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Mountain Biking in the French Haute Pyrenees

In the late summer of 2005 I had a week mountain biking with Steve and Brenda Mead of Pyractif at Bertren in the Pyrenees mountains. We were based in their renovated 1877 farmhouse near Loures-Barousse and about 25km from the ski town base of Lourdes.

I did one of their grin factor rides. There was plenty of single track, enjoyable flowing trails, challenging climbs including Tour de France Cols, followed by downhill off road, great scenery and excellent meals. But the thing that really made the week was Steve and Brenda. They are top riders, really know the trails and the weather, but most of all went above and beyond to make sure that we all had the most enjoyable time possible.

If you are a keen mountain biker and ever get an opportunity to get down that part of the world do one of their ride packages. I was having so much fun on the week that I did not take many pictures out on the trails but the link below will play a short slide show of a few images as to what their set-up is like. I recommend that you save the slide show to a temporary directory and then open the saved file. This should give you faster download and the ability to replay without waiting.

 Pyractif Slide Show

Steve and Brenda's website is at www.pyractif.com

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