La Saint-Affricaine: Cycling in the spotlight for a week with excursions and walks

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

“The bicycle has a place in our public policies more than ever before, presents Sébastien David, head of the community of communes. The green trail of the previous mandate was a huge success, and infrastructure is what drives us today.”

The President recalled the actions taken as part of the cycling plan. They should strengthen the tourism potential of the region. This includes the installation of secure bike lockers with recharging facility, the installation of two new bike service stations (repair and wash) in Plaisance and Saint-Izaire, work with local landlords for the special reception bike (FFVélo label). ), the development of road and gravel circuits, the ongoing expansion of the mountain bike base and the expansion of the “Brebis’cyclette” exploration circuit.

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

In addition, the community of municipalities received the label “Terre de Jeux 2024”. It aims to promote sports practice and values ​​in the region. “In addition to the mountain bike base tag achieved, these achievements have enabled the local community to meet the specifications of the French Cycling Federation in terms of the Territory bike tag achieved at the end of 2021, Sébastien announced David. To connect Millau and Saint-Affrique via Saint-Rome-de-Tarn.”

The community has kept a bicycle reference in the person of Mathias Hervas. “For several years we’ve put a large chainring on a small sprocket with cycling resources, underlined Bertrand Schmitt, vice president of the community for sustainable development. The dynamic between the associations and the community of municipalities will bear fruit in terms of soft development.”

In the 7-Vallons industry, Mathias Hervas is working to expand his mountain bike base and develop road circuits.. “A cycling week will be organized by the community in order to develop all these studies and promote cycling practice. It will be held from Saturday, April 23 to Sunday, May 1”, Sébastien announced David.

500 to 600 participants

Two main events are planned. Before everything, Saturday, April 30VTSA organizes a bike tour. The start will be given at 9 am from the mountain bike base in Cap Vert. A first circuit of 20 km will be proposed. “We’re going as straight as possible at the bottom of the valley and at 15 km/h”, VTSA member Roger Thomas says. Two other circuits are planned (departure from the mountain bike base at 8:30 am). One is 60 km (850 m altitude) and the second is 90 km (1,500 m altitude) towards the Coupiac. On arrival, a brunch will be served at the Cap-Vert hotel complex (€10).

The highlight of the cycling week will be the organization of the 21st edition of Saint-Affricaine. Sunday, May 1, a mountain bike ride that usually brings together 500 to 600 participants. Departure from the village hall at 09:00 for 37 km, 50 km and 65 km routes, and at 09:15 for 20 km. In addition, two pedestrian paths (8 km and 16 km) and an equestrian track (26 km) are planned.

Cycling week in detail

most Saturday, April 23Demo workshop for self-healing bicycles, led by Vélo club de la vallée de la Sorgues, at 10.30 am in the Quai social centre. April 25Electric assisted mountain bike launch trip offered to community workers by the Department of Sports. Tuesday, April 26Mountain bike activities for young people with sports section. Thursday, April 28A cycling day that brings together children from four entertainment centers. Friday, April 29Family mountain biking from 14:00 to 16:00.

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