Cycling in France

Cycling France French Village Diaries Deux-Sèvres

As a family we were bitten by the cycling bug many years ago. What started out as buying three second hand road bikes has morphed into an obsession; with more money being spent on bikes, technology, technical clothing and gadgets than I dare to add up. We like nothing better than packing a picnic for a day out cycling in the French countryside, or even better, packing the panniers and setting off to explore an area of France on a cycle touring holiday. You really feel the contours of the land on a bike, the scents of the hedgerows and fields accompanying each pedal stroke, the heat from the tarmac reflecting back at you, the wind in your face and the sun on your back; travel by bike is the best way to experience France.

On this page you will find links to all posts on a cycling theme. Some of these will be cycling book reviews and some will be posts about our days out with photos of the lovely villages and places of interest we see along the way. Our bike rides tend to range from 20km to 80km and usually involve a picnic or beer stop, or both if I’m lucky. Once a year, around my birthday, I challenge myself to cycle 100kms in a day, a tradition I hope to continue for many years. In 2017 we completed a six day, 437km figure of eight circuit around the Deux-Sèvres department and raised 2,605€ for the children’s make a wish association Rêves.
Cycling France French Village Diaries Deux-Sèvres tour de rêves
Tour de Rêves, The Deux-Sèvres Monthly October 2017

France has over 22,000km of marked cycle routes (that will keep me busy for a while) so you should be able to find something for you on the Véloroutes and Voires Verteswebsite, here. Some of these are Grand Itinéries, often taking you from one side of France to another, but many are smaller circuits or restored sections of old railway lines.

For a more comprehensive guide to cycling in France, I recommend FreewheelingFrance where you can find answers to all your cycling in France questions, cycle friendly accommodation and cycle routes, plus join other likeminded cyclists on the Cycling in France Facebook group, see here.

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