Grands Causses

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.

ABOUT THE DESTINATION

3 days / 3 nights - Eur 890.

Immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes while exploring the Grands Causses on a gravel bike! This lesser-known massif, nestled between Lozère and Aveyron, is characterized by vast limestone plateaus, deep canyons, and spectacular cliffs, boasting unique geological formations and impressive gorges.

For 3 days, join us on an exploration through these stunning landscapes on gravel bikes. Accompanied by our passionate guide, you'll delve into this land steeped in mystery and authenticity. The route is accessible for beginners in gravel biking as well as experienced cyclists.

Whether you ride on muscular or electric gravel bikes (available for rent), let yourself be captivated by this unique destination that will instantly win your heart!

Possibility to privatise the group from 8 people - contact us for more information.

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A program 100% created by Gravel Up

Go on a Gravel bike adventure in the heart of the Grands Causses Natural Park, in the footsteps of the Templars.

During an extended weekend, we welcome you in Aveyron, in Millau to be exact, crossroads of the Black Causses, Larzac, Méjean and other Rougiers of Camarès.

Come and discover these great spaces reminding us of the most beautiful American Midwest national parks.

A first ride as soon as you arrive will allow you to familiarize yourself with your new "gravel" companion in the presence of the guide and his wise advice. Origine cycles gravel bikes are made in France and perfectly adapted to the terrain that awaits you during these 3 days.

You will start this adventure by the mythical Causse du Larzac and its sheep farms ! Meadows as far as the eye can see, a harsh climate sometimes but above all a feeling of total freedom. Our hosts will have in heart to make you discover the history, the culture and the gastronomy of which they are so proud... 

You will finally follow the valley of the Tarn to tackle the Causse Noir and its typical forests. The hardest part is to get there, but once you reach the plateau, you will be guided on the forest tracks and other gravel roads. To accompany you in this long journey, your guide but also innkeepers and other local craftsmen will be very proud to make you discover their region.

Let yourself go by taking advantage of moments of well-being - yoga, meditation, relaxation - allowing you to disconnect, better reconnect and make the most of this unique experience in a splendid setting.

Experience the warmth of Aveyron and the sense of welcome during this human adventure off the beaten track!

Date range:
April - october
Duration:
3 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Daily distance:
40 - 60 km
Daily elevation:
500 - 1200M+
Difficulty:
2 / 5

Gravel Up benefits

This is included

At the camp

  • Return transfer from Montpellier train station
  • Accommodation 3 nights - single room in a shared cottage for 2 persons
  • All food for the stay
  • A great welcome pack
  • A mechanic who will share his secrets with you

On gravel

  • A professional and local guide
  • Unique tracks designed by the GravelUp Team
  • Assistance and transportation van

Beyond gravel

  • Wellness activities - Yoga, meditation, relaxation
  • Visits to various historical and cultural sites
  • An evening of celebration
  • A community of enthusiasts

This is not included

  • Transportation from your home
  • Travel insurance for repatriation and civil liability
  • Personal drinks and other souvenir purchases
  • Anything not specified in "What's Included"
  • Gravel bike rental (supplement available)

Preparation & equipment

Your Guide

All our guides are super passionate about all things Gravel. Just as comfortable on the bike as off it in the workshop, they are best placed to show you all the sights of their local area and more. Stories and shared experiences, in a fabulous location, with great company. They are on hand to ensure your trip is everything you want it to be, and more.

Languages spoken - French and English.

Safety is our priority, and our guides will help with technique and tips to ensure you can ride the (sometimes rough!) trails with confidence.

Our bikes

We have both traditional and electric high end gravel bikes available to rent in Ventoux from our bike partner Origine.

Repeatedly voted Gravel Bikes of the Year, you can choose between the carbon framed Graxx (weighing only 8.1kg) or the Help eBike (not much more at 12kg). Both combine performance and versatility in a lightweight frame so that you can have faith your steed throughout the trip.

Price: €60/day for a non eBike, €80/day for an eBike.

(Free bike hire until 31st December 2023!)

Find out more about our bikes

Physical preparation

The territories we cross offer an environment that can sometimes be demanding depending on the weather conditions. We evolve in a mountainous landscape where the cumulative difference in altitude can quickly be important.

To fully enjoy this expedition, we recommend that you practice an endurance sport such as jogging, swimming or cycling, at least once a week. Having already done at least 3 hours of cycling will allow you to feel more comfortable and to better enjoy the breathtaking landscapes you will cross.

CAMP DE BASE & MANAGER DE DESTINATION

Situés au cœur de l'Aveyron, les chalets du domaine se trouvent juste au pied du célèbre Viaduc de Millau. Réveillez-vous avec une vue exceptionnelle classé au patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco.

Sur place, en plus de votre guide, vous serez accompagné par notre responsable de destination GravelUp. Il veillera à ce que vous ne manquiez de rien et assurera tout le service logistique et support nécessaire pour profiter pleinement de votre séjour.

How to get there ?

How to get there?

  • By car: meet us directly at our Base Camp in Millau on Thursday evening at 8pm at the latest. Plan to end your stay on Sunday afternoon around 3pm.

  • By train: organized shuttle service from Montpellier station - contact us to confirm times in advance (plan to arrive at the end of the day). Plan to return on Sunday afternoon around 5pm.

As soon as you arrive in Montpellier, our teams will pick you up and take you directly to our base camp, where the disconnection can begin. Don't worry about a thing, we'll take care of everything!

Any questions?

Any questions?

Booking

Booking

Booking

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

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

GravelUp is a unique concept that was born thanks to a team of passionate sportsmen and women who combine a sense of hospitality, organization, and the creation of bonds and memorable experiences. Thank you for everything and I am already looking forward to the next weekend in your company.

Julien H - October 2021

Great experience of 4 days Gravel cycling with GravelUp around Millau! A really professional team and organisation! Accessible even for cyclists who are new to gravel!

Xavier D. - July 2022

A remarquable experience! Everything was thought through by Gravel Up: lodging, traces, food, bikes ... The whole experience was perfect.

Edouard D. - July 2022

Great experience, in an extraordinary natural setting with a professional team. Ideal for cyclists who want to discover or practice gravel and create unforgettable memories!

Mathieu S. - July 2022

Superbe aventure gravel dans les Grands Causses pour s’aèrer l’esprit et dépasser ses limites en toute convivialité ! Une organisation de haute volée, une équipe Gravel Up au top et super pro. Le plaisir de découvrir ces magnifiques terres de gravel Aveyronnaises en groupe dans une ambiance vraiment sympa, et de se retrouver autour de magnifiques tablées pour récupérer après l’effort. Gravel Up, c’est l’impression d’être parti 15 jours en vacances après seulement quelques jours d’expédition. Longue vie à Gravel Up !!!

Steve.M - MAI 2023

Incredible 3-day gravel trip in Aveyron (Grand Causses) with a fantastic team, excellent logistics, state-of-the-art gravel bikes, friendly/experienced staff, exceptional sites/trails, and a charming spirit. Highly recommended!!!

Julien A.

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.

Article written by Pierre Guilbaud

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3 incredible days of sport and nature, with magnificent and varied landscapes in the Larzac and Causses Noires regions. Everything is done to make the most of a relaxed, rhythmic atmosphere. Between cycling and pleasure... everything runs smoothly at GravelUp!

Guillaume D.

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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