March 7, 2009 -
Distance: 205 Miles, 328 Kms
Towns: Treignac, Egletons, Bugat, Maymac, Saint Angel, Bort-Les-Orgues, Aurillac, Argentat, Tulle.
Regions: Correze (Limousin), Cantal (Auvergne).
Roads: D16, D1089 (N89) D979, D922, D680, D17, D1120 (N120), D940.
Attractions: Barrage de Bort-Les-Orgues, Chateaux-de-Val, Col de Neronne, Puy Mary Volcano Argentat.
Coffee Stops: La Belvedere overlooking the Barrage at Bort-Les-Orgues, Chateaux De Val overlooking the Castle and the River Dordogne, Col de Naronne is a good place to stop for a light lunch or carry on up the Volcano to Puy Mary Peak but here you will find is crowded, Argentat down on the cobbles of the Dordogne river front you can enjoy some fine Ice creams and milk shakes in an idilic setting.
Description: This route is perfect for all types of bikes and riders. It has a mixture of technical and easy going sweeping roads with excellent visibility with a mixture of small towns with some big towns interspersed for fuel and coffee stops. Traffic is scarce for the 1st half of the route until you head up to Puy Mary when you can expect to meet tourists. On the way down from Puy Mary to Aurillac you will encounter a few cyclists enjoying the down hill section. From Aurillac to Tulle you will meet a truck or 2 through this sensational twisty run down into Tulle. Once out of Tulle and on the D940 you will once again enjoy a relatively congestion free road.