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Freewheeling France Does Ventoux (and you're invited)

A weekend for readers and friends to tackle the Giant of Provence

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Phone number:
lyn@freewheelingfrance.com

Tour length:
3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Anyone can do it, right?

Price:
€395 based on twin/double share. There is a €100 single supplement – if you are happy to share a twin room, we can match you up with another solo rider (of the same gender) so you can avoid the supplement.

Calling club riders, cycling groups, couples, singles, men, women, young, old, semi pros and weekend potterers – you're all welcome. 
We're holding a Ventoux social ride weekend on May 23-26, 2019. Our 2018 weekend was lots of fun and we had riders of all abilities – both sportive riders, leisure riders and even first-time road bikers. So we're going to do it again in 2019, riding this time from Malaucène. You're all invited, safe in the knowledge that there's no conceivable way you'll be slower than me. We're again organising this weekend in partnership with Gerry and John at 44-5 Cyclng Tours, local Ventoux specialists. It's a fully supported weekend: three nights' accommodation with breakfasts, a warmup ride on the Friday to size up the Giant on the horizon, and then a Ventoux climb on the Saturday. We'll also have a further self-guided Sunday morning ride for anyone who can hang around (it'll be a long weekend in the UK). There's also a welcome meal on the Thursday. Single rooms, airport/station transfers and bike hire all available for a surcharge. Just bring your climbing legs**.
Email me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com to sign up or for more info.
Save the date: Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26, 2019.
** You can hire an e-bike if you need help or if you're a non-cycling partner.

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1 Day in the Languedoc

Top your holiday off with a half day or day ride in the south of France

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 or +61 (0)4 11 047 828

Tour length:
Half day or full day

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging - customised to suit you

Price:
From €99 per person, with custom ride options available

The perfect solution if you only have one or two days to ride on your holiday in the south of France. VéloRoo's guided day rides take all the stress out of planning – all you have to do it turn up with your shoes and pedals and ride. Routes vary from 50-60km over a half day of undulating countryside through to hillier 100-120km itineraries with elevation gains of up to 1500m, but these can be tailored to individual abilities. All rides are fully guided, with optional vehicle support. Price includes performance road bike hire, souvenir VéloRoo water bottle and helmet. This is a great way to explore the stunning scenery of the Languedoc region, taking in beautiful countryside, wine and river country.

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3 Days in the Languedoc - Come ride with me

Short break package with plenty of quiet back roads – and sunshine!

Offered by:
Vie et Vélo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 48 08 42 00

Tour length:
3 days / 2 nights

Level of difficulty:
Flexible - can be tailored to your ability

Price:
€295

This is a lovely little package for all abilities. 'Come ride with me' is a perfect introduction to the Languedoc – an often overlooked region in the south of France that's magnificent for cycling, offering the beauty, landscapes and history of Provence but without the crowds. (Think quiet back roads, vineyards, and plenty of sunshine – great for year-round riding, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 10 degrees). Local cyclists Denise and Bruce are keen to introduce more people to this super area. Their price includes 2 nights’ B&B accommodation, airport transfers for you and your bike (or bike rental if you need it), and personalised guided rides based on your riding level and interests.

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3-day La Rochelle Loop (Atlantic Coast)

Discover the 'real' Charente Maritime with a local guide

Offered by:
Charente Maritime Cycling

Phone number:
+44 (0)779 245 3349

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£595

You are in safe hands with local cyclist Adrian and Charente Maritime Cycling. Adrian has extensive experience as a cycle guide, including a stint on the often treacherous roads of South America. By contrast, the roads in his backyard in Charente-Maritime on the west coast of France are positively idyllic. This three-day, 350km ride is perfect as an introduction to the back roads of the Charente Maritime region. Starting from La Rochelle airport or train station, you'll soon be peddalling along quiet lanes taking in the open scenery, sea air and salt marshes, stopping along the way to eat at local restaurants (with seafood and the region's famous oysters being a particular specialty), and sample the famous Pineau wine. Head inland to explore the heart of the region and enjoy the quieter backroads it has to offer. This is a fully supported and guided ride that's perfect for road bike riders or fit cycle tourers, with daily distances of between 90 and 120km. The price includes guided support, accommodation and stacks of local knowledge. Bike hire can also be arranged.

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5-day Dordogne Cycling Holiday

Take a tailored cycling holiday in the north of the Dordogne

Offered by:
Dordogne Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 90 84 95

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€350 half-board or €500 full board (please ask about discounts for larger groups and clubs)

Local cyclists Craig and Lizzie offer this single-centre guided cycling holiday from their own accommodation base north-east of Riberac. These holidays are flexible, and can be tailored for each rider and group. Choose from full board with all meals included, or take the B&B option. This area in the beautiful north west area of the Dordogne – near the Charente border – is blessed with winding roads that are virtually traffic-free roads. Expect beautiful scenery and pretty villages and towns – the quintessential place to discover France by bike. Rides are tailored for you, with guided rides introducing you to the area and, if you wish, a few days of self-guided factored in so you can explore on your (or revisit favourite routes from earlier in the week). Routes are well-researched and based on your individual level of fitness. There are shorter, easier routes for beginners or longer routes with plenty of hills for the more experience cyclists. After a day's cycling, you can relax by the heated pool. Full-board lunches are either picnics en route or a meal back at base, while evening three-course meals are freshly prepared from local produce. One lunch is also provided in one of the many local cafes.

