Cycle Touring in France

Cycle Touring in France : Eight tours in Brittany, Picardy, Alsace, Auvergne/Languedoc, Provence, Dordogne/Lot, the Alps and the Pyrenees

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Cycle Touring in France concentrates on eight selected one- or two-week bicycle tours which endeavour to offer cyclists of all levels a taste of France's diverse landscapes and superb scenery. From rugged mountain ranges to vast, variegated patchworks of farmland, from beautiful, tranquil forests full of wildlife to high, remote, sweeping plains, from deep, snaking gorges to gentle valley slopes covered with vineyards, France is undoubtedly one of the most inviting countries in the world for cycle touring, a country understandably proud of hosting the greatest cycle race on Earth, the Tour de France. Peppered with hundreds of charming villages that time seems to have forgotten, here you will encounter friendly people, sample fine wines and enjoy exquisite, regional cuisines. Covering some of the most picturesque parts of Brittany, Picardy, Alsace, Auvergne/Languedoc, Provence, Dordogne/Lot, the Alps and Pyrenees, the tours in this guide are accompanied by detailed route descriptions and maps, lists of campsites, bed and breakfasts and hotels, airport and rail connections, and practical information including tips on when to go and what to take, transporting your bicycle and being prepared for carrying out bicycle repairs on the road.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 116 x 172 x 17mm | 330g
  • Kendal, United Kingdom
  • English
  • First Edition
  • colour photographs and maps
  • 1852844329
  • 9781852844325
  • 49,661

Table of contents

Cycle Tours
Route 1 Finistere, 'the End of the World': Brittany
Stage 1 Morlaix to Le Folgoet/Lesneven
Stage 2 Le Folgoet/Lesneven to Lanildut
Stage 3 Lanildut to Brest
Stage 4 Brest to Le Faou
Stage 5 Le Faou to Huelgoat
Stage 6 Huelgoat to Morlaix
Route 2 Champagne and The Kings' Forest: The Marne Valley and Picardy
Stage 1 Aeroport Paris CDG to Charly-sur-Marne
Stage 2 Charly-sur-Marne to Dormans
Stage 3 Dormans to Villers-Cotterets
Stage 4 Villers-Cotterets to Pierrefonds
Stage 5 Pierrefonds to Compiegne and back

Route 3 The Wine Road and Bas-Rhin: Alsace
Stage 1 Colmar to Barr
Stage 2 Barr to Saverne
Stage 3 Saverne to Niederbronn-les-Bains
Stage 4 Niederbronn-les-Bains to Haguenau

Route 4 An Alpine Experience: Geneva to Grenoble
Stage 1 Geneva to St Jean-de-Sixt
Stage 2 St Jean-de-Sixt to Albertville
Stage 3 Albertville to St Jean-de-Maurienne
Stage 4 St Jean-de-Maurienne to Le Bourg d'Oisans
Stage 5 Le Bourg d'Oisans to Alpe d'Huez and back
Stage 6 Le Bourg d'Oisans to Grenoble

Route 5 The Land of Lavender: Provence
Stage 1 Arles to Cavaillon
Stage 2 Cavaillon to Caromb
Stage 3 Caromb to Buis-les-Baronnies
Stage 4 Buis-les-Baronnies to Sault
Stage 5 Sault to Mont Ventoux and back
Stage 6 Sault to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Route 6 Meadows and Mountains: Pyrenees
Stage 1 Foix to St Girons
Stage 2 St Girons to St Bertrand-de-Comminges
Stage 3 St Bertrand-de-Comminges to Arreau
Stage 4 Arreau to Bagneres-de-Bigorre
Stage 5 Bagneres-de-Bigorre to Argeles-Gazost
Stage 6 Argeles-Gazost to the Col d'Aubisque and back, then Lourdes

Route 7 Rivers and Castles: Dordogne and Lot
Stage 1 Brive-la-Gaillarde to St Cere
Stage 2 St Cere to Figeac
Stage 3 Figeac to Cahors
Stage 4 Carhors to Monpazier
Stage 5 Monpazier to La Roque-Gageac
Stage 6 La Roque-Gageac to Souillac

Route 8 Rugged and Remote: Auvergne and Languedoc
Stage 1 Meymac to Riom-es-Montagnes
Stage 2 Riom-es-Montagnes to St Flour
Stage 3 St Flour to Marvejols
Stage 4 Marvejols to Florac
Stage 5 Florac to Ales
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Review quote

'Written by a cyclist, for cyclists. Each tour has a detailed route description plus maps, lists of campsites and tips on what to take and how to deal with roadside repairs.' (France Magazine / September 2006) 'Having toured extensively through France, it came as a surprise to find how much superb information is contained within this handily-sized guide. There is an excellent set of 8 routes in different areas of France, each well set out in stages easy enough for most cyclists to follow, complete with an altitude graph when there is a climb of some difficulty. This book is not just ideal for planning a first visit, but also to inspire those who wish to explore further afield within the country.' (Cycling World / November 2006)
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About Stephen Fox

Stephen Fox has been cycle touring since 1989 and has toured extensively in France, Italy and Norway. He now lives in southern England with his wife and daughter, and works in the photographic industry as well as being a freelance writer. This is his second guide; the first was a walking and scrambling guide to Italy's Central Appennines.
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