Beaulieu & the Neanderthal Man

131.9 km

1731m of climbing

Rating: medium to hard


Setting out from our base, a pleasant warm-up on the gently undulating Xaintrie plateau before a 7km sweeping descent to the valley floor. The road follows the Dordogne River (the ancient trading route to the coast) to Beaulieu where you can enjoy lunch from one of the cafes beneath the Plane trees in the town square. Leaving Beaulieu, it’s three short climbs to La Chapelle-aux-Saints and an optional visit to the tiny local museum to see the 50,000 year-old Neanderthal Man. Discovered in 1908, he was the first ever relatively complete Neanderthal skeleton found. One more short climb then descending onto a stretch of relatively flat road to Argentat before the ascent back onto the plateau and home. A shorter version of this ride (skipping the final climb) is an option.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile