TRANSPYR Backroads has revolutionised its habitual format and, in 2020, will run west to east, starting in the French Basque Country and finishing on the Costa Brava after seven thrilling stages.
One of the highlights for this year’s Transpyr Backroads participants will surely be, in addition to its entirely new concept, the inclusion of some of world cycling’s most legendary mountain passes, where each year Tour de France cyclists perform unimaginable sporting feats. The route will travel up and over Peyresourde, the remarkable Hourcère, Aubisque and the colossal Tourmalet, in an adventure which will combine small, quiet and unknown mountain roads with climbs along legendary mountain passes.
The 2020 edition of TRANSPYR Backroads will take place from 14 to 20 June, with stages ending in the following sites: Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Vielha, La Seu d’Urgell, Camprodon and Roses. In addition to fabled mountain passes, the first stage of the event will take cyclists through Espelette, site of the Tour de France’s individual time trial in 2018. And in the third stage, the finish in Bagnères-de-Bigorre will emulate the route cycled by professionals in last year’s Tour, after surmounting some of world cycling’s most gruelling mountain passes, such as Tourmalet. Riders will cross into Spanish territory in the fourth stage, over the legendary Peyresourde and Portillón mountain passes, and in the next few days will test themselves with climbs to Bonaigua, Port del Cantó, Collada de Toses and the border crossing at Ares, to name a few.
After being ranked as one of the world’s top cycling adventures, Transpyr Backroads has expanded its horizons and, while remaining true to its coast to coast essence, proposes a route that will bring riders back the other way. From the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean, opposite to how the race has been run so far, starting in Saint-Jean-de-Luz and crossing the mountains from north to south, before entering Spain in Val d’Aran and finishing in Roses, on the shores of the Mediterranean.
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