So Frenchy, So Chic with Rob Bennett

The companion collection to the series released late 2021 from Rob Bennett, you’ll be able to feel the warmth of the soft French sun on your back as you pedal your way through the countryside.

Medieval villages, Châteaux and rolling green pastures highlight this sojourn and will have you yearning for a cycling holiday in France.

Bright and sunny skies really show of the quiet beauty of riding a bike.

Make sure you check out Châteaux de la Dordogne for something on the longer side that’s relatively flat.

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TROGLODYTE COUNTRY - LES EYZIES DE TAYAC

Troglodyes, or prehistoric cave dwellers, occupied caves in this UNESCO World Heritage Site 28,000 years ago. This is one ride you don’t have to keep your eyes on the road, its best to keep looking up at the yellow cliff faces to spot these remarkable caves and overhangs. There is only one steady climb to contend with but the reward is a lovely descent into Tursac, past the geese at a local Foie Gras farm and ending at a dramatic viewpoint at La Roque Saint Christophe.

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19.84km
DISTANCE
0:42:16
DURATION
157m
ELEVATION

LA GORGE DE L'AVEYRON

This flat ride offers stunning scenery through a gorge carved out by the Aveyron river. The ride starts through the old streets of St-Antonin-Noble-Val where some buildings date back to the 11th century, and then heads onto the D115. The road was originally constructed as a railway in 1858 but its use fell away and it is now a scenic road beneath towering limestone cliffs. See how many converted old station buildings you can spot before the end at Chateau Bruniquel.

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21.35km
DISTANCE
0:45:07
DURATION
42m
ELEVATION

BALCONY ROAD OF THE RIVER LOT

A balcony road is one that is carved out of rock faces, and the Route Départementale D662 is a very scenic example of one in SW France above the Lot River. This flat ride linking the two small towns of Cajarc and Saint-Géry is interspersed with views of the Lot and pretty villages with the towering yellow stone cliff face always present. Saint-Géry was visited by the Tour de France in 2017.

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32.86km
DISTANCE
1:09:19
DURATION
73m
ELEVATION

CAHORS CENTRE VILLE

Cahors is a visually stunning ancient town situated on the Lot river. This ride starts off with a crossing of one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, the 13th Century Pont Valentré bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We then pass Saint Etienne Cathedral and on through narrow medieval streets before a fast sprint beside the green waters of the Lot river. Heading back through the town centre and more historic sites we reach the bridge again, ready for another lap of fabulous views! This is a sightseeing ride so we recommend that you proceed at a leisurely pace or ride in Steady mode. Accordingly, there are no pop-up segments.

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12.06km
DISTANCE
0:31:00
DURATION
82m
ELEVATION

LES PLUS BEAUX VILLAGES DE LA DORDOGNE

There are around 150 places in France that feature in the list of the country's most beautiful villages, and here we ride through three of them. Starting at Beynac we pass through La Roque Gageac before a steady climb to the hilltop village of Domme, entering through a gateway in the original 13th century fortified walls. After a tour through the lanes we leave through another gateway and descend to the Dordogne. The ride ends at the foot of the Chateau de Montfort, where you can relax with a delicious cake from the village patisserie!

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19.8km
DISTANCE
0:47:13
DURATION
225m
ELEVATION

LA GORGE DU CéLé

This gorgeous ride passes beneath, next to and even through the dramatic limestone cliff faces alongside the River Célé in this region of SW France. A flat route initially, it passes ancient houses build into the rock face, the magnificent Château de Cabrerets and onto the riverside village of Bouziers. The ride then climbs manageable gradients to end with views across to the medieval village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.

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17.14km
DISTANCE
0:39:56
DURATION
141m
ELEVATION

CHâTEAUX DE LA DORDOGNE

This is a longish but flattish ride with only two climbs through classic Dordogne countryside. Château de la Malartrie is situated in the first village of La Roque-Gageac and Château de Beynac (featured in the film Chocolat) soon follows. After a ride though beautiful scenery we eventual reach Château des Milandes, once owned by Josephine Baker a civil rights activist, entertainer, and French Resistance agent. Finally, be warned, there is a brutal climb up to Château de Castelnaud before descending back to the start point beside the Dordogne.

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48.68km
DISTANCE
1:54:49
DURATION
464m
ELEVATION

THIRTEENTH CENTURY VILLAGES OF THE LOT VALLEY

A leisurely sunny afternoon ride through the gentle rolling green countryside of the Lot Valley. In around an hour we will visit no less than 6 beautiful medieval villages, starting at a very quiet Duravel, you will see the village names on signposts along the way. Towards the end the ride passes many vineyards with grapes ready for harvest for this year’s Cahors vintage.

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28.66km
DISTANCE
1:01:06
DURATION
224m
ELEVATION

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