Having successfully hosted painting and photography holidays since 2008, we are now looking to use this experience and local knowledge to expand our selection of activity holidays at Manzac d'en Bas.  In particular, the potential for exciting, challenging, interesting and fun CYCLING holidays is enormous.  

The essential features of a cycling holiday at Manzac d'en Bas and the Ariege Department of SW France are :-


*  Excellent accommodation and facilites at Manzac.

*  Spectacular Ariege countryside and Pyrenees Mountains including many famous Tour de France mountain climbs.

*  Uncongested roads

*  Good quality road surface contiditions

*  Very considerate drivers

*  Charming towns and villages, many with excellent cafes and restaurants.

*  Secure bike storage at Manzac d'en Bas.

*  Excellent professional bike maintenance back up within 20 minutes of Manzac at Rieux Volvestre - Friwheel Cycling -                   and

Minbus and bike trailer transport to and from the airport and cycling excursion locations.

In essence, our aim here at Manzac d'en Bas is to provide you with all the essential back-up and support that you need to ensure that you have a successful and fun cycling holiday in this special part of SW France. 

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Over the years, we have had a number of very keen cyclists who have been to stay here on holiday and they have all emphasized what a great location it is with challenging rolling countryside and the Pyrenees within striking distance (Please see the following blog from Sarah Matthews 

The peacefulness and beauty of the surrounding countryside and the flexibility of the accommodation make Manzac the ideal location for cycling holidays (as well as other activity holidays including painting and photography, etc).  The Alps may be rather more famous for cycling with climbs such as Alpes d'Huez and Mont Ventoux which attract huge numbers of cyclists each year making them somewhat congested, but the Pyrenees is comparatively "undiscovered" which from a cycling point of view makes them very special - spectacular countryside, especially in our Department of the Ariege, uncongested roads, good quality road surfaces and very considerate drivers ..... but with nonetheless, equally challenging mountain climbs (if that is what you are looking for)

40 minutes from Manzac d'en Bas are St Girons, Foix and Tarascon sur Ariege which are the perfect launch points for tackling some of the famous Tour de France Pyrenean climbs - Col de La Core, Col Agnes, Port de Lers, Col de Latrape, Mur de Peguere, Col de Port, Col de Portel, Col de La Crouzette, Plateau de Beille, Les Trois Domaines.  A little further west there are many more Cols including the Col de Tourmalet and Col de Peyresoude.  So there is the opportunity to put together a varied, interesting and challenging bespoke programme of cycling to suit all levels of ability.

It is recommended that these holidays should ideally take place in May and October when the weather is slightly cooler and the countryside is at it’s most beautiful.  In addition there is the possibility to hold a holiday in mid July to coincide with the Tour De France which almost always passes within a close distance of Manzac d'en Bas as it passes through the Pyrenees.   Holidays can start and finish on any day of the week, thus enabling participants to take advantage of cheaper mid week flights. 

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Our holidays are all-inclusive and we provide accommodation, food and drink (wine and beer etc) throughout the week [less two visits to local restaurants which are payable at the time].  It also includes transport, both to and from the airport, and locally to painting locations and restaurants.

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    View  on the climb to Col Agnes from Aulus les Bains            Tour de France climbing up to 3 Domaines, Bonascre