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Varied Cycling Within Easy Reach

We truly believe that we are in a great location for anyone who loves the road; from our front gates you find yourself blasting along quiet scenic roads, through open sunflower fields or winding wooded slopes.  Stretch your legs and spin and before long the road kicks up and you find yourself climbing the slopes of some of the most famous Cols in cycling.  Our lovely spot is on the fringe of the green and rolling Baronnies which provide less testing rides in stunning scenery, head North and the landscape changes - taking on a Gascon wine country feel.

Famous Cols

The mighty Tourmalet has the honour of being our "local" col, a good distance to ride from the door.  Head East or West to one of our selected drop off/pickup points and it is possible to quickly and easily access routes that open up almost the whole length of the Pyrenees chain for your exploration.  Being just on the edge of the rise of the massif, our local micro climate is favourable - it is often possible to lounge in the sun by the pool and watch the foothills - just a few miles away - get a soaking as an afternoon storm rolls in.

If it's mountain biking you're looking for, then the Pyrenees and the immediate area around our base at Thuy offer an amazing choice of routes to try with some truly spectacular scenery.

Year Round Cycling

Each season has something to offer here - summer is popular of course, but the Pyrenees retain a slightly laid back feel, and its rare to find the manic crowds that can descend on the Alps in high summer. 

July brings the world famous Tour, and some truly epic sportives take place in the summer months. 

The best time to benefit from the quietest roads and cols tends to be May, June, September and October - Autumn is a particularly spectacular time of the year, much of the forest here is deciduous, so the display of colour as autumn wears on is breathtaking.  March and April too can offer some great local riding away from the highest cols in the winter sunshine, perfect for early season training.


Fully Flexible

If our "Jersey" packages don't quite fit what you are after, we can tailor your week's cycling according to how much of a challenge you want. You let us know how far you want to ride each day and if there are climbs that you want to incorporate, and we will organise the routes for you. Choose from a range of the Grand Cols of the area, or you may want to take part in a local event during your stay. There are some great races, ranging from 'The Tourmalet Duathlon' to 'La Pyrénéan' and, of course, the Marmotte Pyrenees.  Please contact us for more details.

The Route du Sud (TDF warm up) visits our area prior to the Tour in early July, then later July sees the TDF itself. Quite often, the Vuelta d'Espana enters France in early September; this is always a great race to watch, and whenever possible, we will offer packages to incorporate this.

If you want a more structured week cycling or maybe time is a bit short, a long weekend is more suitable - then check out our suggestions for structured trips below. All include accommodation in our properties at AYP, airport transfers, buffet style breakfasts, three course evening meals, vehicle support for the big rides or a guide, and full use of facilities onsite including bike storage.

Extreme Cols week

A testing week in the saddle taking in some of the Pyrenees classic cols including the 'Circle of Death' (Col d'Aubisque, Soulor, Col du Tourmalet, Aspin and Col de Peyresourde) in one day!


Day 1 Local ride into the Baronnies and test the legs on the Col de Palomieres 828m.

Day 2 'circle of death' today. Aubisque 1709m , Soulor 1474m, Tourmalinet 2115m, Aspin1489m and finishing on the col de Peyresourde 1569m. Distance approx 144kms, starting at Larins. 5151m of climbing!

Day 3 98kms ride starting in Lourdes, 3750m of climbing. starting with the Cote de Loucrup, Col du Tourmalet 2115m and finishing with the beast that is Hautacam 1520m.

Day 4 A rest day!

Day 5 95kms ride starting in Saint Bertrand de Comminges. Tackle the Port de Bales 1755m, Col du Peyresourde 1569m, Col du Azet 1580m and finish at Pla d'Adet 1680m.

Day 6 137kms 2629m Starting from base at Thuy, do the loop round up the Col d'Aspin 1489m and descent down to Arreau and then finally tackle the Hourquette d'Ancizan 1539m. We can make this a shorter day if needed just climbing the Aspin or the Hourquette.

Day 7 Depart (if your legs can manage the stairs onto the plane!).

'Stages' week

Ever wanted to ride over the same routes as the pros on the Tour de France? This week will allow you to do just that with the chance to ride 4 stages of the Tour. Routes taken from 2011, 2012 and 2014 Tours.


Stage 17 of the 2014 Tour and Stage 17 of the 2010 Tour as above , plus the massive stage 16 from the 2012 Tour. approx 144kms ride, 5100m climbing. Col d'Aubisque 1709m, Col du Soulor 1474m, Col du Tourmalet 2115m, Col d'Aspin 1489m and finishing on the Col de Peyresourde 1569m.

