La Pierre-Saint-Martin
La Pierre-Saint-Martin

Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin

Col has been used by Tour de FranceCol de la Pierre Saint-Martin is a Cat HC climb in Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The col is on the border between France and Spain. It has appeared in one Tour de France in 2007, on a stage that finished at Col d’Aubisque.

La Pierre-Saint-Martin

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Track name: | Distance: km | Elevation: +m -m (net: m)
La Pierre-Saint-Martin: 42.969920, -0.766498
Cycles Tilous: 43.093779, -0.716080
Col du Soudet: 42.986787, -0.754623
La Pierre Saint Martin: 42.968906, -0.768474
La Pierre Saint Martin: 42.972188, -0.759215
La Pierre Saint Martin: 42.977934, -0.744860
La Pierre Saint Martin: 43.010798, -0.732222

La Pierre Saint Martin
La Pierre Saint Martin – View to the north.

Climb La Pierre Saint Martin – Arette

Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin

Cat HC from Arette (north east), the climb is 25.8 km @ 5.7%, gaining 1466 m. En route, the climb passes over the Col de Labays (1351m.), the Pas de Guilhers (1436 m.) and the Col du Soudet (1540 m).

La Pierre Saint Martin Profile - Arette
La Pierre Saint Martin Profile – Arette
Total distance: 25.16 km
Max elevation: 1768 m
Min elevation: 328 m
Total climbing: 1898 m
Average speed: 0.00 km/h

Climb La Pierre Saint Martin – Isaba

Cat HC from the southern side, starting from Isaba (Navarra, Spain) is 27 km @ 3.6%, gain – 966 m. The final stages of the climb start at Larra Belagua (1026m.) with 14 km at 5.2%, with a maximum of 7.4%.

Tour de France

2007 : M. Soler

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Crusty Pesto Salmon With Ham and Mushroom Tagliatelle
Crusty Pesto Salmon With Ham and Mushroom Tagliatelle

Crusty Pesto Salmon With Ham and Mushroom Tagliatelle

A recipe from Olive, typical of what we serve in Vélo Peloton Pyrénées Cycling Lodge.

Crusty Pesto Salmon With Ham and Mushroom Tagliatelle
Ingredients – Crusty Pesto Salmon With Ham and Mushroom Tagliatelle


Ingredients for Crusty Pesto Salmon With Ham and Mushroom Tagliatelle.

2 Salmon Pavé/Filets
1 Slice of Bread, blitzed to bread crumbs
3 tsp of Pesto
250g Tagliatelle
2 Slices of Prociutto or similar cured ham, chopped
150g Mushrooms, finely chopped
250ml Chicken Stock
Splash of White Wine
Splash of Cream
Tablespoon of Olive Oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a small baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Spread half of the pesto over each piece of salmon and then press liberally with the bread crumbs, patting firmly.
  3. Cook for approximately 15 minutes until topping is crisp and golden.
  4. Meanwhile add the olive oil to a heated frying pan and add the chopped ham. Cook until nice and crispy.
  5. Add the mushrooms to the pan and fry until golden.
  6. Add the splash of white wine and allow to bubble for about a minute to burn off the alcohol.
  7. Pour in the chicken stock and allow to bubble vigorously for approximately 4-5 minutes until reduced to about one third. Add a couple of pinches of black pepper.
  8. While the stock is reducing put on a pot of boiling, salted water for the pasta and cook as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  9. When the stock has been reduced add a good splash of cream and stir through.
  10. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the cream sauce and stir through.
  11. Remove the salmon from the oven and serve on a bed of pasta.


The topping can be varied by omitting the pesto and adding lemon zest and thyme to the breadcrumbs. Alternatively the pesto can also be replaced by black olive tapenade or your favourite curry paste.

The tagliatelle makes for a delicious dish by itself and can be turned vegetarian by substituting the chicken stock for vegetable stock, omitting the ham and adding instead some garlic and chopped onion.

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2015 Tour de France Route Rumours

22nd October 2014

The route of the 2015 Tour de France was presented in Paris today.

There will be 3 stages in the Pyrenees.

Tarbes – Col de la Pierre Saint Martin.

Pau – Cauterets

Lannemezan – Plateau de Beille

tour de france
2015 Tour de France route



Updated on 20th October 2014.

New rumours about Tour de France 2015 in the Pyrenees. Stage finish at La Pierre-Saint-Martin on 14th July.

ASO confirm 15th July Pau to Luchon.

The route will be presented by ASO in Paris on 22nd October 2014.