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A Bed by the Med Cycling Holiday

Take a gentle two-wheeled cruise along the Côte d’Azur

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £885 (self-guided) or £1025 (guided)

Available as either guided or self-guided, this relaxed tour explores a beautiful stretch of the Provencal coast allowing you partake in the glamour of the Côte d’Azur with the option of escaping it all via quiet, secluded roads. With rides limited to between 20 and 30 kilometres each day (plus a couple of rest days), the pace of this French cycling itinerary really allows you to enjoy the region's varied landscape, its flora and fauna. The route starts and ends in Saint-Raphaël, a delightful Riviera town near Frejus with its Roman architectural heritage. But it also takes in lovely Mediterranean towns and lesser known beaches along the way, even allowing for a dip at the end of each ride before dining and falling asleep to the sound of the sea. There's also the option of using the two rest days for additional self-guided rides. The price includes a welcome briefing, 7 nights' B&B, lunches on ride days, transfers, high-quality bikes and plenty of local support.

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A Bike & Barge Holiday in the Loire Valley

Discover the Loire on this relaxing cycling/sailing barge holiday

Offered by:
HAT Tours

Phone number:
+31 (0)8 58 88 08 80

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€895

The area of the Loire valley between Nevers and Montargis is perfect for a relaxing cycling and sailing holiday. This area, approximately 100km in length, offers a landscape with slightly rolling hills and a mild climate. During the summer, it's dry but never too warm. Here, you'll find a wonderful combination of castles and villages to explore, and of course you'll also get to enjoy the region's fine Loire wines. This tour includes accommodation in a double cabin in a barge, full board, bike rental, tour guide, city walks and a castle visit, Loire wine tastings, and transfers from Paris. Cycling distances approximately 50km a day. Mixed nationalities, maximum group size 18 – this is a great way to meet new cycling friends.

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A Female Riders' Week in the Alps

Explore the Alps and relax in the mountains

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£645

This female-only tour is a 7-night catered and guided road cycling holiday in one of the most popular and beautiful cycling areas of the French Alps. After being collected from Geneva airport, you'll be taken straight to your chalet accommodation in the heart of the 3 Valleys. Spend then evening relaxing (or making last-minute bike preparations) before hitting the roads the next day on a fully guided ride on iconic local roads. Finish the day with an afternoon tea of fresh cake or pasta to refuel before relaxing for dinner. Daily rides can be tailored to meet the needs of the group and the route can also be tailored to take in cols of your choice. The price includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full on-road bike and vehicle support.

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A guided tour of the Tarn gorges and Grandes Causses

Let the locals guide you around the stunning Tarn gorges

Offered by:
Mellow Vélos Aventures

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 66 47 35 03

Tour length:
7 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
Price on request

This is a week of spectacular guided riding based on Geoff and Tessa's 20 years of experience riding this 'hidden' region of France to the north of Montpellier. Ride into the Cevennes National Park or out to the stunning Millau viaduct, or explore the deep gorges and valleys of the Tarn. The tour starts by using a local three-star hotel in Ste Enimie as your base. From here, join local guides (male and female available) to see the best of the relatively unknown Gorges du Tarn and Grandes Causses with their unique terrain. Ride six days out of the seven, with the rest day yours to enjoy off-road riding, walking, kayaking, pot-holing or relaxing with a book! This should be a really rewarding trip that introduces you to a side of France so few get to experience. Available during the month of September in 2018, and on other dates by request.

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A Northern Alps Weekend

Alpine weekend road cycling package out of Geneva

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £395 per person

Just an hour from Geneva airport and you're into one of the world's true cyclists' playgrounds. This weekend break is based in the beautiful Aravis mountain range, home to the Tour de France cols of Aravis, Colombière, and Croix Fry. This is an area of incredible climbs, spectacular views and breath-taking descents. For gentler rides, the roads around Lake Annecy are second to none. This package provides an easy, convenient long weekend of road cycling that can be tailored to your legs. Offered guided or self-guided. All you need to do it turn up in Geneva and enjoy.

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A Provence & Mont Ventoux Weekend

A weekend exploring the Luberon and tackling Ventoux

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £395 per person

Spend a fabulous weekend cruising past olive groves and through vineyards in Provence. Clear sunny days, quiet smooth roads, stunning views and scenery with just the right amount of climbing and descending. It doesn’t get much better than this! This weekend can be whatever you want it to be: ride through rolling hills in the morning before realxing by the swimming pool in the afternoon, or spend the whole day out on the bike. Then, of course, there's the opportunity to conquer Mont Ventoux and ride the Luberon wine region. This short break offers a convenient, hassle-free road cycling holiday – 4 days of relaxation and fun. Offered guided or self-guided – it's up to you.