Stage 12 of the 2011 Tour. 100kms ride, 3691m climbing. Slightly shorter starting in La Barte de Neste, up through the trees of the Hourquette d'Ancizan 1539m, (2011 was the first time this was included in the Tour), over the mighty Col du Tourmalet 2115m and then finishing at the ski station of Luz Ardiden 1715m.

This week includes four 'stages' of the Tour de France and will be broken up with local rides to stretch the legs, the distance can be chosen according to how the legs are feeling!

'Leg buster weekend'

A really tough leg burning weekend, tackling the mighty col du Tourmalet twice, Hautacam, Apsin, Peyresourde and Luz Ardiden. 3 days riding.


Day 1Ride from the house at Thuy through the Baronnies and up the Col du Tourmalet 2115m from the east side, down into the valley then finish at Luz Ardiden 1715m. Distance approx 110kms

Day 2 Local ride through the Baronnies, option of adding the Hourquette to the ride.

Day 3 Tackle the legendary 'circle of death' today. Aubisque 1709m , Soulor 1474m, Tourmalet 2115m, Aspin1489m and finishing on the col de Peyresourde 1569m. Distance approx 144kms starting at Larins. 5151m of climbing!

'Stages' weekend

This long weekend takes in two Tour de France stages, perfect for those wanting a challenge but bit pressed for time. 3 days riding.


Day 1 Stage 17 of this years 2014 Tour de france. approx 90kms ride, 3723m of climbing starting at Saint Bertrand de Commings and finishing at Pla d'Adet. Col du Portillion 1293m (8.3kms) 7.1% average gradient., Col du Peyresourde 1569m (13.2kms) 7% average, Col du Val Louron-Azet 1580m (7.4kms) 8.3% av, Saint Lary Soulan Pla d'Adet 1680m 10.2kms 8.3% average.

Day 2 Local ride through the Baronies.

Day 3 Stage 17 of the 2010 Tour de France, the 'Queen' stage. approx 127kms, 4323m climbing. Starting just outside of Pau, climb the Col de Marie Blanque 1034m (10kms), Col du Soulor 1474m (7.4kms) and finish on the Col du Tourmalet 2115m (17.1kms)

Getting to AYP is Easy


What better way to experience some of the World's most famous (and gruelling) cycle races than staying with us. Allons-Y-Pyrenees is the perfect base for your trip to see 'le Tour' or race the Marmotte.

We always have a selection of excellent package holidays based on the races in our beautiful mountain surroundings. Details of our most popular offers are below:


This package is perfect if you want to both see and sample a piece of the Tour. The package will change each year to accommodate the new Tour route but will essentially offer the following:
• 7 night stay with half-board accommodation
• Airport transfers (if required) from Toulouse or Biarritz
• Sample the stages - 3 supported rides
• See the tour in different ways: See a start, finish, climb or sprint

Look Marmotte Granfondo Pyrénées - SPECIAL PACKAGE 1 - August Bank Holiday Long Weekend

Fancy a real challenge? Then this could be for you. The Look Marmotte Granfondo Pyrénées is a long distance race of approx 160 km, with difficult ascents (5600 m/D+), hors catégories passes and breathtaking scenery. Taking place on the last Sunday in August, we will be your dedicated support team for the event.
This long weekend package includes:
• 3 night stay with half-board accommodation
• Entry to race
• Airport transfers (if required) from Toulouse or Biarritz
• Support to sign on for the race (Sat morning)
• Transport to start and from finish line
• Dedicated support stops on course

Look Marmotte Granfondo Pyrénées - SPECIAL PACKAGE 2

This package gives you the chance to train with us in the week leading up to the race, familiarising yourself with parts of the route to ensure you are fully prepared for the challenge ahead!
The 8 night package includes:
8 nights half-board for the price of 7
• Entry to race

• Airport transfers (if required) from Toulouse or Biarritz
• 4 days supported acclimatisation and route familiarisation
• Support to sign on for the race (Sat morning)
• Transport to start and from finish line
• Dedicated support stops on course



Col d’Aspin 1489m / 13km climb

Col de Tourmalet 2115m / 18km climb

Col du Soulor 1474m / 13km climb

Luz Ardiden 1720m / 15km climb

Col d’Aubisque 1709m / 17km climb

Pont d’Espagne (through Argeles-Gazost and Cauterets) 1495m / 24km climb

Pla d’Adet 1680m / 11km climb

Tunnel de Bielsa (Spanish border) 1820m / 19km climb

Col de Peyresourde 1570m / 9.7km climb

Superbagneres (through Bagneres de Luchon) ---- / 17k

Col d’ Azet 1580m / 20km climb

Horquette d'Ancizan 1564m / 10.3km climb

Hautacam (Marmotte 2017 finish) 1520m / 14.2km climb