Cycling

Circuit 5: Espereza to Campagne-sur-Aude and back via Granes
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Circuit 5: Espereza to Campagne-sur-Aude and back via Granes

This is a ride graded Blue on the VTT Aude Pyrenees website. It’s listed under their Circuit Sportif category, which means “Sports Circuit”, in contrast to the other two categories, which translate as “Family Tours” and “Rolling Circuits”. Having figured that out, I’d say that explain a lot! The Start The route starts in Esperaza…

Riding the Voie Verte From Foix to Saint Girons (Part 1)

Riding the Voie Verte From Foix to Saint Girons (Part 1)

Summer holidays means microadventures! After a few single day rides on the more local-to-me Lavelanet-Mirepoix voie verte, I set my sights on a slightly bigger adventure for our 2021 holiday. The two smalls, now 5 and 7, have become confident cyclists and I was convinced they could manage it. The original plan was to go…

Riding the Voie Verte from Lavelanet-Mirepoix (Part 2)
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Riding the Voie Verte from Lavelanet-Mirepoix (Part 2)

With the last week of the holidays looming, I really wanted to get out and finish the remaining 20km of Lavelanet-Mirepoix voie vert (greenway). I rode the first “half” (from Lavelanet to Chalabre) with DD and DS a few weeks before and it worked out well. It was much easier than I thought it would…

Riding the Voie Verte from Lavelanet to Mirepoix (Part 1)
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Riding the Voie Verte from Lavelanet to Mirepoix (Part 1)

Update 2021! There have been considerable improvements to the surface of this route since I completed this ride. We’ll be riding it again soon and report back with updates. In short, the rough section from Sainte-Colombe is now greatly improved and is a fast, easy-going surface. Much more enjoyable and accessible. Before the holidays, determined…