We specialise in guided or self-guided cycling holidays in the Tarn and Aveyron, South West France
If you feel like either a gentle or competitive, forest-mountain-river-medieval-gourmet cycling holiday in the South West of France, in an ideal road environment, then please read on…
Dietmar and I retired from corporate life in 2009 and spend our time between our homes in South Africa and South West France. Our home in France is close to a beautiful medieval village called Plaisance, situated between the Tarn and the Aveyron, where we own a boutique 23 bedroom hotel, Hostellerie-Les-Magnolias. Plaisance is surrounded by mountains, indigenous oak and chestnut forests, streams and the magnificent river Tarn.
The roads of the area are quiet and in excellent condition and offer hundreds of kilometers of perfect cycling territory between ancient villages and towns. The rich and diverse local produce make for tasty gourmet eating and the Tour De France passes close by the area each year. As a passionate cyclist I am convinced that Plaisance and its surroundings represent one of the greatest cycling playgrounds on earth!
Cycling Magnolias is a small private operation established to encourage individuals from different parts of the world to visit us and share the special cycling environment we live in. Our clients vary from individuals and families who wish to combine gentle and fun outdoor cycling with the experience of the area, to serious cyclists and cycling groups looking for an opportunity to train for long distance racing. We offer both guided and self-guided programs.
Our role is to support our clients in planning one of the most special cycling trips of their lives! Thirteen cycling routes, ranging from 20 kms to 150 kms and marked with GPS co-ordinates, refreshment stops, gourmet restaurants and historic attractions have been prepared. The routes cover over 1000 kms! Cycling Magnolias also assists cyclists with recovery and following vehicles.
Cyclists are based at Plaisance throughout the duration of their trip, with all routes leaving and returning to Les Magnolias each day. Cycling can therefore be combined with day trips to various nearby historic towns and villages, such as the World Heritage Site town of Albi, Cordes, Roquefort, Millau and the Tarn Gorge.
Our special association with Les Magnolias enables us to offer special prices to cyclists staying at our hotel. Since we are not tour operators the only other costs associated with planning a trip are limited to out-of-pocket expenses, any required transportation to and from airports and a small organization fee which covers our carefully designed and customized route maps. Our model probably makes our offering one of the most cost effective in Europe!