If you have enjoyed the Wyman Wednesday columns thus far this opportunity may be of interest. Wyman will be helping host two week-long bike tours centered around the Tour de France in the South of France next July. More information is available in this release.
Le Monastére Adventures, based in the authentic and unspoiled town of Limoux, is nestled between the flat coastal plains of the Mediterranean and the spectacular Pyrénées Mountains.
We are offering two weeks of cycling tours in 2018, based around the Tour de France 2018. Riding the famous roads used in the Tour de France, alongside nine-time British Champion Helen Wyman, we will show you some of best riding available in Europe.
The region also has a unique and storied history. Once occupied by the Romans, evidence of their residence still exists in local villages. The region was also home to the liberal Cathar faith and many of the ruined and restored castles that dot the hillsides were formerly Cathar strongholds. Join us to explore this little-traveled area and take in all that Southern France has to offer.
Home of the largest wine growing region in France, the wines of Languedoc are as diverse as the countryside terrain. Famously, this region boasts the origin of Blanquette de Limoux, the first sparkling wine of France and a precursor to champagne. While often known to be red wine country, increasingly more whites and rosés are finding their way into the local wine culture.
Away from the Tour de France days, the hotel will be the starting point for rides that wander through the seemingly infinite system of quiet roads. You’ll weave through vineyards, picturesque villages, past grand castles, ruins and undulate through the immense, stunning countryside. Tours can be customized for your group’s riding preferences and can include one of the must-ride climbs in the Pyrénées.
Col Du Tourmalet: Nicknamed “the terrible mountain” this is the highest paved mountain pass in the Pyrénées and has been a part of the Tour de France over 82 times.
Col D’Aubisque: A scenic three-part climb and another legendary ascent of the Tour de France.
Hôtel Le Monastére is a four-star hotel situated in the medieval quarter of Limoux. The Inn is an integral part of the town, as it was in the Middle Ages when it was a Monastery. The double rooms are spacious and each has its own bathroom and walk-in shower. Wifi is available throughout the Inn.
2018 Tour Dates
- Week 1: 14th to 21st July 2018
- Week 2: 21st to 28th July 2018
The Tour Includes
- Airport/Train station pick-up and drop-off
- Supported and guided outings on all days except Wednesday (your free day to explore)
- Healthful and energizing breakfasts each day
- Six dinners with local wines (Wednesdays are free to enjoy on your own)
- Seven nights accommodation (double occupancy) at Hôtel Le Monastère
- Bicycles – road or hybrid. We recommended you bring your own pedals and shoes (and a seat if you have one that you prefer). We will also have a mechanic available to help you with your own bike if you choose to bring your own.
If If you happen to forget something, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
More info: helenwyman.com
This release was published as in-kind compensation for Wyman’s contributions to Cyclocross Magazine this fall.