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Les 100K du Perigord Noir


Posted: 8 July 2000

Les 100K du Périgord Noir

Month April
Location Belvès – in the Dordogne valley (Aquitaine)
Distance 100K (there is also a 50K)
Why do it Billed as the biggest sporting event in Aquitaine, this is a distance to have a go at once in your lifetime. Events over 100K are surprisingly popular in France and this one is definitely the best of them, with a beautiful route snaking through the heart of the Dordogne, châteaux galore and some 25 high-quality feeding stations along the way. Alternatively, if you don’t like the thought of all those endless kilometres on your own, accompanying cyclists are allowed from the 10km point onwards for an extra €15.
Field around 1200 (plus 320 for the 50K)
Fee €30 before April 1, €40 after (€25 before April 1, €35 after for the 50K)
Contact: tel 00 33 553 28 87 54; e-mail contact@100kmbelves.com; web www.100kmbelves.com
Other information Maximum time allowed: 20 hours. Pasta party (€11) on the Friday night and typical regional meal (€15) on the Saturday night (if you’ve finished the race by then!) can also be booked. Breakfasts on Saturday or Sunday cost an additional €5. Showers and massages available.
Getting there By road – take the D936 from Bordeaux to the east; after Bergerac it’s the D660 then the D29, D51 and Belvès is on the D710. By rail – Belvès is on the Paris-Agen line, and coaches will be organised from Bordeaux station. By air – there’s a local airport at Belvès (change in Paris) or fly direct to Bordeaux.
Where to stay Hotels, gîtes, chambres d’hôtes and camping are all abundant. If you’re looking for the cheapest option, some bunks are available in the local school (€10/night) or you can bed down in the gym if you bring a sleeping bag (€3/night) – the race secretary will provide accommodation details on request.

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