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A Short Break in the Lot Valley

Hot price for a cycling package in the Lot

Offered by:
Red Pepper Rides

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 07 26 09 31

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £190 per person (based on group of 6)

This is a great, affordable guided short-break option for road cyclists. Red Pepper rides are based near Montcuq in the wonderfully under-explored Lot Valley (easy access to airports and trains at Toulouse, Bergerac or Bordeaux). Phil at Red Pepper will tailor rides for your ability – whether you're a complete novice or a club rider. You'll stay in a comfortable, well-equipped gîte, where you'll help yourself each day to a breakfast to power your day. Then it's on to the bike, taking in around 4 hours on quiet roads, through beautiful and varied terrain, and interesting villages and medieval towns. The lunch stop is usually taken at a local eatery on a sunny terrace. After a day’s cycling, you can relax in the garden, swim in the pool or enjoy a game of pétanque. Later on you can light the BBQ, cook supper in the gîte’s well-equipped kitchen or visit a local restaurant. The breaks include 4 nights' accommodation and breakfast, 3 days of. guided rides, high-quality carbon framed road bikes, guided rides, helmets and water bottles. This is a perfect package for groups wanting some independence and privacy, combined with local rides support. Non-cycling group friends and families are welcome to relax by the pool while their partner/mum/dad is on the bike.

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A Taste of Languedoc

Fully supported road bike holidays in the south of France

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
April-October: +33 (0)6 65 95 30 97; October-March: +61 (0)411 047 828

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate or challenging

Price:
From €1450

VéloRoo's approach to a cycling holiday is simple: they take care of the logistics so you can spend quality time in the saddle immersing yourselves in the rural villages and countryside of 'the real South of France'. Ride on hand-picked routes taking in quiet country roads on a performance road bike, and with the comfort and security of vehicle support the whole way. Enjoy delicious lunches and dinners with fresh local produce and great local wine at Steve and Julia's favourite eating spots. Daily rides are approximately 50-70km, with longer itineraries available if you'd like to pack in some extra kilometres. Stay in fixed base accommodation at one B&B – so no need to pack up every day; if you have your own accommodation, VéloRoo can provide a standalone cycling package with riding, support and lunch. Dates can be customised to suit you. This is a 5-night package but it can be tailored for you.

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Across the Pyrénées

Ride 16 climbs and 705km on this spectacular Pyrénéan adventure

Offered by:
Bike Basque

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 95 94 82 37

Tour length:
8 days/7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
€1800

Do you want to climb the biggest and most beautiful cols in the Pyrenees? Then, start in Biarritz and finish in Ax les Thermes 10 days later. En route take in the Tourmalet, the Aubisque and Peyresourde – in total there are 16 climbs (with over 12,000m elevation gain) over 705km. Fully supported by professional guides and cars. Price includes half-board accommodation, transfers, and snacks and drinks while you're on the bike. Optional bike hire available. 
Dates for 2017: July 2-9, September 8-15 (alternative dates may be available, please ask)

 

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Adventure in Paris' National Forest of Rambouillet and the Vallée of Chevreuse Nature Park

Château gardens, quaint villages, tastings, a huge forest and more.

Offered by:
Adventure Tours Paris

Phone number:
+33 (0)7 88 37 42 38

Tour length:
1 day

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate, with the option of more challenging terrain

Price:
From €90 per person, discounts for large groups

This really varied and interesting tour starts just 30 minutes away from Paris in Rambouillet, a village with a cobbled main street, a King Louis XVI medieval towered château with English gardens that mimic Versailles (complete with grand canals), and Marie-Antoinette’s dairy hamlet. The tours are run by Thor, a passionate local who's keen to introduce this area to more international cyclists. He'll meet you at the train station and take you to pick up hire bikes if you don't have your own. He'll then take you into the heart of Forêt de Rambouillet, Paris' regional forest – a stunning blend of wildlife and fauna, quaint villages, farmland, rolling hills, valleys and waterways. Price includes bottled mineral water, a mini picnic of local farm products, and bike rental. The day is spent cycling mainly on bicycle paths and trails. This is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the French capital, and see, taste and explore Paris’ scenic countryside. 

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African Quest - London to Marrakesh via France

A true epic from Europe to Africa covering over 3000km

Offered by:
Mammoth Journeys

Phone number:
+44 (0)79 03 461 070

Tour length:
35 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£5950 or £3500 for the European legs only. Group discounts offered.

This is an ideal trip for anyone wanting to do a big group trip, or riders not yet ready to go it alone on long overland journeys. When it comes to long-distance cycling Richard and Lucy, the team behind Mammoth Journeys, have plenty of experience, including rides across China and Papua New Guinea. They understand what it takes to ride successfully over distances. The Quest is their original Mammoth Journeys cycle route and takes you from the UK through France, Spain and finally Morocco. There are three legs, the first from London to Bordeaux taking 10 days, the second from Bordeaux to Madrid taking 9 nights and crossing the Pyrenees, and finally the last leg from Madrid to Morocco. You'll have traversed an entire continent by bike. The price of this tour includes 35 nights' hotel accommodation, including the night in London prior to departure for briefing, all breakfasts and 19 dinners (leaving some nights free for you to explore on your own). There is also a support vehicle for luggage transport and mechanical assistance, cycle guide, route maps, or GPS, a cycling jersey, full recommended kit list, and airport transfers at the start and end of your journey. 
Next tour: June 8-July 13, 2019.

