AFFORDABLE biking breaks in south west France
NEW!! E-BIKES NOW AVAILABLE!
Escape the city for a long weekend; discover rural south west France; add some variety to your holiday.
Affordable - no-frills. Local knowledge. Beautiful scenery. Customised route plans. Wine tasting & other activities.
Looking for accommodation only? See the 'Accommodation' section
Come and stay with us in our pretty village house in Buzet-sur-Baise south west France.
Tell us your level and we will adapt the itineraries to you. Head along the canal for an easy, pretty and shaded route, or take on some hills and reward yourselves with stunning views.
Hybrid bike and accessories available on request. Or bring your own bike.
3-DAY CYCLING PACKAGE
Escape the everyday with an active trip away
The package includes:
* 3 nights accommodation in pretty village house with swimming pool
* 3 days cycling
* Bike hire (hybrid bikes)
Price per Person: From 110EUR
(Based on 6 people sharing 3 double rooms. Contact us for prices for smaller groups)
* Supplementary activities possible (wine tasting, kayaking, etc). At extra cost.
Would you prefer to stay longer? No problem! Contact us to discuss details & prices
Our itineraries, which are adapted to your specifications (difficulty, length etc) take you through the beautiful Lot et Garonne countryside. Cycle through vineyards to stunning medieval villages, and magnificent chateaux. From a few hours to a whole day cycling, we cater for any level of fitness.
Why not combine cycling with one of the other activities the area has to offer? (Wine tasting, kayaking, sightseeing and more)
All cycling is on roads or cycle paths
Our knowledge of the local area means that we are always on hand to advise on restaurants, places to see and seasonal events
Come and share our home with us, in the pretty village of Buzet-sur-Baise, 500m from the Canal de Garonne. We have 3 double bedrooms for you to use (and can add a single bed if required).
The wine making village of Buzet is situated in the heart of the Lot-et-Garonne countryside. Surrounded by vineyards, pretty villages and plenty of outdoor activities, it is the perfect base for your biking getaway.
The village has three restaurants, a butcher, and convenience store as well as it's own wine cooperative (tours possible).
There is plenty of parking near the house if you are coming by car.
We have a big garage in which to store your bikes.
You will be the only people staying with us - if you book one room we won't rent out the others at the same time. Individuals, couples and groups welcome. The rooms all have access to a shared bathroom (for guests only).
The closest airports are Agen (30 minute drive), Bergerac (50 minutes), Bordeaux (1 hr), Toulouse (1hr 15).
Train stations: Aiguillon (5 minutes), Agen (30 minutes)
Looking for accommodation only?
Reservation possible all year round via AirBnB.
New to AirBnB? Use this link for a discount
CANAL DE GARONNE
The Canal de Garonne is 193km long and stretches from near Bordeaux to Toulouse where it joins the Canal Du Midi.
The Roger Lapebie cycle path starts in Bordeaux and joins the Canal de Garonne near La Reole. This is a fantastic, flat ride with plenty of pretty villages to see on the way.
We can help you to organise your holiday with any or all of the services below:
-Bike delivery to Bordeaux/Toulouse & pick up
-Accommodation in our house, and recommendations for places to stay en route.
Located in Buzet sur Baïse we are exactly half way between Bordeaux and Toulouse and 500m from the canal.
If you are travelling along the canal don't hesitate to spend a night with us.
Reservations for accommodation only can be made via AirBnB
Contact us for more information and discuss with us how we can help you!
Lyn, at Freewheeling France, has put together this fantastic guide to cycling the canal. It is a great place to start - let me know if you need further information or recommendations of places to stay.
VELOROUTE VALLEE DU LOT
NEW! We are now able to offer a bike hire & delivery service for the Lot valley biking route.
Furthermore we are in partnership with a company who can transport your bags from hotel to hotel.
Watch this space or contact us for more information!
We also hire out our hybrid or e-bikes by the day and can deliver to your holiday accommodation.
1 - 5 DAYS 15€ per bike per day
then from 6 DAYS 10€ per bike per day
30€ per bike per day
Included: Hybrid bike, helmet, water bottle, lock, 1 puncture repair kit per booking
Rear panniers available to hire on request. 2€ per set per day
Security deposit required. Amount depending on number of bikes. Payment in cash, EUR cheque or bank transfer.
