The Skip’s back in the Saddle 

Stage 10 178km;  Perigueux – Bergerac

We were joined by 4 additional guest riders today, they will ride four days with us including the 2 mountain stages of the Pyrenees. So with Ash and the skipper back on the bike made our mini peloton 12 strong.

Riding with the additional guys the group made good progress with a nice average speed for the day which gained us an earlier than expected finish. Always a bonus!

The early rain didn’t last long and was soon forgotten as the route wound its way beautifully through the Dordogne. 

Ten kilometers south of Sarlat, we had the first of the day’s 2 small climbs. Domme is perched on a vertiginous cliff offering exceptional views over the valley of the Dordogne. This bastide, created in 1281, with gilded stones and perfectly preserved fortifications – notably the Tower Gate  which we rode through – marries the architectural, natural and gastronomic heritages of Périgord Noir.  Like its neighbours La Roque-Gageac and Beynac-et-Cazenac a member of the “Most beautiful villages of France” association.

Beynac-et-Cazenac, was once the scene of several fierce wars between the lords of the fortress,  The castle of Beynac is one of the best preserved and most famous in the region.

We are in truffle and foie gras territory and the road was littered with small producers selling the latter.

Although I had holidayed here with my parents as a boy, the fleeting revisit on a bike made me want to come back again and explore the castles caves and cliffs with the girls, guess it will have to go on the todo list.

📷- Dave Hayward

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~ by theboxterboy on July 10, 2017.

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