Climbing the Tourmalet is the target for myself and a couple of friends this year. At the moment, we're considering Lourdes as our base but I'm told that it's about 17 miles to the start of the Tourmalet climb which is bit long for me as a loosener. Can anyone recommend hotel accommodation they've used in the area which is better situated and is suitable for cyclists (e.g. with bike storage facilities) and which isn't so remote that there's nowhere local to eat and drink in the evenings? Or confirm whether Lourdes has worked fine for them as a base, please? Alternatively, if there's a base that enables Tourmalet to be tackled plus another decent climb within reasonable cycling distance, I'd appreciate the advice.