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Cycling in French Alps


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.

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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.


  • Seasons
    Late spring to early autumn recommended. Summer hot mostly dry. Winters can be cold with snow.
  • Centres
    Paris Strasbourg Geneva Arles Brest Toulouse.
  • Difficulty
    All levels. Routes (209km–354km) divided into daily stages. Range from low-level rides to high mountain climbs.
  • Must See
    Rugged Brittany coast Gorges du Tarn Tour de France routes Dordogne villages Alsace Wine Road lavender fields of Provence.

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