Spectacular cycling holidays in France in the Tarn

La belle France – birthplace of the world’s most famous cycling race.

France is renowned for its cycling terrain be it Alpine peaks, Pyrennean passes, river roads or canal towpaths. It’s the country of choice for any cyclist worth their salt and one Occitanie based cycling holiday company hopes to introduce an undiscovered region to cycling holidaymakers.

Destination ‘un-pedalled’

Tours du Tarn are specialists in leisure and road cycling holidays and they’ve discovered the ideal location for the perfect cycling holiday. Bordering the most beautiful areas of the Tarn, the Aveyron and the Tarn et Garonne regions the centre-based cycling enterprise plan to put this ‘un-pedalled’ area of south-west France on the cycling map.

Cycling off the beaten track

Tours du Tarn’s cycling terrain touches on the midi-Quercy, the Aveyron gorges gorges, the Tarn vineyards and the ‘Triangle D’or’. It’s an area that’s made up of mile upon mile of stunning routes perfect for every level of cyclist.

“This area really ought to be better known for how great the cycling is” says Marcus Gough of Tours du Tarn. “It offers cyclists incredible rewards with flat valley roads, hill climbs, tree-lined lanes, historic monuments, sunflowers and vineyards, fine restaurants, virtually no traffic and a sunny climate.”

“What’s more hardly anyone knows about it! This really is cycling in undiscovered France. I think cycle tourists are really missing out simply because the region isn’t promoted enough. But we hope to change that by focusing our cycling holidays entirely on this area and putting it firmly on the map.”

Must see gorges, vistas and valleys en velo

“Our guests have the benefit of being based in one place throughout their stay” says Marcus. “With our routes carefully tailored, we make sure they see all of the best sights during a week of cycling – and there are a lot!”

Despite being undiscovered in cycle tourism terms, the region has plenty to offer holidaymakers. The golden hilltop villages of Puycelsi and winner of France’s favourite village – Cordes sur Ciel are must-sees. A gentle pedal through the undulating Gaillac vineyards with a spot of tasting along the way is a must do. A stop at the fascinating medieval town of Saint Antonin Noble Val is a must to explore. Add to that more than a handful of impressive fortresses such as Penne and Najac castles, not to mention the UNESCO world heritage city of Albi, and you’ve found yourself in a very special part of undiscovered France.

Although it has been discovered by the organisers of the Tour de France! The region regularly features in the race with last year’s Tour travelling from the famous red brick city of Montauban across Tarnaise countryside, past the doorstep of Tours du Tarn. This year’s Tour will once again make a beeline for the area thanks to its thrilling gorge roads and river valleys.

Cycling for foodies and wine lovers

Another perk for visitors of the region is the food and wine. Woven into Tours du Tarn’s cycling holidays is the chance to explore by pedal power the local villages, many with fabulous markets selling delicious local produce. You’ll experience wine tasting at family owned vineyards and get a taste of the countryside at recommended restaurants. And to round off a day of cycling, be served a delicious evening meal, using seasonal and local produce back at your accommodation.

Better still, the best of all three of these little known regions can be experienced right from the doorstep of Tours du Tarn’s accommodation. They have a plush new barn conversion, with ensuite bedrooms, and luxury swimming pool set in rural French countryside.

With more and more people recognising the area for cycling – now is the time to be one of the first to explore it on two wheels. Getting there is easy with Toulouse airport just over an hour away. Alternatively Rodez, Limoges and Brive la Gaillarde airports are within easy reach.

Tours du Tarn offer week-long holidays, weekend breaks, women only cycling weeks and training breaks in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Breaks include self -guided and guided cycling, bikes, quality accommodation, food, wine and airport transfers.

To book your cycling break, visit www.tarncyclingholidays.com.

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