This morning we welcome you on your Pyrenees adventure at the nearby Toulouse airport. After some meet and greets we will transfer you to our hotel in Lourdes at the base of the Pyrenees mountains.
The drive to our hotel is roughly two hours, once we arrive we will have already checked you into your room so you can freshen up and relax. The afternoon gives you a great opportunity go for a stroll through the town, enjoying the beautiful views of the nearby Pyrenees mountains.
This evening we will head to dinner as a group to discuss the exciting week ahead!
Today is a rest day for the Tour de France as they make their way to the west part of France to continue the race into the Pyrenean mountains.
You have many options today to enjoy the local surroundings or visit nearby villages in the valley of the Pyrenees. Your options for today include:-
- Spend the day in Lourdes where you can visit the Domain, a major Catholic pilgrimage site, Notre-Dame de Lourdes or the famous Grotto of Massabielle where, in 1858, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a local woman
- Enjoy the valley town of Argeles Gazost including local food and culture, or head for a scenic walk on one of the many valley trails such as the unspoiled Bergons valley to discover traditional hay barns
- Enjoy the scenic views atop of the Hautacam ski station
Col du Tourmalet
As the tour is back on the road and making its way toward the Pyrenees after a rest day, we will enjoy another day tackling the beautiful Pyrenees mountains. Today we take you atop of the iconic Col du Tourmalet, featured in the Tour no less than 79 times.
After breakfast we will take you to the town of Luz-Saint-Sauveur. A base for cyclists in the summer and skiiers in the winter, this mountain town has plenty to offer, including the Napoleonic thermal baths or the 12th century Church of the Templars. Following this we will take you to the summit of the Tourmalet to enjoy the majestic views on offer. This is a great location for us to enjoy lunch before making our way back to Lourdes.
After a few days in the Pyrenees ourselves, the peloton will arrive this afternoon into Pau and we will ensure we are at the finish line to greet them!
After a late breakfast we will make our way to the finish town of Pau, where you will have ample time to enjoy the countryside views and mountain panoramas, or stroll down the boulevard that leads up to the castle of Château de Pau, birthplace of King Henry IV of France.
We will then take you to the finish line to see all the action of the finish of today’s stage where a sprint finish is expected. We will see the likes of Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel fight for a stage victory!
We check out of our hotel after breakfast and begin to make our way towards the eastern Pyrenees mountains as the race makes its way to the airport runway atop of the Peyregudes, once used in a James Bond film.
Today see’s us make our way towards one of the category climbs of today’s stage where we will stop towards the top of the climb where the Mummu staff will have set up a great location for lunch and to see the Tour de France as it makes its way over a mountain pass. You will remember today for year’s to come, as the atmosphere on the mountain and pain on the riders faces as they fight for the stage and overall victory!
After the race passes we will transfer to our new accommodation. Once settled in, we will enjoy dinner as a group before getting a well earned nights rest!
Today is the last of the Pyrenees mountain stages before the race heads towards the Alps and we have organised VIP hospitality for you to enjoy another enthralling stage! Today is also extra special for the French as they celebrate Bastille day, their national holiday. The roads will surely be packed and no doubt Thomas Vockler will be out to win the stage in his final Tour appearance.
After breakfast we will make our way on the official Tour de France course, with our destination being Le Tours premier hospitality location, Relais Etape. We will be greeted with champagne on arrival before enjoying a three course lunch, hosted by Tour de France personalities. We will be roadside so will catch the tour live as it passes us enroute to the finish line in Foix. There will also be a live TV broadcast so we don’t miss any of the action!!
At the conclusion of the days stage we will transfer back to our hotel where we will enjoy our final meal as a group before our tour ends tomorrow.
Pre Departure Village before departure
Today marks the final day of our Pyrenees trip, but there is still plenty more of the Tour to see before we bid farewell.
We will be up early for breakfast and checkout in order to make our way to Blagnac, the departure village for today’s stage. Through our official operator status we will ensure you get behind the scenes before a Tour stage as the riders and teams prepare for the stage ahead. See the riders sign on, warm up and perhaps even have a coffee or a haircut before the stage begins.
The race will begin around midday, and it is after the race departs when we will transfer you to Toulouse airport to say our final farewell.
We hope you’ve enjoyed your Mummu Cycling tour and look forward to seeing you soon!
Vive Le Tour!