This is a page of rumours, hearsay and innuendo about the 2015 Tour de France Route. It may be right it may be wrong, it’s just for fun. The 2015 Tour de France route will start in Utrecht, Netherlands. It will be the 6th time the grand depart has been in the Netherlands.

2015 Tour de France route Nederlands
The 2015 Tour de France route will start in Utrecht, Netherlands





 Stage Type



 Saturday 4th July  Utrecht  Utrecht  ITT  13,7 km – Individual time-trial


 Sunday 5th July  Utrecht  Zeeland  Road


 Monday 6th July  Antwerp, Belgium.  Huy, Belgium.  Road


 Tuesday 7th July Liège or nearby, Belgium.  Cambrai


 Wednesday 8th July  Cambrai  Amiens


 Thursday 9th July  Amiens Le Harve


 Friday 10th July  Livarot  Fougères  Road


 Saturday 11th July  Rennes  Mur-de-Bretagne Road


 Sunday 12th July  Vannes  Plumelec TTT/CLME

 Rest Day

 Monday 13th July  Rest day in Pau


 Tuesday 14th July  Tarbes  Col de la Pierre Saint Martin  Mountains


 Wednesday 15th July  Pau  Luchon or Cauterets  Mountains


 Thursday 16th july  Lannemezan Plateau de Beille  Stage in memory of Fabio Casartelli.


 Friday 17th July  Revel  Rodez


 Saturday 18th July  Rodez  Mende


 Sunday 19th July  Mende  Valence or Montélimar


 Monday 20th July  Montélimar Gap

Rest Day

 Tuesday 21st july  Rest day in Gap


 Wednesday 22nd July  Dignes  Col de la cime de la Bonette or Pra Loup  Mountain top finish


 Thursday 23rd July  Vallée de l’Ubaye, Barcelonnette or Jausiers  Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne


 Friday 24th July  Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne  La Toussuire  May also be l’Etape du Tour Mondovelo on 19th July.


 Saturday 25th July Modane  l’Alpe d’Huez


 Sunday 26th July  ?  Paris


Pyrénées Cycling Lodge

Cyclist accommodation
and bike rental between Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque.

Pyrenees Bike Rental.Colnago bike Rental.

Beef Bourguignon
Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

With the winter now setting in, what could be better for a hungry cyclist after a day on the bike than a hot stew. After much persuasion, Olive has agreed to share some of her secrets with you, however you still need to come to Pyrénées Cycling Lodge to taste the real thing, OMNOMNOMNOM!

Beef Bourguignon, also called Beef Burgundy, is a well known traditional French recipe. As the name suggests it originated in the Bourgogne (Burgundy) region of eastern France. Essentially it is a stew prepared with beef braised in red wine, traditionally red Burgundy, but Olive uses a Merlot from Languedoc-Roussillon in the Eastern Pyrenees. It is flavoured with garlic, herbs, and onions, with mushrooms and bacon lardons added towards the end of cooking. It is great served with spuds, rice or tagliatelle and some green vegetables.

Ingredients for Beef Bourguignon.
Ingredients for Beef Bourguignon.


Serves 4-6

2 large onions, chopped
Sprig of thyme
Sprig of parsley
1 bay leaf
1.5kg of braising beef diced into large pieces (shin of beef is excellent and full of flavour)
2 tablespoons of cognac
500ml red wine
4-5 tablespoons olive oil
50g butter
200g lardons fumée (smoked bacon)
450g button mushrooms, sliced
25g plain flour
400ml beef stock
1 clove garlic, crushed


  1. Best results are obtained by marinating the beef overnight. Place the beef in a bowl, layering it with one of the onions (choped) and then add the wine, cognac a couple of tablespoons of oil and herbs. Cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate. If time does not allow this stage can be skipped.
  2. If the beef has been marinating, drain and pat dry.
  3. In a bowl, toss the beef in the flour until coated evenly.
  4. In a large pot quickly fry the beef in a couple of tablespoons of oil until evenly browned.
  5. Stir in any remaining flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Then add the marinade (wine, cognac, 1 chopped onion, a couple of tablespoons of oil and herbs) to the pot along with the beef stock.
  7. Make sure to scrape off any tasty bits stuck to the bottom of the pot and give it a good stir.
  8. Simmer with lid on for at least 2 hours or until the meat is very tender.
  9. In a large pan, fry together the butter, lardons, mushrooms, the remaining onion and the garlic until golden brown. Add to the pot and cook for another 30 minutes.
  10. Serve with lashings of mashed potatoes, your favourite green vegetables and a glass of red wine.
Beef Bourguignon
Brown the beef.


