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BASOAK PYRENEES 7 Days of Sport Cycling in the Western Pyrenees

The point to point stages route of the Basque Pyrenees in the version more Pyreneist.

An experience for a lifetime.

Ascending Surzai. Sixth stage of BASOAK PYRENEES. - Irati Extrem 2013 -
The Sky and 3 "maillots" visiting BASOAK, white Froome, green Valverde and red Quintana. - Etapa Reina Vuelta a España 2016 -
Unmistakable Txindoki. Permanent visual reference in our pedaling through rural Gipuzkoa.
Munhoa, the unknown. 750 meters of Mountain Pass between Baigorri and Saint-Jean Pied de Port. Beauty and hardness in equal parts.
The 2017 Indurain Grand Prix descending Eraul
Twisting body and bicycle in the Larrau - Larra Larrau 2016 -
Professional Peloton negotiating the Etxauri ramps, first day of BASOAK. - Euskal Itzulia 2017 -
Rapid descent through Karst de Larra under the gaze of Pic de Anie

As far as sports and geography are concerned, in BASOAK PYRENEES we will find 3 different environments and cycling styles. To understand it fast we will say it like that; Middle Mountain Navarre, Basque Walls and Pyrenean Colossus.

We started by saying this because in the end it is the conjunction of these 3 environments that gives the route a power and spectacularity difficult to match.
Going into more detail, the first of the environments -the Middle Mountain Navarre- we could also call it the Navarrese "no-Pirineo". We are talking about a territory made up of the peripheral regions of the Pyrenees, the Baztan, Leitzaldea, the Sakana Valley, the Pamplona Basin, Tierra Estella and the Sierras of Andia and Urbasa. Its kilometers are characterized by alternating sections of flat roads in the bottom of the valleys with mountain passes of 4 to 8 kilometers and 400 meters of unevenness by average term, sprinkled from time to time by some levels of smaller entity.

The second of the environments, that of the Basque Walls is a terrain to "play cycling", an almost constant succession of ports of small size -2 to 3 kilometers- in the style of the one-day classics that abound in this sport. We roam the narrow, twisting roads that connect the rural Gipuzkoa, full of meadows, forests, small towns and hamlets, with the immediate industrial Gipuzkoa -with its factories and industrial estates- which we keep safe due to the abundance of roads alternatives to the main ones and the highways that absorb most of the traffic.
We will recognize ourselves immersed in the images that we have seen so many times on television during the broadcast of the Euskal Itzulia and La Vuelta a España when it crosses these lands.

In the third of the environments there is no doubt about the term to be used, we are absolutely in the Kingdom of the Pyrenean Colossus. So much so that to design the standard option of the route trying hardness does not limit a sector of cyclists who do not want to leave their eyes at each stage, the only option we have had was to include only one Mountain passt of the big ones during each of the 4 days that we are going to travel through the Pyrenees. For those who want more difficulty there is the PLUS option in each of the stages.
To convey well what we are talking about, we can resort to data and simply note that of the 7 major Mountain Passes that the route faces in its PLUS option, 3 overcome the Tourmalet in difficulty and the other 4 surpass or equal the Aubisque by Larrun. In the standard option the account comes out at 2 over the Tourmalet and 2 over the Aubisque. As for the rest of the characteristics, testimonial traffic in practically all the ports, a vital rhythm foreign to us in the villages of the valleys through which we travel and an overflowing natural beauty that can be appreciated slightly in the tab of commented images that appears in this page below.
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Standar Option
Distance: 612km   Unevenness: 12.580m

