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Bon Courage and Allons-Y-Pyrenees have teamed up to offer you a fantastic holiday for 4 at the Allons Y Pyrenees cycling holiday centre. Allons Y is perfectly situated in the foothills of the midi Pyrenees, and provides the perfect base to explore the famous Cols of the surrounding mountains. The Col du'Tourmalet can be seen from the bedroom windows just tempting you to tackle the climb! The holiday is self-catered for up to 7 nights, staying in the Aspin house. Extras such as catering, guided tours and bike hire can be added to the holiday at the winner’s own cost. See their website for full details of whats available The Winner will also received 2 x Bon Courage Tshirts of...

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DAY 18 - Top tips for climbing mountains

Todays stage of the tour is deemed to be the hardest of the whole 2015 race. Its 186.5km of non- stop ascending and descending, taking in 7 categorised climbs, one of which (the Col du Glandon) is a HC. The Pro riders in the Tour make climbing mountains look easy, they seem to go up hill the same speed as I go down. The sad reality is that for us mere mortals climbing a Col is a much tougher business. We decided to speak to Chris Bland from Allons Y Pyrenees to see if he had any top tips about climbing. Chris spends the Summer months leading groups around the Pyrenees as part of his cycling training camp business. He knows the roads...

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DAY 11 - The mighty Col du Tourmalet

Today is one of the must watch stages of the Tour de France.  Starting from Pau the riders will take on the Col d’Aspin and then the mighty Col du Tourmalet, the highest paved mountain in the Pyrenees,  travelling a total of 188 km to an uphill finish at Cauterets. This is the first of the big mountain stages this year and given Chris Froome’s lead over the other contenders it is quite possible that we will see attacks starting on the Col D’Aspin with one or two riders hoping to make up some time on the Col Du Tourmalet. Both of these climbs featured for the first time in the 1910 tour when in that year France’s Gustave Garrigou...

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