The Canal de la Garonne leads the way today as you cycle happily along on the flat, from Meilhan-sur-Garonne all the way to Sérignac. Feel thankful for the cool shade of ancient plane trees and take time for small detours along the way. Get in on an enormous secret at the church in Mas d'Agenais, where an authentic painting by Rembrandt hangs on display. Savour a cup of coffee on the beautiful village square in Damazan and stroll round its fortress, pastel-coloured houses and historic arcades. A stop in Tonneins is worth the 10-km detour for its lovely lanes, houses that virtually fall into the Garonne and a tempting array of restaurants, cafés and shops.
Challenge: 66 or 72 km / 41 or 44,5 mi, 50 m ascent