La Saint-Affricaine: cycling in the spotlight for a week with walks and hikes

The highlight is the 21st Saint-Affricaine mountain bike ride on Sunday, May 1st.

“The bicycle has a place in our public policy that it has never had. represents Sebastian David, President of the Community of Communes. The green path of the previous mandate was a great achievement and today infrastructure is the theme that drives us.”

As part of the cycling plan, the chairman recalled the events held. They should enhance the tourism potential of the territory. This includes the installation of secure bicycle storage lockers with the possibility of recharging, the opening of two new bicycle service stations (repair and wash) in Plaisance and Saint-Isère, work carried out with local hosts for a special welcome for cyclists (FFVélo sign). ), developing road and gravel trails, expanding the mountain bike base in progress, and expanding the “Brebis’cyclette” discovery trail..

“Connecting Millau and Saint-Affric via Saint-Rome-de-Tarn”

In addition, the Community of Municipalities received the “Terre de Jeux 2024” label. It aims to promote sports practices and values ​​in the territory. “In addition to obtaining a basic mountain bike label, these achievements have enabled the local community to meet the Fédération Fédération des Cycling Fédération française specifications for the Territory bike label, awarded at the end of 2021. Sebastien David explained. For the purpose of connecting Millau and Saint-Affric through Saint-Rome-de-Tarn.”

The community has hired a cycling referent in the form of Matthias Hervás. “For several years, we put a big chain on a small gear, and spent resources on cycling. stressed Bertrand Schmitt, vice president of the community responsible for sustainable development. The dynamics between the associations and the community of municipalities will bear fruit in terms of soft development.”

In the 7-Vallon sector, Matthias Hervás is working on expanding the mountain bike base and developing road trails.. “To reinforce all this work and promote the practice of cycling, the community is organizing a cycling week. It will run from Saturday, April 23rd to Sunday, May 1st. announces Sebastien David.

from 500 to 600 participants

There are two main events planned. Primarily, Saturday 30 April, VTSA organizes a bike tour. The start will be given at 9 am from the mountain bike base located in Cap Ver. The first 20 km route will be proposed. “The bottom of the valley is as smooth as possible, and we are driving at a speed of 15 km / h”, says Roger Thomas, VTSA member. Two more trails are planned (departure at 8:30 from the mountain bike base). One of 60 km (850 m above sea level) and the second 90 km towards Kupyak (1500 m above sea level). Brunch will be served on arrival at the Cap-Vert hotel complex (€10).

The culmination of the cycling week will be the organization of the 21st Saint-Affricaine race, Sunday 1 May, a mountain bike ride that typically draws between 500 and 600 participants. Departure at 9:00 from the town hall for 37 km, 50 km and 65 km routes and at 9:15 for 20 km. Two hiking trails (8 km and 16 km) and a horse route (26 km) are also planned.

Bike week in detail

in Saturday 23 Aprilat 10:30, at the Quai Social Center, an introductory workshop on self-repair of bicycles led by the Vélo de la valée de la Sorgues club. 25th of AprilIntroductory electric mountain bike ride offered to community workers by the Department of Sports. Tuesday, April 26mountain biking for young people with a sports department. Thursday, April 28a cycling day that brings together children from four recreational centers. Friday 29 Aprilfrom 14:00 to 16:00, family mountain biking.

For free. Registration by phone 05 65 97 50 01.