Stage 1: Pamplona - Arbizu
Distance: 98km   Unevenness: 1700m

Stage 2: Arbizu - Arbizu
Distance: 83km   Unevenness: 1800m

Stage 3: Arbizu - Elgorriaga/Oronoz
Distance: 88km   Unevenness: 12200m

Stage 4: Elgorriaga/Oronoz - Arette
Distance: 103km   Unevenness: 2100m

Stage 5: Arette - Arette
Distance: 71km   Unevenness: 1870m

Stage 6: Arette - Esterenzubi
Distance: 72km   Unevenness: 1960m

Stage 7: Esterenzubi - Pamplona
Distance: 97km   Unevenness: 1930m


PLUS Option Distance: 854km   Unevenness: 18.460m

Stage 1: Pamplona - Arbizu
Distance: 150km   Unevenness: 2420m

Stage 2: Arbizu - Arbizu
Distance: 111km   Unevenness: 2500m

Stage 3: Arbizu - Elgorriaga/Oronoz
Distance: 122km   Unevenness: 2360m

Stage 4: Elgorriaga/Oronoz - Arette
Distance: 120km   Unevenness: 2850m

Stage 5: Arette - Arette
Distance: 121km   Unevenness: 2900m

Stage 6: Arette - Esterenzubi
Distance: 104km   Unevenness: 2930m

Stage 7: Esterenzubi - Pamplona
Distance: 126km   Unevenness: 2500m


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Stage 1: Pamplona - Arbizu
Distance: 98km   Unevenness: 1700m

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Stage 1: Pamplona - Arbizu
Distance: 150km   Unevenness: 2420m

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Stage 2: Arbizu - Arbizu
Distance: 83km   Unevenness: 1800m

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Stage 2: Arbizu - Arbizu
Distance: 111km   Unevenness: 2500m

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Stage 3: Arbizu - Elgorriaga/Oronoz
Distance: 88km   Unevenness: 12200m

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Stage 3: Arbizu - Elgorriaga/Oronoz
Distance: 122km   Unevenness: 2360m

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Stage 4: Elgorriaga/Oronoz - Arette
Distance: 103km   Unevenness: 2100m

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Stage 4: Elgorriaga/Oronoz - Arette
Distance: 120km   Unevenness: 2850m

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Stage 5: Arette - Arette
Distance: 71km   Unevenness: 1870m

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Stage 5: Arette - Arette
Distance: 121km   Unevenness: 2900m

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Stage 6: Arette - Esterenzubi
Distance: 72km   Unevenness: 1960m

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Stage 6: Arette - Esterenzubi
Distance: 104km   Unevenness: 2930m

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Stage 7: Esterenzubi - Pamplona
Distance: 97km   Unevenness: 1930m

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Stage 7: Esterenzubi - Pamplona
Distance: 126km   Unevenness: 2500m

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The route explained with commented images

Comment first that the order in which the stages are planned we have defined based on the criterion that we think is the most interesting, which is to leave the high mountain for the end. Obviously everyone can decide their own criteria and travel the route as best suits you, simply say that these photographs follow an order correlated to the numbering of the stages.

Euskal-Itzulia-en-Pamplona

The route begins. Profesional Pelotón taking a walk through Pamplona before "starting BASOAK PYRENEES".
 Euskal Itzulia 2017

Comienzo-de-puerto-de-Etxauri

In the village of Etxauri begins the port of the same name, 6.8 kilometers with a slope that remains almost unchanged between 6 and 7% during the whole ascent. The road ascends to the left of the walls of the image.

Euskal-Itzulia-Etxauri-1

The peloton seen from the edge of the road in the last kilometer of the Etxauri Mountain Pass
 Euskal Itzulia 2017

Euskal-Itzulia-Etxauri-2

Etxauri Mountain Pass, everything under control.
 Euskal Itzulia 2017

Euskal-Itzulia-Etxauri-3

Etxauri Mountain Pass, the road under the rocks of the Climbing School.

Euskal-Itzulia-Etxauri-4

General view of the central area. We leave behind the basin of Pamplona and we will look for Tierra Estella.
 Euskal Itzulia 2017

Aritzala-lineas

Set of lines and curves. Aritzala, Tierra Estella.

