Revisiting the itinerary of the first week of the Cima Coppi Tour as it has been planned to date. We’re now sending out requests to couchsurfers with whom we think it would be incredible to share and enhance our tour. You may remember that I participated with couchsurfing in the same manner for the 2009 Cima Coppi tour and it was a huge success.
We’ve got 5 days to cover almost 500km and pass over 9 cols in both Spain and France. As well, two cultural highlights will be watching the 16th stage of the Tour de France as it passes over the Col du Tourmalet on July 20th as well as visiting the Castillo de Loarre on July 23rd. If you’re familiar with the area/roads feedback would be great.
The route which is a big loop requires the crossing of the ‘big three’ cols in the French Pyrenees – Aubisque, Soulor and Tourmalet, from the West, and it provides an opportunity to watch the Tour de France climb over the Col du Tourmalet on Tuesday the 20th of July. The following day is a rest day for the Tour and an easy day for us, being the flattest and shortest of the trip. This sets another opportunity to take in the Tour de France either on the Col de Marie Blanque or in Escot on Thursday the 22nd of July. From there it is back to Spain and to Jaca and Huesca with a stop in at the Loarre.
1. Puerto de Monrepós – July 19th, Huesca – Laruns: 485649
2. Col de Pourtalet – July 19th, Huesca – Laruns: 485649
3. Col d’Aubisque – July 20th, Laruns – Bagnères De Bigorre: 485650
4. Col de Soulor – July 20th, Laruns – Bagnères De Bigorre: 485650
July 21st, Bagnères De Bigorre – Louvie-Juzon: 495732
6. Col du Porteigt – July 22nd, Louvie-Juzon – Jaca: 495746
8. Col de Somport – July 23rd, Jaca – Huesca: 497071
9. Puerto de Santa Barbara – July 23rd, Jaca – Huesca: 497071