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Cycle/Velo News

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This is a page to update Velo/cycling enthusiasts of whats on in and around Domaine Thomson.

Tous les samedis (matin ou après-midi) ou parfois le dimanche :
sortie V.T.T et/ou vélo route dans les environs (ou pas loin) : les modalités de la sortie vous seront communiquées par le biais d’un planning consultable dans la rubrique Alliance ASD/Ariège Vélo Sport. Référents : Pascal Moréno ([email protected]), François Bauzil ([email protected]).

Attention : pour des obligations d’assurances, tous les participants devront s’acquitter de l’adhésion à l’Association Sportive Dunoise. Le montant est fixé à 5€, cette adhésion sera valable pour un an de janvier à décembre.

31 June 2014: Last Saturday in June every year – Ariegoise Cyclosportif, this is an annual event which is open to all, three road race routes, all beginning in Tarascon.
Ariégeoise c. 200km c. 4/5 peaks
Mountagnole c. 100km, c. 2/3 peaks
Passejade c. 75km.

22 July 2014: Le Tour de France will be passing this area on Tuesday 22 July 2014, during the 16th Stage from Carcassonne to Bagnères de Luchon. The route closest to Domaine Thomson is the section between Fanjeaux and Pamiers, then heading up into the mountains. For the two following days the Tour will be accessible for those who are keen to watch.

Late September or early October
Mémorial Fabio Casartelli

In 1995 St. Girons was the starting point for one of the stages of the Tour de France. Less than two hours later, at the col du Portet d’Aspet, the Italian rider Fabio Casartelli was fatally injured in a fall.

Since 1997 the cycling association of the has Couserans organised each summer or autuman a cycling event in his memory. The entrance fees go to a fund established by the Casartelli family in aid of professional cyclists injured in falls. You can find more information here:

Ariège by bike…

All who love cycling and the Ariège, the Sunday Pyrenean riders, cycling tourists of all ages, today’s off-road cyclists, die-hard racers, or simply those who enjoy the delights of cycling, will be able to find the ride to fit their aptitudes.

The complete tour of Ariège is for trained cycling enthusiasts. Reflecting the mountainous image of the department, it scales some amazing heights. Col de Pailhères, col de la Core, col d’Agnes, port de Lers,… it’s not by chance that the Tour de France often has a section in Ariège, arriving at the Plateau de Beille, in Ax-3 domaines and its cols pyrénéens.

To seek out some of the bizarre places and breathtaking descents, nothing beats the VTT. 450 km of marked tracks, forest path circuits are provided, with whole areas reserved for cross-country cyclists. Ariège maintains 4 VTT circuits recognised by the French Cycling Federation. These uphold the exacting standards of security and service.

Mirepoix apple festival

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Mirepoix has just had its yearly apple festival. Each year a theme is set and people get to work making appropriate sculptures out of apples. There’s much more than just apples though including music and a lively atmosphere.

MOV00563 Bandas music from Domaine Thomson on Vimeo.