Gravel de Fer - .

Gravel de Fer

Canigó or Canigou is a mountain, just, in the South of France. To Catalan’s and Catalan culture it has a powerful sense of their being. We have ridden in the shadow of her many times, it’s a favourite place of Fred and I to go riding. Often we have ridden from inside Catalan Spain into France – and former Catalunya way back when – then back into Catalunya again.

Those road rides have been some of the best. But this time we took to the dirt. We joined with Caminade bikes for a mixed terrain ride, starting under lights in the pitch black, that would finally take us up Canigó/Canigou, through 150+km and almost 4,000m; most of it rideable, most of it  amazing. We criss-crossed some roads we knew well. We found some new roads we will revisit. We did lots of trails we have to do again.

It’s one of the best ways to get to know a place.

A rural gîte in a rural French village set us up in the days before; a bit of a recce ride, a bit of bike prep, light charging and a little yoga.

Pre-dawn to post-dusk epic ride in stunning country meeting new friends. Thanks Caminade, cracking day out; great barbecue at the end too…We’ll be back soon.


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