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Cycling

The Périgord Noir area of the Dordogne is excellent for both mountain and touring cycling holidays. Given our location this makes La Bonne Etoile the perfect base for a cycling holiday.

 

The Best Time to Visit

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit if you have cycling in mind. The climate is ideal with typically mild temperatures, plenty of sunshine and low average rainfall.

 

Security and Maintaince

The accommodation has a lockable storage room accessed from the small courtyard area, where bikes can be safely secured. There is also a small covered area within the courtyard where adustments to your bike can be made, should weather be less than friendly.

 

Routes (Road Bikes)

We have an excellent book which you are very welcome to borrow that contains details of 15 loops in the area. The book contains elevation profiles, point to point and turn directions and restaurants. Should you wish to purchase the book yourself the book is called 'Dordogne Valleys and Villages' by Walter Judson Moore and is available on Amazon.

 

Mountain Biking

There are miles of mapped and marked mountain bike trails, with some varied terrain from the relative flatness of the Dordogne valley to the surrounding hilltop and cliff top routes. Maps are available from local tourist offices. Many routes are also marked by the 'Federation Francaise de Cyclism' with orange signs, like those in nearby Campagne. There are also some excellent restaurants to stop at for lunch or to take a break in, with a coffee or something stronger.

The cottage is situated directly on the network of mountain bike trails so access is very easy.

Touring Cycling

In 2006 & 2014 the Tour de France passed through the Dordogne putting the already popular area firmly on the road cycling map.  

Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit as the weather is warm without being too hot and the roads are quiet. Once on your bike, there are some spectacular routes to take with stunning views.

The Dordogne valley is fairly flat but there some climbs to be found around the outside. For example Audrix with an elevation gain of 169 meters, with a max gradient of 7.2%. Domme with an elevation gain of 240 metres, with a max gradient of 24.2%.

In the past our guests looking for professional equipment have chosen to hire from a company called Aquitaine Bike, who we can thoroughly recommend. The service includes dropping off and picking up the bike from your doorstep. The owner Robert is English and has lived in the area for many years, he is more than happy to share information about cycling in the Périgord Noir.

Please find the link below.

http://aquitainebike.com/bike-rental/ 




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