La Grande Boucle des Pyrénées

The Gorges


You continue your journey to the Pyrenees via picturesque gorges and the Cévennes National Park. Don't expect that you cycle only at the bottom of the gorges, you get definitely some serious climbs. 
You cycle upstream through the Gorges de l'Ardeche with spectacular limestone cliffs towering up to 350 meter above the meandering river below. At the end of this immense gorge you arrive at the famous Pont d'Arc near Vallon which is the largest natural bridge in Europe. It was here that the discovery of the Chauvet Cave was made in 1994 where 32,000 year old cave paintings were found. So, you are definitely not the first one which enjoys the beauty of this incredible natural feature.
The wild and untamed Cévennes Mountains bring you to the Gorges du Tarn. Absolutely spectacular, the gorges cut through the limestone plateaux of the Causse de Sauveterre and the Causse Méjean in a precipitous trench about 500 meter deep and 1.600 meter wide for almost 50 kilometer. It's like a geography lesson has sprung to life. 

At the end of the gorge you cycle below the impressive Millau Viaduct. It's the tallest vehicle bridge in the world with a highest pier which fits between the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building. 

You pass some challenging climbs in the area of the lush Haute Languedoc before you reach a long winding downhill to Carcassonne. The medieval fortified city looks like a surreal fairy-tale town of turrets, magic and wonder. Carcassonne has always been on a strategic position between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, for you it is the gateway to the Pyrenees. 
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