Alternate between good pedal strokes and contemplative breaks at the foot of castles marked by Cathar history. Enjoy an exceptional view of the Pyrenees before climbing the famous Montségur pass, well known to Tour de France riders.


Cathar Pyrenees

Located to the east of Ariège, on the border of the Aude, this territory, labeled "Country of Art and History", revolves around [...]

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1 - From Lavelanet to Montferrier

Leaving from the cinema le casino in Lavelanet, take the road in the direction of Foix turning right onto the D10, after a few streets turn onto the avenue du Maréchal Leclerc and then take the main city road (D117). Then take the direction of Roquefixade by the D9A to Leychert to continue on the D117. You will go through Celles, Freychenet then arrive in Montferrier by the D209.

2 - From Montferrier to Belesta

Crossed Montferrier and took the direction of the Col de Montségur by the D9. Climb to the top of the pass, admire the view and descend. Back in Montférrier, continue on the D9 towards Villeneuve-d'Olmes. Arrived at the village, fork to the right on the D109 to then join the D509 in the direction of Bénaix. After Bénaix, go up the D210 towards Saint-Jean-d'Aigues-Vives.
Once arrived in Saint-Jean-d'Aigues-Vives, turn right towards the D117 towards Bélesta, you will cross the Aiguillon.

3 - From Bélesta to Lavelanet

If you want to take a break, the Fontaine de Fontestorbes is a few pedal strokes from the village. Take the road continuing on the D117 then turn left at Col del Teil on the D616 towards Lesparrou. Cross the village to join the D16 to continue towards La Bastide-sur-l'Hers. Arrived at the village take the direction of Laroque-d'Olmes via the D620. You will arrive in the village, turn left twice to catch up with Lavelanet by the D625.

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