Grands Causses

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.

HURRY UP!

Book now your stay for the 2023 season and take advantage of the "Early Bird" rate of 2500 € (instead of 2750 €) valid until November 1st 2022.

Join a group of 10 people to live a strong experience in the discovery of a territory. Come with your best smile and we will take care of the rest! 

Possibility to rent our top-of-the-range gravel bikes for an extra charge:

  • 330 euros for a muscular gravel bike

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

We propose you to cross Aubrac, Grands Causses and Cévennes to reach the Salagou lake. A revised version of the southern part of the Grande Traversée du Massif Central (GTMC) with a Gravel Up twist. We have worked hard with the different Regional Natural Parks involved to offer you a unique experience.

So are you ready to take up the challenge? 

Let's meet on Monday near St Flour, at the gates of Aubrac, to start our journey towards the south. We will ride through this region of extreme cultural, culinary and bio-diversity wealth.

Arrival in the Grands Causses by the Causse Méjean, probably the most beautiful of all the causses say the locals. We will continue by the black Causse before skirting the superb valley of Durbie.

Then we head east to join the Cevennes and climb the mythical Mont Aigoual to get some height before joining the Salagou lake by the Causse du Larzac and its great American-style expanses!

We will finish on the banks of the Salagou lake, not far from Montpellier with a last evening of celebration and satisfaction of a job well done!

Moments of well-being are also on the program - yoga, meditation, relaxation - to allow you to disconnect, to better reconnect and get the most out of this unique trip.

The beauty of the landscape and the fresh waterfalls will make the physical challenge of this expedition almost easy for the experienced bikepacker.

Our support vehicle will never be far away to assist you in case of technical or physical problems.

An exceptional trip to share with friends and adventure bike enthusiasts. 

Date range:
April - Juin 2023
Duration:
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
Daily distance:
70 - 100+ km
Daily elevation:
1500 M+
Difficulty:
10 / 10

Gravel Up benefits

This is included

At the camp

  • Return transfer from Montpellier train station
  • Accommodation 6 nights in a double room
  • 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
  • A last generation Gravel bike + pannier + helmet
  • 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)

View on the Causse du Larzac from the Causse Noir.

Vues sur le causse du Larzac depuis le Causse noir.

Preparation & equipment

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

State certified for bike guiding (BPJEPS), he/she will make sure you are safe and will share with you various tips and tricks on how to ride the Larzac or Causse Noir trails.

Gravel Bike

In this destination, you will be able to ride the SUB Gravel from our partner brand Wish One.

The Wish One SUB is the brands first Sport Utility Bicycle. That’s a gravel bike to you and me. But it’s a moniker that we think covers the gravel bike genre better than ‘Gravel Bike’. No matter where you ride, perfect asphalted roads, smooth or dirty roads, gravel sections… the Wish One SUB is developed for ultimate performance.

Handmade in France by Cyfac International using lightweight Columbus HSS Spirit tubing, the Race Type Geometry of the SUB claims to deliver quick and direct handling. It is no relaxed and slack angled gravel cruiser, the SUB is a scalpel sharp race machine designed for dropping lap times and opponents.

Physical Preparation

You are about to experience a Pathfinder expedition. This is our black trail and the regions we will cross offer an environment that can sometimes be demanding depending on the weather conditions. We are in a mountainous landscapes where the cumulative elevation gain will be very significant.

For this expedition, you need to have a strong technical/cycling background and be used to riding several days in a row.

To take full advantage of this expedition, we recommend that you practice an endurance sport such as jogging, swimming or cycling on a regular basis.

Having already completed several days of cycling trips will allow you to feel more comfortable and to better enjoy the breathtaking landscapes you will cross.

Equipment

The complete list will be sent to you a few weeks before your expedition. You will find here the few essential items that you may not have at home:

  • Cycling shorts with chamois to be more comfortable

  • Bike gloves to avoid blisters

  • Cycling shoes

How to get there ?

  • By car : Meet us directly at our starting point in St Flour

  • By train : Clermont Ferrand or St Flour train station

As soon as you arrive, our teams will take care of you and drive you directly to our base camp where the beyond biking experience takes its full meaning. The disconnection can begin, do not worry about anything, we take care of everything!

On your first day, we will meet you at 3pm.

For the last day, plan a departure on Sunday at the end of the morning, the time to enjoy a well deserved rest.

Our Pathfinder expedition will end in the Salagou lake area, different options for your way back:

  • Our team drives you back to our starting point in St Flour for you to grab your car back

  • Book a plane or a train from Montpellier

Any questions?

All questions

Equipment

Practicalities

Practicalities

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.

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