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Les Copains Sportive, June 29 to July 1, 2018

Les Copains Sportive is a weekend of summer cycling for all in the Auvergne. • Feb 14, 2018

Join our cycling in France Facebook group

We've set up a closed Facebook group to talk about all things cycling in France. Why not join us? • Feb 13, 2018

Guidebook for cycling the River Rhone Cycle Route EuroVelo 17

All the information you need to cycle from the Alps to the Mediterranean on EuroVelo 17 can be found in Cycling the River Rhone Cycle Route. • Feb 02, 2018

Tour du Poitou-Charentes 2018

The route for the 2018 Tour du Poitou-Charentes has been announced. This year the race, which often attracts big-name riders, will be held from August 21-24. • Jan 29, 2018

Campilaro Pyrenean Sportive, July 19- 22, 2018

If you fancy a multi-stage cycling event for amateurs in the mountains of France, the Campilaro Pyrenean Sportive could be for you. • Jan 22, 2018

Reader Q&A: Cycling from Le Puy-en-Velay to Roscoff

We had a request by email for some advice on riding a tandem from Le Puy-en-Velay to Roscoff. • Jan 15, 2018

Climb Puy de Dôme in the Auvergne, June 24, 2018

For one day only, climb Puy de Dôme, the route on which Poulidor and Anquetil went head-to-head and where Merckx was attacked by a spectator. • Jan 15, 2018

Reader Q&A: Which section of the Loire is best for cycling with kids?

Reader Q&A: Which section of the Loire is best for cycling with kids? • Jan 15, 2018

Reader Q&A: Cycling from Grenoble to Alpe d'Huez

We received this enquiry asking about a bike route for cycling from Grenoble to Alpe d'Huez. • Jan 13, 2018

Reader Q&A: Le Havre to Rouen bike route suggestions

We received the following question asking for bike route suggestions for a ride from St Malo to Rouen. • Jan 11, 2018

La Pyrénéenne Cyclosportive - Sunday, July 1

La Pyrénéenne Cyclosportive in the Pyrenees in July includes two routes that climb the Tourmalet and the Hautacam. • Jan 10, 2018

Ride the Figure of Hate Cyclosportive

We look at the Figure of Hate Cyclosportive, a sportive billed as one of France's most brutal. • Jan 09, 2018

World War One commemorations in the French Ardennes

Commemorations on November 11, 2018 marking the end of World War One will have special significance in the French Ardennes. • Jan 09, 2018

Top 25 Bicycle Touring Blogs of 2018

The Adventure Junkies have released their annual list of Best Bicycle Touring Blogs – and we're on it. • Jan 08, 2018

Reader Q&A: Family friendly cycling on the Loire Valley

We received the following enquiry about family friendly cycling routes in the Loire Valley. • Jan 08, 2018

Voyages-sncf becomes OUI.sncf

The French rail operator SNCF has rebranded its ticket booking service from Voyages-SNCF to OUI.sncf. • Dec 07, 2017

Shipping bikes to Australia and South Africa

Here are services that will send bikes to and from Australia and South Africa. • Dec 05, 2017

La Pierre Jacques en Barétous Sportive 2018

Combine the Pierre Jacques en Barétous – a local sportive in the Pyrenees – with watching the 2018 Tour de France. • Nov 16, 2017

Freewheeling France does Ventoux (and you can come too)

'Anyone can climb Ventoux.' These words may come back to haunt me on our next Freewheeling France social rides weekend. • Nov 10, 2017

The 2018 Etape du Tour

Riding the 2018 Étape du Tour? Here is everything you need to know to enter – and survive – the most famous sportive in the world. • Oct 23, 2017

Cycling the Canal du Midi guidebook out now

A new edition of Cicerone's popular Cycling the Canal du Midi guidebook is out now. • Oct 08, 2017

FWF social rides weekend - report

So. It happened! Our first ever social rides weekend. And it was a blast. • Sep 12, 2017

Tour de Rêves charity bike ride

Planning a charity bike ride? Be inspired by the Tour de Rêves, a DIY charity bike ride in France this week. • Sep 05, 2017

Freewheeling France Bike Weekend for Women, October 5-8

Come and join our first Freewheeling France Bike Ride Weekend for Women on October 5-8. • Sep 04, 2017

The Tour de France in the Dordogne

We caught two stages of the 2017 Tour de France in the Dordogne in south-west France. Here are our highlights. • Jul 12, 2017

