Google our Biking Holidays in France

October 5, 2014 by · Comments Off on Google our Biking Holidays in France
Filed under: France, Lot Cycling holidays 

Google our biking holidays in France

We started our biking holidays seven years ago last September after a first year of renovation and preparation.

At the beginning it was obviously difficult to have our brand new website on page one of Google so we went down the Adwords route. Paying to have our site listed above the normal search results. This can be a very expensive way of attracting bikers! For instance the phrase “cycling holidays in France” can cost about 6€ a click. That means every time someone clicks on our advert it costs 6€, even if they only spend a few seconds on our site. Twenty clicks and that’s 120€ gone.

So with my previous experience as an IT lecturer I thought I could get us on page one organically.

At first I was quite successful but recently the competition has really got intense with some of our bigger competitors having staff full time working on this aim.

Google of course keep changing the goal posts so that no one really knows how they list your site anymore.

There are now so many factors involved it’s become a minefield.

We ended up paying a company to help us with our SEO ‘Search Engine Optimisation) but had no success at all with them.

So it’s back to just me. I spend at least three hours a day trying to make our site relevant and up to date, continually changing content.

Of course now it also involves social media.

So update our website regularly.

Here are our social media sites that Google think we should be using and updating mostly on a daily basis:



twitter about our biking centre in France



facebook page about our bikingholidays in France





Find us on Google+



youtube videos of our biking center in France



pins of The Lot Valley and our center


This blog

Blog about us



Then of course there’s LinkedInn where we have a presence but don’t really use it that much.

We also have individual Google+ sites for our tours plus I run a Cycling in France Google+ Community page.

All the SEO “experts” say we must  blog at least twice a week and upload videos to Youtube on a weekly basis.

So when cycling guests say “what do you do in your time off” I usually reply work harder than when we are running our tours!

Of course gradually we are getting more and more returning guests and are receiving personally recommended cyclists.


PS we are still not on page one of Google so I have a another challenging winter of SEOing.


Google at our Biking Centre

Our cyclists earned their dinner last night!

May 4, 2013 by · Comments Off on Our cyclists earned their dinner last night!
Filed under: Cycling Holidays in France, Gastronomy of south west France 

Yesterday our cyclists earned their dinner riding down the valley road to the River Lot at Douelle (actually not very taxing!) and then on to a visit to our favourite Cahors wine chateau at Chantelle for a tasting and to buy a few bottles to take back home.

When they got home to Mas de Flory a chilled glass of rose was waiting for them, followed by dinner:

4th May menu

















Charcuterie from our local butcher and duck producer plus some interesting accompaniments


















Fabulous new season’s asparagus…

Fresh asparagus

















The shell fish reduction took quite a bit of time and effort, but it was well worth it –recipe from my cooking hero, Rick Stein (who else?!)

Salmon and prawns












The cheese board













With the Lemon Tart they all enjoyed a digestif of delicious home-made Limoncello – made by my sister Marilyn, on her visit here last Autumn!

Lemon tart






































Le Tour de France Visits the Lot

July 21, 2012 by · Comments Off on Le Tour de France Visits the Lot
Filed under: Cycling Holidays in France, Tour de France & Pro Cycling 

Fantastic day out at Souillac Friday watching le Tour de France go through. First the Caravan comes through with all the publicity vehicles and they throw lots of freebies out which you have to jump and catch and fight your neighbours for (actually the children next to us got most of it!). 15 minutes later all the sponsor vehicles come through and you know the cyclists are just a few minutes away. Then the breakaway group arrives closely followed by the peloton, with Bradley Wiiggins (in yellow jersy, obviously) and Mark Cavendish right behind. 20 seconds and it’s all over – but very exciting, especially as Cav went on to win the stage in a fantastic sprint finish. Can’t wait for  final day Sunday in Paris!

Bradley Wiggins at Souillac in the Lot

Wiggo at Souillac in the Lot with Cav behind him










The peleton behind Wiggins

The peleton behind Wiggins










The rest of the peleton behind Bradley Wiggins

140 cyclists passes by in about 20 seconds!

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