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Tour de France 2017

Once again the Tour de France will be passing very close by to La Blanquette!

This time it’s even closer – just 5km away through the centre of Sarlat. The last time it came to Sarlat was 1995, and before that in 1987 (above)!

It’s confirmed that July 10th will be a rest day for teams in Perigueux (expect to see training rides in the area!) and that stage 10 will traverse the Dordogne covering 178km on Tuesday 11th July.

A few rumours have been circling but the official route will not be released until some time in June. However the general route has been confirmed to be Perigueux-Montignac-Sarlat-Domme-Bergerac. Wherever the route is it will literally be a few kilometres away. We can’t wait to be there to support!

If you’re visiting with your bikes that week we can securely store them while you’re here; or you can hire our bikes and pedal down to the race!

Stay posted – as soon as we know the confirmed route it will be relayed here!

UPDATE: The detailed route has been officially published.

http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2017/us/stage-10.html

It will pass very close to La Blanquette, through the centre of Sarlat. It will then head South to Vitrac and cross the river for an exciting climb up to and through (yes through!) the Bastide of Domme.

There will be a Tour de France fan village in Sarlat with many events including local products for tasting and cycle memorabilia for sale. The Tour’s publicity caravan (pre-race parade) will pass through Sarlat just before 1.30pm, and the riders themselves just after 3pm. There will also be a huge 14 metre square big screen to enjoy the race before and after it passes through.

Allez allez allez!

Electric Bike Hire

Electric Bike Hire

Electric Bike Hire

If you would like to explore this beautiful part of France on two wheels but want to take it a little bit easy then our electric bikes are for you!

The bikes charge up on the downhills and then use the energy to give you a boost on the uphill and the flat.

As well as the nearby traffic-free Voie-Verte, there are many stunning routes around the beautiful towns and countryside of this part of France taking in a chateau or two. Or why not head to the banks of the Dordogne for a relaxing picnic in the sunshine. We can advise on routes.

The bike hire rates below include: a helmet, inner tube replacement kit, tool kit, pump and lock. One handlebar bag/a pair of panniers will be provided per group.

If you prefer conventional bikes, check out our standard bike hire here.

Contact jas@la-blanquette.com for further info!

ELECTRIC BIKE HIRE RATES

Electric Bike Hire Half a day (up to 4 hours) €30

Full day €35 (additional days charged at €30 per day)

Packed Lunch

Delicious and fresh packed lunch supplied with your bike. An example lunch consists of (per person): sandwich, piece of fruit, crisps, bar of chocolate and a soft drink. €10 per person

The Marvélos – Devizes to Dordogne Dash!

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The team here at La Blanquette are delighted to support ‘The Marvélos’ in their epic fund raising effort!

The Marvélos are riding their bicycles 750km from Devizes in Wiltshire to the Dorodgne region in France, in order to raise money for four chosen charities.

The Marvélos team is made up of riders Nik, Jas (La Blanquette hosts!), Shelly, Stuart F, Andy, Mark, and Stuart B with support team Tamasin, Lisa, Shannon and Cheryl who will be driving the backup vehicles.

The four great charities that the team are riding for are:

Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Bath Cats and Dogs Home, The Royal British Legion and the Dordogne’s own Phoenix Association.

 Being rugger fans, they will be starting the epic bike ride on Saturday 24th October 2015 (arriving in Portsmouth to watch the first Rugby World Cup semi-final!) and aim to reach their destination in South West France on Saturday 31st October 2015 in time for the final!

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see their training updates and get the latest news while they are riding!

If you would like to support even more, please click below to donate however much you want to. Any amount that you can donate is very much appreciated. All payments are secure and every penny that is received in sponsorship will go to the four charities above.

 Click here for ‘The Marvélos’ fundraising page

The Marvélos would like to sincerely thank their corporate sponsors:

Le Tour – La Route 2014!

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The route has been announced but still lacks details of the exact roads and towns it passes through.

The great news is – on Friday the 25th July and Saturday 26th July Le Tour revisits the Dordogne department for the first time since 2006! And there will be two stages, a stage 19 finish in Bergerac, and a stage 20 time-trial from Bergerac to Perigueux! This TT (where you will be able to see every competitor ‘contre la montre’ racing against the clock) will most likely determine the eventual winner of the Maillot Jaune and will be an exciting penultimate day of the Tour.

Although stage 19 doesn’t pass the doorstep of La Blanquette the route does pass through Bergerac, which is only just over an hour’s drive away, or three hours relatively flat cycle along the Dordogne!

We are busy working out how we can get to sample the atmosphere at either or both of these stages. Most hotels near the route were booked out last year. Will we cycle or will we drive or get the train? Where will British corner be?! Decisions, decisions!

The exact routes for the two stages will be announced a month or two before the Tour, so we will keep you posted.

