It wouldn't really be the Tour de France if it were to omit the Languedoc-Roussillon from the race.  Every year the Tour traverses the region and you to can ride some of these routes.  However, without the brouhaha and publicity caravans that accompany the Tour de France itself.  Here are a couple of routes to give you a flavour of what awaits.

Lapradelle to Lavelanet 60kms - A Tour de France route, albeit the other way around, in 2008.  A distance of 60kms with a short climb to the Col de Camperie before dropping down to go through the glorious gorge after St Martin Lys.  Then on to Quillan before striking out on the long, winding and challenging climb to the Col de Portel before heading across the plateau to Puivert, dropping own to Chalabre and on to Lavelanet

Lapradelle to Lapradelle 100kms - A round trip via Axat and up the gorgeous Gorge St George heading long the D84 to the stunning village of Mosset before turning off at Molitg les Bains and heading off up the mountain for Sournia with views of the snow capped Pyrenees behind you.  Leaving Sournia along the arid side of the mountain climbing to the Col d'Assieries at 1020 metres and then dropping down via hairpin beds to Gincla and on back to Lapradelle.