A combination of mountains, river valley’s and the Mediterranean coast make this area a fantastic cycling destination. We have a varied programme of circular and linear routes covering the best of the mountains and rolling hills of the area, many of which follow parts of previous Tour de France routes. The routes are suitable for cyclists wanting the challenge of some steep cols as well as those preferring a less strenuous day of road cycling. A support van with back-up clothing, repair equipment, spares and refreshments accompanies the group every day.

We run either Challenging or Comfortable grades. The former is for regular road cyclists, wanting the challenge of some steep climbs and able to cycle more than 100 kms per day. The ‘Comfortabe’ grade is for those wanting a more relaxed day (60 - 90kms per day) with more time to see sights and routes that are low-level hills and valleys. On some routes there will be a choice of shorter or longer distances that can be taken.

Itinerary - examples of typical days

The examples given below are mostly for the Challenging routes but can be adapted for the Comfortable grade. For more detailed itineraries, please contact us.

1: As an introduction to this stunning area we start the day in the beautiful village of Lunas in the Haut-Languedoc Natural Park. We head north through the Vallée d’Orb on quiet and undulating roads, with a climb and descent into Lodève for lunch. After this we continue past Lac de Salagou and onto Roujan (2008 Tour de France), Laurens and into Roquebrun. The route includes several steep hills and undulating countryside surrounded by vineyards. Distance: 93.6km, Ascent: 1385m.

2: From our base we follow parts of the 2010 Tour de France route, through lovely villages, along part of the Canal du Robine and finish on a coastal cycle path to the seaside port of Gruissan, known for its oysters and seafood. The route includes St Chinian, a major wine centre of the region, Bize-Minervois and Coursan. There are some spectacular limestone valleys and hills on the way to the coast. Distance: 90kms, Ascent 743m

3: We start by the Canal du Midi and cycle north through the Minervois wine country to the mountains. This is a challenging ride with gradients up to 11% and some steep descents over the Montagne Noire, favoured by the Tour de France on many occasions. We can offer an alternative route with a lesser gradient, following a similar route. We arrive in the town of St Pons de Thomières, then use the newly extended Voie Vert, (old railway line), through to the Beaux Village of Olargues. Distance: 85km, Ascent: 1340m

Arrivals and Departures

We provide a group pick-up and drop-off at Beziers or Montpellier airports or train stations. For those travelling by other means, please let us know where you will join the group. Other airports which service the area include Perpignan, Carcassonne, Castres or Toulouse.

Accommodation and Meals

Our comfortable chambre d’hote (B&B) is in a small but lively village with a bar/restaurants and many caves for wine tasting. The trip price includes 7 nights’ accommodation based on two people sharing. All rooms have ensuites. Please contact us regarding single supplements if required. All breakfasts are included plus 5 packed lunches and 4 evening meals (3 courses plus wine). There is secure storage for all bikes and cycling gear.