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Mountain bike FranceFROM THE CEVENNES TO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA V2 A superb MTB trip through the southern Massif Central and the Midi

From Mende, at the foot of Mont Lozere and Margeride, to the beach of Marseillan plage along the Mediterranean Sea. A superb crossing: - the granitic "High Cevennes": Monts Lozere and Aigoual, southern edge of Massif Central - the calcareous "Low Cevennes": country of the famous "Causses" Mejean, Sauveterre and Larzac, cut by the deep gorges of the Tarn or Vis. - the "Mediterranean Cevennes" of Lingas Massif, schistose and interspersed with "gardons" (small rivers). The natural singletrack in these unique and varied landscapes promise pure MTB pleasure. Passing the dam of Lac Salagou, next stop: The Mediterranean Sea at Marseillan Plage, and the deserved cooling off after a stunning MTB week!

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This tour is E-MTB compatible

Highlights

  • The ascent of Mount Aigoual, and a wonderful view on the Massif Central...
  • The crossing of the "Causses".
  • The beauty of Vis Gorges.
  • And of course, the happiness to reach the sea!...

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  • This trip exists in 2 versions : V2=2 wheels / V3=3 wheels.
  • Special offers for private groups. Please ask us for a quotation

Day 1: Mende - Florac

Itinerary start : Rendezvous with organization team is fixed on day 1 at 9am at SNCF train station of Mende. On demand we can book for you one night in Mende for the previous day.

It is from Mende to Florac, through the limestone foothills of Mount Lozere that we begin our journey towards the sea. After leaving Mende, we directly climb up to the first "causse": that of Mende... To access the granite of Lozere, we bike up the valley of Valdonnez and Bramont gorges. Like on a "Nordic" ride we flirt with round granite summits: few pedal strokes and we reach the foot of "Finiels" (1699 m), the high point of Mount Lozere. We pass it by via another "causse" strewn with menhirs. Then descent to Florac by the ridge of Puecheral leads us to "Pont du Tarn", at the confluence of the Tarn and Tarnon rivers. Night in Florac.

Distance covered: 55 km / Altitude gain: 1500m

Day 2: Florac - Nivolliers

Leaving Florac, the capital of "Camisard Country" we ride in the famous Tarn Gorges… And even if the tradition is to bike in the Tarn Gorges on its famous touristic road, as purists, we will offer us the superb technical single track on the other side of the river, from Castelbouc to St-Enimie. After the visit of St Enimie, take the road going up to Causse Mejan. We will end up in Nivolliers for the night.

Distance covered: 45km / Altitude gain: 1300m

Day 3: Nivolliers - L'Esperou

Today we continue on the great Causse of Mejean which parts the Tarn and Jonte canyons: white limestone surface like on the moon and discontinuous steppe carpet. This beautiful plateau is punctuated with sheepfolds made of stones and huge sheep's herds. There is no water, only griffon vultures (the "bouldras" hovering over the Gorges of Jonte) and mountain bikes… Desert atmosphere! Close to the Chaos de Nimes le Vieux, it is from the Perjuret Pass (1023m) that we tackle the big mountain stage: the ascent of the Cevennes' giant: the Mount Aigoual (1565 m), crossroads of storms and climatic barrier between Massif Central and the Mediterranean sea. Nice single tracks and fire-roads will be on our way to L'Esperou.

Distance covered: 40km / Altitude gain: 1200m

Day 4: L'Esperou - Navacelles

After the pass of Esperou (1329 m) we bike on the ridge of Lingas mountains, last southern foothills of Massif Central. We climb up to the pass of "l'Homme Mort" (1310 m) and the St-Guiral Peak (1366 m), before hurtling down 500m to Alzon. Arrived in Alzon we reach the valley of Vis river, whose bed is dry ("sec" in French), and thus the name of the pretty village of Vissec... After this, the river flows into the gorges between the great causses of Larzac and Blandas and reappear at the mill of Fou. Ten kilometers of single-track dream, on the balcony path above Vis and the Cirque de Navacelle. Night in Navacelles.

Distance covered: 50km / Altitude gain: 800m

Day 5: Navacelles - Clermont l'Hérault

We are only midway in the gorges of Vis. Technical mountain biking on a balcony path above the river. Then, ascent onto the southernmost extremity of Larzac and the last peaks of the Grand Massif: the "pioch " culminating at 800 meters above the sea nearby… Short crossing of the Larzac plateau, then we tumble down its southern flank to reach the Salagou lake, one of the favourite spots for mountain bikers in Montpellier. Night not far from the eastern banks of the lake, towards the village of Clermont l'Hérault.

Distance covered: 40km / Altitude gain: 800m

Day 6: Clermont l'Hérault - Pezenas

The day marks a real shift from the now very familiar mountain vegetation to more Mediterranean vegetation. We slalom over the last mountains of the Massif Central, passing by the royal factory of Villeneuvette. The horizon stretches out little by little. A new landscape, that of vineyards planted on hills, which we ride along beautiful trails to the heart of the historic town of Pezenas.

Distance covered: 40km / Altitude gain: 800m

Day 7: Pezenas - Marseillan plage

Between vineyards and garrigue, this last day will be very pleasant, and much less physical than the previous ones. For good reason, the ground is getting flatter and flatter. We are able to ride, however, some nice singletrack. The last part of our route takes us on a cycle path along a channel, before ending up with our feet in the water, in the small village of Marseillan Plage.

Distance covered: 30km / Altitude gain: 200m

Itinerary end : The trip ends in Sete at 2 pm. On demand we can book for you one supplementary night in Sete or organize a transfer back to Mende.

Distance and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

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