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All France - Bespoke Cycle Tours

Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux

Tackle two of the most iconic climbs in France in one trip

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33 (0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £1100

This is a superb five-day trip that combines two of the most iconic climbs in cycling history in three days of stunning riding. Starting in the high Alps on the rugged slopes of the Romanche Valley, follow in the pedal strokes of the Tour’s greatest legends and conquer all 21 infamous switchbacks. From here, make your way over the Col d’Ornon and into the lesser known but equally breathtaking cycling terrain of the Vercors on the way to the lavender fields of Provence. This is a challenging and exhilarating ride that ends with a final, epic ascent of Mont Ventoux, a monster of a climb. Price includes airport transfers, accommodation and meals, minibus-supported riding, lead rider, professionally qualified mechanics, breakfasts, water and soft drinks (on rides), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. If you prefer you can also hire bikes through Velovation too.

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Alpine Cols Intro Weekend

Gear up to make your first Alpine ascent

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
Weekend break

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£475

This ia a superb weekend for beginners or less experienced cyclists who are keen to stretch their legs and challenge themselves on some of the famous cols of the French Alps. This is a NOT a competitive weekend but a fully supported and guided break designed to help introduce riders to the joys of cycling in the Alps. It is comes complete with local advice and vehicle support. The price of this tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full on-road support.

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Alpine Cycling Intro Tour

Riding the breathtaking Alps at your own pace

Offered by:
45 Degrees North

Phone number:
+44 (0)79 3330 9238

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
From £495

This week-long trip based in Morzine is as much about taking the time to enjoy the serenity as it is about the riding. Whether you're relatively new to cycling or an old hand who just prefers a more leisurely pace that doesn’t involve conquering a col every day, this week may be for you. You decide on the level of challenge you're willing to try and the 45 Degrees North team will be there to provide as much help as you want and need. Price includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner for 6 nights, plus the comforts of a luxury chalet to unwind and relax in at the end of each day. This is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Haute Savoie. Available guided and self-guided.

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Alpine Experience

Camp and ride the Tour de France's most famous cols

Offered by:
Cyclochef

Phone number:
+31 (0)6 44 19 20 78

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging / Very challenging

Price:
From €395

This is a six-stage tour over some of the most famous cols in the French Alps, such as Alpe d’Huez, Glandon, Iseran and Galibier, and dipping down into the Provence region for Puy Saint Vincent and the Izoard. Throughout the rides you'll be fully supported as you cover about 60 miles (100km) a day (can be adjusted for riders of differing abilities). The tour is based around small campsites in stunning areas with views over the mountains and lakes. This is a small, personalised tour run by Dutcho-born cyclist Matthijs, a professional chef who works and cycles in the Alps. He's branching out to share the best bits with the rest of us. The tour price includes includes campsite fees, support, GPX files, luggage transport, bars, powder and a lunch break. A contribution of €25 per day ensures you get fuelled up with a good breakfast and dinner.

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Alpine Sportives

Test yourself on the roads of France with an Alpine sportive

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 42 50 40 12

Tour length:
Flexible

Level of difficulty:
Moderate, challenging or very challenging

Price:
€795

Combine a cycling holiday in France with a cycling challenge to remember. This week-long sportive break allows you to join an Alpine sportive during your stay. There are sportives throughout summer in the Alps – choose one to match your energy levels and legs. There are several options in Morzine – the Buzz Cycling base – or within easy reach. This gives you an immediate advantage with stacks of local knowledge and support in hand. The guys recommend the following events to get a real taste of the area:
Cyclotour Leman - May 21 
Grand Trophee Megeve Mt Blanc - June 4 
Grand Trophee Morzine - June 18 
Gruyere Cycling Tour - September 3
 

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Alps - Weekend Road Cycling Camps in Morzine

A weekend dedicated to improving your riding

Offered by:
Yellovelo Tours

Tour length:
3 days (can be tailored for you)

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
From £350 camp only - please enquire about prices with accommodation included

Whether you're new to road biking, distance riding, cycling in the Alps or simply a seasoned rider keen to push your limits, these camps will help you gain the knowledge and confidence to reach your potential. Meet other riders, and learn to improve and enjoy your cycling in a new and exciting environment. Ride with experienced and competitive Alpine cyclists, who will share tips on bike and cleat fitting, how to choose the right bike for you and set it up, gear-changing, on-the-bike techniques for drinking, eating and pedalling, how to ride in a group, plus slipstream riding, relaying, and pacing. There's also an introduction to climbing and training, on-road repairs and punctures, choosing clothing, kit, food, drinks, plus hydration and recovery. And much more! Distances range from 40-150km a day depending on your ability. This is a great way to spend a few days with new friends (or old) amid the breathtaking scenery of the Morzine area of the Alps.

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Alps Challenge: Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

6 famous cols en route to the Alpe – are you up for the challenge?

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From 845€ self-guided or 1395€ with a support vehicle

Cyclomundo Geneva to Alpe d'Huez mapVoted Outside Magazine's 'Trip of the Year', this tour starting in Cyclomundo's own backyard in Geneva can be taken as a guided or self-guided option. From the shores of Lake Geneva you'll ride to the switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez, climbing some of France's most famous cols en route: the Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe and the mighty Galibier are all here. This tour can be booked as a self-guided ride or organised for cycling clubs and private groups. Itineraries and support can be tailored to your fitness levels. This tour can be combined with cyclosportives such as La Marmotte, Etape du Tour and the Time-Megeve-Mont-Blanc. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 4 dinners, luggage transfers, transfer from Geneva to start of day 1, marked maps and route notes, a GPS unit (subject to availability). Full carbon road bike hire available on request.