Free delivery within 20km of Buzet-sur-Baïse. Delivery along the Canal de Garonne between Bordeaux & Toulouse possible.
Contact us for more information or a quote - 07 85 14 56 17 or use the form below
We have men's and women's bikes available. All from the French manufacturer Arcade. Please see photos & specifications below.
Children's bikes and accessories also available - baby/infant seats, tag-a-long, trailer
From French bicycle manufacturer 'Arcade Cycles'
From French bicycle manufacturer 'Arcade Cycles'
From French bicycle manufacturer 'Arcade Cycles'
ABOUT US & CYCLE SOUTH WEST FRANCE
Clare and Jean-Pierre
In the summer of 2016 Jean-Pierre and I received our first guests for our new cycling holidays company 'Cycle South West France'. This was a very exciting moment, as with all new businesses, but also because it showed an idea that we had had for many years finally coming to fruition.
I first moved to Lot-et-Garonne in 2008 for a year as part of my studies for a degree in French. I fell in love with the area, met Jean Pierre, and after heading back to the UK to finish my studies and work, I knew I would eventually move back to this beautiful part of the world.
Lot-et-Garonne is a fantastic area, there is so much to see, and much quieter than the more touristy Bordeaux or the Dordogne. For me, this makes Lot-et-Garonne the perfect 'slightly-off-the-beaten-track ' destination. There are beautiful landscapes, rivers for kayaking, quiet back roads and the Canal de Garonne for biking, fantastic south of France weather, and not to mention delicious local wine.
Jean-Pierre and I have always loved sports, generally being active and outdoorsy and the area lends itself to this lifestyle. Back in 2008 we had already started talking about how it would be great to set up a business in tourism in the area, particularly cyclo-tourism as we both felt there was so much potential.
So after working in a corporate job in London for a few years after graduating, and spending too many weekends waiting in airports for a flight to France, in 2014 I decided to take the plunge and move back.
I now split my time between being an English trainer in Toulouse, and running Cycle South West France in Lot-et-Garonne.
We are based in Buzet-sur-Baise, a pretty little village right next to the Canal de Garonne. Jean Pierre grew up here and knows the area inside out. He always knows the right person to talk to or the best place to visit.
Cycle South West France is based on the desire to show people this beautiful area, but in an affordable way, using Jean-Pierre's local knowledge, and my enthusiasm, to create circular itineraries and customised cycling holidays for people of all abilities.
This is a very new venture for us, it is very exciting, and has been a huge learning curve. We have loved every minute of it and are really enthusiastic for what the future will bring.
Richard & Sandy Hill - 1 week bike hire, delivery to their gîte in Aiguillon June 2017
The bicycles made our holiday. Sandy preferred hers to her one at home.
Cannot fault your service and the care you took to ensure that everything was as it should be.
My thanks to you and your partner.
We are planning a return trip next year and so we will be in touch again.
My best regards
Jenny Nutter & Jennifer Sinclair - 6 day cycling break July 2016
We organised a 6 day cycling break for Jenny & Jennifer incorporating a variety of rides both flat and hilly ranging between 20 and 45km. They visited the pretty towns of Nérac, Mas d'Agenais and Vianne, went kayaking, had a tour/tasting at Domaine Calbo and did plenty of relaxing by the pool. They very kindly said the following of their stay:
"[the trip] exceeded our very high expectations - the highlight of our trip to France"
Jenny & Jennifer booked the accommodation for their stay on AirBnB and very kindly left us this lovely review:
"We spent 6 nights at Clare and Jean-Pierre's place in the gorgeous village of Buzet. The hosts were very friendly, welcoming and helpfully bilingual.
The house is beautiful, very bright and comfortable, with a large kitchen which is fully equipped for self catering. Our bedrooms were spacious with great wifi signal and best of all opened up onto a joint balcony overlooking the back garden. We had our own bathroom which was perfect, clean and equipped with the little extras.
We loved spending time in the garden in the chill out area as well as in the fabulous pool. Buzet is a fantastic location, perfect for our 6 days of cycling through the French countryside, along the canal and visiting other pretty villages nearby (we did it all by bike and didn't have a car).
Clare has bikes available to rent and can give advice on some great itineraries (see her website: www.cyclesouthwestfrance.com.) Ask about the ride which incorporates a visit and tasting at a local winery with Thierry!
Buzet itself is small however has a great Spar shop which we used for groceries for our 6 days, a bakery with the best croissants we had in France and 4 restaurants with our favourite one being on the corner, overlooking the canal.
