20th to 27th June 2020
If ever a region was suited to riding a bike then this is it! The high limestone plateaux (known as les Causses) are intersected by deep river valleys, resulting in a landscape of soaring views and dramatic valleys. The roads are generally in very good condition with a fraction of the traffic you’d find in the UK. It’s not unusual to head out for a 2 hour ride and pass no more than half a dozen cars!
From Monplaisir there are countless rides in every direction including longer steady climbs, steep hills and flatter sections along the river. And just a little further afield lies the river Tarn with its spectacular gorges, an unforgettable riding experience. We don’t offer professional cycling guides, but will be using our personal knowledge of the area to show you some great routes. Of course it’s up to you how much riding you do: on some days you may prefer to relax by the heated pool, go to the market or visit some of the beautiful towns and villages in the area.
Rides will generally be between 35 and 90 km long, with anywhere between 350 and 1500 metres of climbing, depending on the weather and energy levels! They include visiting the ruined village of Peyrusse-le-roc, exploring the Lot and Célé valleys with a stop at Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, one of France’s most beautiful villages, and a wonderful circuit along Truyère river to Entraygues and Conques. We’ll stop for snacks and refreshments in local cafés and restaurants where possible, or we’ll take a picnic lunch with us to enjoy in the heart of nature.
Food has to be a highlight of any holiday in south-west France, where people are passionate about their food! Enjoy a well-deserved 4 course gourmet meal in the evening, using fresh produce from Marion’s vegetable garden, and served with local organic wines. Special diets can be catered for – just let us know in advance.
If you don’t want to bring your own bike we recommend getting in touch with Simon at VELODULOT. They offer a great range of excellent quality road bikes and will deliver your bike to you here at Monplaisir for a €40 fee.