Join us for an long weekend in the Languedoc region while taking in an early season sportive (Trophee d’Or Roger Pingeon) which takes place in early April each year.
The course for the Roger Pingeon sportive varies 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.
The area of Herault abounds with quiet back roads that wind through the rolling countryside filled with vineyards and olive groves. The region offers varied terrain – from rolling hills to 3 to 5 mile long climbs – and all year round cycling. Winter temperatures rarely dip below 10 degrees, with plenty of sunshine making it an ideal destination if you are looking to get some early season training in.
The 2018 Roger Pingeon sportive will take place on April 1, 2018. Participants can select either the 90km or 138km extended route. As the sportive includes some challenging terrain, this trip is suitable for avid riders or active riders looking for support to reach the next level.
3 days guided riding including the Roger Pingeon sportive
2 nights accommodation
Transfer for you and your bike from Montpellier or Beziers airport
Breakfast each day
Note: sportive registration and entry fees are not included. Cycle hire can be arranged upon request.
Accommodation is in our own gite in Caux where we can host up to 4 people in double occupancy.
We have a secure garage for bike storage and access to standard maintenance tools. Breakfast each day is included.
Note: when at capacity, or for larger groups, we will arrange accommodation with one of our many local partners.
Level: Suitable for avid riders or active riders looking for support to reach the next level
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
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.
Distance: 75km, Climbing 1325m
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.
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.
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
When riding a sportive of this distance and level, you will likely be much more confortable on your own bike. However, if you wish to hire a bike, we can arrange rental of a good quality carbon or aluminium road bike with our local partners.
Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements, and we can help you select the right bike and frame size for your trip.