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Alps Hannibal Tour

Camp and cycle high among the French and Italian alps

Offered by:
Cyclochef

Phone number:
+31 (0)6 44 19 20 78

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging / Very challenging

Price:
From €395

Starting in Puy Saint Vincent, this is a six-stage tour over some of the most famous and lesser known cols in the French and Italian Alps such as Agnel (remember the crash of Stefan Kruijswijk descending this side of the Agnel and losing the Giro d’Italia?), Sampeyre, Fauniera, Lombarde, Bonette, Cayolle and Izoard, over the border into the Alps of Provence. You will also ride over part of the Granfondo Fausto Coppi track to the Passo Fauniera – a very remote place with very little traffic and a lot of marmots, and you may encounter some snow as the top approaches. Throughout the rides you will be fully supported as you cover about 60 miles (100km) a day, with adjustments being able for riders of differing abilities. After your rewarding rides, you'll stay at small campsites with stunning views over the mountains and lakes and can reflect on the day over dinner as you prepare for the next day's challenges. The price of this tour includes campsite fees, support, GPX files, luggage transport, bars, powder and a lunch break, whilst a contribution of €25 per day ensures you get fuelled up with a good breakfast and dinner.

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Alps Long Weekend

A long weekend to remember climbing iconic Alpine climbs

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging or very challenging

Price:
£595

Your chance to cycle the Lautaret, Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Ornon, Izoard and many other iconic cols of the Alps. You ride while La Vie en Velo takes care of the logistics. Included in the price is full on-road support from Angus and his van and trailer (he can also bring your bike and bags from the UK for you to save you the hassle of bike/plane or bike/train logistics). All rides and routes can be tailored to your preferences each day – ride as much or as little as you want. Maximum group size of only 8, so this is ideal for families with non-cyclists, as well as small corporate groups, cycling clubs or charity rides. Price includes transfer of bikes and bags from/to SE UK (or Paris for long-haul arrivals); 3 nights’ accommodation in a great little bike-friendly hotel near the Col du Galibier. Bike hire can be arranged.

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Alps Weekend Riding Holiday

Supported rides over Col de Joux Plane and lots more

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£475 per person

This tour is a great chance to experience some wonderful climbing in the Alps over 4 days, a perfect long weekend. Running from Wednesday to Sunday, you'll tackle some of the most famous climbs in the region, including Col de Joux Plane, Col des Aravis, Col de Joux Verte, Col de la Ramaz and the Col de la Colombiere, all with a guide and vehicle support. The price includes chalet accommodation, breakfast, afternoon tea, two-course evening meals with wine, and transfers to and from Geneva airport.

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Alps – The Big One

Challenge yourself against the highest mountain passes in the Alps

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33(0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From £1100

This is an immense five-day trip with three incredible days of riding. After arriving in Geneva, you'll be met by the Velovation team and taken to Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise where the tour starts. You'll enjoy a meal at your hotel and talk through the next few days' riding. Over the course of the trip, you'll climb the Iseran, the Galibier, the Glandon, the Madeleine and, if that's not enough, the Alpe d’Huez as well. The price includes airport transfers, accommodation and meals, full vehicle support, professionally qualified mechanics, all breakfasts, picnic lunches, water and soft drinks (on rides), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. If you prefer you can also hire bikes through Velovation too.

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Anyone for Corsica? My bespoke cycling service

Let me help you sort your cycling holiday with this personal service

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
You decide

Located off the southern coast of France, the island of Corsica is a MAGIC place to cycle. It's diverse and beautiful and isolated, yet within reach. You can fly in or get the ferry across, you can ride guided or unguided, in the hills or along the coast. If you want to find out more about Corsica, or if you need a hand planning your cycling holiday there, then the my bespoke Freewheeling France service could be for you. I can help you tailor your trip to your budget, your time and your ability. Just check out the info in my blog here and drop me a line. Whether it's road riding or mountain biking, whether you're cycling solo or in a group – just email me through your requirements and I'll help take the hassle out of planning a super cycling holiday in one of France's most amazing corners. Lyn @ FWF. 

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Atlantic Coast Cycle Holiday

Guided cycling from Brittany to La Rochelle with camping or B&B options

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)78 1128 5021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
10 days / 9 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£920 for camping option, £1195 for B&B option with discount for under 14s

There are quite a few self-guided tours available of the Atlantic Coast, but it's much harder to find one that's fully guided. Even better, there is a fully guided camping option, allowing you to stay close to the wild ruggedness of Atlantic Coast while having someone else carry your camping kit for you (there'll be a support car on hand for that; non-cycling partners and youngsters with tired legs can even grab a lift). If you prefer though there is also a B&B option too. Ride from one historic port town to another: the wonderfully walled St-Malo in Brittany to the boats of La Rochelle, via salt marshes, fields of peat bog and the water world that is the Marais  Poitevin – some of the French coast's most magnificent scenery. Tents, luggage transfer, bike hire (if you need it), all breakfasts and lunches plus some evening meals included. Combine this trip with the Entre Deux Mers and Canal du Midi trips to ride all the way to the Med. 

