France - Haute Dordogne - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
- Sampling a glass of red in Cahors – home of Malbec
- Winding your way along the dramatic Vallée du Célé
- Cycling along to the sound of cow bells near Velzic
- Conquering the Pas de Peyrol and drinking in the views
- Rocamadour and the descent from its lofty heights
- Marvelling at the Massif Centrale as you cycle through its distinctive landscapes
Continuing along the vineyard filled valley to Cahors, almost as famous for its red wine as it is for its ancient bridge, we follow the Cele River through the relatively undiscovered Parc Naturel de Quercy to the medieval market town of Figeac.
As we head towards the Auvergne, vineyards and riverside routes are replaced by rolling hills and the sound of cowbells. In the middle of the journey we have shorter daily distances and engage our climbing legs as the route follows in the footsteps of the 2016 Tour de France up the Puy Mary (1,588m). The majestic vistas of the chain of extinct conical volcanic peaks and lush green valleys make the southern Auvergne distinctive and the climb very worthwhile.
Our journey then returns westward through the little known Upper Dordogne region down to the Dordogne river valley. We pass many châteaux overlooking the river, as well as visiting the dramatically perched village of Rocamadour and the untouristed narrow lanes of Souillac, before returning to Sarlat-la-Caneda to celebrate our achievements with a drop of the local red.
Although our route explores rural France, it is simple to get to thanks to the wide variety of flight options to and from Bergerac. The holiday features numerous scenic lunch spots for a Skedaddle style picnic along with carefully chosen accommodation offering delicious traditional cuisine.
So whether you are relatively new to road cycling and looking to bag a few climbs and ride through rolling landscapes, or you’re a more seasoned rider and want some quintessential yet dramatic French riding, without the high altitude, this is the trip for you.
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The service from Saddle Skedaddle was absolutely faultless from start to finish.
We were kept informed of the progress with our booking and alerted as soon as the trip would definitely going ahead. We were given assistance when booking the flights and a detailed itinerary too. The transport from and to the airport ran impeccably. The guides went the extra mile to ensure they did everything to ensure everybody was smiling all of the time.
The standard of accommodation was incredibly high – each hotel had excellent facilities, a garage for bike storage and a warm welcome.
Hannah was a fantastic tour leader, never without a smile, the ultimate professional but also one of the group. She lead with confidence and that really allowed you to ride with confidence behind her. Hannah always ensured the route was clear to follow and would stop to keep the group in a tight bunch through more difficult sections. In the evenings, Hannah did a fantastic job of keeping everybody happy whilst ordering, and paying for, the evening meal…no easy job!
Alan, West Yorkshire
I expected that this ride would be a challenge for me and it was. But I never felt like I was unable to accomplish it. The guides were very attentive and helpful.
Climbing the Puy Mary was my favourite day. Even though it was difficult for me, I really felt I had accomplished something and the scenery was spectacular. Plus the downhill, cold as it was, was great fun!
I liked our guides – very fun- and I thought that the routes chosen were spectacularly good. Roads were in good condition, lovely and varied in both scenery and difficulty. Food was generally good.
The first day was great because it was beautiful to see the rolling countryside and chateaus. The second day was great because we moved into completely different territories, and the medieval bridge outside Cahors is fabulous. The third day on the national bike trail was amazing. The fourth day with the climb up Puy St. Mary was exhilarating as well as beautiful. My least favourite day was the last – the scenery wasn’t as interesting, though I did like Domme quite well. And the day was shorter. Bravo for picking so many roads that are in great condition. As we were driving around after our trip was over we realised that the roads chosen were in some of the best shape we had seen.
The three guides interacted smoothly and seamlessly in what could have been a difficult first riding of a new route. They made us “newbies” feel comfortable from the beginning and we are now hopefully going to become Skedaddle regulars like the other members of our group. If our other guides and trips are as satisfying as this one, we will be well pleased!
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6 days riding
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Last Updated: 07/07/2017