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View East From The Path To The South Of Refuge Larpont

Hidden Gem – the best area of the French Alps for a multi-activity holiday

Article · On 2 Jun 2019 by Lesley Williams

Are you someone who wants to visit an Alpine region for a couple of weeks to explore and enjoy a number of mountain activities perhaps with different companions? The Chamonix...
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The Canal de la Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse – a cyclist’s dream

Feature · On 12 Jan 2019 by Declan Lyons

The Canal de la Garonne links the two historical cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse. It passes through countryside laden with charm and culture, all of it haunted by the shadow...
Descending the Col de l'Izoard

Top tips for cycling the Route des Grandes Alpes

Article · On 11 Aug 2018 by Jonathan Williams

Jonathan cycled the Route des Grandes Alpes to celebrate his birthday and learned vital lessons along the way. He now has an abundance of advice to share with others on...
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Route des Grandes Alpes – cycling through the French Alps

Feature · On 15 Jul 2018 by Lesley Williams

Jonathan and I took on our biggest cycling challenge yet, to ride 650km and climb 15000 metres in 9 days, creating a sort of elegant reversed question mark shape as...
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Hidden Gem – have you ever visited the Cathar castles of southern France?

Article · On 4 Jul 2018

Dating from the religious turmoil of a period between 1000 to 1250AD, the castles built and occupied by the Cathars are found on high rocky outcrops, and command fantastic views...
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A Trail of Two Cities: A new route from London to Paris by bicycle

Feature · On 17 Mar 2018 by Mike Wells

Mike Wells’ new guidebook to cycling from London to Paris outlines a proposed route to reach Paris by bike for the 2024 Olympics, but you can ride it now!
Meeting Point Of Three French Routes At Hiriburia

An intro to… The Way of St James - France

Article · On 28 Feb 2018 by Alison Raju

An intro to… The Way of St James - France, answering questions like 'What's so special about St James?', 'What does the scallop shell mean?' and 'How fit do I...
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A brief history of the Tour de France

Article · On 21 Jul 2017 by Stephen Fox

The Tour de France is an annual cycling spectacle held primarily in France. But how did it start? Why does the leader wear a yellow jersey? Here is a brief...
The towpath leaving Toulouse

5 great days out along the Canal du Midi cycle route

Article · On 21 Jun 2017 by Declan Lyons

Cycling the Canal du Midi makes for a wonderful and not too difficult tour from Toulouse to Sète in France. The 260km route can easily be cycled in a week...
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Cycling the Canal du Midi – history, route planning and more

Feature · On 5 Jun 2017 by Declan Lyons

Declan Lyons, author of Cicerone's guide to cycling the Canal du Midi, shares his personal relationship with the route, as well as discussing the history of the canal, what it's...
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Cycling in the Pyrenees – Col des Tentes and Cirque de Troumouse

Feature · On 5 Jun 2017 by James Cox

Seen the Tour de France? Cycled the Col du Tourmalet? Want to do something else? Why not try these two huge and stunning lesser-known climbs in the heart of the...
The history of the Cathars along the Canal du Midi

The history of the Cathars along the Canal du Midi

Article · On 24 May 2017 by Declan Lyons

In this extract from his guidebook, Declan Lyons gives a little background to the Cathars - signs of whom still exist along the Canal du Midi cycle route.
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Challenges and surprises cycling the River Loire Route

Feature · On 8 May 2017 by Mike Wells

For the past two summers, Mike Wells has been cycling up and down the Loire Valley in central France researching his new guide to the Loire cycle route. Here he...
An intro to... the Loire Cycle Route

An intro to... the Loire Cycle Route

Article · On 22 Apr 2017

Have you ever wanted to do the Loire Cycle Route? Here is a very quick introduction to this delightful cycle tour through France.
Rhone River Cycle Route

An intro to...the River Rhone Cycle Route

Article · On 21 Oct 2016

Everything you need to know about the River Rhone Cycle Route, because everyone should do at least one European cycle touring adventure.
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The Velo Francette - France's newest long-distance cycle route

Feature · On 8 Feb 2016 by Gillian Thomas

Gillian Thomas explores France’s newest long-distance cycle route the Velo Francette, through Normandy, Pays de la Loire and Poitou Charentes from Ouistreham to La Rochelle.
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The Haute Route Alps – a long tough cyclosportive

Feature · On 13 Oct 2015 by Jonathan Cook

The Haute Route Alps is 791km and almost 22,000m of ascent over seven consecutive days in some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Regular Cicerone Extra contributor Jonathan Cook describes...
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Cycling the 'Tour' cols of the Maurienne

Feature · On 5 Jul 2015 by Andy Hodges

In May Andy Hodges and a fellow cyclo-grimpeur Lee Rounce visited the Maurienne to taste the charms and challenges of some of the most famous climbs of the cycling world...
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Cycling classic Tour de France climbs

Feature · On 10 Aug 2014 by Andy Hodges

Every Tour de France supporter will know the mountains of the Maurienne. Many a champion has been made on these slopes. The mighty Galibier, the demure Madeleine, the iron-hard Croix...
Cycling Adventures in St Jean de Maurienne

Cycling Adventures in St Jean de Maurienne

Article · On 7 Sep 2011 by Andy Hodges

Andy Hodges, author of the recently published 'Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne' has been exploring the area around St Jean de Maurienne by bike this summer with his wife Sue...