Route of the week
Rugby fans know all about Castres, home to one of France’s top clubs – but if you’re heading to the Midi-Pyrenees, why not tackle this day-long route? It swoops out of the city on madly twisty forest roads, past a chateau half drowned in a lake before heading to the beautiful small city of Albi and the well-preserved medieval village of Cordes sur Ciel – either of which makes a great place for a bit of off-the-bike sightseeing.
But this is a real GT route and it's all about the riding with miles of quiet and fantastically twisty roads to be devoured. Give it a try – before I resort to more rugby-based puns.