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Mountain bike FranceFROM THE CEVENNES TO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA V3 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 Sete 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). Pic St-Beaudille marks the descent into the plain of Herault and the first Mediterranean village of St-Guilhem-le-Desert. We reach Thau pond and then Sete, just to see if we remember Georges Brassens song " Chanson pour l'Auvergnat"... Last brake: watch out, the sea!

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Highlights

  • The ascent of Mount Aigoual, and a wonderful view on the Massif Central...
  • The crossing of the "Causses".
  • The beauty of Vis Gorges.
  • The descent to St-Guilhem-le-Desert, first Provencal village.
  • 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 - Mont Lozère - Col de la Croix de Berthel  / 65Km / 1600m

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.

From Mende to the pass of Croix de Berthel, it is by the entire crossing  of Mount Lozere through its limestone foothills 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; the Peak Cassini (1680 m), birthplace of the first topographical map in history; and on a clear day, view on the Alps. We cross the high valley of Tarn at "Pont du Tarn" and bike up on a demanding fireroad to the pass of Croix de Berthel. 

Day 2 : Col de la Croix de Berthel - Tarn Gorges  - Nivolliers / 75Km / 1700m

Like Stevenson and his donkey Modestine, more than a century ago, we cross Bouges Mount (1421 m) via Sapet pass and the crest of Ramponenche. After the passes of Ancize and Perpau, we bike down to Florac, the capital of "Camisard Country". After leaving Florac 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. We then push or carry our bike up to St-Chely-du-Tarn, where a few kilometers on the road allow us to smoothly end up the daily stage along the gorge up to the village of Malene. 

Day 3 : Nivolliers - Causse of Mejean and Mount Aigoual - L'Esperou 40Km / 1200m

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.

Day 4 : L'Esperou - Aigoual - Lingas et Gorges of Vis  - Navacelle / 60Km / 1000Hm

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 Navacelle. 

Day 5 : Navacelle - From Larzac to the "Low Cevennes"  - Saint Guilhem le Desert / 60Km / 1500m

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… The southern side of Pic St-Beaudille (648 m) gives access to the Herault valley… Radical change of region and downhill (technical parts of the Bisonne Roc) to St-Guilhem-le-Desert, in the heart of Herault gorges. Overnight in St-Guillem-le-Desert.

Day 6 : Saint Guilhem le Desert - Garrigues et lowland of Herault - Balaruc / 65Km / 800m

St-Guilhem was a former stop on the pilgrimage to St Jacques de Compostela, and it is by the "Way of Arles" that we begin the day through vineyards and scrublands, near Lake Salagou, a famous spot for mountain bikers. We then cross the plain of Herault via Aniane, bike across the forest of "Bois Nègre", Mont Haut (339 m) and the Mourre Mountain (304 m) before reaching the foot of the last rampart before the Mediterranean Sea: The Gardiole Mountain. Night at Gigean. 

Day 7 : Balaruc - Towards the Mediterranean Sea… and the beach of Sete  / 40Km / 400m

Last climb to Gardiole before reaching the sea. With the Roc d'Anduze, this arid limestone hill, recently reforested with conifers, is an appreciated spot by local mountain bikers. We then let us glide towards the Mediterranea Sea, unless the Mount St-Clair and its 175 meters above sea level in the heart of the city of Sete will stop us! Mountains and scrubland have given the place to the sea and ponds: last instants of calm before the sudden dive in civilization. Behind our back, we can see the Massif Central...an invitation for other rides!... 

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.

The given length (Km) and altitude difference (m) are given as reference and can slightly change depending on unpredictable local conditions

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