Grands Causses

In Aveyron at the heart of Occitanie sits the natural park of Grands Causses, a land of vultures and orchids. From lush green valleys, over arid plateaus onto beautiful and (sometimes) windy ridges, you will be blown away by these landscapes and wide open spaces.

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Between the Massif Central and the Mediterranean Sea, this remote and wild area blew our minds when we first rode here.

"Causses" are limestone plateaus specific to south-western France and the Larzac and Rougiers are some of the most well-known. Life has developed here in tune with this amazing geography with citadels and old villages a plenty. It is almost like traveling back in time riding a bike through these landscapes

Here is what we loved about gravel biking in Les Grands Causses:

  • Stone-walled paths in the Causse du Larzac and the Causse Noire

  • "Aligot" - The local dish of mashed potato fondue, perfect after a full day on the bike

  • Amazing views over the valleys from the high rocky plateau

  • Griffon vultures flying over our heads

  • Riding through fortified ancient citadels

  • The passionate local Aveyron people, justifiably proud of their home.

Have you heard of Les Causses?

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Adventurer
From €890
Duration:
3 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Daily distance:
40 - 60 km
Daily elevation:
500 - 1200M+
Difficulty:
2 / 5

Discover the gravel riding heaven that it is Les Grands Causses regional park with us, all from our Base Camp in Millau. Perfect for seeing for yourself what gravel riding is all about (its not just gravel tracks !) and explore this beautiful area of France.

Explorer
From €1,490
Duration:
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Daily distance:
50 - 80 km
Daily elevation:
1000 - 1500M+
Difficulty:
3 / 5

The « Causses » are limestone plateaus, and theres 7 of them in total to discover on this 5 day loop from our Base Camp in Millau. You’ll find the area of Aveyron is rich and diverse in geography and culture, and provides a great test of your gravel bike skills to top it all off.

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Top stay! Dynamic, attentive team that adapts to everyone. Magnificent Gravel courses 😍 I'm booking my next Gravel up holiday as soon as possible! Thank you Gravel up team 🙏🏼

Eve A.

What an adventure in the Grands Causses for a breath of fresh air and to push myself that little bit further than I thought possible in a great group atmosphere. Slick organisation from the super pro team at GravelUp. It was such a pleasure to explore the incredible gravel of the Aveyron region, made all the better by our small group. After each days ride we would find ourselves round a table with a magnificent spread, ideal for recovery!

Steve M.

To ride in the Causses with GravelUp is to take paths from oneself to oneself through others, and to return with new eyes.

Manu I. - October 2021

Another way to discover beautiful landscapes by bike. A great team. Services (accommodation, meals, supervision, logistics, cycling ...) up to expectations. A big thank you to the whole GravelUp team!

Jean-Luc R. - May 2022

My stay was a real pleasure! All the logistics are perfectly managed, which is perfect for clearing your head and having nothing to think about but walking along beautiful paths. The route was well thought out to vary the scenery and see as much as possible. It was a real pleasure to be able to meet with other members of the group and we were able to share quality moments both on the bike and during the other activities.

Benoît H. - June 2022

Great experience! The best way to discover a beautiful region while playing sports with friends. Discover Gravel thanks to a very professional team!

Xavier R.

Many thanks to JB and the team for this fantastic adventure. Perfectly organized in a dream setting and a holiday that combines sporting effort and fine cuisine. An absolute must!

Aymeric M.

Journal

An adventure retold - welcome to the gravel paradise of Les Grands Causses.

My mother always said that you have to take the plunge, a phrase that is entirely appropriate here. No matter what has brought us here and where we have come from, we find ourselves in the saddle ready explore the roads, gravel and paths less travelled here.

Gravel Up, our expeditions to explore Aveyron and the natural park of Les Grands Causses, a gravel paradise.

Our team have come up with four expeditions to keep everybody happy, from regular social cyclists to bikepacking fanatics.

Between 2 and 7 days riding crisscrossing the natural park of Les Grands Causses in Aveyron on a gravel bike with a group of like minded riders will allow you find landscapes and views that will take your breath away. GravelUp takes care of everything during the trip, from carefully chosen accommodation to local meals and snacks ideal for a days riding.

It’s not just this care that makes our expeditions unique, its the local knowledge of our guides and the chance to visit local people and places that make for genuine and beautiful picnic spots and overnight stays. All that’s left for you to do is choose which of our trips to start with and get your gravel bike ready for an unforgettable adventure.

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