Routes Overview

Overview of our cycling routes

Cycling Magnolias has carefully designed over 20 cycling routes, ranging from 20kms to 150kms and covering over 1000 kms of indigenous forest, river and mountain roads through medieval villages and towns and across a wide spectrum of difficulty in the Tarn and Aveyron regions of France. Each route sets out GPS co-ordinates, altitudes, refreshment points, restaurants and places of historic significance.

All rides start from and return to Plaisance. Once familiar with the area, route variations and combinations are easily achieved. The road network system is extremely well maintained and very few stretches on any cycling route experience much more than the local La Poste van and odd motorcar.

A basic level of fitness is recommended on all bike routes however the easier routes can also be perfect as relaxed family day trips with children, combined with swimming stops at the Tarn or lunches at Brousse, Ambialet, Martrin or Trebas. The area should be described as one of the most special, undiscovered and poorly marketed cycling regions in the world! A “rescue vehicle”, is available for those who decide to enjoy longer lunches and not ride back to Plaisance… A “following vehicle” is also available on guided tours.

Please visit our Route Profiles and Maps sections to find out more…or see our Route Matrix below for an overall summary of each of our main routes.

Cycling Route Matrix

The matrix below is designed to enable cyclists to explore each cycling route according to difficulty and terrain as well as what you may look forward to with regards to refreshment stops, restaurants and historic attractions.Please CLICK on the different Descriptions, Refreshment Stops, Restaurants and Historic Interests to learn more about each route!

Ride Description Difficulty Refreshment Stops Restaurants Historic Interest
1 Trebas 20 Mountain (4/10) Trebas Café La Chanterelle
2 Martrin 22 Mountain (5.5/10) Coupiac Café/Market La Caminada Coupiac Chateau
3 Lincou 35 Tarn, Mountain (6/10) Lincou Chateau Lincou Chateau
4 Ambialet 40 Tarn 4/10 Café de La Presqu’ile, La Parenthese Café Logis Hotel Restaurant Du Pont  View of Franciscan Monastery
5 Brousse 52 Mountain, Tarn (6/10) Lincou Chateau, Le Relays-du-Chasteau  Le Relays-du-Chasteau  Brousse Chateau
6 Brousse Ambialet 72 Tarn (4.5/10) Lincou Chateau, Le Relays-du-Chasteau, Trebas Café, Café de La Presqu’ile, La Parenthese Café Le Relays-du-Chasteau,  La Chanterelle, Logis Hotel Restaurant Du Pont Brousse Chateau, Franciscan Monastery
7 Albi 92 Tarn, Mountain (7/10) Café de La Presqu’ile, La Parenthese café, Albi centre cafés/market  Logis Hotel Restaurant Du Pont, Le Robinson, L’esprit Du Vin, Albi centre various View of Franciscan Monastery, Albi Cathedral, Palais de la Berbie and gardens, Toulouse Lautrec Museum
8 Albi Alban 100 Tarn, Mounatain (7.5/10) Café de La Presqu’ile, La Parenthese café, Albi centre cafés/market, Lou Bass’Plat Logis Hotel Restaurant Du Pont, Le Robinson, L’esprit Du Vin, Albi centre various, Au Bon Accueil View of Franciscan Monastery, Albi Cathedral, Palais de la Brebie and gardens, Toulouse Lautrec Museum
9 St Affrique 101 Tarn, Mountain (7.5/10) Le Relays-du-Chasteau, Auberge de la Valette, St Affrique cafes/market, Le Caragaula, Coupiac cafe   Le Relays-du-Chasteau,  Auberge de la Valette, Le Chat Qui Dort, La Caragaula Brousse Chateau, Chateau de St Izaire, Old bridge St Affrique, Coupiac Chateau
10 Sylvanes 121 Mountain (8/10) Camares cafes, Bar De Sylvanes, Hotel Restaurant L’Oustalet, La Caminada, Coupiac Cafe  Hotel Restaurant L’Oustalet, Le Clos Normande, La Caminada Abbaye de Sylvanes, Rougier de Camares, Chateau Montaigut de Gissac, Chateau de Coupiac
11 Lacaune Lakes 133 Mountain (8/10) Café Du Globe, Lacaune Pub/Brasserie , Le Grand Café Hotel Restaurant Calas,  Hotel rest Carayon Menhir Statues Lacaune, Lac De Raviege, Lesalvetat Sur Agout
12 Lacaune Sylvanes 144 Mountain (9/10) Café Du Globe, Lacaune Pub/Brasserie, Moulin Mage Roadside bar, Camares cafes, Bar de Sylvanes, Hotel Restaurant L’Oustalet, La Caminada, Coupiac Cafe  Hotel Restaurant Calas, Hotel Restaurant L’Oustalet, Le Clos Normande, La Caminada  Various in Lacaune, Sylvanes Monastery, Chateau Montaigut, Coupiac Chateau
13 Lacaune Lakes 150 Mountain (9/10) Café Du Globe, Lacaune Pub/Brasserie, Belmont Roadside Café/Restaurant  Hotel Restaurant Calas, Hotel Restaurant L’Oustalet, Le Clos Normande, La Caminada  Menhir Statues Lacaune, Lac De Raviege, Lesalvetat Sur Agout

 

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