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LATEST NEWS FROM LES ARTIGAUX

La Roue d'Or des Pyrénées

The first running of La Roue d'Or des Pyrénées cyclosportive starting in Argelès-Gazost took place on May 22nd. There were 6 previous winners of the Tour de France taking part - Eddy Mercx (1969,70,71,72,74), Bernard Hinault (1978,79,81,82,85), Miguel Indurain (1991,92,93,94,95), Bernard Thévenet (1975,77), Pedro Delgado (1988) and Roger Walkowiak (1956).

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 Bernard Thévenet

Indurain and Delgado completed the long course in 4 hours 30 minutes and Thévenet did the 55km route in 2 hours 29 minutes with Walkowiak, now 84 years old, finishing in 3 hours. Hinault and Mercx were last seen at the feed station in St.Savin!

 

New flights

There are several new flights which make it easier than ever to get to Les Artigaux, especially if you are looking to minimise travelling time for a relaxing long weekend.

 Ryanair will now fly from Stansted to Lourdes instead of Pau. Lourdes airport is just 40 minutes from Les Artigaux.

 Flybe will operate a new twice weekly service from Southampton to Pau throughout the summer.

 Cityjet will fly 3 times a week from London City to Pau. The introductory fare is just £99 with no charges for baggage or inflight refreshments.

 

New local cyclosportive 22nd May 2011

A new cyclosportive has been announced for 2011. La Roue d'Or des Pyrénées will start in Argelès-Gazost and the main route will take in the Col des Bordères, the Col du Soulor and finally the Col des Spandelles from the Ferrières side before finishing back in Argelès. This circuit is 129km and there a couple of easier routes of 85km and 52km. Six legends of the Tour de France will be taking part - Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain, Pedro Delgado, Bernard Thévenet and Roger Walkowiak who between them won the famous race no less than 19 times!

 

Moving through Transitions workshops at Les Artigaux May 17-21 and October 4-8 2011
 
Clambering along a path in the spectacular Pyrenees may seem an unlikely place to learn how to cope with the effects of change in your life or the impact of the recession.  But that is one of the things that makes the 'Moving Through Transitions’ project set up by management consultants Alison Piasecka and Jean Woollard so innovative. 

 

At  ‘Les Artigaux', they have developed a four day personal development programme.  The programme provides a space in which participants can take stock of where they are, let go of what they no longer need, learn how to develop their own personal resources and face the future with a new confidence and self knowledge.  Working in intimate groups of around a dozen, the programme offers the focus, sophistication and attention to detail for which Jean and Alison are renowned in their corporate work.

 

Also included is the chance to spend a day on a guided walk in the Pyrenees - a great way to re-orient yourself and explore the mountains at first hand. And at the end of the day you can ease your aching muscles in the outdoor hot tub against the stunning backdrop of the mountains.

 

‘We know from our business work that an extraordinary environment can really help in inspiring growth and confidence,’ say Jean and Alison.  ‘And that’s why we have chosen this beautiful place'. 

 

Prices range from an earlybird booking offer of £390 to £490 including full board and accommodation.  Full details of the Transitions workshop and more about Jean and Alison can be found at www.movingthrutransitions.com

 

2010/11 SKI SEASON

Snow has been falling above 1400m with more forecast over the next few days. The downhill skiing at Barèges-La Mongie and Cauterets is scheduled to open on 27th November and the cross-country skiing in the Val d'Azun on the same date.

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View from the road up to the Col du Soulor, with Arrens in the valley and the first snow of the winter

TOUR DE FRANCE 2011

The route for the 2011 Tour has now been announced. There will be two stages in the Hautes-Pyrénées department. On Thursday 14th July stage 12 will finish at Luz-Ardiden after climbing the Tourmalet and descending through Barèges and Luz St.Saveur. The bottom of the climb to Luz-Ardiden is about 25km from Les Artigaux. On Friday 15th July stage 13 from Pau to Lourdes will climb the Col d'Aubisque and then go over the top of the Col du Soulor before starting the run in to Lourdes. The Col du Soulor is just 7km from Les Artigaux.   

 

TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 16, 2010

On Tuesday 20th July the Tour came right past the drive of Les Artigaux. Huge crowds and a great atmosphere.

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Jurgen Van de Walle of Quickstep leads with Armstrong in 2nd. Eventual stage winner Pierrick Féderigo far right

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Astana lead the main group

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Not a day for Mark Cavendish and the rest of the sprinters 

 

HUBERT ARBES Cyclo sportive. The 2010 edition of the Hubert Arbes will take place on Sunday 4th July and will include the Col du Soulor and the Col de Tourmalet. Visit the website www.la-hubert-arbes.fr for full details of the course and entry form.

 

TOUR DE FRANCE. The teams are gearing up for the big race and riders from both BBox and Lotto have been seen on the road up to the Col du Soulor in the last couple of weeks. On Tuesday 1st June Alberto Contador and his Astana Team descended from the Col du Soulor right past Les Artigaux.

 

NEW DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM MANCHESTER TO LOURDES - bmibaby are operating direct flights from Manchester to Lourdes from 30th April. Flights are on Mondays and Fridays until 1st October. Lourdes airport is just 40 minutes from Les Artigaux, so ideal for a short break.

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Six baby goats were born in the 3rd week of February to Suzanne's three adult females. Two from each - 5 girls and a boy in total.

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The goats are now about a month old, growing fast and full of mischief
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The ducks acquired in the autumn have started to earn their keep by laying two eggs a day. The chickens having battled through difficult conditions have started to lay again as the days lengthen out. Tango continues to enjoy the snow.