Gran-Premio-Indurain-en-Basoak

The GP Indurain sharing tour with BASOAK PYRENEES.
 Grand Prix Indurain 2017

Gran-Premio-Indurain-en-Eraul

Descending Eraul Mountain Pass towards Abartzuza. In BASOAK we will have to upload it on this side.
 Grand Prix Indurain 2017

Urbasa-descenso

Descent from the Urbasa Mountain Pass towards Alsasua.

Basoak-encima-de-Alsasua

The day is ending. We are above Alsasua, between the Llanada Alavesa and the Barranca Navarra.

Valle-de-La-Sakana-Navarra

The privileged location of the Sakana Valley for the practice of bicycle tourism is one of the reasons that make the second stage of BASOAK PYRENEES consist of a circular route.
Our PUNTO BIKE in Arbizu is the westernmost of BASOAK PYRENEES. From there we will make an incursion into the interior of the province of Gipuzkoa, extending the route further west. the geography changes, the environment changes and the style of cycling changes. The result is, on the one hand, greater ease when it comes to planning the trip, and on the other hand, one more step in the quality of the route as a whole; something that we will appreciate in all its dimension when once finished the route we make memory of the experience.

Muro-del-Coto-de-Aizpea

Aizpea mining reserve in the track of the PLUS option of the second stage, a nice excuse to add one more wall to the route.

Zerain-medieval

Between two "walls", repose of the warrior in the medieval village of Zerain.

Basoak-Pyrenees-Barbaris

We continue with the "Basque Walls" in the wall of Barbaris between Zerain and Zegama, 3 kilometers and 230 meters of unevenness with slopes of 12 and 13%.

Muro-de-Beunda

Descending Beunda on the slopes of the Sierra de Aizkorri, the last wall of the day.

Clasica-de-Ordizia-2015-hacia-Gaintza

Bordering the Sierra de Aralar, between Gaintza and Larraitz, 3rd stage of the route in its PLUS option. We move in the favorite territory of the Basque cycling competitions.
 Ordiziako Klasika 2015

Alto-de-Lazkaomendi

Lazkaomendi Mountain Pass between Lazkao and Ordizia. In the background the mountains of the Sierra de Aizkorri, on its slopes yesterday passed the stage.

Bordeando-Aralar

During the first 50 kilometers of the stage, we will pedal around the Sierra de Aralar on its northern slope. In the center the unmistakable Txindoki. We will be surprised by his change of appearance as the stage progresses.

Clasica-de-Ordizia-2015-Muro-de-Gaintza

In this third stage of BASOAK PYRENEES the village of Gaintza is climbed by the conventional route, but for lovers of strong sensations there is the famous Gaintza Wall, a "little devil" trap with a section of 1.6 kilometers to 15.3% on average in which Alberto Contador sentenced his 2014 Tour of the Basque Country. It starts in the nearby town of Zaldibia and it is not difficult to find it but if you do not find it, ask for it and we will send you the track.
In the image the participants of the Ordiziako Klasika 2015 negotiating the hard part of the wall.

Astiz-bucolismo-entre-Lekunberri y-la-Sakana

In the standard proposal we surround the Sierra de Aralar by the south side. We arrived at Astiz, pure bucolicism between Lekunberri and Sakana by Zuazarrate Mountain Pass.

el-Larraun-en-Lekunberri

We cross the Larraun river in Lekunberri and we forget the Sierra de Aralar. By Uitzi, Leitza and Usategieta we will go to look for the Baztan.

Alto-de-Izpegi

Change of scenery, 4th stage of BASOAK PYRENEES, superamos Izpegi we climb Izpegi and a spectacular landscape receives us. We descend to Baigorri and the "medium size" ports are over, 4 days of Pyrenean Colossus await us.

Ascendiendo-Munhoa

Ascending Munhoa, an unknown port in the Basque Pyrenees above Baigorri. Hardness and beauty in equal parts. If we do not choose the PLUS option we will go through the valley that we see below.

