Our gourmet cycling breaks combine cycling with the finest local cuisine. We'll arrange rides with sumptuous lunch stops and visits to producers.
This part of France is known for its superb food which makes full use of the abundant local produce. It also has some of the best cycling in France, so it’s an ideal place to come for a gourmet cycling break.
Food and cycling make perfect partners. Lots of exercise increases your appetite and means you can indulge yourself without any impact on your waistline! Eating gourmet food is even better when there’s no guilt attached.
Our gourmet cycling breaks shift the emphasis a little compared to the other holidays we offer. On this one, all the rides are based around the very best restaurants the region has to offer. We reduce the distances to give you the time to enjoy long, leisurely lunches, and can recommend the very best places to eat in the evening after your ride.
We can also arrange visits to producers. We’re within riding distance of three wine producing areas, and as you’d expect a wealth of other producers especially cheese.
One of our favourite gourmet experiences is the Restaurant Les Sens only 20km away in Puylaroque. Thierry the chef recently arrived here from Paris, seeking a quiet life in a beautiful place (just like us!). He’s quickly established himself as the best chef in the area and his imaginative use of local truffles is quite a talking point in these parts.
Completely different is the Auberge Lou Bourdié up on the causse (limestone plateau) in Bach. Lou is very much a French traditionalist, but the quality of her cooking is second to none. Jamie Oliver moved in with her a few years back to learn her secrets.
Here in St Antonin, star of the show is Auberge des Sens. Don’t be put off by their web site; they do a very sophisticated line in modern French cuisine.
There’s a minimum stay of two nights for this themed break. It’s usually self-guided using a GPS, but for groups of six or more, we can offer guided rides. Prices start from €250 for two people sharing a room and include accommodation, breakfast and rides, but not restaurant food.
These breaks are possible for vegetarians too. If you have other dietary requirements, get in touch as we can probably help.