Batch. More than 1,300 mountain bikers expected in Puy-l’Évêque for the national meeting of cycle tourists

Batch. More than 1,300 mountain bikers expected in Puy-l’Évêque for the national meeting of cycle tourists
Batch. More than 1,300 mountain bikers expected in Puy-l’Évêque for the national meeting of cycle tourists

By Jean-Claude Bonnemère
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May 4, 24 at 6:00 p.m.

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“This is a demonstration national cycle tourism who will see all departments of France represented and even a team from Belgium,” declares Bernard Alzagapresident of Lot departmental cycling tourism committee, always ready to discover the wonders of the department. After Samatan in the Gers last year, this mixed and intergenerational mountain biker event will take place this year in Puy-l’Evêque, from May 8 to 12. This is the 5e Maxi Verte MTB welcomed in the Lot.

More than 2000 people expected

1,300 mountain bikers are registered, plus 150 walkers, not counting all the accompanying people who benefit from this trip in the Lot. “In total, it is estimated that this event attracts more than 2,000 people to the territory of the Lot valley and the vineyards on the occasion of the May 8 bridge,” adds Mr. Alzaga.

The event is under the aegis of the French Cycling Federation, which has entrusted the organization of the gathering to the Lot departmental committee. It is open to young people, from 10 years old and concerns seniors over 80 years old. A dozen members of the departmental club have been on the bridge for several weeks and during mountain biker traffic days, between 100 and 120 volunteers will be hard at work. Refueling points will be installed every 20-25 km.

Four circuits per day to choose from

Mountain bikers will be offered four circuits to choose from with a length of 25, 45, 65 or 85 km per day. On Wednesday May 8, the theme is “castles and bastides”, with visits to Sérignac, Bonaguil, Montcabrier, etc.

Thursday towards Montcuq and Quercy blanc… On Friday the heading will be towards Bouriane, Montgesty sector, Salviac, Cazals with a 5e 107 km circuit… On Saturday the departure will take place from Luzech, passing through Crayssac, Douelle, Villesèque, Sauzet, Parnac…. Departures are every day from 8 a.m. These are free starts and at a free pace. As a general rule, mountain bikers travel in small groups, by affinities, by clubs, etc.

“Travel takes place in strict compliance with the Highway Code,” insists Bernard Alzaga.

The withdrawal of files will take place from Tuesday May 7 at 2 p.m., at the Puy-l’Évêque village hall.

On Saturday May 11 at 6 p.m., the results of the event will be presented at the Puy-l’Évêque village hall, in the presence of local elected officials. In 2025, for the Ascension weekend, the meeting is set at Lake Chasteaux, in Corrèze.

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The national criterion for young cyclists

During this same weekend, the national criterion for young cycle tourists aimed at 13 – 18 year olds will be held at the Prayssac village hall on May 9 and 10, organized by the French Cyclotourism Federation. This event includes orienteering, mechanics sessions, map reading, a maneuverability course, etc.

On Friday May 10, the national road education competition for 10 – 12 year olds will take place.

The first four (2 girls and 2 boys) will be qualified for the European road safety competition which will take place in September in Paris.

You can come and encourage the youngest on Friday May 10 from 9 a.m. at the Prayssac gymnasium

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