Links to Le Tour website : Stage 19 and Stage 20

Le Tour – 2013

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The route for next year’s tour has been announced and we’re already looking forward to the race which starts on June 29th in Corsica. Since the announcement of the route a lot has happened… everyone was wondering (and now it appears confirmed) whether Chris Froome will lead the Sky team with the current champion Wiggo taking a supporting role, Cav has left team Sky and seven years of Tour results have been wiped from the history books following the Lance Armstrong ban.

Unlike this year where we had a great day in Souillac watching stage 18, unfortunately next year the route is not coming that close to La Blanquette. The nearest stage will be stage 7 on July 5th with a finish at Albi (about 200km away). However we would still love to host cycling fans who may be travelling en-route to enjoy the stages in the South of France or simply over here enjoying the atmosphere in the land of Le Tour.

If you are a cycling fan looking for accommodation during the period of the Tour from 29th June to 21st July next year we are offering a special discount – 10% on all our rates. If you would like B&B, gite accommodation or even a stay in one of our luxurious glamping tents, when making your enquiry or booking simply mention ‘Wiggo – Le Patron du Peloton!’ and you will receive a 10% discount when making the final payment for your stay!

(If you’re bringing your bike we have secure storage for when you’re not on the road)

For more information on the 2013 Tour stages, visit the TdF website.

Randonnées

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Walking/Cross-Country Cycle Trails (Randonnées) are abundant in the area, and there are many accessible only a few minutes from La Blanquette. There are some national GR trails (Grande Randonnée) such as the GR6 and GR64A within a short walk or cycle which have some amazing sights (such as the castle above in Carlux, dating from the 1200s, right on the GR6 trail). Also there are some lesser known trails and circuits (‘boucles’) in the Dordogne valley which provide many beautiful surprises along the way.

The trails are very well signed in the area, local trails with yellow or green capped posts and signs or the national GR routes with the red and white waymarkers. This makes them very easy to follow, even without a map (although one is recommended!)

There are of course our own short woodland walks as well – exploring the old stone dwellings, flora and fauna of La Blanquette.

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Le Tour – Stage 18

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On Friday 20th we cycled along the Voie Verte from Sarlat to Souillac to watch stage 18 of the Tour! We had a great day watching the Caravane procession and then cheering first David Millar in the breakaway and then the Sky team and Wiggo in yellow in the main peloton.

After that we cycled up to a bar in the town and watched the sprint finish on TV where Cav put in a storming performance to take the win!

A great day with a brilliant win for Sky, topped off a few days later with another Sky win in Paris and a British one-two overall with Wiggo and Froome.

We can’t wait until the 2013 Tour, and hopefully it will pass close by again, so look out for next year’s route as we will be doing special rates for holiday accommodation at La Blanquette for fans of Le Tour!

Le Tour – La Route!

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The route has been announced with full details of the roads and towns it passes through. Although stage 18 doesn’t pass the doorstep of La Blanquette the route does pass through Souillac which is only 20km away. The finish is at Brive, which is only 50km away, so the choice is whether to go to Souillac and watch the climb on the Côte de Souillac or whether to go to Brive and try and get close to see the sprint finish!

The Gîtes and La Juin Juette are booked for the period of the tour this year but look out for next year’s route as we will be doing special rates for holiday accomodation for fans of Le Tour!

Allez Cav, Wiggo et Froome!

La Voie Verte – cycle route

Cycling the Voie Verte

Cycling the Voie Verte

La Voie Verte, or ‘Green Lane’ cycle route, is a great project that has developed almost 25km of cycle path largely along the banks of the Dordogne.

Between Sarlat and Cazoulès, with a detour through Groléjac, the route  has been put together using pathways along a disused railway. Travelling along the route you will discover the titanic effort by railway workers to carve their way through the rocks and the soil to build the old Perigord railway.

The route is a relaxing one on mostly level ground ideal for exploring the area at a leisurely pace!

Click here for the map/guide which also shows some great circuits around the Dordogne and Périgord Noir area.

If you’d like to explore the route, we offer cycle hire with full delivery and collection service!

Cycle Hire at La Blanquette

Cycle Hire at La Blanquette

Cycle Hire at La Blanquette

The team here at La Blanquette are now delighted to be able to offer cycle hire for all of our guests.

At present we offer hybrid/commuter style bicycles, ideal for touring the lanes, ‘la Voie Verte’ cycle path along the Dordogne or the cobbled streets in Sarlat.

UPDATE: We now offer electric bikes if you prefer a more relaxing cycle ride! Click here for more details.

BIKE HIRE RATES

Simple Bike Hire (including helmet and bike lock)

Half a day (up to 4 hours) €20

Full day €25

Packed Lunch

Delicious and fresh packed lunch supplied with your bike. An example lunch consists of (per person): sandwich, piece of fruit, crisps, bar of chocolate and a soft drink. €10 per person. (24 hours notice required).

Special Picnic Lunch

Supplied in either a rucksack or panniers attached to your bike. An example picnic lunch consists of (per person): filled baguette, cheese/pate and crackers and chutney, crisps, fresh fruit, cake, ½ a bottle of wine or soft drink. Plates, cutlery, utensils and linen supplied. €17 per person. (24 hours notice required).

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