Arrival in Caux
We will pick you up at your arrival airport and transport you and your bike to our home base in the picturesque village of Caux.
Depending on your flight times, there should be time for a leg-warmer ride today (~30 km) followed by a group dinner in the nearby town of Pezenas
Spend the evening exploring medieval centre 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.
Leg-warmer ride (30 km, 425m) and explore the historic town of Pezenas
Reserve Nationale de Chasse du Caroux
This route is a challenging circular loop heading northwest from Caux and passing through a variety of picturesque villages on the way to the hills. As you reach the nature reserve, the terrain becomes much more hilly. After a fairly steady bout of climbing, you will be rewarded for your efforts by stunning views over the rugged hills. Keep your eyes out to catch a glimpse of the wild mountain sheep, known as mouflon, who love this terrain too.
After a lunch break in Saint Gervais sur Mare we will continue the ride back to Caux. Late afternoon can be spent relaxing followed by a group BBQ.
Distance: 105km, Climbing 1890m
Lodeve and Lac Salagou
This route takes a winding path through the villages of Fontes, Cabrieres, Salasc, and Octon on the way to Lodeve. It is full of short and sharpish hill climbs through the red rocky hills which are typical of the area.
We will stop for lunch in Lodeve. If time allows, it is worth exploring the sights of Lodeve. The cathedral is a particularly well preserved example of local Gothic architecture.
On the return trip, the route passes along the edge of Lac Salagou. Enjoy the more leisurely inclines and the breath-taking open vistas over this beautiful lake.
Distance: 110km, Climbing 2100m
Capestang and the Canal de Midi
Today’s route meanders through vineyards and skirts along the hills to Capestang a popular holiday town on the Canal de Midi. We will take a lunch break on banks of the famous canal and take a bit of time to explore the village of Capestang which is a bustling centre full of cozy bars and restaurants. A market on Sunday morning on the Place Jean Jaurès provides an opportunity to sample the local produce and specialties.
A wine tasting featuring a range of vintages from the region paired with local culinary specialites will be offered in the evening, followed by a light dinner.
Distance: 125km, Climbing 1580m
Morning ride and heading home
Those who want to fit in a final ride, will rise early and be rewarded by the stunning Languedocian landscape under the dramatic early morning light.
We will ride about 50 km through the vines and garrigues before disassembling the bikes for you and packaging them into the bike boxes ready for your flight home.
Final day and heading home