Col-de-Urdanzia-Basoak-Pyrenees-bike-tour

Pastoral scene in the upper part of Munhoa. Ahead we have a descent as well paved as to receive a Tour de France.

Ausky-por-Bastida

Ascending Inharpu by Bastida, the ascend by which it was promoted in La Vuelta a España 2016. If it is hot we recommend the option of ascent by Behorlegi that is for which "officially" ascends BASOAK PYRENEES.

Vuelta-a-España-2016-en-las últimas-rampas-de-Inharpu

The "bosses" of the Vuelta a España 2016 on the last ramps of Inharpu.
 Spain Bike Tour 2016

Col de Inharpu-en-ruta-de-bici-BASOAK-PYRENEES

Another day in the same place. Resting in the Col de Inharpu, point of confluence of the 2 roads that ascend to this point from the same slope, by Behorlegi or by Bastida.

The peloton begins the descent towards Altzai during the Queen Stage of La Vuelta a España 2016, ahead of them Soudet, Marie Blanque and Aubisque, a childhood of those... For us at BASOAK PYRENEES the hard part of the day is over, we just need to go down and a slight rise / fall to Arette.
 Spain Bike Tour 2016

Vuelta-a-España-2016-en-Ausky

From the top of Ahusky and on clean days the view extends to the right to the Bay of Biscay and to the left towards the high peaks of the Atlantic Pyrenees.
Without any doubt, one of the best sections of cycling in the whole Pyrenees.
 Spain Bike Tour 2016

Arette-PUNTO-BIKE-en-el-Pirineo-Atlántico

Arette is located at the eastern end of BASOAK PYRENEES, the possibilities it has for cycle tourism are so many and so good that it is almost mandatory to spend 2 days in the same PUNTO BIKE. This really is an added value because it provides a point of relaxation to the whole route knowing that the next day is not necessary to collect all the luggage to go out to ride the stage.
The "bucolic" of photography could say that it has something "false" in terms of our activity is concerned, because the slopes are tremendous and the slopes that are coming from the largest, if not the biggest, we can find in the Pyrenees.

Col-de-Labays

Col de Labays 1351 metros, 1351 meters, first intermediate point during our ascent to La Pierre de San Martín Mountain Pass. 5th stage of the standard option.
 Pax Avant 2013

Col-de-Soudet

Col de Soudet 1531 meters, second intermediate point during the same ascent.
 Pax Avant 2013

Kilómetros-finales-del_Col-de-La-Pierre-San-Martín

Above the ski resort of Arette the slope softens, but the wind usually compensates.
 Pax Avant 2013

Col-de-La-Pierre-San-Martín-en-Bike-Tour-BASOAK-PYRENEES

La Pierre de San Martín Mountain Pass, roof of BASOAK PYRENEES. In this fifth stage of the standard option we retrace our steps. The goal is the top.
 Pax Avant 2013

Col-de-Issarbe

During the descent we deviate at the junction of the Soudet to go to find the Col de Issarbe which by this slope becomes an almost pleasant walk of scarce 5 kilometers with 200 meters of ascent.

Larrau-comienza-puerto

The fifth stage of BASOAK PYRENEES in its PLUS option faces a classic of the area, the chain Larrau - La Pierre de San Martín. A route more or less coinciding with that of the established cyclist tours Pierre Jacques and Larra Larrau that starting one from the North and the other from the South are celebrated every year in these mountains.
The question arises in which sense to make the tour, since this one of today is a circular stage.In any of the 2 directions there are many Pros and few cons, so it is a difficult decision, but as we had to choose, we chose to go up Larrau first.
In the image, the village of Larrau - already at kilometer 3 of the port - it is falling below.

Col-de-Larrau-rampas-centrales

Taking height in the Larrau, we have to reach 380 APM points. We will get them in 15 kilometers and 1200 meters of climbing. At the top we will be at 1585 meters of altitude.

