And riding in the mountains is not the preserve of champions. With a bit of training, experienced cyclists can take the plunge.
After the hard work, it's time to relax and recover… Many of the thermal spa towns in the Pyrenees have recently opened recreational spas and centres, a great place to relax in surroundings that are well worth stopping off for.
Beyond the Pyrenees, Aveyron and also Tarn for example are not short of the right kind of terrain and the imagination for getting in some cycle training up hill and down dale. Satisfyingly challenging countryside and lovely scenery are guaranteed! Why not try the 700km Tour of the most beautiful villages of Aveyron?
Another route we recommend is the Routes de Jalabert (79 km) in Tarn, a road racing circuit through the Montagne Noire put together by none other than French cycling legend Laurent Jalabert!
Discover the Col du Tourmalet and the whole collection of Pyrenean passes, brought to life by the enthusiastic team of The Col Collective: