Grands Causses

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.

ABOUT THE DESTINATION

5 days / 4 nights - start from Eur 1490.

Discover the hidden treasures of the Grands Causses on an epic gravel bike journey! Immerse yourself in a 5-day itinerant exploration between Lozère and Aveyron, in a land of adventure boasting breathtaking landscapes and undiscovered trails.

Embark on a ride across vast limestone plateaus, descend into dizzying canyons, and explore spectacular cliffs. Each stage promises a new surprise amidst this raw and untamed nature.

If you're an experienced cyclist seeking an adventure on demanding terrain, you've come to the right place!

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

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One Percent for the Planet

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

A program 100% created by Gravel Up

The discovery of the Grands Causses bikepacking, that's the program!

The appointment is given at our base camp, on the heights of Millau. Ideally located at the crossroads of the Tarn and Durbie valleys, but above all with a direct access to the different limestone plateaus called Causses - there are 7 in all! But we promise not to do them all... not this time!

Handling of the Gravel the 1st afternoon with our French partner Origine cycles which manufactures the bikes on Lille ! We take the time, we prepare ourselves physically and mentally for the next 4 days which are going to be rich as well sporty as culturally! It doesn't look like that but the physical challenge will be there, we promise you that!

Each Causse is different: forests, windy plateau or ancient templar cities, we promise you a total change of scenery. You will discover the people who make this territory alive, as authentic as welcoming, and whose culinary specialties will not leave you indifferent.

After having crossed the Black Causses and the Larzac, we will take you to the heart of the Rougiers de Camarès. There, it is not the great American spaces but rather the Australian red center which awaits you. An incredible ochre earth awaits you and historical villages of all beauty will make you travel in time.

We will close the adventure with a superb moment of sharing to realize the experience lived on the bike and the strong links that we have built together.

We promise you the discovery of a breathtaking "Land of Gravel", a truly ideal playground that makes us understand why the International Cycling Union (ICU) has decided to organize the French round of the next World Gravel Championships here!

Date range:
April - october
Duration:
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Daily distance:
50 - 80 km
Daily elevation:
1000 - 1500M+
Difficulty:
3 / 5

Gravel Up benefits

This is included

At the camp

  • Return transfer from Montpellier train station
  • Accommodation 4 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

We select for you local guides, passionate about their territory.

Bike mechanic, bike shop manager and even eco-guard on the Larzac plateau, our guide is the best person to help you discover Grands Causses. Anecdotes, encounters and sharing of experiences, he/she will make sure that you have an unforgettable stay and above all that you soak up as much as possible of this fabulous territory.

Spoken languages: French, English

He or she will make sure you are safe and will share with you various tips and tricks on how to ride on the trails.

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

To get the most out of this expedition, we recommend that you practice an endurance sport such as jogging, swimming or cycling several times a week. Having already done long bike rides of at least 4 hours will allow you to feel more comfortable and better enjoy the breathtaking landscapes you will cross. At least 2 days in a row of cycling experience is a plus.

Use of automatic pedals is mandatory, ability to maneuver the bike on all types of terrain and good braking technique.

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 ?

  • By car: Meet us directly at our base camp "Domaine de St Estève". (from 3pm)

  • By train: Montpellier train station (shuttle at 5pm / return at 5pm)

  • By plane: Airport of Montpellier Méditerranée (shuttle at 5pm/ return at 5pm)

As soon as you arrive, our team will pick you up and take you directly to our base camp where the disconnection can begin.

Your stay starts at 3pm and ends at around 3pm on Sunday.

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Amazing tracks, top gastronomy and an extraordinary organisation. An athletic trip, which trains the legs, and the memories!

Clémence G. - June 2022

Excellent organisation and atmosphere which allowed me to discover gravel biking with high level sporting and cultural guides. The landscapes of the Causses are breathtaking!

Guillaume L. - April 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

Physical challenge, new friends and cultural discovery!

Jean-Baptiste W. - April 2022

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

I was won over by gravel riding! The versatility of these bikes is fantastic and the bikes offered by GravelUp are just great. Accelerating on the trails, letting loose on the climbs, skidding on the descents and enjoying the beautiful views. The tracks chosen were great, balanced, challenging ... in short, it was fantastic! All this in a great atmosphere where the group and the organisation were one!

Sébastien C. - May 2022

A stay beyond my expectations and those of my 8 companions. A magnificent interlude, an ideal setting to discover the practice of Gravel. Alternating roads and paths in a wild green setting. We only came across a handful of walkers and no cyclists! Nature in its purest form. Professional supervision, always smiling and extremely dynamic.

Eric D. - May 2022

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

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

Very nice discovery of the Grands Causses. I will not remember the difficulty but rather the quality and the conviviality of this beautiful weekend! Thanks to the organisers!

Yann C. - May 2022

Very nice discovery of gravel with magnificent courses in the Causses and a top-notch organisation!

Jean-Jacques O. - May 2022

Magical experience! An outstanding organisation before, during and after the stay. An idyllic and playful setting to have fun with friends. To be repeated as soon as possible with friends, experienced or not, integration and good humour will do the rest! All inclusive!

Christophe B. - May 2022

"GravelUp is fantastic!

It was a discovery for me and I will remember it forever. Go ahead and book your stay with friends at GravelUp! An experience, a feeling of freedom, the discovery of a sport and a region. I will be preparing for Corsica in 2023!

Fabien D. - May 2022

GravelUp is the best of gravel served on a plate! Top-notch logistics and organisation! I just had to pedal on dream tracks with a small group who share my passion. A week in a very good atmosphere and a Gravel spirit!

Romain L. - June 2022

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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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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