Cycling

The Tour de France is often decided in the spectacular mountain stages of the Pyrenees. However for those who enjoy an easier ride, Luchon also has much to offer with its wide river valleys where the slopes are gentle and the cool breeze from the river makes cycling a pleasure in all temperatures. Mountain-biking, or VTT (vélo tout-terrain), is also very popular here and many tracks have been created and adapted for all levels. In July and August cyclists can take the gondola from the centre of Luchon with their bikes up to enjoy the numerous biking trails high in the mountains before freewheeling all the way back to town.

Most years the Tour de France passes through or close-by to Luchon: http://www.letour.fr/us/index.html