If you want to get really adventurious you could do option 1 with a
detour up to the Volcano Puy Mary This is the one I would do ;)
From Aurillac cut through the centre and take the D17 up to Puy Mary,
at the top of puy Mary hang left down the D680 until you join the D922
to Mauriac where you take the D678 to the D105 Chalvignac cross over
the river Dordogne onto the D16 to Egleton and then D16 to Treignac
and Riders Rest- From Aurillac to Puy Mary and to the D922 the roads
are quite narrow but twisty and the views are spectacular.
From Mauriac the roads become narrow again and the surface
is uneven but can be fun (and you can imagine the French
Resistance scamoering through these hills) . This one
is 201 Miles and is going to take you about 7 hours with
stops though you may stop more often for photos.
Approx 5.5 hours with stops from Aurillac take the N120
(Re signed as D1120 in places) through Argentat all the
way into and through Tulle to Seilhac where you pick up
the D940 all the way to Treignac and Riders Rest. -
You can get congestion on the N120 and Tulle can be
complicated uless you have satnav (which will try and
push you down small D roads such as the D44 after Tulle).
from Aurillac take the N120 (Re signed as D1120 in places)
to Argentat (duel carriageway and very streight to start)
from Argentat take the D18 to Egleton where you will pick
up the D16 to Treignac and Riders Rest.
The D922 from Aurillac to Bort-Les-Orgues is a good fast road
wide tarmac with a good surface and rides into the Volcanic
Region of the Cantal. At Bort-Les-Orgues (By the Dam)
take the D979 to St Angel, Meymac (Take the D36 until you
re join the D979 - do not go on the D979E3), Bugeat,
after signs for Viam look for the D940 which takes a
left fork down into Treignac and Riders Rest.
Millau to Aurillac - Take the D911 out of Millau towards Rodez.
After Bois-Du-Four take the right fork onto the D29 again towards Rodez.
On the outskirts of Rodez merge onto the N88 (D1088) bypass and follow it
North to the D988 towards Sebazac-Concoures, continue on the D988 to
Bozouls where you take the D920. Follow the D920 to Espalion, where it
winds along the River Lot to Entraygues-Sur-Truyere stick with the D920
all the way into Aurillac.
Distance: 181 Miles 291 Kms
Towns: Treignac, Tulle, Altilac, St Jene Lagineste, St Cere, Padirac, Rocamadour, Payrac, Souillac, Noailles, Brive-La-Gaillarde, Donzenac, Uzerche, Chamberet.
Regions: Correze, Midi Pyrenees.
Roads: D16, D940, D1120 (N120), D1, D125, D807, D673, D90, D1020 (N20), D19, D154, D158, D920, D3.
Attractions: Beaulieu-Sur-Dordogne, Gouffre de Padirac, Rocamadour, Grotte des Merveilles,
Coffee Stops: Tulle Centre (Park inside the Cathederal boundry), Beaulieu-Sur-Dordogne is a spectacular place park in the square and wonder around the town. Lunch at either Padirac or above Rocamadour. There are fewer cafes on the route from Rocamadour to Brive so if you see one open stop. Ussel is nice, as you enter the Town turn left up into the Chateaux and park in the square (Cobbled road).
Description: This route gets technical in the middle where the D940 becomes a twisting snake like narrow road for about 15 miles, not for heavy longwheeled bikes unless you are used to riding narrow twistie country lanes. The route out of Rocamadour is superb but hard work on something like the Triumph Rocket 3. Going through Brive City can be a pain but worth the effort as the road down off the N20 into the centre is nice, however if you want to avoid it drop onto the A20 (not a toll) for a couple of junctions and get off on the D920 to Donzenac to rejoin the route. Be careful when going down the hill and through the tunnel to Rocamadour as there is often oncoming traffic in the middle of the road...
Disatnce: 156 Miles. 251 Kms
Towns: Treignac, Lacelle, Eymoutires, Peyrat-Le-Chateaux, St-Leonard-de-Noblat, Ambazac, Oredour-sur-Glane, Limoges, Le Chatenet, Chateauneuf-la-Foret
Regions: Limousin (Haute Vienne, Correze)
Roads: D132E3, D940, D5, D13, D19, D711, D9, D1141 (N141), D2000, A20 (not Toll) , D979, D160,
Attractions: Resistance Museum, Oredour-sur-Glane (Martyred Village WWII)
Coffee Stops: Peyrat-Le-Chateaux The Bellerive friendly English owned where you can get a real cuppa tea. Oradour-sur-Glane town centre a good place for a lunch stop, Eymoutiers on the way back.