Overall, we thought this was the perfect experience to get the local insight while being great value for money. We'll be back again next year!"
Thanks girls - we are looking foward to having you back sometime!
BIKE HIRE TERMS AND CONDITIONS Article 1 Contract Object - Provision of a bike and accessories by Jean Pierre Borie, T/A Cycle South West France hereafter “the Leaser”. Any suggestions given for routes, restaurants or additional activities are only suggestions and are not part of this contract. Article 2 Definitions – Bike delivery to the person hiring the bike, hereafter “the Hirer” can be done directly by the Leaser or by one of its representatives, or by a third party. All of the bikes are rented with the following accessories: bicycle helmet, lights, lock and puncture repair kit (at least one puncture repair kit per group.) Wearing a helmet is not obligatory under French law, but is strongly recommended by the Leaser. Article 3 Start of the contract - The hire period starts when the Hirer receives the material which has been delivered to them, either by the Leaser or by a third party. The Hirer will be notified ahead of the delivery date that a third party will deliver the material . This contract is only in place for the length of the hire. If the Hirer keeps the material for longer than this period without having informed the Leaser and paid for the extra time, then the Hirer loses all of the guarantees provided in this contract. Article 4 Ownership and transfer of risks - The hired material remains the exclusive property of Jean Pierre Borie for the length of the hire period. During the rental the bicycle will be in the legal care of the Hirer and the Hirer will be responsible the case of theft and for any damage that may occur from the use and the possession of the material. This is until the material is returned to the Leaser or is in the possession of a third party for transfer. Article 5 Obligations and responsibility of the Hirer - Only adults are authorised to sign the hire contract. Children must have a signed parental authority. The Hirer cannot sub-lease the material to a third person without the agreement of the Leaser. The Hirer is responsible for ensuring he/she is physically fit enough to ride a bicycle, has no medical reason not to and will not ride more than he/she is physically capable of doing. The Hirer confirms that the bike has been handed to them in good and safe working condition. If the Hirer receives the bikes from a third party he/she must notify the Leaser of any problems before starting their journey. The Hirer is responsible for any damage caused to a third party and any damage caused to the bicycle and any material that has been provided. The Hirer will be held personally responsible in case of theft of breakage regardless of who caused it. The Hirer is responsible for any Highway Code violation. The Hirer agrees to use the bike carefully and responsibly without endangering others and conforming local road laws. It is forbidden to use the bicycle off-road. When leaving the bicycle unattended in a public place, the Hirer agrees to secure the bicycle using the lock provided and remove any item that can be easily stolen. In case of theft or accident, the Hirer must immediately notify the Leaser and declare the theft to the local authorities within 48 hours. If there are any problems with the bicycle other than punctures, then the Hirer must not try and repair the bicycle themselves without the permission of the Leaser. The Hirer must notify the Leaser immediately by telephone. Repair of punctures is the responsibility of the Hirer. When hiring an electric bike the hirer takes responsibility for charging the battery to ensure that they can travel the distance planned. The hirer is aware that the bicycle has an assisted speed of up to 25km/hr but can go much faster than this and will take the necessary care to ensure they are always in control and riding safely and responsibly. Article 6 Reservation Deposit - The hire is reserved by a transfer of an advance payment of 20% of the total amount. If the Hirer picks up the bike directly from the Leaser then the final amount is due upon reception. If the Hirer cancels the reservation more than 28 days before the beginning of the hire period the Leaser agrees to reimburse the total money received minus administration fees (25 Euro per hire). If the Hirer cancels the reservation less than 28 days before the beginning of the hire period, no reimbursement will be made. The same applies if the bicycle is delivered to the Hirer except that the Hirer must pay the full hire amount before the beginning of the hire period (to be agreed during reservation process.). If the Hirer then cancels the delivery charges will not be reimbursed. Any hire that has been completed will under no circumstances be reimbursed. Article 7 Security Deposit - a security deposit is required for each bicycle in case of damage or theft. Amount depending on number of bicycles. This is payable via cash, cheque or Paypal and will be returned at the end of the hire. Article 8 Changes to reservation - Where the bicycle is being picked up directly from the Leaser , changes can be made up to 24h before the start of the hire period. When the bicycle will be delivered changes cannot be made later than 48 hours before the delivery will take place.