Col-de-Larrau-llegando-a-Erroimendi

From the Laugibar Bridge, which is where the port begins to the Col de Erroimendi which will soon reach the 3 cyclists in the photo, the Larrau is almost a constant wall of 10 kilometers to 10% - easy to remember -

Col-de-Larrau-descenso-sobre-el-bosque-de-Irati

Descent through the good asphalt of the southern slope of the Larrau. We fly over the Irati Forest.

Col-de-La-Pierre-San-Martín-rampas-de-Belagua

Second large mountain pass of the day. Sun and rain during the ascent to La Pierre de San Martín, also called Portillo de Ernaz from the Belagua Valley.

Karst-de-Larra-en-Vuelta-ciclista-BASOAK

Karst de Larra in the vicinity of La Pierre de San Martín, a characteristic and often very cold landscape, it does not matter if it is summer.

Finalizando-La-Pax-Avant-2013-en-Larra

Participant of the Pax Avant descending La Pierre de San Martín towards Isaba.
The conglomerate of routes - 7 different ascents - culminating in this Mountain Pass, added to the great unevenness that we must overcome by any of its slopes, make this colossus of 1,764 meters of altitude, one of the places of "pilgrimage" bound for the Pyrenees. The unevenness is around 1,500 meters, and its difficulty reaches in its Issarbe, option the 417 points of APM coefficient, a figure that is difficult to reach in the Pyrenees and clearly above the mythical ports of the Range - Aubisque 255, Tourmalet 342, Luz-Ardiden 233-
 Pax Avant 2013

Peleando-en-el-Col-de-Issarbe

6th stage. If we go with the PLUS option, shortly after leaving Arette we will be stuck in the woods fighting with another of the kings of the area, Col de Issarbe, to simplify, 11 kilometers to 9%.

Pirineos-desde-el-puerto-TOUR-de-Bagargi

The obligatory "colossus" of the sixth stage of BASOAK PYRENEES is the Bagargi Mountain Pass from Laugibar, an authentic TOUR port, promoted in the 16th stage of the 2003 edition, after the Soudet, on its route between Pau and Bayonne. Again the numbers do not deceive, 326 APM points, 15 kilometers of port and a central zone of 3 kilometers with an average slope of 12%.

Irati-Extrem-2013-en-Irati-Cize

The 17 kilometers that separate the Col de Bagargi from the Artaburu - in the direction that we go a very simple ascent - touch the cyclist perfection.
Participants of the Irati Extrem 2013 in Irati-Cize.

Inmediaciones-del-Col-de-Surzai

In the vicinity of the Surzai Mountain Pass we meet some of the spectacular sections of Pyrenean forest that give name to BASOAK PYRENEES.
 Irati Extrem 2013

Descenso-de-Errozate

Descent from Errozate to Esterenzubi. Better go well supplied with brakes.

Col-de-Arnostegi-saliendo-de-la-niebla

Last stage. High part of Arnostegi among shreds of fog, one of the best weather conditions to raise "cooled" the hard and prolonged slopes of this Pyrenean colossus.

Col-de-Arnostegi-escenas-bucólicas

And much better if a little later the fog stays down. Bucolic scenes in the 5 star territory of the Atlantic Pyrenees.

Asentamiento-prehistórico-de-Zerkupe

In the center, prehistoric settlement of Zerkupe, BASOAK PYRENEES scenario on the gentle slopes on the upper part of Arnostegi.

Col-de-Arnostegi-1236-metros

Arnostegi 1236 meters of altitude, despite its low altitude we are facing one of the great Pyrenean Mountain Passes. From Sain-Michel have had 1120 meters of unevenness and 372 points of coefficient APM - remember that the Tourmalet has 342 for its hardest side -

BASOAK-PYRENEES-bike-tour-hacia-Orgambide

We are descending towards Orgambide.

laderas-de-Artaburu-y-Errozate

Powerful Pyrenean landscape between the steps of Orgambide and Azpegi. In the background, the slopes of Artaburu and Errozate that we walked through yesterday.

