The Bio Vallee Lauragais cluster is part of the local policy to develop organic agriculture in a rural region with a high potential. The project aims at offering to new consumers of biological and natural food products that they sometimes struggle to find. Working hand in hand with local farmers, small and larger businesses are in an ideal position to enhance the quality and the biodiversity of local food resources. The goal of Bio Vallée Lauragais is to unite efforts to work for sustainable development by respecting authenticity while looking for innovations. The production area will cover 60 kms around Revel and will not only focus on food products but will also provide cosmetics and building material.
The eight stage finishes in Revel since 1966 have always crowned a strong man, from Rudi Altig to Paolo Savoldelli, but also Joachim Agostinho, Erik Dekker or Charly Mottet. Mottet will celebrate on this Tour the 20th anniversary of his first stage win. Yet the Frenchman, who had worn the yellow jersey for six days in 1987, said after his victory in Revel that he had given up on final victory and that he would from then on go for stage victories. Mottet was true to his word. In 1991, he won two more stages and finished 4th in Paris for the second time. Revel’s Tour history was also marked by Eddy Merckx’s performance in a time trial around town in 1969. The Belgian won his second TT in this edition and went on to win his first Tour. The next day the race had taken a shortcut compared to this year as the peloton directly headed for Luchon.
Population : 9,400
Economy : Food, organic food, woodcraft, tourism.
Celebrities : Philip V of Valois, Vincent Auriol (former French president), Mickael Bourgain (track cyclist), Laurent Labit (rugby)
Sports : some 40 sports clubs including the US Revel, who celebrate their 100 years in 2010
Festivals : Festival Europa, Festi’Ovalie, Horse Festival.
Specialities : Get 27, cassoulet, capon, art furniture.