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Mountain Biking in the Hautes-Pyrénées

World Class Single Track

Single Track Hautes Pyrenees

Watch this short video made by Dom to show the type of high mountain single track riding found in the Hautes-Pyrénées. 

Stunning views combined with navigational and technical challenges makes a great outing for the more intrepid and advanced riders.

..and there's more

The Hautes-Pyrénées has mountain biking to suit all experience levels and riding disciplines, from gentle riding on gravel roads and tracks between villages, cross country trails through undulating pastures and woodland to all-day enduro style high mountain riding.

Here is some of the terrain that you are likely to encounter.

Mountain Bike Networks

The Fédération Française de Cyclisme approves and labels national mountain bike networks and we have 2 sites close by.  Haute Bigorre VTT (no.56) is based in the Campan valley and Pays des Vallées des Gaves (no. 26) around Lourdes and the Val d'Azun.

Vallées des Gaves     17        18        23        13   

1,066 km

Haute Bigorre      3         11          5          4   

356 km

The colours follow a similar grading to ski pistes:

GREEN Easy width and surface, climbing < 150m
BLUE   Not difficult but some harder passages, climbing < 300m
RED    Difficult, physically and technically, climbing < 450m
BLACK Very difficult, for riders with strong techinical skills and good fitness levels.

Rural tracks

Singletrack above Payolle

The local towns, villages and hamlets are linked by quiet winding roads, woodland trails and farm tracks with bike routes set out on communal maps.  These rides are not too technical and are great for keeping fit whilst enjoying the spectacular mountain backdrop.

In the foothills, you will find steep and challenging climbs on the narrow roads that link the network of hamlets.  From the top, you can then find a track and enjoy the exhilarating descent!

Downhilling

Many lift operators are catching onto the idea of running the lifts in the summer for bikers.

Our nearest option, just 8 km away, is the Pic du Jer.  This is served by a  funicular that takes riders from Lourdes to the Pic at 948m.  The ride down is fairly steep ride with some dedicated downhill sections in the forest.

Cauterets have now opened the gondola to the Crêtes du Lys to bikes, and a further chairift takes riders to 2,305m.  This opens up an exciting and varied vertical descent of 1,500 metres back to the town.  Riders encounter alpine slopes, a bike park, gravel switchbacks and woodland singletrack.

For the ultimate ascent though, the Pic du Midi cable car is now available to bikers.  At 2,877m there is an incredible panoramic view.. and its a long long way down! 

2016 Events

9 & 10 April 
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup   

The world's leading mountain bike series will once again kick off with round one of the DHI at  Pic de Jer. 

Tourmalet

Our accommodation is located 10 minutes from the venue.

ACCOMMODATION

We offer B&B accommodation as well as self-cater gites let on a weekly basis.  

Facilities include:

  • secure bike storage
  • bike workshop and bike wash
  • solar heated pool
  • Free Wifi. 

extras*

  • Lourdes Airport transfer
  • vehicle supported rides
  • Evening meals

* - subject to demand

Bike rental

Ardien Velos are located at Luz-St-Sauveur and offer an excellent range of cross country and downhill mountain bikes.

INSURANCE  

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance for the planned activities.

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