Saddle up and ride some of the famous passes of the Tour de France
Every year France holds its breath as the multi-coloured peloton winds its way into the Pyrenees, but 2013 will be particularly memorable as it's the 100th edition of the world's most famous cycle race. But the cols are not just the preserve of the likes of Wiggins, Evans and Voekler.
All the mountains can be ridden by anyone who is fit and wants to experience the buzz of cresting a pass, having climbed through some of Europe's most beautiful scenery. This challenging itinerary takes in eight of the most famous cols, including the Aspin, Portet d'Aspet and Peyresourde, and gives you the option of taking on a few more.
What goes up must come down and the exhilarating descents are a great reward for your hard work. The support vehicle will urge you along, or give you a lift, and as you conquer each mountain the sense of achievement just gets better and better.
Our crowning moment is the ascent of the Col de Tourmalet, at 2115m the most formidable road pass in the Pyrenees and a fitting end to our quest to become King (or Queen) of the Mountains.
What makes this trip responsible?
All the hotels selected by our local partner in the Pyrenees are small family run businesses, thus benefiting the local communities. Both the start and end points are easily accessible by train, avoiding the need to travel to an airport and wait for checked-in luggage. A perfect way to reduce your carbon footprint!
Group at the Col d'Aspin