New Tour - Mont Aigoual and the Cevennes
2019 saw the inaugural running of the spectacular Cevennes Tour. We have pitched this ride somewhere between our leisure cycling trips and our full-on alpine tours in terms of cycling effort - so it is ideal for enthusiastic riders wanting a serious challenge while taking advantage of the luxury hotels and sophisticated cuisine of our leisure tours.
One of the riders on the first running of the Cevennes tour, a veteran of several French Cycling trips described it as 'the most beautiful cycling scenery he'd ever experienced'. From the lofty weather station on Mont Aigoual, to the stunning gorges of the River Tarn, to the breathtaking Cirque de Navacelles, this remote part of France is captured at its most captivating.
Starting in the bustling Roman town of Uzès, the tour heads into the wilds of the Cevennes hills, with roads winding up to the summit of Mont Aigoual before descending into the pretty market town of Meyrueis. A loop day following the magnificent gorges of the River Tarn is followed by the challenge of the Navacelles valley, where the River Vis has cut a 300m deep gorge and formed an oxbow resulting in a vast natural amphitheatre. The tour finishes with an easy into Alès, which is a short jump back to Uzes or Nimes should you wish to stay a few days longer to explore.The tour has something of everything!
As an added bonus for 2020, the Tour de France is tackling Mont Aigoual on 2nd July. So if you want to ride the same roads 2 days earlier, with the fans already camping out by the side of the road, join our tour departing 28th June!