Cycle Touring in France
Eight tours in Brittany, Picardy, Alsace, Auvergne/Languedoc, Provence, Dordogne/Lot, the Alps and the Pyrenees
By Stephen Fox
Guidebook for 8 cycle tours of between 1 and 2 weeks duration exploring France's diverse landscapes and superb scenery. Suitable for most levels of ability and experience, the routes are in some of the most picturesque parts of Brittany, Picardy, Alsace, Auvergne/Languedoc, Provence, Dordogne/Lot, the Alps and the Pyrenees.
SeasonsLate spring to early autumn recommended. Summer hot, mostly dry. Winters can be cold, with snow.
CentresParis, Strasbourg, Geneva, Arles, Brest, Toulouse.
DifficultyAll levels. Routes (209km–354km) divided into daily stages. Range from low-level rides to high mountain climbs.
Must SeeRugged Brittany coast, Gorges du Tarn, Tour de France routes, Dordogne villages, Alsace Wine Road, lavender fields of Provence.
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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 and photographer. This is his second guide; the first was a walking and scrambling guide to Italy's Central Appennines.View author profile
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