Beef Bourguignon
Beef Bourguignon, Simmer for 2 hours, with a lid on..


Beef Bourguignon
Add the red wine.


Beef Bourguignon
Fry the butter, bacon, onions, garlic and mushrooms.


Beef Bourguignon
Add the bacon, onions, garlic and mushrooms to the beef.


Beef Bourguignon
Simmer for a further 30 minutes. Voilà! Beef Bourguignon.


Beef Bourguignon
Dinner is served! Bon appétit!

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Airports Map Pyrenees
Airports Map Pyrenees

Map of airports near the pyrenees.

Airports Map

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Airports Map: 43.005028, -0.101087
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Saint Savin is:
25 minutes from Lourdes-Tarbes airport with scheduled flights from Paris-Orly with Hop, London-Stanstead and Milan-Bergamo with Ryanair, Madrid with Iberia and Brussels withThomas Cook.

There are also charter flights from Ireland and Britain, check out Joe Walsh Tours for flights from Ireland and Tagney Tours for flights from London and Manchester and other UK cities. offer flights from Manchester to Lourdes. – London (Stanstead) – Paris (Orly) – Brussels – Madrid
Tarbes - Lourdes Pyrenees Airport, Juillan, France
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Toulouse Airport
Saint-Savin is two hours and twenty minutes from Toulouse Airport. Toulouse is the home of Airbus and has connections to all the major hub airports in Europe and North Africa.
flights from Canada.

Destination map of flights from Toulouse.
Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Blagnac, France
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Saint-Savin is three hours drive from Carcassonne.

Carcassonne Airport

Carcassonne Airport, Route de Montréal, Carcassonne, France
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Perpignan Airport is a suitable airport for the eastern Pyrenees and Mediterranean coast.

Saint-Savin is approximately 5 hours drive.

Perpignan Airport
Perpignan Airport

Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport, Avenue Maurice Bellonte, Perpignan, France
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Biarritz - Anglet - Bayonne
Saint-Savin is two hours from Biarritz Airport. Regular links to Britain, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland. – London – Manchester – Dublin – Brussels – Stackholm – Paris – Clermont-Ferrand – Geneva – Lyon –  London-Gatwick – Paris – Copenhagen – Oslo and Stockholm
Biarritz - Anglet - Bayonne Airport, Esplanade de l//'Europe, Anglet, France
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San Sebastian
Not much here. Flights from Barcelona and Madrid.
San Sebastián Airport, Gabarrari Kalea, Hondarribia, Spain
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Lots of flights to Girona from around Europe.
Girona-Costa Brava Airport, Girona, Spain
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Bilbao is the largest airport is north west Spain with many flights around Europe.
Bilbao Airport, Loiu, Spain
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Can't find any flights to this airport. I think it is only cargo.
Vitoria Airport, Álava, Spain
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Busy airport with lots of flights around Europe.
Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Mérignac, France
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Saint-Savin is one Hours drive from Pau-Pyrenees Airport with connections to Paris, Lyon and Marseille. – Paris (Orly & CDG) – Lyon
Pau Pyrénées Airport, Route de l//'Aéroport, Uzein, France
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Pyrenees Cycling Lodge & Bike Rental
Pyrénées Cycling Lodge

Cyclist accommodation
and bike rental between Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aubisque.
65400 Saint-Savin, Hautes-Pyrénées, France
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Gare de Lourdes / Lourdes Train Station
Gare de Lourdes


Gare de Lourdes, Avenue de la Gare, Lourdes, France

First Snow on the Pyrenees 2014
First Snow on the Pyrenees 2014

The first snow of the oncoming winter arrived on the high peaks yesterday, above 2800 metres. It remains warm down here in the valley and temperatures of 26c are forecast for the weekend. Our last guests of the year left a couple of days ago. Time to catch up on some sleep  :-P This photo was take from Pyrénées Cycling Lodge this morning.

First Snow on the Pyrenees 2014
First Snow on the Pyrenees 2014

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Bike Stores in the Pyrenees Map.
Bike Stores in the Pyrenees Map.

Bike stores in the pyrenees map is best viewed fullscreen. Use the control buttons on the top right of the map to set full screen and to show your location on the map.

The list contains all kinds of stores from multinational sports chain stores to back street repair shops. It is common for stores in small towns to also sell scooters, lawn mowers, chain saws, etc. They may not look like a bike shop, but usually the mechanics are very good.

