Since the Tour de France finished, we’ve been spending less time watching other people ride their bikes, and a bit more time actually getting out on ours.
We usually head south out of the village and pick up the main road to Brioude, but we’ve been experimenting with turning the other way in the direction of La Chaise Dieu. It’s a very pretty route, along the course of the River Doulon. The road is quiet, with a good surface, and it’s lined with trees, which is a plus on a hot day.
It’s mostly uphill on the way out, but you do get to drop down into the village of St Didier sur Doulon, where the Auberge du Doulon serves great coffee, and you can plan the rest of your route. Or just have a bit of a breather. The Tour de France tattoo is just a temporary one, by the way!
Last time out we opted for a loop which took in the village of Lugeastre. We vaguely knew it was uphill, but the contours on the map didn’t look too steep. Big mistake! It was very steep indeed in places. We made it though, and it was well worth it – just look at the views at the top.
It was a long, sweeping descent all the way back home too. Definitely a circuit to add to our list of favourites.
Photos are courtesy of the 750 metres blog. I was too busy attempting to breath to do anything with a camera.