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Aude and Pyrenees Cycling Holidays

Locally run guided and self-guided rides from the Pyrenean foothills

Offered by:
Cycle Aude

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 68 20 66 08 or +33 (0)7 86 70 43 15

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €50 per night

From his base at the foothills of the Pyrenees, local cyclist Martyn runs guided and self-guided rides in the Aude, one of the Languedoc's cycling delights, as well as rides into the Pyrenees themselves. From his door, there are wonderful roads out into the countryside, with routes for all abilities. Take a gentle family ride or head off into the hills to challenge yourself against the cols of the Tour de France. Martyn can help tailor your stay to your ability, and provide local maps and route notes. Rides are available guided or unguided, with flat-rate nightly rates offered to keep things simple. 

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August Bank Holiday Weekend in Morzine

A bank holiday weekend with a difference in the high Alps

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33(0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
4 days, 3 nights with an option to stay over on Monday night

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£650

Make the most of your UK Bank Holiday Weekend with three days of superb Alpine riding around Morzine. This package includes Velovation's favourite local rides plus some hidden back roads routes (think stunning scenery, classic Tour de France climbs, velvet descents, medieval towns and great food and accommodation). Arrive for three days of fully supported riding. There's no need to take any time off work as the guys will return you to the airport for an evening flight on the Monday – in time for work on Tuesday. The weekend is based in a specialist bike chalet with large secure bike garage, tools and work stands. There's also a large garden and hot tub for relaxing in after your day's ride. Price includes airport transfers, 3 nights' accommodation, 3 days' supported riding, professionally qualified mechanics, breakfasts, picnic lunches, evening meals (with wine), water and soft drinks (on ride), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. Bike hire can also be arranged.

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Aveyron Gorge - Self-Guided Cycling Breaks

Explore one of France's 'forgotten' corners

Offered by:
Saint Antonin Noble Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 63 02 23 88 or +33 (0)6 65 97 61 81

Tour length:
2 nights minimum

Level of difficulty:
Easy, moderate or challenging

Price:
From €125 per person per night based two people sharing a room

A custom fixed base holiday tailored to your ability and budget in the medieval village of St Antonin Noble Val, deep in the Aveyron gorge in south-west France. Visit for as long as you like and at any time of year (subject to availability). Peter will put a package of rides together based around your fitness levels and interests. Groups welcome – there is space for up to 10 people in Peter and Natalie's 16th century auberge. Discover the fantastic cycling terrain in this forgotten corner of France with its dramatic gorges, oak forests, vineyards and limestone plateaux, all on very quiet roads. Often overlooked in favour of the Dordogne to the north or the Pyrenees proper to the south, this region is also home to some of the best preserved medieval villages in France.

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Bank Holiday Fun in the French Alps

Why not spend the next Bank Holiday cycling in the Alps?

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£475

Jet off to France for a Bank Holiday Weekend with this 4-night fully catered and guided road cycling holiday in one of the most popular cycling areas of the French Alps. This weekender is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to enjoy a weekend of riding in France. The price of this supported tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full on-road support.

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Bespoke Cycling Tours in the Alps and Provence

Flexible cycling options for fixed base and point-to-point riding

Offered by:
Cycle the Alps of Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 78 11 91 85

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

Ray at Cycle the Alpes of Provence can tailor a trip just for you and your group. Why not take on the Route des Grandes Alpes, the Alpes de Haute Provence or a RAID Pyrenees? Or try seven days in Corsica or a trip over the southern Cols from Nice. Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez trips (either individually or together) are also possible. Tick off the classics or explore lakes, rivers, gorges and cols from a fixed base. Prices and itineraries designed for you. British Cycling Level 3 coaching also available.

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Bespoke Provence Cycling Holidays

My bespoke service to help you plan your Provence cycling holiday

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide!

Level of difficulty:
You decide!

Price:
You set your own budget

Provence is one of the most popular regions for cycling in France, but decided where exactly where to ride can be hard (there's so much to see and do). So I've set up this special reader service to help you find the right guided or self-guided ride for your ability and budget. If you can't find the right tour for you on these pages, I can hook yo up with experts on the ground to help you arrange luggage transfers, bike hire and accommodation, or to recommend routes and provide maps. It may help take the stress and worry out of your trip, as well as save you some pennies on booking eash element separately. (I have a similar service for Corsica and one for Ventoux – for other French cycling destinations, just email me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com).  

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Best of the Correze and Upper Dordogne Valley

Explore one of France's best-kept secrets

Offered by:
Correze Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 55 27 13 01

Tour length:
5 to 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging but most abilities can be catered for

Price:
From €745

This guided or self-guided tor is set in the little-known department of Corrèze, the green heart of France. Think varied terrain, stunning scenery and virtually traffic-free roads. The week starts with an introductory warm up ride on the Pays de Tulle Plateau – characterised by charming villages, forests and lakes. On the following days you'll visit many beautiful villages such as Aubazine, Argentat and Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, and the spectacular Dordogne gorges. At the end of the week, the tour goes to the Cantal or Auvergne mountains, weather permitting. Average daily distances between 70km to 85km. The price includes stylish B&B accommodation in a converted farm with swimming pool and private lake, 6 restaurant quality four-course dinners with wine, afternoon tea and cakes, secure bike storage and workshop, emergency vehicle backup and road bike hire if needed.

