-Soulon, Col de Portet
Ride the Course
With only three stages of racing remaining in the battle for General Classification, we will enjoy an exclusive experience through our Official Tour Operator license to ride the final 50-60km of the stage on the closed roads of the Stage 18 course into Pau. As the final riders on course before the peloton take the opportunity to throw your arms in the air as you cross the finish line and then take to the podium in yellow for a memory to last a lifetime.
Once in Pau we will take to the fence on the finish line to witness Matthews vs Kittel vs Sagan in the final bunch sprint before Paris. Following the podium presentations we will ride or drive back to Lourdes for dinner at your leisure.
Today’s ride: 50-60km along the closed roads of Stage 18 to the finish sprint in Pau.
Our hotel is perfectly located today being in the start town of today’s stage, Lourdes. From our hotel door we will roll down to the Departure Village for another VIP experience, riding the course on closed roads between the caravan and the lead car.
With only a two hour headstart we will ride to the base of Col d’Aspin where our staff have a private roadside picnic with refreshments to watch the peloton race past as they make their way to the Tourmalet on what should be a decisive stage of the 2018 Tour. After the race passes we can try our luck up the mountain pass or enjoy the descent back to our hotel in Lourdes for our farewell dinner.
Today’s ride: 60-80km ride from Lourdes on closed roads to the base (or summit) of Col d’Aspin (12km climb at 6.5% gradient)
Today is your final breakfast on our Pinnacle of the Pyrenees tour with Mummu Cycling. After check out we will transfer you to the Pau train station for your onward journey or to Paris to join us for the Finale.