A big loop in the central Pyrénées, between France and Spain.
The riders enter Spain via Col du Portillon, and come back to France via Col du Pourtalet. In Spain, they visit Catalonia and Aragon. This SR uses little-known as well as famous passes, including two above 2000 meters (Col du Tourmalet, Port de la Bonaigua).
The scenery is grandiose. Between the verdant French side and the almost Mediterranean Spanish side, the landscapes change a lot, and you don’t feel like riding in the same mountain range.
Start and finish place is Argelès-Gazost (Hautes-Pyrénées), regular host town for Tour de France. There is a nice 10 km long bike path connecting Argelès-Gazost to Lourdes, which is served by train and plane.
Spanish riders are allowed to start from a location in Spain.
In Spain, the law requires cyclists to wear a helmet.
Catalonia (Province of Lleida)
Aragon (Province of Huesca)
Access to cañón de Añisclo (road HU-631) and other roads in Ordesa National Park
List of rallies (in France)
Géoportail (topographic maps of France by IGN, Institut Géographique National)
Topographic maps of France by IGN can also be viewed on Openrunner (a service requiring a subscription of 13 euros per year)
Viamichelin (Michelin maps of France)
Iberpix (topographic maps of Spain by IGN, Instituto Geográfico Nacional)
Topographic maps of Spain by IGN are also viewable on Openrunner (5 euros per year or 3 euros per month)
Landscapes of the SR Pyrénées-Pirineos