Reader Q&A: How to get the train from Bordeaux to the Spanish border

How to get the train from Bordeaux to the Spanish border with a bike. • Jul 07, 2017

Love on a bike in Normandy

The Normandy tourist board has released a cute new video highlighting all the great things about cycling in Normandy. • Jul 06, 2017

Carfree days in the Alps – Cols Réservés 2017

Every year a number of Alpine cols including the Galibier and the Izoard are closed to cars, allowing you to enjoy your climb without passing traffic. • Jun 15, 2017

Route du Sud 2017, June 15-18

Just a few weeks before the Tour de France, the Route du Sud gives a small taste of things to come. • Jun 14, 2017

When the battlefields of France fell silent

A poignant and beautiful guest post about a little known WW1 memorial not far from the Trans-Ardennes Voie Verte. • Jun 02, 2017

Taking bikes on the new Paris-Bordeaux trains

Two new high-speed railway lines open in July, linking Paris to Bordeaux, and Paris to Rennes. Here's what you need to know about TGV Océane and TGV Armorique. • May 29, 2017

Tour du Poitou Charentes 2017

The route for the 2017 Tour du Poitou-Charentes has been announced. This year the race, which often attracts big-name riders, will be held from August 22-25. • May 22, 2017

Introducing the first Freewheeling France Bike Ride Weekend, September 7-10

Introducing our first ever Freewheeling France Bike Ride Weekends – social, affordable weekends of road cycling in France. • May 19, 2017

A solar-powered cycling adventure in France

Indian engineer Sushil Reddy is on his way to France for a solar-powered bike adventure. Here's more. • May 11, 2017

Official Tour de France Race Guide out now

Following the Tour de France? Then you will need to get your hands on this official Race Guide. • May 09, 2017

Business savvy cycling family seeks adventure in France ...

Own a bike business in France? Need a break? This business savvy cycling family can help you out. • May 03, 2017

Reader Q&A: Cycle barriers on the Roscoff to Concarneau bike route

Are the cycle barriers on the Roscoff to Concarneau route OK for bike trailers? We find out. • Apr 21, 2017

La Velo Francette planning help

An 11-day self-guided itinerary for La Velo Francette. Help yourself! • Apr 09, 2017

French government to give every visitor to France a free bike

The French government will install bike stations at every airport, Eurostar terminal and ferry port to provide visitors to France with a free bicycle on arrival. • Apr 01, 2017

Ride through the Occitanie region for Cancer Support France

Ride along canal towpaths and through ancient villages for a good cause for the 2017 Cancer Support France bike ride through Occitanie. • Mar 07, 2017

La Vélo Francette wins European Cycle Route of the Year 2017

La Vélo Francette has been voted European Cycle Route of the Year 2017 – and for good reason. • Feb 28, 2017

211 French cycling holidays in one place

Looking for a cycling tour in France? We've done the hard work for you and put 211 great options in one brochure for you to browse. • Feb 06, 2017

When can you buy 2017 train tickets for France?

When can you buy 2017 train tickets for France? Here are the dates you need to know if you are travelling by TGV train in summer. • Jan 25, 2017

All our latest news ...

I've just sent out another newsletter with bits and bobs on cycling in France. You can read it here if you missed it. • Jan 22, 2017

Here are some of the places I've parked my bike in France (accommodation with safe bike storage)

Safe bike storage doesn't always have to mean having your bike in your hotel room with you. I thought it might be useful to share some examples of places I've stayed over the years in France. • Jan 22, 2017

Should you pay for bike parking at a hotel? (Your answer should be a very loud NO!)

Should you pay to store your bike overnight at a hotel? Here's why your answer should always be 'NO WAY!' • Jan 22, 2017

Awww, shucks ...

Every now and then I turn on my laptop and get a spine-tingling message like this ... • Nov 29, 2016

Our best bits in your inbox

What? You STILL haven't subscribed to our newsletter? Good thing then that I'm posting it here for you. • Nov 28, 2016

The 2017 Étape du Tour

It’s the ultimate amateur cycling challenge: riding a stage of the Tour de France under race conditions. Here’s what you need to know about entering in the 2017 Étape du Tour. • Nov 03, 2016

Free GPX files in our latest newsletter

On the off chance you're not already subscribed to our newsletter, you can read the latest issue here. • Oct 28, 2016

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