Published by Lyn on 19 May 2017
Introducing our first ever Freewheeling France Bike Ride Weekend – a social, affordable weekend of road cycling in France.
As regular visitors to the site will know, I reckon cycling in France should be for all. And, to be honest, I spend way too much time sitting here TALKING about cycling and not enough time out there doing it.
So, I've finally got my butt into gear and organised a few weekends away – why don't you come too?
In short, I've teamed up with some super cycling B&Bs to put together two weekends of cycling for the Freewheeling France community. One is a free-for-all mixed ability weekend that's open to everyone (that's this one below) and the other is a women's weekend (see here for that one).
Both weekends are on a first-come first-serve basis. It's the first time I've done this community ride idea, so I haven't got too carried away reserving too much accommodation. I'm keen to find out how much interest there is out there from like-minded riders.
Here's how to join our mixed ability rides weekend.
Freewheeling France Bike Weekend for All, September 7-10
WHAT: This is a fully guided weekend of riding for cyclists of all abilities. I'm running it in conjunction with Geoff and Victoria at the Free Range Chalet in Bagnères-de-Luchon.
This is intended to be a fun, relaxed weekend of riding for all. There are hills in the area (yes, OK, mountains, even!) for people who want to ride them, but there are also some lovely more undulating routes in this area of the Pyrenees if you know where to find them (Victoria and Geoff do!)
All routes and distances will be tailored for the group. If you're a stronger rider and want to climb big hills, you can do that too! Solo riders, couples, clubs and groups of friends all welcome.
This weekend is not really suitable for kids – but if there's sufficient interest, I may do one of these weekends for families in the new year (hit me up at [email protected] you're keen).
WHEN: Arrive Thursday, September 7 and depart Sunday, September 10. This is after the summer school holiday rush and an ideal time to take a cycling holiday in France.
WHERE: Free Range Chalet in the spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon. The nearest airports are Toulouse, Lourdes and Tarbes – if you need airport or train transfers, we can sort those for you for €25 per person.
COST: €225 per person. There is a single supplement if you want your own room, or you can share with another rider (like me!) who will be travelling solo. Discounts for groups of 8 or more booking together – please ask. There's also the option to say on longer at a nightly rate. If you can't stay for the full 3 nights we may also be able to work out a discounted 2-night rate. We're trying to be as flexible as possible to cater for all. If we're lucky, Victoria may even bake one of these.
WHAT'S INCLUDED: Price is based on 3 nights' half-board accommodation. Lunches will be en route every day (though Victoria and Geoff can provide a packed lunch for €5). There is the option to hold a bike maintenace course on one of the days, but this will depend on demand - let me know if you're interested. Bike hire can also be arranged locally.
HOW TO BOOK: Email me at [email protected] and we'll go from there!