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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Mende September 23rd 2021

Since we left the Perigord, we've been following the Lot river. Some of the time we've been riding right beside the twisting river, through narrow gorges as well as places where the valley widens out and the flat valley bottom is carpeted with farmland. Our route has also taken us up to the plateau above the river valley, with amazing views across the valley or to distant hills. Today we had the most challenging ride so far. We started and ended at towns on the Lot - St Geniez d'Olt and Mende. However, in between we climbed an incredibly steep road to a summit at 1022 metres. Most of the climb happened over 4.3 km with a grade of up to 12%! From the summit we could see some old volcanic mountains. It was an amazing ... read more
The Lot in a more vigorous mood
Lynn at the Col de Goudard

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Mende June 23rd 2014

Fears of another bakefest prompted some folks to leave early today - myself included, albeit for another reason: my roomie's snoring kept me from sleeping and since I was already up and still full from last night's megadinner, I figured I may as well hit the road. And what an unexpected day it turned out to be: we had 480 metres more climbing than yesterday, but it was less taxinga col with 284 metres more altitude than the previous one we climbed, but which took less ... read more
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