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.

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About this cycling trip

3 days / 3 nights - starting from 890 €

This massif situated between Lozère and Aveyron is characterised by its vast limestone plateaus, deep canyons, and spectacular cliffs. It features unique geological formations and impressive gorges. For 3 days, we'll take you to the heart of these striking landscapes on a gravel bike!

GravelUp's strengths:

  • An expert guide who will take you to discover their territory like no one else.

  • Carefully selected routes that combine sport, pleasure, and discovery on the most beautiful Spanish trails.

  • Comfortable accommodation and gourmet cuisine.

  • A support van: luggage transportation, technical assistance, refreshments.

  • The possibility to rent high-quality gravel bikes: muscular or electric.
    -> Check out our bikes

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

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By booking with us, you also do good for our planet!

A program 100% created by Gravel Up

We'll meet you in Millau for 3 days of gravel adventure in the heart of the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park, following the tracks of the Templars.

What to expect on the bike? 3 days of gravel riding with a star-shaped route from our base camp, a crossroads between the Causses Noirs, Larzac, Méjean, and the Rougiers de Camarès. With a total distance of about 150km and 2500m of elevation gain, this stay is accessible to intermediate-level cyclists.

Base camp: Relax in the chalets of the Domaine de Saint Estève with an incredible view of the majestic Millau Viaduct. Combining modernism and comfort, the base camp is a perfect place to rest after a good day on the bikes!

Beyond biking: Let yourself go by enjoying moments of well-being – yoga, meditation, relaxation – allowing you to disconnect and make the most of this unique experience in a splendid setting. To accompany you on this adventure, your guide as well as innkeepers and other local artisans will be eager to introduce you to their region.

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

GravelUp 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)

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Preparation & equipment

Ali - Guide

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.

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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.

Find out more about our bikes

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Physical preparation

This trip is suited for occasional cyclists.

This trip is for you if:

  • You engage in physical activity at least twice a week.

  • You are able to undertake bike rides of at least 4 hours (at a leisurely pace).

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CAMP DE BASE & DESTINATION MANAGER

Located in the heart of Aveyron, the chalets of the base camp are situated right at the foot of the famous Millau Viaduct. Wake up to an exceptional view classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

On-site, in addition to your guide, you will be accompanied by our GravelUp destination manager. They will ensure that you lack nothing and will provide all the necessary logistical support and assistance to fully enjoy your trip.

Comment s'y rendre

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

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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

Angèle Patty

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

Aurore B.

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

Julien H

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

Xavier D.

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

Edouard D. - July 2022

Edouard D.

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

Mathieu S.

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

Steve Marchesseau

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.

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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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Grands Causse Pierre

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.

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Wishone Grands Causses

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

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

Between 3 and 5 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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