Bike stores map

Bike Stores

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Pyrenees Cycling Lodge and Bike Rental: 42.981222, -0.092300
Decathlon Tarbes: 43.236987, 0.045712
CYCLES DITHURBIDE: 43.231135, 0.071191
Cycles Labbé: 43.235735, 0.071326
Grand Tourmalet Bike Tours: 42.871042, -0.003493
Decathlon Pau: 43.329673, -0.354112
Cycles Hubert Arbes: 43.109653, -0.037568
Sports Loisirs Diffusion: 43.000581, -0.097970
Aneto Sports: 43.026702, 0.169443
Planet\'air 65: 43.071001, 0.157561
Pyrénées Vélo Evolution: 43.073689, 0.143623
Veloland Perpignan: 42.669994, 2.897714
CHARRE CYCLES: 43.123699, 0.386186
Vélo Attitude: 42.817950, 0.324251
SPORT L’ESPIAUBE: 42.817062, 0.322442
Decathlon Perpignan: 42.672288, 2.885751
Cycles Delefosse: 42.686129, 2.919614
Decathlon Foix: 43.007338, 1.615397
CyclOlmes Pyrenees: 42.969047, 1.866367
d+ bike: 42.681156, 2.781590
Velo Station Pau: 43.302165, -0.360255
CYCLES DES ALBERES: 42.521941, 2.934519
RD Cycles Bayonne: 43.496492, -1.482568
Culture Velo: 43.496579, -1.498752
Fun Bike Centre: 42.500392, 2.757805
Culture Vélo Perpignan: 42.775141, 2.910562
Morisson Cycles: 43.486916, -1.485456
VELO NEW’S 64: 43.450840, -1.563580
Decathlon Anglet: 43.484941, -1.505159
Castagne: 43.177255, -0.234608
Cycles Tilous: 43.093957, -0.716047
Poppe Cycles: 43.226420, -0.887049
Velócite CYCLES PEDEGAYE: 43.320846, -0.423896
Ardiden Velos: 42.873255, -0.002966
Espace Bike 64: 43.307425, -0.426515
Cycles Lapiz: 43.382561, -1.667394
Planet VTT Laruns: 42.985665, -0.425838
CODONY CYCLES: 42.669139, 2.898638
VIVANCIO RUIZ IGNACIO: 43.387327, -1.655754
Maya Sport: 43.166276, -1.233452
Cycles Moreno: 42.769138, 2.871160
Béarn VTT: 43.185290, -0.613952
Béarn Cycles: 43.309992, -0.409280
Maxi Sports: 42.988413, 1.139680
SOLANA CYCLES VELO OXIGENE: 42.985268, 1.138710
Demiguel Gérard: 42.792338, 0.591695
VELOMONDO – LOCATION DE VELO: 42.989071, 1.910460
HENRI COLOMINE: 42.596523, 2.974678
CONFLENT CYCLES: 42.623734, 2.443603
Casa Monty: 42.476349, 3.123315
Albera Bike: 42.555374, 3.012166
Cycles Moreno Elne: 42.597071, 2.976222
Bouticycle Perpignan: 42.693519, 2.890092
CYCLES DURAND: 42.701380, 3.035815
CYCLES TAILLEFER – ZEG: 43.051118, 2.219386
PAULIGNAN CYCLES: 43.109170, 0.729885
Cycles Puymege: 43.110219, 0.722814
LUCHON MOUNTAIN BIKE: 42.792114, 0.591065
DandyBike: 42.509030, 1.543569
COMMENCAL Bicycles: 42.546188, 1.514010
Jorma Bikes: 42.462494, 1.490460
Viladomat Esports: 42.508269, 1.532329
Esports Pic Negre: 42.546854, 1.513734
Culture Vélo: 43.643840, 1.374734
GIANT RECYCLES Toulouse Nord: 43.630195, 1.432652
Giant Recycles Toulouse Sud: 43.588529, 1.431531
Vélo Station Toulouse Matabiau: 43.615158, 1.446142
XXcycle: 43.641555, 1.488343
Espace Cycle Motard: 43.616631, 1.457815
Monsieur Pignon madame Guidon: 43.605967, 1.441396
Cyclable Centre-Ville: 43.601116, 1.442392
L\'Echappée Belle: 43.596816, 1.426145
Culture Vélo Colomiers: 43.610622, 1.310052
Vertical Bike: 43.477063, 1.332493
Wandeo: 43.349421, 1.255832
VeloLoco Bike Rentals: 42.789937, 1.336405
Pret A Rouler Bike Hire: 43.322256, -0.762069
Intersport Pamiers: 43.100637, 1.623522
Ariege Cycles: 43.131056, 1.608549
Pascal Igouassel : 43.192701, -0.612296
Distri Cycles: 43.394307, -1.454780
Mountain Ride 65: 43.113169, -0.035890
Cycles Frédéric Portet: 43.082931, 0.951614
Fun Sports Cycles : 43.207695, 2.381480
Decathlon Carcassonne: 43.203620, 2.314740
Locavelo: 43.211451, 2.440999
Thomas Loisirs: 42.937618, 2.236276
Lafargue Cycles Motocycles: 43.376900, -0.631006
Antigua Bike: 43.313254, -2.002008
Bike Girona: 41.973388, 2.828552
Bike Rental and Bike Tours in Girona: 41.983936, 2.825265
Velo Peloton Pyrenees Bike rental: 42.981238, -0.092338
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Pyrenees Cycling Lodge and Bike Rental
Pyrénées Cycling Lodge

