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 mind 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. Its almost like travelling back in time riding a bike through these landscapes

Heres 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 €1,000
Duration:
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Daily distance:
40 - 60 km
Daily elevation:
500 - 1000 M+
Difficulty:
2 / 10

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 €1,500
Duration:
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Daily distance:
50 - 80 km
Daily elevation:
1000 - 1500 M+
Difficulty:
6 / 10

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.

Pathfinder
From €2,500
Duration:
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
Daily distance:
70 - 100+ km
Daily elevation:
1500 M+
Difficulty:
10 / 10

Loosely following the « Grand Traverse of the Massif Central », an iconic route crossing the central area of France, come and discover the regional parks of Les Grands Causses and L’Aubrac. Exploring here with us will be a challenge physically that will enable you to discover another world and pace of life.

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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 2022

All the ingredients were there to disconnect and spend a most pleasant stay. Thank you to the team for this meticulous logistics!

Aurore B - October 2021

Gravel Up in Grands Causses was awesome ! Unforgettable experience and guaranteed change of scenery in this French region, off the beaten tracks. The organization of the trip was perfect and the team very professional and always there to make sure we had an amazing time. Looking forward to my next trip with GravelUp!

Olivier H - October 2021

Without having ever done gravel before, GravelUp Adventurer format was an ideal experience for me! I loved the tour: the diversity of the routes, the warm and friendly atmosphere of the group, the discovery of the Aveyron and the gentle practice of yoga. The guide is a real plus, especially if you have never done gravel before. It remains very accessible. I loved this adventure, a very nice break, under the sign of the adventure and the discovery of a territory! I left satisfied with my GravelUp experience, more confident on my gravel and with a crazy desire to go back or to discover new destinations!

Angèle P. - October 2021

Departure from Millau with a good difference in altitude but what a landscape once on the plateau and this is only the beginning! The single tracks through the forest succeeded one after another. I loved the paths back down to Millau through a forest with magical autumn colors. And after a good day of riding, the GravelUp team was waiting for us at the base camp for a well deserved aperitif!

Fred P - October 2021

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

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

Between 3 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.