Posted by Mario on 13 July 2012
I’ve just returned from Europe, where the highlight was a week-long riding trip though the Pyrenees with some of my oldest and closest biking buddies.
It truly was the best motorcycle trip of my life. I’lll be writing up a separate piece all about it, possibly including a few snaps, but here’s the skinny: the Pyrenees are riding heaven.
This is especially true on the Spanish side of the border. And not just because the weather seemed to be consistently better: the roads are surfaced like race tracks. Combine this with layouts that range from glorious, fast, sweeping bends that seem to go on forever, to flick-flack twisties scaling up and down mountain sides. Plus there’s just so much of it, from roads running parallel to the ranges at various heights through to endless Cols, or mountain passes, running between them, all the way from Pamplona to Perpignan. Crucially, the traffic is also very light: certainly on weekdays.
Sure, there’s some great riding in New Zealand, especially in the South Island. But the Pyrenees are absolutely epic. You have got to - got to - experience it. Read the follow up for full details, like hiring bikes, ways to get there etc.