Initiation to Mountain Bike in Hérault

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Initiation to mountain biking in Hérault: discover the Thaurac massif

Explore the Hérault with an introductory mountain biking activity

Nestled in the Cévennes Park, in the Hérault department and very close to Montpellier, the Thaurac massif welcomes you and offers you an introduction to mountain biking.

Discover the trails of the Thaurac foothills, in the Laroque area. This sporty route in the middle of nature keeps the initiation aspect. You will appreciate the accessibility of the itinerary and the handling of the mountain bike.

Plan an electrically-assisted bike tour and ride through the Thaurac massif. It takes the form of a triangular plateau rising above the vineyards with vertical rock faces. In the middle, the river Hérault flows through the area. Immerse yourself in a unique and captivating natural environment.

An introduction to mountain biking is a sporty activity, ideal for a group of adults or children. Everyone will be able to move at their own pace and take the time to admire the beauty of the Cévennes countryside.

The Hérault valley is full of hiking trails where participants can enjoy a bike ride on easy and fun terrain. This route between the villages of Ganges and Laroque will allow you to discover mountain biking in a gentle way and under the Occitan sun. The former Languedoc-Roussillon region reveals its natural wonders!
Opt for an introduction to mountain biking in the Hérault and ride down the tracks of the Thaurac massif.

Practical information

  •  Level : Discovery
  •  Shuttle : Departure and arrival from Ganges
  •  Duration : 3h
  •  Distance : 35 km
  •  Altitude change : 250 + /250 –

The strengths of Moutain bike : Typical villages

  • All levels
  • Shaded at the bottom of the routes
  • Safe anchorage
  • Numerous sites

Description of Moutain bike : Typical villages

There are many reasons to try mountain biking in the Hérault. This 20 kilometre ride will take you to the typical medieval village of Laroque, on the edge of the Hérault gorges.

Your ride on an electrically assisted mountain bike will allow you to enjoy your journey without getting tired. Bikes can be rented for a day or half-day in complete autonomy; choose the formula that suits you.

The Instructors’ Office ensures flexibility in the course of your activity. For groups of 6 people already formed, a guide specialised in the massif and an expert in mountain biking can accompany you on request during the route. He will show you all the natural treasures of the region and give you valuable advice.

The level of this outing is simple and does not present any technical passages. Organise a sporting activity in the heart of the Hérault valley, an incredible natural area!

Mountain biking is suitable for all participants; the more athletic will be able to push their limits, those who prefer a calmer ride may decide to use the electric assistance. Admire the Thaurac massif from a new angle. Walk along the mountain paths and experience magical moments thanks to the mountain bike initiation course near Montpellier.

This day in the heart of the Hérault will allow you to discover a fun and sporting activity with your family.


Schedule of the day

This introductory mountain bike course in the Hérault offers a varied terrain of roads and tracks without difficulty.

Starting from Ganges, you will follow the paths of the Hérault valley and reach the typical village of Laroque. You will continue in a north-easterly direction and end up at the “églisette”, a pretty little Romanesque church from the 12th century. You will continue your initiation to the remains of the Castellas; an ancient castle in ruins. You will then ride along the Merdanson. You will encounter small rock steps and single track passages. You will finish the route on a track that will take you back to Laroque where you will find the road to return to Ganges.

This sporty tour will allow you to discover the Cevennes landscapes. Admire the unique panoramas of the Hérault valley. With family or friends, plan a mountain bike ride on easy and pleasant circuits. This outdoor sport will guarantee you a day or half-day full of surprises. An introduction to mountain biking in the Hérault is one of the most convivial activities. You will enjoy cycling in this impressive natural area.

Don’t hesitate, book a mountain bike trip in the Hérault and discover the valley!



  • Individual : 29 €
  • Group : 25 €
  • Schools : 22 €
  •  Inclus :
    • Un encadrement par des moniteurs dîplomés d’État
    • Tout l’équipement technique nécessaire à la pratique du VTT :casque, vélo, kit de réparation
    • L’assurance Responsabilité Civile du moniteur
  • Equipment to provide :
    • Sport clothes
    • Sport shoes
    • A backpack
    • A picnic
    • Transport

Driving directions

From Ganges, take the road toward Saint Martin de Londres – Montpellier. Then, follow Pic Saint Loup – Saint Mathieu de Treviers toward.


What to do around

The Hérault department has developed its tourism and offers a variety of activities.

After your introduction to mountain biking, try other outdoor sports such as climbing, via ferrata or canyoning. Opt for a family activity! Plan a magnificent hike to Pic Saint-Loup or Mont Aigoual. You will be seduced by these captivating natural panoramas. Pic Saint-Loup and Mont Aigoual offer some great walking routes.

Continue your stay in the typical villages of the Hérault such as Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. Admire its Gellone abbey, a jewel of the Romanesque art of the Languedoc.

Continue your journey in the Hérault and stop off at the Lac du Salagou, a perfect playground for hiking and outdoor activities. The Salagou lake will ensure a day of sport and relaxation. There are plenty of games for children.

Heading south, you will reach Montpellier, the capital of the Hérault region. You will appreciate the variety of nightlife, cultural events, and outdoor activities. If your stay allows you, visit the Haut Languedoc natural park through superb hiking trails. Tourism in the Hérault promises you great sporting outings such as initiation to mountain biking, hiking in the mountains or descending the gorges.

Would you like to improve your skills in an outdoor activity? The Bureau des Moniteurs also organises courses related to these sports activities. Contact us!

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