This ride feels easy at the start with a gentle uphill and then downhill to Trebas at the Tarn and then a long flat stretch all the way to Albi along the Tarn via Ambialet.  It then demands a strong climbing effort on the return journey first on the northern side of the Tarn to Cirgue and then on a second climb from the southern side of the Tarn where the route leaves the Tarn after Ambialet and joins the D53 to Alban.  Other than on the approach to and exit from Albi, the roads on this ride take you through beautiful rural river and mountain scenery.  Perfect as a serious training route but also as a more leisurely ride with a stop in Albi and its impressive cathedral, museums, restaurants and shops.   Make sure you wear a reflective jacket if going through the long tunnel (approx. 800m) just before St Juery to Albi!  Alternatively leave the Tarn road and follow the D77 up the mountain to join the main D999 to Albi.  The return to Plaisance is via the northern part of the Tarn and so misses the tunnel.

 

       

Road to Albi                                                       Albi from Brebie Gardens (above) and its streets (right) 

 

ROUTE SUMMARY

 

Kms

100

Terrain and Difficulty

Tarn, Mountain (8/10)

Low Point                          177

High Point

654

Refreshment Stops

Ambialet, Albi, Alban

Tourist Interest

Franciscan Monastery in Ambialet, Albi cathedral, gardens and Lautrec museum

 

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