Experience

Cycling

 
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Overview

Southern Correze is part of the largest biosphere reserve in France - an area recognized for it’s incredible natural beauty. Situated to the west of the mountain ranges of the Massif Central, it offers some of the most varied and stunning cycling in the country. No wonder the Tour de France regularly chooses to pass through the region!

 

 

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What to Expect

  • Orientation ride

  • 3 guided rides catering to your level of cycling (additional guided rides upon request)

  • Maps/GPS links for self-guided days

  • Quiet, lightly trafficked roads

  • Cycle iconic cols of the Tour de France

  • Carbon road bikes available for rental

  • Secure bike storage

  • Use of bike workshop

  • Emergency vehicle back-up on non-guided days

  • Friday Night Farewell Dinner

  • Fun!

 

Accompanied Rides

During the week, accompanied rides offer amazing cycling and give you the opportunity to take in local sites and culture. Lunch and coffee stops are carefully selected and timed along the routes to keep you hydrated and fueled. Rides are tailored to abilities and interests and there are options for different levels of cyclists.

Group bookings of friends, clubs or teams can expect bespoke weeks catering to your specific needs/training goals. You can opt to cycle with local Cat 1 racers; have all vehicle supported rides - the week can be designed accordingly.

Most rides are 50 - 90 km and include several climbs. Longer rides of 90 - 140 km have more challenging climbs. All rides have coffee stops and some include lunch stops. Rides are planned according to your abilities.

 
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Sample Routes

 

Beaulieu and the Neanderthal Man

131.9 km

1731m of climbing

Rating: medium to hard

Carennac - ‘Lot de Flat’

97.3 km

873m of climbing

Rating: medium

The Puy Mary

70.2 km

1645m of climbing

Rating: medium to hard

 

Tours de Merle and Two Rivers

85.8 km

1413m of climbing

Rating: medium to hard

 

Laroquebrou Boogie Woogie

102.6km

1735m of climbing

Rating: Medium to hard

The Bikes

 
 
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Bring a Bike

If you bring your own bike, it is recommended that you have it professionally serviced before your departure. The workshop at DBestCycling has a range of tools and some essential spares (cables; spokes; brake blocks, etc.) but please bring any spares that are specific to your bike.

If you do have any serious mechanical problems that you are unable to remedy in the workshop, the local bike shop, M’Bike in Tulle, can usually fix just about anything.

The best way to travel with a bike is to invest in (rent or buy) a purpose-made soft bike bag or hard bike case.

Alternatively, there are a number of companies that ship bikes door-to-door which can end up costing less than taking your bike on a plane. Check out BagSOLO, Bike Flights and/or LuggageForward. An important note if you ship your bike ahead of time is that you’ll be without your bike for about a week before and after your trip.

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Rent a Bike

Six Giant Defy lightweight Advanced Grade composite road bikes are available for hire. They come with:

  • Shimano 34/50 group set

  • Shimano 11 speed 105 11/32 cassettes

  • Disk brakes

  • Tubeless tyres

These high performance, relaxed geometry, endurance road bikes are perfect for the local conditions. There are a variety of sizes available, comfortable for both men and women.

Each bike is equipped with computer, road pump, repair kit and two water cages.

You will need to bring your own helmet, shoes, pedals (if you use clip-in pedals) and water bottles. Some people also choose to bring their own saddle.

Cost: €50 per day or €165 per week (7 days)

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What to bring with you

  • Helmet (you must wear a helmet on all rides)

  • Bike shoes

  • Pedals (if you have clip-in shoes)

  • Saddle (optional)

  • Sunglasses, bike gloves, bike shorts, bike jerseys, bike socks

  • Rainproof jacket/gilet and warm bike clothes (knee warmers; arm warmers) for higher altitude rides and any unexpected weather particularly at the beginning and end of the season.

  • Sun cream; chamois cream

  • Your favourite gels; power bars, etc.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"Fantastic cycling through gorgeous French countryside - what's not to like!! Diane knows the area and the rides very well so is an excellent guide. She also is a great group cyclist and can tailor rides for all abilities. "

- Isla M., Edinburgh

 
 
 

Get in Touch

For bookings and more information, please reach out and get in touch.