Crossing the Pyrenees

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  1. OllySims

    OllySims New Member

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    Just need to know roughly how long it would take to cross the Pyrenees so I can work out miles per day for the rest of my route?

    Obviously everyone's fitness levels are different etc etc but just after a rough estimate.

    Cheers,

    Olly
     
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  2. OllySims

    OllySims New Member

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    No one has done it?!
     
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    swampy1970 Well-Known Member

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    If you're pretty fit you could follow the route as taken by the Raid Pyrenean ride. They take in most of the big climbs but there's a few more that you may want to take as a challenge, such as Luz Ardiden, Val Louron, Hautacam, Superbagneres...

    The "Raid" takes upto ~ 4days to get across:

    You could take a route similar to this.


    ROUTE DETAIL
    [​IMG]DAY ONE
    Hendaye — Control :Corniche Basque D912/D913 St Jean De Luz, D918 Ascain, D4 Col De St Ignace, Sare, Cherbruit: D4 Dancharria (35k), D20 Col De Pinodieta, Espellete — Control D294 La Place, Souhelleta, D918 Louhossoa (53k), D918 St Martin D’Arrossa, D918 St Jean-pied-de-Port, D933 Lacarre, Larceveau, D918 St Just, Col D’ Osquich, Mauleon Licharre (120k), D918 Sauguis, Tardets Sor , Holus — Control, D918 Lanne, Arrette, Asasp, Lurbe St Christau (161k)
    Days Total 161k Running Total 161k

    [​IMG]DAY TWO
    Lurbe St Christau, D238 Escot, D294 Col de Marie—Blanque, Bilheres, Bielle, D934 Laruns — Control, D918 Eaux Bonnes, Gourette Col D’Aubisque (40k), Col de Soulor (50k), Arrens, Argeles—Gazost, D921 Pierre Fitte Nestalas, D921 Luz—St Sauveur (98k), D918 Bareges Col De Tourmalet (116k) , La Mongie, St Marie De Campan — Control (133k)
    Days Total 133k Running Total 294k

    [​IMG]DAY THREE
    St Marie De Campan, D918 Espiadet, Col D’Aspin, Arreau (26k), D618 Col de Pereyresourde, Bagneres De Luchon (58k), D125 Cierp, Pont De Chaum (76k), D618 Fronsac, Col Des Ares, Cazaunous, Col De Buret, Sengouagnet (98k), D618 Razecueille, Col de Portet D’Aspet, D618 St Lary, Cescau (126k) , St Girons — Control (138k) , D618 Massat (166k)
    Days Total 166k Running Total 460k

    [​IMG]DAY FOUR
    Col De Caougnous, Col de Port, Saurat, Tarascon Sur Ariege (30k) , N20 Ax Les Thermes (56k), Col de Puymorens (84k), N20 Bourg Madame (111k), N116 Cal De Llous, Saillagouse, Col Dela Perche, Mount Louis (132k), N116 Olette, Prades — Control (168k) N116 Ille Sur Tet (187k)
    Days Total 187k Running Total 647k

    [​IMG]DAY FIVE
    Ille Sur Tet, D615 Thuir (13k), D612 Elne (32k), N114/D114 Argeles—Sur—Mer, N114 Collioure, Banyuls, Cerbere — Control (70k) Days Total 70k Running Total 717k
     
  4. OllySims

    OllySims New Member

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    Thank you for the reply :)

    That's a mission and a half! I just want to cross as quickly as possible. I've got 11 days to get from Roscoff to Santander.

    Is there a 'short' route?

    I appreciate the reply.

    Olly
     
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