Saturday, 9 January 2010

Sporting activities in the Languedoc


 
Canoeing and Kayaking
Popular areas for canoeing and kayaking are the river Aude and the Gorges du Tarn. Most of Languedoc's rivers are shallow and the canoeing is not very difficult here. Given the large number of rivers in the Languedoc area there are many canoeing and kayaking centres.
Navigable rivers for canoeing and kayaking are classified into six grades, Classes I to VI. Class I being for easily navigable rivers, Class V for extremely difficult, and Class VI for rivers that are only navigable depending on the water level and presenting many risks. 

Further information can be found HERE


Caving and Potholing


For those who want to practice caving, the caverns of the Lozère Plateaux are among the most famous in France. It is advisable to join a club or hire a guide and special equipment and training is required.


There are notable caves in each of the departments of the region. In the south of the region are the Grotte de Limousis and the Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine in the Aude, very near each other and just 20 minutes from Carcassonne and the Grotte des Grandes Canalettes and the Grotte de Fontrabiouse about an hour away from Perpignan in the Pyrenees-Orientales. 

In the north you will find the Aven Armand and the Grotte de Dargilan about 50 minutes from the Lozere capital Mende, and further east is the Abime de Bramabiau. The Grotte de Clamouse is about 40 minutes from Montpellier in the Herault; north-west of Montpellier near Lodeve is the Grotte de Labeil; and even further west is the Grotte de la Deveze in the Orb Valley near St-Pons-de-Thomieres; and about an hour north of Montpellier is the incomparable Grotte des Demoiselles. 

To the east in the Gard you will find the Grotte de Trabuc close to the city of Ales and north of Ales is the Grotte de la Cocalière. Finally, though technically not in the Languedoc-Roussillon, just across the border near Barjac into the Ardeche is the Aven d’Orgnac.

Canal du Midi

For a history of the Canal du Midi, look HERE at a previous Blog entry.

There is nothing more pleasant than to have the freedom of the Canal and hire a Barge for a week or 2.

Here is a list of the main Hire companies:


http://www.franceafloat.com/
http://www.leboat.com/
http://www.locaboat.com/
http://www.nicols.com/
http://www.rive-de-france.com/
http://www.minervoiscruisers.com/english/main/index.asp 


 
Cycling & Mountain Biking
Languedoc-Roussillon has many hundreds of kilometres of off road cycling tracks, and for the more serious cyclist, the Pyrénées is an ideal place for cycling. The Cévennes National Park in southern Lozère has hundreds of kilometres of cycling tracks, as does the Languedoc 

For French cycling holidays have a look HERE


A note on the Tour de France.


The race was created in 1903 as a publicity stunt.  In 2009, the race was made up of:
Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,500 kilometres. These 21 stages ( 21 days)  have the following profiles:
  • 10 flat stages,
  • 7 mountain stages,
  • 1 medium mountain stage,
  • 2 individual time-trial stages,
  • 1 team time-trial stage.
Jerseys
Different coloured cycling jerseys are awarded at the end of each race day to the riders with the best overall time (yellow jersey), the most sprint points (green jersey) and to the fastest young rider under the age of 25 (white jersey). Once the Tour enters the mountains, a separate tally is kept of points earned by being among the first riders over designated mountain summits (polka dot jersey).

The yellow jersey

The rider with the fastest accrued time in the race is awarded the yellow jersey (le maillot jaune). The yellow jersey helps to identify him amongst the multi-coloured team jerseys in the field (and will likely make him a target for other riders to beat). The first three riders on a standard stage (not a time trial) are awarded a time credit, meaning the number of seconds they are awarded are taken off their overall race time. Time credits are also awarded to the first three riders to reach certain locations along some stages, making it a kind of "race within a race" for these time credits. The rider with the best time at the end of a day gets to wear the prestigious yellow jersey the next day.

The green jersey

A green jersey (le maillot vert) is worn by the sprint leader. A certain number of points are awarded to the first finishers each day- the number of finishers awarded points varies depending on the stage (on a standard stage, the first 25 finishers are awarded points on a descending scale). The rider with the most points at the end of a day get to wear the green sprinters jersey the next day.

The polka dot jersey

The polka dot jersey (le maillot à pois rouges) is worn by the best mountain finisher, also known as the "King of the Mountains". Points are awarded to the first riders to reach the summit of certain climbs on a stage, the number of riders awarded points varies depending on the difficulty of the climb. Climbs are classified into five categories: Category 1-4 (with Cat 4 climbs being less steep and long than Cat 1 climbs) and Hors Catégories (climbs that are so difficult they are beyond categorisation). The rider with the most mountain points gets to wear the polka dot jersey the next day.

The white jersey

The white jersey (le maillot blanc) is awarded to the best-placed young rider (under 25 years old as of 1 January of that year) of the day. Digg It! Stumble Delicious Technorati Tweet It! Facebook

Enjoy a romp around the Aude, Languedoc

This Aude Languedoc property site is designed to give extra credibilty to buy property and find property for sale in the Aude, Languedoc as a holiday home or main residence.

There is detailed information on all you need to know about buying property in France and especially in the Aude,Languedoc. This can be found on http://www.languedoc-property-site.com

If you come to the Aude to buy Property, and need a Gite to stay in, have a look here:
http://www.find-gite-aude.com

Happy romp!!

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