This wonderful route does include some challenges hills, but the rewards are plenty. The village of Autoire nestles deep in the valley, and offers you great views over the rooftops as you approach. You will then tackle two lengthy climbs that give you superb views over the countryside, and of Castelnau Chateau in particular, before taking you into the hilltop village Loubressac. After exploring here for a while you will then wok you way along a series of interconnected roads, into the town of Rocamadour where you will be greeted with a fantastic panorama across the valley with the mediaeval town perched on the far side.
If you are feeling energetic enough, you can take the option of visiting the cave complex at Goiffre de Padriac, which is a 4km detour from the town of Padriac at roughly the half way point.
There are some testing hills on this route, and some glorious downhill sections. You will be on roads all the way, and while they are mostly quiet backroads, it is essential you take great care and be aware of any oncoming traffic. Locals drivers are used to cyclists however, and tend to be courteous and give you plenty of room. There is a great temptation to gather speed on the long downhill sections, but please keep the brakes covered and watch out for cars, rather than look at the scenery.
You will be on a busy main road for 2km either side of Padriac. The traffic tends to be fast, and courteous but the usual precautions must be taken, particularly as you leave Padriac, as you also have a hill to contend with. You soon come off the main road again, onto quitter country roads.
Tips and hints
There are a couple of small grocery stores in Saint Cere town centre town should you need to stock up for the day with food and water. As mentioned earlier, this is a testing route so plenty of liquids and some snacks are essential.
There are some facilities at both Loubressac and Autoire, but the opening times are unpredictable at best. We would strongly recommend that you take enough food and water for an entire day. There are public toilets in both villages.
Rocamadour is a tourist hot spot, and is therefore well served with bars, cafes and restaurants as well as all other facilities.
There is a pharmacy just off the Pace du Mercadial in Saint Cere and the Post Office is on the other side of the church.
Mobile reception is generally good in the urban areas, but patchy at best in the countryside.
This cycle is included in the following itineraries:
EquipmentAll normal cycle equipment and outdoor gear is required. In particular cycle gloves, waterproof jacket, a warm layer, bottle of water, and food for the day. A helmet and padded cycle shorts are highly recommended along with suncream.
Basic Equipment for Bike Riding
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
Technical Equipment for Bike Riding
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.