France·July 9 - 15 2022

L'Impresa Occitane "Retrace"

Retracing L'Impresa Occitane, 540km in 5 stages, from Sète to Bordeaux, along the Canal du Midi and the Canal de la Garonne



A 540 km gravel bikepacking adventure from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. The route will mainly follow the towpaths of the Canal du Midi, UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Canal de la Garonne, riding paths and dirt roads, trying to avoid asphalt and traffic. The route could change even at the very last. It’s an adventure designed for gravel bikes. We will leave Sète on July 10th to arrive on July 14th, in five stages, to Bordeaux, sleeping in some little hotels or Chambres d'Hôtes, enjoying local food and wines.


A bikepacking adventure with friends

A bikepacking adventure with friends

L’Impresa Occitane is an adventure to live with friends, crossing hills, woods and nature reserves. It is not a competition and there will be no rankings. You will ride together, waiting, supporting and encouraging those who go slower. There is no external technical assistance service. You will have to help each other. You will take essential luggage with yourselves, either in bikepacking or on panniers.

We will need to be healthy and fit

We will need to be healthy and fit

You will ride 540 km in 5 stages. An adequate training is required. Presenting yourself at the start in optimal fit is an essential and necessary condition to participate. You must provide a valid competitive cycling medical certificate and You must be healthy. ASD L’Impresa takes all the measures recommended by the local health authorities to fight against the spread of COVID-19. All participants must undertake to do the same and, if requested, to undergo an anti-COVID test.



L'Impresa Occitane will start on July 10th early morning from Sète. The rendez-vous will be at dinner on July 9th. For all those that will arrive by plane, the closest airports are in Montpellier, Marseille and Nice. For those that will drive to Sète, there will be the possibility to leave the cars at a city parking. All luggages and bike boxes will be transferred to Bordeaux on July 11th. You will find them again at the end of our adventure.

Accomodation, food and wine

Accomodation, food and wine

Our goal is to share the journey with friends, enjoying nature, hospitality and food. The registration fee will include accomodation for the five stages. Lunches and dinners will not be included. Restaurants will be booked by us for the dinners. Overnight stays may be in single or double rooms, based on the availability of local structures.

Cycling equipment

Cycling equipment

All participants will have to use cycling equipment in excellent condition. Bicycles, groupset, drivetrain, chain, brakes, frame, saddle, seat post, handle bar, fork, wheels, tires and cycling bags must be checked with accuracy before arriving in Sète. Helmet and at two water bidons are mandatory. Each participants will be given with the official jersey.

What's Included

What's Included

overnight stays on July 9-10-11-12-13-14 (stays will be in single or double rooms, based on the availability of local structures)

breakfasts on July 10-11-12-13-14-15

luggage transportation from Sète directly to Bordeaux

basic medical and civil liability insurance

the official technical jersey

cycling equipment

repair or spare parts


water bidons

technical assistance

food supplements and medicines




Double occupancy is the standard. The overnight stays can however be in a single or double room, based on the availability of local facilities.

We will not be able to provide this service for L'Impresa Occitane. Upon request we will share some advices on how to rent gravel bikes in France.

All necessary (technical and not) equipment will be detailed and shared in the coming weeks. It will be very important to minimize the weight we will bring with us.

You can get to Sète by flying to Marseille or to Montpellier, or by train.

Stages will be presented in details to all the participants few days before the event.

Please contact us and we will look for the most suitable solution. Of course we would give priority to participants that will join us for the entire adventure.

L'Impresa Occitane "Retrace"

France· July 9 - 15 2022· 6 nights