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Big Cols Week

Explore the upper altitudes of the Alps

Offered by:
TAG Rides

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£645

If you're an experienced rider looking for a cycling holiday in the French Alps where you can push yourself and explore new challenges, then this tour could be a for you. It's the perfect chance to spend a week on the big cols with support and guidance on hand to help you get the most out of the trip. The price of the holiday includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and cycle and vehicle support.

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Bike & Barge – A Taste of Burgundy

The Burgundy canal and the river Saône by bike and barge

Offered by:
HAT Tours

Phone number:
+31 (0)8 58 88 08 80

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €865

Who wouldn’t like to taste the Burgundy way of life in France? Delicious wines, impressive castles, rolling landscapes, old monasteries and a lot more. Starting in the regional capital, Dijon, this guided cycling and sailing holiday follows the Canal of Burgundy and the river Saône until you reach the charming provincial town of Tournus. The scenery you cycle through changes from small villages and slightly rolling hills to lively and attractive historic towns like Beaune and Chalon-sur-Saône. Or dream away travelling by hotel barge on the Saône river. This tour includes a double cabin in the barge, full board, bike rental, tour guide, city walks and excursions, Burgundy wine tastings, and transfers. Cycling distances approximately 45km a day. Mixed nationalities, maximum group size 17 people – this is a fun way to explore Burgundy while also meeting new cycling friends.

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Bike & Barge – Paris & Beyond

A unique biking and barge holiday centred on the delights of Paris

Offered by:
HAT Tours

Phone number:
+31 (0)8 5 88 80 880

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €895

Paris, the City of Light, is at the centre of this guided cycling and sailing holiday. Visit the castle at Fontainebleau and pedal along the winding rivers Seine and Oise. You'll also cycle through the forests at Compiègne, experience an evening canal cruise across 19th century Paris, and see why Van Gogh and Sisley were so inspired by Auvers-sur-Oise and Moret-sur-Loing. Take in all the sights of Paris: the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, Arc de Triomphe, Versailles palace and much more. The tour includes a double cabin at hotel barge, full board, bike rental, tour guide, a visit to Fontainebleau, and wine and cheese tastings. Cycling distances are approximately 45km a day. Mixed nationalities, maximum group size of 19 – this is a fun way to meet other travellers and enjoy the pleasures of cycling in France.

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Burgundy Mini-break

Take to the backroads and cycle paths of Burgundy

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
From 3 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy and moderate options

Price:
From €195

Explore the quiet country lanes and traffic-free bike tracks that weave through the vineyards and countryside of Burgundy. This is a relaxed and friendly corner of France, and an easy one to explore by bike. This is a flexible trip, and you can decide how many days you want to ride. Take in Beaune, the best bits of the Canal du Centre, the vineyards of the Nuits-Saint-Georges (Vosne Romanée, Vougeot, Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny…), and the 'Voie des Vignes' to Santenay (think great wines like Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and Chassagne Montrachet). This trip has a strong gastronomical theme, and includes visits to vineyards and wine cellars, plus food tastings throughout. Price includes B&B accommodation, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided.

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Buzz, Bike and Brews

Beer and cycling ... two of life's simple pleasures in one holiday

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 42 50 40 12

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
€715

Buzz Bikes & Beers holiday combines the love of cycling and ales. Nothing beats a nice cold beer after a tough day on the bike! The team have selected the best climbs in the Alps and matched them with great beers for this unique cycling holiday. Cycle Tour de France classics as well as some hidden gems and taste award-winning local beers. The stay includes luxury accommodation, a daily guided ride, cooked morning breakfast and 5 evening dinners. It also includes a visit to 6 different local micro-breweries and establishments that will enhance your love of a nice brew. We think this could be a popular one.

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Canal du Midi Cycle Holiday

Cycle along France's most famous canal on this guided tour

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
11 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£935 (camping option), £1335 (B&B option) with discounts for under 14s

Experience one of France's most popular canals by bike, taking the famous canal from Toulouse right the way through to the Med and then along the coast towards Provence. You'll use the canal as a rough guide, but you'll also leave it to explore the vineyards, olive groves and historic towns around it – there is more to this lovely corridor than its famous waterway. This fully guided and supported ‘Length and Breadth’ tour gives you the chance to get close to nature, camping your way along the canal but without the hassle of having to carry your own camping kit or tent (or even pitching it). If you prefer you can stay in B&Bs rather than camping, the choice is yours. Price includes support car, luggage transfers and guide, all campsite breakfasts or B&B if selected, plus lunches en route and some evening meals. You can combine this tour with the Atlantic Coast and Entre Deux Mers trips to navigate your way from the top of France to the bottom. 

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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday

Follow the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Agde

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 22 37 11 31

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €850

This tour offers the chance to experience the Canal du Midi from the 'pink city' of Toulouse  to the Mediterranean via the fortress city of Carcassonne. The pace and ease of riding is perfect for first-time cycle tourers, as well as families, with the paths generally flat. High-quality Specialized or Trek mountain bikes included to ensure you have a comfortable ride. You'll be met at the airport or railway station, taken to the first hotel and provided with every assistance you need to get you out and on the towpaths. The tour price includes detailed maps and route guides, bike and helmet hire, B&B accommodation in a combination of hotels and chambres d'hotes, airport transfers and luggage transfer between hotels. Optional upgrades can also be included, such as higher rated hotels with pools, and a dedicated guide for whole trip.

