Twelve hours to cross the Hérault valley by bike

Twelve hours to cross the Hérault valley by bike
Twelve hours to cross the Hérault valley by bike

Saturday May 25, the entire valley celebrated sport with a relay between villages and entertainment at each stage.

Like the Olympic flame which is currently traveling across France, the 28 municipalities of the territory celebrated sport on Saturday May 25, as part of the actions of the “Terre de jeux 2024” label. Organized by the Hérault valley community of communes, the event involved cyclists and runners taking turns from one village to another on a 117 kilometer loop in order to pass on a witness.

Saint-Andréan elected officials in the saddle

Rather local in appearance, since it was a vine topped with an Occitan cross, it was made by students from the Gignac agricultural high school. It was at 8 hours from Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert that the first participants set off towards the arrival point set twelve hours later at the Devil’s Bridge.

In Saint-André-de-Sangonis, six elected officials were waiting for their Jonquiérois neighbors. Henry Martinez, Serge Hoddé, Yannick Vernière, Didier Carayon and Christophe Gaux, headed by Mayor Jean-Pierre Gabaudan, got on their bikes for the occasion. The mayor of Saint-André, receiving the symbolic torch from the hand of Mathieu Rieutort, municipal councilor of Jonquières, appreciated the moment noting that “crossing the 28 communes is another opportunity to realize how lucky we are to live in this magnificent territory.”

The small group then headed towards Gignac where Jean-François Soto, mayor of Gignac, and the torchbearers were ready to join Pouzols. At Pouget, a float, mascot and music were out, while at Tressan an escape game and an exhibition entertained the citizens present. Linking the protection of nature to the sporting event, the Blogathon association took the opportunity to clean the passage by collecting waste throughout the route. A welcome solidarity challenge which contributed to the success of the day.

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