In the middle of July, the Tour de France is in high gear. Cyclists who want to bike like Lance Armstrong may never be able to match his technique. But they can pedal some of the legend’s favorite biking roads on a new European bike tour offered by Easy Rider Tours this September.
Easy Rider’s new “Pyrénées to the Sea” cycling route explores Catalonia, a region along the Pyrénées mountain range on the border of Spain and France. An endless variety of landscapes unfurls along the eight-day biking route: emerald plains, Pyrénées peaks, vineyards and orchards, forested hillsides, France’s Côte Vermeille and Spain’s Costa Brava. Pristine mountain villages and walled medieval towns offer enticing breaks from biking. The last day’s ride is a scenic serpentine descent from the Pyrénées heights to the Spanish coast along the Mediterranean Sea. Catalonia has long been a favored training ground for professional cyclists, and Lance Armstrong made Girona, Spain, his home and training base for five years. Cyclists who want to make like Lance can follow some of his favorite biking routes, including a stiff climb up the appropriately named “Els Angels” mountain pass.