Arrival and afternoon ride
We will pick you up at Beziers or Montpellier airport and transport you and your bike to Caux which will be your home base for this trip. Depending on your flight times, there will be time for a leg-warmer ride today.
Suggested ride: Take to the hills: Reserve de Chasse Caroux Espinouse
Distance: 75km, Climbing 1325m
This route is challenging as it is full of short and sharpish hill climbs through the red rocky hills which are typical of the area. You will pass through the charming villages of Moreze, Salasc and Octon and catch breathtaking vistas over the beautiful Lac du Salagou.
After dinner, spend the evening exploring the nearby town of Pezenas. Pezenas was once the capital of ancient Languedoc and has maintained a regal character. Wander through the pedestrian only historic centre and the ancient Jewish Quarter. You will want to keep a camera handy.
Pezenas is also a local artistic hub. Pop in to the many artisan workshops and galleries; there are marked routes you can follow.
Relax and explore the historic town of Pezenas before your sportive tomorrow.
Roger Pingeon Sportive
The course for the Roger Pingeon sportive varies slightly from year to year, but it always starts and ends in the pretty town of Gignac with about 140-150km of stunning scenery and 1500-2000m of climbing through the Cevennes hills in between. Hightlights of the route include the Cirque de Navacelles, le Pont de Diable, Saint-Guilhem le Desert and Lac du Salagou.
Choose to ride the shorter route (~90km) or longer route (~150 km) as an individual or relay team. We will ride with you and ensure that you have all the support that you need to enjoy your day.
Distance: 140km, Climbing 1960m
Morning ride and heading home
An early morning ride to loosen the legs after your sportive and before your flight home. This route snakes through rolling vineyards towards the hills of the Haut Languedoc.
Distance: 47km, Climbing 1140m
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