Description: The D940 to Peyrat-le-Chateaux is absolutely awesome by the time you get to Eymoutiers you will be in rythm with the bends but once you start to climb out of Eymoutiers you will be grining from ear to ear and wanting to go back again once you have had a cup of rosey lea in Peyrat-le-Chateaux. If you were not sure of left or right hand bends you can be asured that they will be coming together after the ride thus far. The road narrows slightly from here to the A20 but still interesting as far as twistie goes, though some might be out of sync. The road once crossing the A20 to Oradour is through a plethra of small typically French towns, but once you get to Oradour you realise the horrors which had befallen the area during June 1945. The route back is down a duel carriageway to the A20 for a couple of junctions before heading once more down a cracking fast bike road to Eymoutiers before once again picking up the D940s smooth bends back to Treignac.
Distance: 271 miles, 437 Kms
Towns: Treignac, Seilhac, Tulle, Altillac, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Saint Cere, Figac, Villeneuve, Villefranch de Rouergue, Caylus, Caussade, Montauban, Auch, Tarbes, Lourdes, Argeles-Gazost.
Regions: Limousin (Correze) Midi Pyrenees (Heutes Pyrenees, Tarn et Garonne, Aveyron)
Roads: D16, D940, N120 (D1120), D940, N140 (D1140), D922, D1, D926, N20 (D1020), D928, N124 (D1124), D924, N21 (D1021), D100.
Description: A Mixture of wide open fast roads and some amaizing twisties through rural areas which will send you dizzy with a sprinkling of N roads . The D940 does get narrow in places with some switchback bends.
Distance: 205 Miles, 328 Kms
Towns: Treignac, Egletons, Bugat, Maymac, Saint Angel, Bort-Les-Orgues, Aurillac, Argentat, Tulle.
Regions: Correze (Limousin), Cantal (Auvergne).
Roads: D16, D1089 (N89) D979, D922, D680, D17, D1120 (N120), D940.
Attractions: Barrage de Bort-Les-Orgues, Chateaux-de-Val, Col de Neronne, Puy Mary Volcano Argentat.
Coffee Stops: La Belvedere overlooking the Barrage at Bort-Les-Orgues, Chateaux De Val overlooking the Castle and the River Dordogne, Col de Naronne is a good place to stop for a light lunch or carry on up the Volcano to Puy Mary Peak but here you will find is crowded, Argentat down on the cobbles of the Dordogne river front you can enjoy some fine Ice creams and milk shakes in an idilic setting.
Description: This route is perfect for all types of bikes and riders. It has a mixture of technical and easy going sweeping roads with excellent visibility with a mixture of small towns with some big towns interspersed for fuel and coffee stops. Traffic is scarce for the 1st half of the route until you head up to Puy Mary when you can expect to meet tourists. On the way down from Puy Mary to Aurillac you will encounter a few cyclists enjoying the down hill section. From Aurillac to Tulle you will meet a truck or 2 through this sensational twisty run down into Tulle. Once out of Tulle and on the D940 you will once again enjoy a relatively congestion free road.
Distance: 230 miles 366 Kms
Regions: North Dordogne, Haute Vienne, Correze.
Attractions: Chateau de Puymartin, Château de Puyguilhem, Château de Jumilhac, Château de Hautefort, Château de Bourdeilles, Château Châlus Maulmont , Arnac Pompadour National Stud and Chateau, Segur le Chateau, Le Tour Masseret, Château de Coussac-Bonneval.
Coffee Stops: Ussel, Vigeois, Arnac Pompadour, Peirqueux, Chalus, Masseret,
Description: There are some narrow roads with dodgy road surfaces on this route so beware... The Dordogne region has many of the finest castles in France, often in spectacular locations, and frequently surrounded by carefully manicured gardens with far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside. Many of the castles date from the turbulent times in the 12th-14th centuries and the wars between England and France (see Hundred Years War). Also where Richard the Lion Heart spent most of his days.