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Cycling in France

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Why cycle in France

Cycling in this part of France (Lot and Dordogne) is mostly along valley roads. The Lot tends to be much quieter as it is not so popular (yet) with tourists. Also the Lot is far less populated and perhaps less spoilt than the busier Dordogne.

French drivers give you plenty of room and often "toot" just to say hello
Not to get out of the way as in other countries. In fact sometimes it can be embarrasing as you speed up as they tend to follow a long time until a safe over taking place. Of course It is their national sport.

Some suggested circuits

St Cirque Lapopie a very nice and easy circuit until you reach the village - then a steep climb and tourists in the height of summer.
The pretty village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie (14th century) is perched on a cliff 100 m (330 ft) above the river east of Cahors and is one of the major beauty spots of the Lot valley. Cycle along quiet backroads to reach it and then wind your way back via the Celle valley returning via Labastide Murat as you climb north towards the Causse de Quercy. Visit St Cirque Lapopie with our French cycling holiday in the Lot.

Explore the winding River Lot west of Cahors. Snake along the river and among the AOC Cahors vineyards, passing through a variety of small villages - all of which have bars where you can stop for a coffee or a cool beer for a breather.
Take a couple of nice steep climbs - up to Belaye and Albas and enjoy breathtaking views across the valley from the top.

Cycle through the dappled green shade of the wooded backroads in the Bouriane, exploring tiny and pretty hamlets, such as Lherm, Thedirac and Goujounac and the small town of Cazals with its attractive central square, where you could stop for a drink in one of the bars or cool off by the pretty lake on the edge of the town. Youll also pass through quaint Les Arques where a visit to the museum of Zadkine with its remarkable sculptures, is a must.


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