The Monbazillac Loop

One of the aims of this blog is to discover, describe and recommend some interesting cycle routes in the Bergerac area. Here’s a good one to kick off with.BikeRoute_Monbazillac_maplet

At 33 km it’s what I would call a medium-length route, one which can be done in under an hour and a half if you do not stop to take too many pictures; it includes some good climbing (275m), mostly on small, empty roads. It passes two imposing Chateaux and a mysterious medieval church; and there’s some wonderful scenery along the way one seriously lovely climb and an equally thrilling descent…

A few minutes in one is on a Tour de France route from 2014: over the new bridge; over the first roundabout and then left at the lights… and straight up the D13.  There is one big roundabout and then… continue on the D13 up the hill…

I discovered, when I loaded my Garmin data, that someone had set a timed climb ‘segment’, from the moment you cross the D14, to the top of the hill in Monbazillac.   Going back the next day… I saw that the start of this climb you can really see you are in bicycle country!

This is the start of the timed segment and if one stops to look …loop_signposts

This is a fantastic multi-coloured bicycle start to the first climb of the day!  I was ambling along and this is about where the 16:40 is on the pace and elevation profiles… I was much quicker the following day, as I wanted to move up the rankings, … because I knew about the timing points & because it was/is there 🙂loop_vinyard
BikeRoute_Monbazillac_CR (Small)

The wines of this area (Monbazillac) are one of the Bergerac appellation and … are very popular around the world.  I have only tasted two of them, and they were sweet and strong *& so very dangerous… do not have too much before the descents!

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