Suggested cycling routes for the experienced tourer:
Belves & the Dordogne 106km (66mls)
Mostly flat to warm up but soon becomes undulating with a few steep hills that give you wonderful views across the valleys and beyond.
You’ll get a great taste of this unspoilt area of south-west France as you ride through pretty, sleepy villages, alongside the river Dordogne and past the spectacular chateau and the , historic riverside settlement of La Roque Gageac carved into the rocky hillside.
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.
The Lot Valley 93km (58mls)
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.
Then it's off to Puy L’Eveque, ancient port and mediaeval town, for a lunch stop, after which take the rest of the afternoon to cycle back via the gentle inclines of the Bourianne to Mas de Flory.
Villages of the Bouriane 39km (24mls)
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. You’ll also pass through quaint Les Arques where a visit to the museum of Zadkine with its remarkable sculptures, is a must.