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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday: From Toulouse to Sète

A leisurely ride along France's most famous canal to the Med

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €595

The Canal du Midi is an ideal route for anyone wanting to take a leisurely ride and relax for a week of cycling with friends or family. From lock to lock and bridge to bridge, the canal will carry you from the  heart of Toulouse to Marseillan, on the Mediterranean Coast. Enjoy some time exploring the narrow labyrinthine streets of the 'pink city' of Toulouse before heading off along the canal to the Plaines du Lauragais, Castelnaudary and on to the towering fortified town of Carcassonne. You'll also pass by the seven locks of Fonséranne and the Etang de Thau (complete with oyster beds), before arriving at the Med. Price includes 6 nights' B&B accommodation, 4 evening meals, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided. 

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Classic Climbs of the Pyrenées

The finest climbs of the Pyrenees from the Tour de France

Offered by:
Bike Basque

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 95 94 82 37

Tour length:
7 days/6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€1200

Ride the classic cols of the Tour de France with the local Basque experts. Over the course of seven days in the Pyrenees, you will climb, among many others, the Aubisque, Hautacam and the Tourmalet, fully guided and escorted by a support car (but also available self-guided). You will stay in 2-3 star hotels that are well-versed in welcoming groups of cyclists and looking after them. Nine climbs in the Pyrenees in all, 11,000m elevation gain and 480km of cycling. High spec bike hire can be arranged.
Dates for 2017: June 19-25, July 24-30 (alternative dates may be available, please ask)
 

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Cols Tour in Pyrenees - Ride 6 (or 7!) cols

Cyclist-run supported rides from the foothills of the Pyrenees

Offered by:
Cycle Aude

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 68 20 66 08 or +33 (0)7 86 70 43 15

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging (can be tailored for you)

Price:
From €50 per night

Ride the cols of the Pyrenees from cyclist Martyn's base in the beautiful Aude at the foothills of the mountains and within reach of all the big-hitters: Col de Portel, Col De Portet d'Aspet, Col de Peyresourde, Col de Mente, Col de Aspin, Tourmalet and the Hautacam. Airport/train transfers or luggage and bike bag collection included (you can cycle from the airport or train station if you like). To keep things simple, the trip's priced at a flat per-night rate that includes B&B, evening meals and on-road nourishment. Available guided or self-guided if you prefer to go off and do your own thing with maps and route advice from Martyn.

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Cote d'Azur and Nice guided rides

See the sunny south coast of France with a local guide

Offered by:
Lifesparkz Bike Tours

Phone number:
(+33) 6 40 52 94 39

Tour length:
Single or multiple day options to suit your needs

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to very challenging

Price:
Tailored for you

 The Côte d’Azur really is an area that comes into its own with some local knowledge. Discover the hidden treasures of the Côte d’Azur by bike with local guides. Tina at Lifesparkz Bike Tours can customise day tours for single riders or organise longer tours for larger groups or clubs. Routes can be tailored to all abilities, from moderate to very challenging rides that take you into Les Alpes-Maritimes, or leisure ride along coastal routes that can often be crowded with tourist traffic. Ride from Nice into the lower Alps or venture into the Var. Day or multi-day rides available. Guiding in English, French, Danish or Hungarian. Bike rental also possible, along with support cars and mechanics for larger groups.

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Criterium de Dauphine

Combine riding with watching the pros warm up for the TDF

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£725

The Criterium du Dauphine presents the perfect opportunity for a road cycling holiday. Watch the very best riders from the pro peloton while cycling some of the same roads. This French cycling holiday combines daily rides with an opportunity to stop and watch the professionals in the 2018 event. The price of this tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, transport to and from the event, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full vehicle support.
Dates for 2018: June 4-10

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Culture Vulture – London to Paris

London to Paris on quiet roads and via epic cities

Offered by:
Mammoth Journeys

Phone number:
+44 (0)79 03 461 070

Tour length:
11 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£1800 with Group discounts offered

The Culture Vulture tour is offered by Mammoth Journeys, specialists in long-distance overland cycle trips. The Culture Vulture allows you to experience cycle touring in Europe and offers a great balance between riding and exploring some of the world's greatest cities. This is a great journey to help you experience cycle touring with full support and backup. The Culture Vulture itinerary is split into 3 legs: London to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Brussels and Brussels to Paris. That's 11 days covering nearly 800km. The price of the tour includes 11 nights' hotel accommodation, including the night in London prior to departure, all breakfasts, 5 dinners, a support vehicle for luggage, mechanical assistance, on-road cycle guide, maps or GPS, a cycling jersey, full kit list, and airport transfer.
Next tour: May 18-28, 2019

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All accommodation has been checked to ensure it meets our cycle-friendly criteria. We also deal with tour operators personally before adding them to the site. To recommend a great French cycling holiday or a nice bike-friendly place to stay, please email lyn@freewheelingfrance.com

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