Mountains and Maps road cycling trips are mostly based in Occitanie, France - a lesser-known area with varied and spectacular scenery and year-round good weather. This is a cycling paradise for all cycling grades. In addition to our centre-based tours, we organise bespoke cycling trips throughout France, especially the Pyrénées, Cévennes and the Alps.

We also provide training and cycling skills breaks, especially for cycling newbies or those looking to step up their distances or improve hill-climbs.

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Mountains and Maps run self-guided and semi-supported cycling trips. Based in Herault, at the foothills of Haut-Languedoc Naturel Parc, this is a brilliant area for cycling. Think plenty of sunshine (300 days per year), little wind, smooth and empty roads - and you’ve come to cycling paradise. All within easy reach are mountains, stunning gorges, rolling hills and the Mediterranean coast.

The Pyrénées are also our ‘backyard’. We know it well and have great routes - from a lower-level Atlantic to the Mediterranean or a short break of some of the classic Tour de France cols.

Our routes cover Challenging or Comfortable grades. Challenging is for regular road cyclists wanting some steep climbs and descents and looking to cycle up to, or more than, 100kms per day. Comfortable is for those either new to cycling or just wanting a more relaxed day (50 - 70kms per day) with rides on lower level hills and valleys.

Our popular cycling routes include:

  • Discover Herault - centre-based circular or linear routes in the mountains, by the sea, through France’s largest wine-growing area
  • Grand Causses and Millau circuit
  • Discover Cévennes
  • Carcassonne and Cathar Country

Here’s what you can expect:

  • detailed itineraries and guidance
  • GPS downloads
  • good cycle-friendly accommodation
  • secure bike storage and transportation
  • in-depth local knowledge
  • airport or train station transfers where applicable

Winter Training

With 300 sunshine days a year, our Languedoc-Roussillon base is ideal for winter training. As well as a fantastic variety of cycling routes, we provide a package of accommodation and great food, secure bike storage, bike maintenance lessons, cycling skills training, nutrition and sports massage. Just choose what you want and when you want. Available from September to May, maximum 8 people. Contact us to discuss your particular requirements.

Tailor-made trips

Mountains and Maps arranges tailor-made trips for individuals or groups up to a maximum of eight people. Cycling is geared to individual or group’s abilities and requirements. Non-cyclists are welcome too and we can arrange other activities or sight-seeing.

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Dates/Prices

2019 Season

Date Location Price / person
Autumn/Winter/Spring cycle training: variable dates on request from September to May Cycling POA
Set your own dates Cycling Cevennes £685
(7 days)
3 - 7 May
(short break)
Languedoc-Roussillon £600
25 May - 1 June Languedoc-Roussillon £720
7 - 10 June Ventoux-Provence £600
1 - 7 September Languedoc-Roussillon £720
19 - 23 October
(short break)
Languedoc-Roussillon £600

Notes

Centre-based trip: prices are based on two people sharing a room. Single supplements may need to be applied. Please contact us for more details. The price includes 7 nights’ accommodation in our charming chambre d’hôte, Clos du Magnolia, and all rooms have ensuites. All breakfasts are included plus 5 lunches and 4 evening meals.

Bring your own bike or hire from our excellent local bike hire with Veloroo.

Training and short breaks: accommodation in a comfortable self-catering apartment (for 4 people) or chambre d’hôte at Clos du Magnolia. Maximum of 10 people sharing.

Flights are not included. Pick-up and drop-off will be provided at Beziers or Montpellier airports or train stations. For the Cévennes, airport or train station pick-up or drop-off will be provided at Beziers, Montpellier or Nimes.

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Please contact us for a detailed itinerary.