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Mountain Biking (VTT) in Languedoc, south France

 

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Avid cycler and cycling expert Helen Bevis tracks down Languedoc's 10 mountain biking parks:

 

The Languedoc garrigue and hills are a playground for those of you who prefer your bikes chunky and firmly off the tarmac. There are trails through forests, over the hills, into the mountains and around the vineyards. Once you start looking, you’ll realise that there are trails everywhere. The question is how to choose. Here are just a few suggestions to get you pedalling.

 

Languedoc's 10 VTT ParksThe FFC (Federation Francais de Cyclisme) are associated with 140 national VTT parks and trails, 10 of which are found in the Languedoc-Roussillion. The FFC- VTT parks guarantee at least 100km of routes of all ranges and a quality of service. The routes are all signposted and maintained, there is a map available and even somewhere to wash your bike afterwards! Just like a ski resort the routes are graded from green (beginners) to black (serious mountain bikers).

 

There are two great routes to follow if you fancy a real challenge. The first is the FFC Reseau Vert (also known as the Grande Traversée) which traverses over 500km in the Herault from Castries St. Pons-de-Thomières in the West. It often follows ancient intercommunal routes or former railways. The average time taken is 15 days to complete this route!

 

The second is the Stevenson trail which crosses the Cevennes and ends in the Languedoc and is crammed full of literary history. Robert Louis Stevenson's second book was a travel book published in 1879, describing a walking trip he'd made the previous year. Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes desribes his adventures on the 200km walk from the Haute Loire to St Jean de Gard (Gard). Now his trail is a popular footpath along the GR70 which is also suitable for mountain bikes. It is fairly well marked along its entire length as it scales high granite plains and the hot valley floors.

 

Park Name Address Routes Opening Times
1: Pyrénées CatalanesPyrénées 2000 - Font Romeu Centre Pyrenees Catalanes Pyrennees 200 – Font Romeu
O.T. Pyrennees 2000
BP12
66210 Bolquère 
04.68.30.12.42
130km, 12 routes
5 green, 4 blue, 2 red, 1 black
Open 15 April until 30 October
2: Domaine VTT du Gevaudan 

Centre Domaine VTT du Gevaudan
Les Terrassess du Lac
48300, Langogne 

04.66.69.29.62

232km – 12 routes
2 green, 3 blue, 4 red, 3 black

Open all year round

Information point- LangogneTourist Office: 04.66.69.01.38

langogne@langogne.com

3: Salagou  Centre Salagou
VTT Roc Evasion / Ozone
1 Avenue du Lac
34800 
Clermont-l'Hérault 
270km – 14 routes
2 green, 5 blue, 5 red, 2 black

Open all year
Information
Clermont l’Hearult tourist office

infos@ville-clermont-herault.fr

04.67.96.23.86

4: Salvetat - Haut Languedoc  Centre Salvetat-Haut Languedoc
Office de Tourisme
Places des Archers
34330 
La Salvetat-sur-Agout 
303km, 11 routes
1 green, 2 blue, 3 red, 5 black

Open all year
La Salvetat Tourist Office

salvetat.tourisme@orange.fr

04.67.97.64.44

5: Capcir - Haut Conflent  Centre Capcir – Haut Confent
La Quillane
66210 La Llagonne 
168km, 16 routes
4 green, 6 blue, 6 red, no black
Open all year
Formiguères Tourist Office 04.68.04.47.35
6: Cabardès - Pays Cathare  Centre Cabardès – Pays Cathare
ATAC VTT
Le Prieuré
11600 Aragon
284km, 9 routes
3 green, 3 blue, 2 red, 1 black

Open all year

Information: Rando VTT 04.68.77.04.00
atacvtt@free.fr

7: Aude en Pyrénées  Centre Aude en Pyrenees,
Tourist Office ‘Aude en Pyrennees’,
11500 Quillan 
04.68.20.07.78
780km – the biggest in the Pyrenees, 35 routes
5 green, 13 blue, 15 red, 2 black

Open all year

Tourisme.quillan@wanadoo.fr

8: Grande Traversée de l'Hérault  Centre Grande Traversée de ‘’Herault, 200 Av. Pere soulas,
34094 Montpellier Cedex 5,
04.67.41.78.00
500km Open all year
9: Bessilles - Pays de Pézenas  Centre Bessilles – Pays de Pezenas
Base departementale de Bessilles,
34530, Montagnac
04.67.24.07.26
242km, 11 routes
1 green, 5 blue, 4 red, 1 black
Open all year
10: Le Canigou  Centre le canigou,
Office de Tourisme
2 rue de la Chapelle
66820 Vernet Les Bains 
04.68.05.55.35
240km, 12 routes
3 green, 3 blue, 4 red, 2 black

Contact through website

 

Pic St Loup - mountain bikingThe possibilities for routes are endless, but here’s one more suggestion before you head off. Pic St Loup is the emblematic mountain that dominates the skyline north of Montpellier. Keen mountain bikers can follow the 40km tour that circles its foothills. The countryside is beautiful here and the route has a variety of tricky passages, both on the ascent and descent. It’s not a route for beginners. Perhaps the trickest section is the detour ascent towards the Chateau de Montferrand, but the stunning view will reward your efforts. A detailed map and GPS info are available on www.utagawavtt.com (search for pic st loup). This is a useful site for getting information about other routes that you fancy tackling.

 

Mountain bikers are also allowed their touch of luxury with a few companies also offering similar packages to their tarmac hugging road-bike cousins. For French speakers there are two interesting Languedoc companies: www.languedoc-nature.com who operate VTT holidays and www.Cevennes-evasion.com who offer some fantastic looking tours including the Stevenson Trail and the wilds of the Larzac plateau. If not, try www.roughtracks.com based in the Aude.

 

- Helen Bevis

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