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.
Landscapes of the SR Pyrénées-Pirineos