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It was only a matter of time before it occurred to us that if you were to cycle the Reverse Raid Pyrenean, followed by the Spanish Raid™, you'd end up with a complete circumnavigation of the Pyrenees. We call it the Sirocco.
You ride from Cerbère to Hendaye through France (700 km with about 13,000 metres of climbing over 4.5 days). Then you have an afternoon off, before you cross over the border and ride back from Irun to Cerbère through Spain (850 km with another 14,500 metres of climbing over 5 days), to finish where you started.
Ensuite accommodation in 2*-3* hotels, in shared rooms. Single rooms are available and a supplement of £325 applies.
Continental or buffet-style breakfasts every morning, supplemented with muesli if needed.
3-course evening meals every night with wine, a beer or a soft drink.
Snacks to keep you going during the day, such as bananas, chocolate, and quality energy gels and bars.
Bottled water and carbohydrate powder for your bottles, as well as High5 Zero electrolyte tablets.
Maps of the route for you to refer to as you ride and GPS files for you to upload to your device.
Souvenir full-zip Owayo Sirocco jersey.
As many photos of you as we can take during your trip - usually a few hundred pictures - so you can relive your journey from start to finish when you get home.
We'll never be more than a few kilometres from you at all times, so you don't need to carry loads of kit with you "just in case". We'll try to be at the bottom of every climb so you can shed unwanted clothing, top up your water bottles and grab a snack or energy bar, and at the top of every col so you can add a windproof layer before you start your descent.
We don't make our prices look cheaper by leaving out evening meals, alcohol, or even airport transfers, so if you're looking at prices, it pays to make sure you're comparing like for like.
1,565KM, 37 COLS, RIDING 10 DAYS WITH AROUND 27,500 METRES OF CLIMBING
The route takes you through some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside that this part of the world has to offer, steeped in history and tradition. The history of the Pyrenees has often been full of violence and conflict, but now it's a beautiful, peaceful part of the world, and a major destination for cyclists.
The Sirocco is a fully-supported cycling tour, and a great event, but it goes without saying that you have to be very fit to get the best out of it. If you think your group is up to it, or you're looking for a really enjoyable cycling challenge for a sponsored charity cycle ride we're very happy to run it for you. Get in touch and let's have a chat.
IF YOU HAVE A GROUP THAT IS INTERESTED IN RIDING THIS, LET'S HAVE A CHAT ABOUT DATES.