Mountain Passes and Mythical Ascents


Beginners or seasoned cyclist, Luz is your base camp for taking on the challenge of the “Giants of the Tour”!

The variety of climbs here means that you can cycle all year round – pitting yourself against mythical ascents and mountain passes made famous in the Tour de France: Col du Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden…

At your own pace, here at the gateway to the Pyrenees National Park, your efforts are rewarded with magnificent views such as the Gavarnie Cirque and the Pic du Midi de Bigorre.

You will also be seduced by the more secret “off the beaten track” routes such as Cirque de Troumouse, Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne or Aubisque-Soulor.

Tour de France

Luz Ardiden in the spotlight for the 18th stage of the Tour de France!

Luz Ardiden, finish of stage 18 of the Tour de France 2021

On July 15, Luz Ardiden will be the prestigious arrival of the 18th stage of this long-awaited event. That day, the runners will set off from the city of Pau to evolve on a difficult course, passing through the Col du Tourmalet, in which they will have to redouble their efforts to reach the end of the 25 technical laces of the ascent of Luz Ardiden (more than 1000m D + in 13 km, average slope: 7.5%, max slope: 9%). An end of the stage on the Pyrenean terrain which gives pride of place to this historic climb, classified out of category by the Tour de France. For the 9th time since 1985, the best climbers will be in their element.

Discover in pictures the stage 18 of the next Tour de France:

Our specialised shops

Luz, 100% cycling destination

  • A network of accommodation and service providers are on offer under the Altamonta brand, making Luz a destination “par excellence” in its cyclist offering: secure bike rooms, washing and drying points, repair equipment, sport menus… More information on
  • In the village, shops have a wide offering of high quality rental bikes: carbon bikes, electric bicycles (E-bike), repair services by specialized cycle technicians, as well as a multitude of accessories for your rides (clothing, Gopro)…
  • Luzéa offers thermal water relaxation and physical recovery programs including treatments and massages specifically tailored to athletes.
  • Photographers await your arrival at the top of the Col du Tourmalet to immortalise your most beautiful memories (more information on
  • Discover the cyclists’ beer that you can enjoy on the terrace of our bars or directly at the Brasserie du Pays Toy.



“What makes your Pyrenean stay even more unique is the welcome that you receive.
Here, the cyclist is king, and a whole network of quality providers are here to take care of you.”

Accommodation providers with the Cyclo Altamonta label

Cycling map
Cycling map
Ride safe on the Pyrenean route
Ride safe on the Pyrenean route

Discovery routes for Motorcyclists as well!

Destination Motorbike

From Luz, head out on an adventure with your motor bike along mythical routes and climbs. Discover majestic sites along the way such as the Gavarnie and Troumouse Cirques, Col du Tourmalet, Pic du Midi…