East West C2C Spanish Pyrenees Tour.

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East West C2C Spanish Pyrenees Tour.

Postby sweatpee » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:53 am

Hi all...

I've spent a while searching for info on this and there is almost too much to narrow down some of the specific questions I have so I'm posting this in the hope that if anyone has any links to threads of use or information they can share that would be great.

I'm planning a coast to coast trip from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees. My route is still rough at the moment, I enjoy climbing but not descending at speed and the significance of conquering Cols is not important to me so I am not intending taking in any Grand Tour sections on purpose but if the are on route that's fine too. I've seen that on opencyclemap.org there is a national cycle route which is basically what I am starting my planning around.

http://www.opencyclemap.org/?zoom=8&lat ... ayers=B000

I'll be wild camping and travelling solo on a loaded Columbus steel tourer with 42c tires that can handle some rough/gravel, I've done week long tours before and plenty of overnighters but this is the first long tour I will have done. I am planning on leaving Barcelona cycling up the coast and hitting the EV8 briefly then taking this route leaving 1st June I have a fairly open ticket time wise and plan to ride on up through France, Belgium and the Netherlands hopefully finishing early/mid July.

Has anyone taken this route either direction, or has any knowledge of it they'd like to share? How epic are the climbs, whats the traffic like and the wild camping options? How long did it take etc? Any good links to blogs other than crazyguyonabike and other stuff thats on the first few pages of google?

Also if there are some good paper maps that anyone can advise on that would be good.

Perhaps a stupid question but can anyone tell me the name of this route linked on opencyclemap?

Cheers - apologies if i've not looked hard enough...
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Re: East West C2C Spanish Pyrenees Tour.

Postby Gearoidmuar » Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:35 am

I've been in the vicinity of that route, here and there, most particularly the Bielsa Araganouet tunnel three times.
I think it's going to be terribly hilly. Find that out before you stir!
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Re: East West C2C Spanish Pyrenees Tour.

Postby sweatpee » Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:02 pm

Thanks, hilly I can handle but terribly hilly may become tiresome, although if that's the case I would just bail out from the Pyrenees and head into France. What allured you to the tunnel 3 times is it a particularly impressive tunnel?
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Re: East West C2C Spanish Pyrenees Tour.

Postby ANTONISH » Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:39 pm

You could use the "pyreneen raid" route as a guide - Cerbere to Hendaye in your case, but most go in the opposite direction (possibly because of the prevailing wind :evil: ) . If you don't want the really high cols there is ample opportunity to use lower pretty well parallel roads.
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Re: East West C2C Spanish Pyrenees Tour.

Postby ossie » Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:30 pm

I cycled over the pyrenees using a small section of your route, close to Olot. This was late June and it was cold and snowing at 5000 feet. Ive also driven part of your route from Camprodon up to the ski resort past Setcases.. this was August and it was bloody freezing as well..so take appropriate gear. However I couldnt see anything past that point that I would want to lug a fully loaded bike up . Its high mountain trails, hiking stuff more than anything. Its bloody steep as well :D
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Re: East West C2C Spanish Pyrenees Tour.

Postby sweatpee » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:55 am

Cheers for the comments.

All of the them are good things to think about, I was worried about the cold, although I prefer climbing hills in cold weather but I wasn't planning on setting up camp and hanging around where there is cold and snow, is it likely that you will get caught at altitude for long periods in the Pyrenees? I kind of assume [mother of all mistakes] that once you climb to altitude you put some tights on get the windproof out and descend to a warmer temperature.

As pointed out in PM the OpenCycleMap route is has a fair bit of off road which does worry me a little, I've cycled the South Downs on my bike loaded, I doubt I'd do it again, plus being solo I don't want to end up too remote. That said, I've always found OCM to be pretty reliable and I was surprised to see the route high lit, which according to the key seems to be a 'National Cycle Route' but there is no route number and little [no] info about it online.
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Re: East West C2C Spanish Pyrenees Tour.

Postby sweatpee » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:55 am

I finished my tour of the Pyrenees and cycled up through France and got a ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven. It was by far the most rewarding thing I have done in my life. I thought it might satiate my desire to cycle tour but I can't help but think of the next time I can cycle through a mountainous area and find myself daydreaming about it constantly.

A highlight was cycling between Ochagavia and St Jean Peid a Port which was gruelling but wonderful.

Here's some pics to help inspire anyone else to do something similar. DO IT!

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Re: East West C2C Spanish Pyrenees Tour.

Postby sweatpee » Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:06 am

Incidentally, the opencyclemap route I linked to in my first post is very much an off road MTB route.

I met some guys who were doing it in a week with a support vehicle a day before they finished. About 3000 mtrs of climbing a day. They were all absolutely exhausted and I have absolutely no idea why anyone would want to put such a challenging time pressure on a trip like that. The Pyrenees are beautiful and deserve to be enjoyed. Anyway...
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