Why a Montréjeau Spécial? – My favorite of all the tours since it includes 4-5 options, and it’s special because we begin by catching the local 10:37 AM train, with our bikes, from the heart of Bagnéres-de-Luchon! The train rambles north out of our valley and affords splendid views of the nearby villages, castles and mountains. We disembark the train in Montréjeau or an adjacent village after about 45 minutes to begin the ride.
Who can do it? Everyone, because the options are numerous! The longest route: a lively, 30-mile country ramble, followed by 6-7 miles up the western side of the Col de Peyresourde, finishing with an 8-mile descent back into Luchon for a total of 45 miles. The shortest route: about 19 miles of easy, mixed touring through both open countryside and small villages. In between are options for 24, 26, 29 and 30+ milers of similar, mixed touring heading back to Luchon.
How far and how high is it? If you choose the longest route, 45 miles, you’ll finish by climbing the Col de Peyresourde, frequently visited by the Tour de France. It’s a 6-7 mile climb averaging 7.5 %, to an altitude of 1570 meters, or a little over 5000 feet. Otherwise, most of the other options have very little climbing by comparison. So the Montréjeau Spécial can be used as a recovery day, a sightseeing/touring day, or a “tackle another of the big monsters” day, it’s your choice! View two of the ride maps below…
Montréjeau Spécial – Long
Montréjeau Spécial – Short