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Nice To Carcassonne Cycle

France Cycle CHALLENGING
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About the Challenge

This beautiful cycle challenge takes us from the lovely Mediterranean resort of Nice along the Côte d’Azur, passing through the traditional villages and vineyards of Provence and Languedoc as we head inland and west towards the Pyrenees. En route we take in the Roman town of Arles and the Camargue, and finish at the impressive fortified town of Carcassonne.

This is a varied route, with predominantly flat coastal roads, rolling Provençal scenery and more strenuous hills in Languedoc. With long days in the saddle, it’s a demanding challenge and we’ll be glad to see the castle of Carcassonne on the horizon!


Nice To Carcassonne Cycle

6 DAYS
  • On arrival in Nice you can check into our hotel and we’ll spend some time ensuring all the bikes are properly assembled and comfortable. Spend your free time (flight-times dependent) wandering along the famed Promenade des Anglaises or around the harbour – or go to the beach! We meet up in the evening for dinner and a detailed trip briefing before getting a good night’s rest in preparation for tomorrow’s efforts.


    (Lunch not included)

  • After an early breakfast we set off, heading out of Nice along the beautiful Côte d’Azur. This is a lovely way to start our ride; the roads are fairly flat and the coastal scenery is lovely. The road starts to undulate gently as we reach Fréjus, and then heads inland, again on flattish roads for a while. Our first real test comes not far from the end, when we climb for roughly 10 miles, though it’s a relatively gentle gradient. We then descend most of the way into Brignoles, a lovely old town which was the summer residence of the counts of Provence. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx. 135km (83 miles)

  • Today is a hillier day as we cross the rolling landscapes of Provence. Although the hills are more frequent than yesterday’s, they tend to be short, steep climbs followed by lovely long gentle descents, making for very rewarding cycling! The scenery is very picturesque and we pass ancient towns with castles and beautiful old churches, with olives and vines growing amongst the wheatfields. We descend to Salon-de-Provence, a Roman town with one of the biggest castles in Provence; Nostradamus lived and is buried here. The last part of our route is flat as it takes us west to Arles, known for its Roman amphitheatre and other monuments which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx. 147km (91 miles)

  • Leaving Arles, we head west, crossing part of the beautiful Camargue area of wetlands. The Camargue is famous as a habitat for flamingos and thousands of other birdlife, and the beautiful wild white Camargue horses. We ride through a string of attractive small towns and villages, most dating back to Roman times. Our morning is fairly flat, but as we head further inland, passing north of Montpellier, the terrain starts to change. Our afternoon is quite hilly by comparison, with a long (though fairly gentle) climb taking us up to the lovely old village of Viols-le-Fort, with its striking bell-tower. Our road continues to undulate through wooded hills and small villages as we ride further into the lovely Languedoc hills, until we reach the town of Lodève. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx. 135 km (83 miles)

  • Our last day of cycling is a very varied day as we ride roughly southwest towards Carcassonne. We load up on energy at breakfast as our day starts with our steepest climb so far as we head out of Lodève. Rolling roads then take us for miles through the Orb valley, a lovely area of the southern Cevennes with fabulous views over the rocky cliffs, craggy peaks and winding rivers of Languedoc. We pass lovely villages tucked away in the wooded hills and some small towns with picturesque buildings. Our last significant climb lies around the day’s mid-way point, as we ride up through the small town of Saint-Pons-de-Thomieres, with its 10th century abbey, and into the hills beyond. A fabulous descent takes us through the Minervois wine region, and down to the lower slopes of the Aude valley. From here our last section is predominantly flat as we pass through more villages and cross the River Aude. As we near Carcassonne we catch glimpses of the fortified ancient city dominating the lower town from its hilltop; it’s a fabulous sight and a wonderful place to celebrate the end of our challenging ride. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx. 145km (90 miles)

  • After a leisurely breakfast, you are free to explore the fabulous castle and surroundings until it’s time to transfer to the airport.


    (Lunch not included)


Prices may vary depending on date.

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    Payable on booking

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    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

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    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • All food is included except for a few meals as specified in the itinerary. The food is plentiful, generally local in style, freshly-cooked and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we have packed lunches, sometimes meals are buffet-style, other times we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on accommodation.

  • Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is carried by vehicles, porters, mules, etc (depending on terrain and accessibility) from one night-stop to the next. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with mobile phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.


Testimonials

David - November 2016


My first ever bike ride challenge. The support was excellent, Well planned, friendly and great food to keep us all going. Thank you.

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Cycle training weekend

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Discover Adventure Cycle Training Weekends take place in and around the valleys and ridges of the chalk downs around Salisbury. They are designed to gauge your fitness so that you can be confident you are well prepared for the challenge ahead!

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This trip is designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but is achievable for most people provided they train well in advance. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!

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