THE PYRENEES MTB ODYSSEY – THE HIGHEST TRAILS
Our Pyrenees Odyssey is a mountain bike adventure through the highest mountains in the Pyrenees. Each day starts with a big shuttle, followed by a climb to reach one of the high passes in the Pyrenees. The descents are massive, as we ride to the valley floor below where our team will lay out a great picnic with local produce. The afternoons are filled with exciting shuttle runs, providing a contrast and offering some amazing mountain biking. It is the perfect blend of adventure, high mountains and adrenaline.
The Amazing Mountain Bike Trails on the Pyrenees Odyssey
High Mountain Atmosphere
Riding through the high mountains with a group has to be a must for every mountain biker. The Pyrenees offers some amazing scenery and lots of perfect, unspoilt high mountain mountain bike trails.
The Highest Trails in The Pyrenees
This is high mountain riding on the best trails in the Pyrenees, reaching almost 3000m, and enjoying descents that go on for ever. On two days we will enjoy single descents of almost 2000m, from the high alpine down to the hotel where you will sleep.
By the end of the first 5 days we will have descended 17,500m, that is if you can manage every descent! Then on the 6th day we will enjoy a shuttle day around Benasque to finish the trip in style.
The grey shaded areas under the climbs are done in special 4×4 shuttles.
“Just a perfect week riding bikes in technical trails, guided by guides knowing and loving what they do! Coming back for sure”Monika (Switzerland) former TransNomad Winner after her Pyrenees trip with basqueMTB
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The Pyrenees MTB Odyssey: What’s Included
- 7 Nights High Quality Accommodation
- Fully Catered with Wine for Evening Meals
- 6 Days Guiding
- Up to 15 Riders, With 5 Guides
- Full Van Support and Unlimited Shuttles
- Up to 18,000m of descending
- Around 5,000m of climbing
The Pyrenees MTB Odyssey: What’s Not Included
- Drinks in the evenings.
- Extra snacks on the trail, if you want them. (There is plenty of food!)
“One of the best experiences of my life”Karl (UK)
The Pyrenees MTB Odyssey: The Biking
We rate our holidays for fitness and skill levels and, to find out more about how we do this and an overview of the grades we use, check out our mountain bike holiday skills and fitness guide.
The terrain high in the Pyrenees is challenging and relentless. You should have good bike handling skills and be used to riding technical singletrack. We would recommend that you are advanced to expert.
This trip has sustained climbs where you need to hiking with your bike. The last day it is very challenging, although we have plenty of time to complete the route. You will need a good to excellent level of fitness. Realistically this can be achieved with a few months of training prior to your trip and we can help advise on that.
The Pyrenees MTB Odyssey: Logistics
People need to arrive to Barcelona Airport, before around 13:00 on the first Saturday. From there we will organise transfers.
Departure is from Barcelona Airport after around 13:00 on the final Saturday. Often people choose to spend a night or two in Barcelona after the trip and we can help organise that if you want.
We will stay in nice, locally owned hotels so that we get time to recover and sleep in a good bed! You do not need to carry any equipment with you while we ride, all your bags will be moved each day.
All meals will be provided, as well as wine with the meals. Expect to eat well, this is Spain after all! You will need some money for snacks and beers or other soft drinks.
This trip will run in June and July. For a detailed schedule please check out our calendar.
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Here are some of the questions we are regularly asked about our mountain bike holidays. If you have any questions we are delighted to answer them, just get in touch.
Do you have an itinerary for your Pyrenees Odyssey mountain bike holiday?
We do and we would be happy to discuss it with you. We don’t put detailed trip plans up on the web.
I don’t want to do a week’s mountain bike holiday, can I do a shorter break?
Not on this trip I’m afraid, it is very much all or nothing.
What are the group sizes on a typical mountain bike holiday?
Typical holidays we run with 5 guides, one support driver and a team of drivers with 12-14 people.
How do you manage different technical levels on your mountain bike holidays?
On this trip we will expect some differences in technical levels and we will be moving as a group, with plenty of guides to keep things moving.
What is the weather like in that part of Spain?
During the days temperatures should be warm, although high on the mountains we need to be prepared for cold weather. In the evenings temperatures will drop and during the nights the temperatures can be low.
What bike / tyres / brake pads do you recommend for this part of Spain?
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The Pyrenees Odyssey is something we have been working on for several years. It is a blend of our “Good for the Soul” trip, various explorations and also of course our Ultimate Pyrenees trip. The concept is pretty simple, each morning there is a massive uplift followed by some hard work to reach a high point for the day. From there you can expect a massive descent and a picnic to be waiting for you at the bottom. The afternoons are more focussed on shuttle assisted riding, packing in some descending and generally having fun.
Obviously for this trip the riding is off the scale. Almost every day we will reach a high mountain pass, using uplifts, riding and hiking, and enjoy the endless descents on the other side.
Getting high isn’t easy, despite what you might have heard. We help with massive uplifts but there is some hiking, pushing and carrying on this trip. It is part of what makes it special, both the sense of achievement and the places you reach. Of course, the descents are off the scale. If you want easier thrills, book one of our other trips instead!
Everything is included on this trip. There will be picnic lunches with great local produce, hearty evening meals and nourishing breakfasts in the morning.
This is a true point to point, working our way across the Pyrenees mountains. It makes a big adventure and adds a lot to this trip. It is the challenge that is the main reason to do this trip. If this doesn´t appeal then honestly do two of our other Pyrenees trips instead! These long mornings to reach high mountain passes form a massive part of the experience.
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