This route is an alternative to using the busy N21 for Bergerac to Perigueux. Approximately 2km north of Bergerac bear right onto the D21 signed for Vergt. The road from this junction is really quiet wide and smooth. The road follow a river for most of the route and twists and turns with it the first 30k is fast and open until Vergt. Once through the town of Vergt the road becomes more twisty with tighter corners and less in the way of straights. There are a number of small villages with roadside cafes, Vergt has all the ususal shops and eating establishments you might need.
Rural France at its best. Quiet well surfaced roads, interesting villages and some enthusiastic local bikers. Plenty of variation from long open sweepers to tight esses in a river valley. Many small roadside cafes to choose from. fast or slow a good alternative to the major roads.
Leaving Guillestre on the D902 takes you through a narrow gorge, the road sometimes on a bridge to get it through the valley. Some dangerous tunnels on corners where the trucks and buses have the right of way due to their size! It then opens up for the run to Chateau Queyras, a wriggle through the village and then out on the D947 to then make the right turn up the D205T and the Col d'Agnel. This part is more exciting with many hairpins and mad cyclists to navigate! When I went in August 2004 the mist came in quickly from the Italian side of the Col and visibility was down to less than 5 metres, and then it was gone as quickly as it formed. At the top there is an orientation table.
The road from Guilestre to Risoul 1850 is built for coaches to take skiers to Risoul in winter. In the summer months there is very little trafic. The road is wide with long radius hairpins about 1 km apart and superb high speed corners in between. Its a dead end so you have to ride back down - hardship!
Climbing all the way from the coat to Blaenau Ffestiniog in the slate quarry region of Snowdonia. The early sections are faster with less demanding corners. Once you have crossed the A5 the road becomes twistier and more demanding. The views are quite spectacular in places. Can be busy in summer.
A really nice bit of scenary and a pretty good road that follows the Wye up from the Severn crossing to Monmouth. Easy access from the M48 J2
The road from Devils Bridge to Sedbergh is twisty has reasonable visibilty and plenty of diverse corners. The section after Sedbergh is much more open and flowing better road surface and less likelyhood of sped traps. Devils Bridge area can be a chore on summer Sundays. I prefer early Saturday mornings - still plenty of bikes about but not too much in the way of tourist traffic. From Brough there is an excellent route to Alston via Middleton in Teesdale. From Alston you can travel to Haydon Bridge or Penrith on the A686 whichever way you choose the roads are excellent.
Leaving the A590 at Gilpin Bridge the route starts with a number of long straights with reasonably tight corners - good vision and well fast. Once through the Esses near the farm at Row the road becomes more undulating and the corners more varied. The further you go the tighter and more twisty it becomes - watch out for the jumps near Crossthwaite. The final section into Bowness has a poor surface in places but is still good to ride.
Great biking road which takes you from Blairgowrie over Glenshee and into Royal Deeside. Braemar is a good stopping off point en route. For those who don't want to return via the same route (I think the return journey is even better), the B976/B974 road from Ballater to Fettercairn can be taken which will take you back to Blairgowrie via Kirriemuir.