France - A Cyclists's Dream Destination

  • 'Paris - Roubaix'

    'Paris - Roubaix'

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France - A Cyclists's Dream Destination
France is known as the ultimate destination for bike riders due to its abundance of small, quiet roads, beautiful towns, historic sites, diverse scenery and well-known cuisine.  Spring & autumn are the best seasons for bike riding in France, as they are off-tourist seasons.  Roads are less busy, as are the hotels and restaurants.
From the countless small roads, virtually vacant of traffic, in Burgundy, to the wild Camargue coast and Roman sites of Provence, there is always something unique and special to discover on a cycling tour in France.  Some other spectacular landscapes to explore on bike are in Normandy, where quaint fishing villages and the lush countryside will take your breath away.  Not to be missed are the Pyrenées, where the world-famous Tour de France is often decided. The river valleys and slopes provide an extra challenge, yet beautiful view. The Dordogne region in Southwestern France offers bikers an opportunity to visit ancient medieval villages and their castles with ease, as the rural roads are very bike-friendly.  For the extra fit and healthy, the hairpin trails leading to the Alpe d'Huez in the Alps offer incredible views at the top. Whatever your fancy, you'll find it in France.
If you want to do it alone - maps are key for your bike trip in France. The Institut Géographique National Français publishes excellent, detailed maps. However, most prefer the knowledge and experience of a tour operator.  They will make your hotel reservations and provide detailed queue sheets and van support.  You can travel with a group or alone, and at your own pace.