Cyclist accommodation
and bike rental between Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aubisque.
6 Rue de Castillou, 65400 Saint-Savin, France
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Decathlon Tarbes

Sports superstore with 3000m2 of retail space. Cycling sales and repairs.
Open Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:30. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

7 Chemin Cognac
65000 Tarbes
Tel : 05 62 56 33 44

Contact Decathlon Tarbes.
Website of Decathlon Tarbes.
Facebook page of Decathlon Tarbes.
Decathlon, Chemin Cognac, Tarbes, France
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Very good family run bike store.  Alain Dithurbide is a former pro cyclist. he participated in the 1984 Tour de France.

47 av Régiment de Bigorre,
65000 TARBES

05 62 93 20 89
Website of Cycles Dithurbide.

Alain Dithurbide
47 Avenue du Régiment de Bigorre, 65000 Tarbes, France
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Cycles Labbé

Cycles Labbé

Sales and repairs.

11 Avenue Bertrand Barere,
65000 Tarbes, France.

Tel: 0562930057
11 Avenue Bertrand Barere, 65000 Tarbes, France
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Grand Tourmalet Bike Tours

Grand Tourmalet Bike Tours

Rental of BMC road and mountain bikes.

5 Rue Ets Labas,
65120 Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France.

Tel: 06 80 07 15 69
[email protected]
5 Rue Ets Labas, 65120 Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France
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Decathlon Pau

Decathlon Pau


Decathlon is a French owned international chain of sports stores.

Open Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 20:00.

176 boulevard de l Europe,
64230 Lescar

Tel : 05 59 92 85 00
176 Avenue de l'Europe, Pau, France
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Cycles Hubert Arbes

Cycle Hubert Arbes.

Very good family run bike store. Sales and repairs. Hubert Arbes is a former professional cyclist. He has ridden Le Tour de France 5 times. There is some interesting memorabilia on display in the shop, including Bernard Hinault's yellow jersey and the bike ridden by Hubert in the 1981 Tour de France.

10 avenue François Abadie,
65100 Lourdes.

Tel. : +33 (0)5 62 94 05 51
10 Avenue François Abadie, 65100 Lourdes, France
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Sports Loisirs Diffusion

Sports Loisirs Diffusion

Small store in Argeles-Gazost. David is an excellent mechanic. Fast service and great location by roundabout in Argeles.

Tues-Sat: 9h to 12h and 14h to 19h (Mon mornings in July/August)

1 Avenue Charles de Gaulle,
65400 Argelès-Gazost, France
1 Avenue Charles de Gaulle, 65400 Argelès-Gazost, France
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Aneto Sports

Aneto Sport

125 Route des Cols 
65710 Beaudéan

Tél. : 05 62 91 71 15 
Fax : 05 62 91 74 98 
Mail : [email protected]

125 Route des Cols, 65710 Beaudéan, France
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Planet'air 65

Planet'air 65

Road and VTT sales and repair.

10.00-18.00 week days - Sunday closed

28 route de Toulouse

Tél. : 05 62 95 03 93
E-mail :
planet'air 65, Route de Toulouse, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France
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Pyrénées Vélo Evolution

Pyrénées Vélo Evolution

VTT and some road. But mostly VTT/MTB.

33 avenue general Leclerc – Parc d’activités Soulé

65200 bagneres de bigorre

Tél. : 06 21 35 60 52
E-mail :

33 Avenue du Général Leclerc, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, 65, France
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Veloland Perpignan

Veloland Perpignan

Monday to Saturday 08:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 19:00

863 Chemin de la Fauceille,
66000 Perpignan, France

Specialized and Giant. Sales and repairs.

04 68 08 19 99

863 Chemin de la Fauceille, Perpignan, France
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Sales and repairs.


05 62 40 24 72
235 Rue Alsace Lorraine, 65300 Lannemezan, France
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