Fábrica-de-Armas-de-Orbaitzeta

Remains of the old Orbaitzeta Weapons Factory reconditioned for tourism. We are already on the southern slopes of the Pyrenees.

Cicloturista-La-Indurain-2016-entre-Espinal-y-Erro

Scenes from the southern slopes of the Navarrese Pyrenees between Espinal and Erro. Small Col ofMezkiritz.
 Cicloturista La Indurain 2016

Cicloturista-La-Indurain-2016-subiendo-Erro

Erro Mountain Pass last difficulties of BASOAK PYRENEES.
 Cicloturista La Indurain 2016

Col-de-Aztakarri-opción-PLUS-de-Basoak-Pyrenees-ultima-etapa

If we have decided to follow the PLUS option, we will go through this place. Aztakarri Mountain Pass, again on the border line.

Descenso-del-Col-de-Aztakarri-hacia-Urepel

Descending the final hard ramp of Aztakarri. A demanding climb if we came in the opposite direction from Urepel.

Ascenso-al-Col-de-Urkiaga-desde-Urepel

Urkiaga from Urepel, last demanding Mountain Pass of the route. 580 meters of unevenness and ramps of 12, 15 ... 16% in the first of its 10 kilometers.

Casa-natal-de-Indurain-en-Villava-fin-de-BASOAK-PYRENEES-bike-Tour

Birthplace of the five-time champion of the Tour Miguel Indurain, a symbolic value added to the route.

Cuesta-de-Santo-Domingo-en-Pamplona

Cuesta de Santo Domingo in the old town of Pamplona. Starting point of the San Fermín bull runners and tour of the opening match of La Vueta to Spain 2013. BASOAK PYRENEES users can take the bike tour, although the presence of people in the streets is usually important, surely it should be a smooth walk. In the "Downloads and altimetrys" tab we added the track that starting from the bridge over the Arga includes the joint layout of the Encierro and Encierrillo.

Resumiendo-BASOAK-PYRENEES-Macizo-de-Los-Arbailles

Summarizing BASOAK PYRENEES, Macizo de Los Arbailles seen from the vicinity of Bagargi

Downloads and altimetrys

BASOAK IRUÑEA/PAMPLONA - Download the full track:

GPX file for GPS devices: Download

KML file to view in Google Earth: Download

ZIP file to ensure the download: Download



BASOAK PLUS - Download the full track:

GPX file for GPS devices: Download

KML file to view in Google Earth: Download

ZIP file to ensure the download: Download



Time trial San Fermín - Section "Encierro y Encierrillo"

GPX file for GPS devices: Download

KML file to view in Google Earth: Download

ZIP file to ensure the download: Download

Altimetrys in altimetrias.net and other webpages:

Etxauri in www.altimetrias.net

Urbasa in www.salite.ch

Arteta in www.altimetrias.net -PLUS-

Eulate in www.altimetrias.net -PLUS-

Lizarraga in www.salite.ch -PLUS-

Zuazarrate in www.altimetrias.net

Gaintza in www.altimetrias.net - optional if you want to "reinforce" the route -

Usategieta in www.salite.ch

Saldías in www.altimetrias.net

Izpegi in www.altimetrias.net

Munhoa in www.altimetrias.net -PLUS-

Ahuski / Inharpu from Behorlegi in www.altimetrias.net

Ahuski / Inharpu from Bastida in www.altimetrias.net (Vuelta a España 2016)

Larrau in www.altimetrias.net -PLUS-

Issarbe in www.altimetrias.net -PLUS-

Bagargi in www.altimetrias.net

Errozate Sur in www.altimetrias.net -PLUS-

Arnostegi from Saint-Michel in www.altimetrias.net - the first 4 kilometers do not coincide with those of the BASOAK PYRENEES track -

Urkiaga from Urepel in www.altimetrias.net -PLUS-

Wikiloc route map

If you want to see the route on wikiloc website click on the green icon on the map

If you want to see the route on wikiloc website click on the green icon on the map

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