BICYCLE HIRE AND MUCH MORE
Cycle South West France is much more than just a bicycle hire company. We are passionate about sharing our love of the area with you. Please have a read through our website, look at what we offer, and then contact us.
The idea is that YOU create YOUR perfect biking holiday, and we provide the local knowledge and experience to help you do so at the price you want.
Looking for accommodation in Buzet only? See the 'Accommodation' section
**New for summer 2019! - Treasure hunts and guided e-bike tours!**
Would you prefer to explore around Buzet? Why not take advantage of our itinerary creation service and ensure you see the best of the local area.
Or perhaps a guided tour is more your thing? New to 2019 are 1 day e-bike tours departing from Buzet-sur-Baise and Nérac.
Watch this space for more information.
2019 PRICE LIST (Please expect slight changes for 2020)
We 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 12€ per bike per day
30€ per bike per day
20€ per bike per day
Included: Hybrid bike, helmet, lock, 1 puncture repair kit per booking, (water bottle and hi-vis on request)
Rear panniers available to hire on request. 2€ per set per day
Refundable security deposit required. 200€ per hybrid bike, 1000€ per e-bike. Payment in EUR cheque or via our online portal (link provided on booking). For one day or half day bookings
Free delivery within 20km of Buzet-sur-Baïse.
Delivery possible along the Canal de Garonne between Bordeaux & Toulouse and the Canal du Midi down to Sete:
Pick up/collection point in Bordeaux: Musette Bicycles & Coffee - 72 Cours de la Somme, 33800 Bordeaux
Pick up/collection point in Toulouse: La Bicyclette Verte - 2 Rue de la Colombette, 31000 Toulouse
These two locations will get you set up on your bikes, answer any questions you may have and get you on your way. At the end of your trip they will take in your bikes, check them over and store them.
Delivery/Collection between Bordeaux & Toulouse is 55€ per bike.
Other locations: please contact us for a quote.
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
E-bike tour followed by wine tasting and aperitif with local cheeses and meats
Leaves Buzet at 5.00pm every Monday in July and August
For more information please call Clare on 0033 7 85 14 56 17
40EUR per personne. bike hire, guide, wine tasting all included.
-15% for groups of 2 or more.
Discover the beautiful back roads and stunning views of the Albret countryside on a bike tour. Head to a high point and learn about the stars from an astronomer before pedalling back to Buzet by torchlight.
For more information or to book please call Clare on 0033 7 85 14 56 17
40€ per person for an e-bike, 30€ for a hybrid bike, 20€ if you bring your own bike.
Price includes: bike hire (if applicable), guide, presentation by an astronomer.
35km circuit with hills.
-10% for groups of 2 or more
- 20% for groups of 4 or more
Contact us to book your slot!
Create your dream biking holiday with our help.
If you are staying with us or in the local area (c5km around Buzet) then why not take advantage of our itinerary creation service.
You tell us what type of ride you are looking for (length/difficulty etc) and we will provide a recommended route to follow. We know the little back roads, and the quaint villages and the great restaurant for a lunchtime stop.
We can also reserve local activities for you such as canoeing or wine tasting, and integrate them into our suggested routes.
All cycling is on roads or cycle paths, we do not offer mountain biking at this time.
Please contact us for a quote.
BIKE FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION
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).
You will have the house entirely to yourselves in July & August (min stay 2 nights), the rest of the year we live in the house and share it with you.
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)
Please note that the accommodation is separate to our bike hire business, therefore AirBnB only.
New to AirBnB? Use this link for a discount
CANAL DE GARONNE / CANAL DES DEUX MERS
The two canals together create the 433km long Canal des Deux Mers (Two Seas Canal) and it is possible to cycle all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea on signposted cycle routes. This is a fantastic way to discover this beautiful, and still little known, part of France. It is mainly flat and therefore a very accessible route for all levels of cyclist.
Many people start in Bordeaux and use the Roger Lapebie bike path to join the canal in La Réole. This converted train line takes cyclists all the way from Bordeaux to Sauveterre de Guyenne on a beautiful traffic free path through rolling countryside. There is then just a short section on roads between Sauveterre and La Réole.
A lot of previous customers have biked from Bordeaux to Toulouse and have loved their trip. It is a really great way to visit the area and definitely gives a sense of achievement at the end.
How can we help you organise your trip?
We can provide help and support for your DIY, self-guided trip
-Bike Hire - hybrid or e-bikes are perfect for the canal path.
-Bike delivery & collection to Bordeaux/Toulouse or down the Canal du Midi as far as Sète. No need to worry about getting your bike back to your starting point.
-We rent rooms in our house which is 500m from the canal in Buzet-sur-Baise.
-We have collated a list places to stay based on recommendations from previous customers and can provide this list to you when you book your bike hire through us.
- Baggage transfer - we work with a third party company who transport bags all the way down the Canal des Deux Mers. Travel light during the day and arrive at your hotel with your bags waiting for you each evening.
-Anything else? If you have any questions about this route please do not hesitate to contact us!
VÉLOROUTE VALLÉE DU LOT
The Véloroute Vallée du Lot heads up from the village of Aiguillon all the way to the beautiful medieval town of Cahors. At 160km long it is perfect for a few days cycling between different towns and villages.
We will be doing this trip ourselves in March so will update this section with more detaied information after that!
Via a third party transporter we can offer a delivery/collection service for bikes and baggage between Aiguillon and Cahors (minimum numbers apply).
Watch this space or contact us for more information!
ABOUT US & CYCLE SOUTH WEST FRANCE
Clare and Jean-Pierre
In the summer of 2017 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 run 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!
"Taste of Toulouse offers English-speaking food tours and other delicious adventures. Experience the Marché Victor Hugo on Wednesday and Friday mornings!"
SOME ADVICE FROM A PREVIOUS CUSTOMER
"Here are some of the highlights of our trip and recommendations.
-first the pannier bags are essential. We were able to use them and tie our backpacks on top. Given the heat that was so important but I think in any situation it would just be easier and more comfortable.
-in no particular order these were our must see stops. Bordeaux wine country especially Chateau Malromé, they do a wonderful wine tasting and a tour of the home which was Henri Toulouse Latrec's mother's home. The tour was amazing.
Revel, it's lake just to the North and Soreze are completely worth 2 days. We stayed in the mountains to bike to carcassonne which was a little hilly but completely worth it, the views and little towns were charming
Agen was a charming city with great food and the canal goes over the river which is a really neat sight.
- mosaic is a must see town
- Toulouse is a great city with fun activities
-Airbnb was essential to us and we were able to book the night before. If you are looking for places they were perfect. Key is wifi to book next spot.
- always be on the lookout for water in each town. City center parks and statues usually had water.
-for relaxed biking 40 kilometers a day allowed for relaxed speed and frequent stops.
- the canal to Toulouse was good but went downhill after that. Canal riding is fun for awhile but it is fun to get off and go off in the countryside. I would recommend the canal section from langon to Marmonde it was the most beautiful section
-canal was often the easiest way to get into the cities.
-maps me was an essential tool for navigation. Trust it even when it seems to be taking you through a corn field.
-booking last minute was fine for us until we got to the coast i would recommend booking your airbnb's for the coast well in advance"