Useful Info

Planning a great cycling holiday in the South of France

Best time of year to cycle


Get the most out of your experience.

The best months to enjoy your cycling experience would be April, May and June, as well as September and October. During these months of the year it isn’t too hot and the roads are less busy with tourist traffic. (Although I know of many quiet and scenic back roads that never get busy!) July and August is also a wonderful time to spend in the South of France with long, sunny summer days. However, it can get very hot for cycling so it would be recommended to set off earlier in the morning,returning before the heat of the day sets in – getting back in time for a refreshing afternoon swim in the pool! If you would like to come as a cycling club group for a week or two of good training rides, then any out-of-season month is ideal when it is quieter and cooler. LADIES-ONLY cycling weeks can also be organised for those who want to come and cycle as a women's club group or just a bunch of cycling friends, leaving the men behind at home!

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What kit to pack


Take a look at the list of kit that I suggest to bring

Of course, not all of these are essential and some items can be provided by Cycle d’Oc. However, it may make your cycling experience more comfortable if you bring your own gear, just to be sure it fits and feels familiar. There is a washing machine available so it is possible to launder your cycle kit after each ride.

Recommended gear for your Cycle d’Oc experience:
  • Your own bike if preferred (fully 
serviced beforehand)
  • Your own helmet, pedals, saddle (if 
preferred) 

  • 2 bike water bottles (750ml) 

  • Cycling shorts and tops
  • Sports socks 

  • Sweat headband 

  • Warm wind-cheater jacket 

  • Cycling sunglasses 

  • Cycling gloves 

  • Good shoes for cycling 

  • Inner-tubes and puncture repair kit 

  • Cell phone 

  • Snacks, energy gels and drink tablets ( I will also provide) 

  • Small plastic bags to protect things 

  • Cash for drinks and lunch on the rides
  • ID to carry with you on the rides 

  • Sunscreen cream
  • Insect repellent cream and other pharmaceuticals preparations you think you may need

If you need more info. on what to bring, please Contact me for more details

What is included in your South of France cycle experience?


A Cycle d’Oc experience is provided as a one- or two-week package.

What is included:

  • 7/14 nights in Cycle d'Oc guesthouse in double room with en-suite facilities

  • Home-cooked welcoming dinner on night of arrival
  • Daily Continental breakfasts
  • Daily supply of snacks/drinks for the rides (cereal bars, dried fruit etc.)
  • First 2 days guided rides (extra guided rides can be arranged)
  • Detailed maps of the daily routes
  • Organising and cost of bike hire.
  • A concierge service for booking restaurants, transport, outings etc;
  • Use of the kitchen and sitting rooms, pool, outdoor facilities, parking
  • Bike storage/washing
  • Laundering of cycling kit
  • Free WiFi

Package deals between 1 and 2 weeks, that may better suit your group's needs, can be arranged on request.

If your group would like to eat at the guesthouse on some of the evenings, in-house catering can be arranged at 30€ per person for a tasty two-course meal.

What is not included:

  • International/domestic flights 

  • Transfer to and from guest house 


  • Travel and medical insurance 


  • Drinks at the guesthouse 


  • Personal expenses 

Booking procedure

30% deposit on booking by bank transfer/Paypal.

Payment of the balance 6 weeks before arrival by bank transfer/Paypal.

Forfeiture of the 30% deposit if cancellation of your booking.

Where is Cycle d'Oc guesthouse?


In the South of France (Le Midi) in the region of Occitanie (Languedoc-Roussillon)

The guesthouse is situated close to Paraza, a small village that lies on the banks of the Canal du Midi in the region now known as Occitanie (Languedoc-Roussillon).

Closest airports:
  • Carcassonne (CCF) (www.aeroport-carcassonne.com) : 45-minute drive
  • Beziers Cap d'Agde airport (BZR) (www.beziers.aeroport.fr) : 50-minute drive
  • Montpellier-Méditerranée airport (MPL) (www.montpellier.aeroport.fr) : 70-minute drive
  • Toulouse-Blagnac airport (TLS) (www.toulouse.aeroport.fr) : 90-minute drive
Closest train stations:
  • Narbonne (www.renfe-sncf.com) : 30-minute drive
  • Beziers (www.renfe-sncf.com) : 45-minute drive
  • Lezignan (www.renfe-sncf.com) : 15-minute drive
 

If you intend to bring your own bike, please have it fully serviced before your trip to avoid having any mechanical problems with it whilst you are here. I have tools at the house for simple adjustments and problems. Ensure you have a good bike transport bag to carry your bike if you are flying and when you book, check with the airline what their policy is on transporting bikes, their insurance etc. Good quality light steel alloy road bikes with Shimano components can be hired here and are included in the package price if you choose to do so. I will need to know the size frame you want and whether you will be bringing your own cleated pedals, saddle, helmet etc. It is well worth noting too that on European bikes, because we ride on the right-hand side of the road, the front brake is located on the left of the handlebars and the back brake on the right.

If you would like to find out more about what the local region around Cycle d'Oc guesthouse has to offer, then these websites may be helpful to you:

If you are bringing your own bike, please check with the airline you are travelling with, with regards to their policies on transporting bikes and the costs involved. .

Make sure you have a good sturdy bike box or bag for transporting your bike and that your bike is covered by your travel insurance. If you are hiring a car when you get here , ensure the car is big enough or has facilities for transporting bikes.

Please ensure you have travel health insurance cover for your trip incase of a fall during a ride or any other health incidents that may happen. It is highly recommended that a bike helmet is worn at all times during your cycle rides. Please also take note that we drive and cycle on the right-hand side of the road here in France. Please bring sunblock cream and other pharmaceutical preparations that you think you may need for the trip eg. antiallergy and insect repellent creams.