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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

Winter is coming - Read our latest newsletter here

On the off chance you're not already subscribed to our newsletter, you can read the latest issue here. • Oct 20, 2016

The super bike assembly area at Nice airport

Take a peek at the excellent bike assembly area that awaits you at Nice airport. • Sep 09, 2016

Tips for cycling in France

This is a page for everyone – a collection of tips we've all picked up cycling in France. Send me yours! • Aug 27, 2016

Everesting Alpe d'Huez

We wrote in February about Mikey Bartley, who had come up with a bonkers idea to climb Alpe d'Huez eight times for charity. Here's how he got on. • Aug 08, 2016

Ride the Canal de Garonne for Cancer Support France

Fancy cycling the Canal de Garonne in September for a great cause? Then Cycle For Life is for you. Here's what you need to know. • Aug 04, 2016

France by bike during the European Week of Mobility

The European Week of Mobility is a great excuse to get out and explore France by bike on one of hundreds of bike lanes and voies vertes. • Aug 04, 2016

Watching La Vuelta in the French Pyrenees

One stage of the 2016 Vuelta visits France. Here's what you need to know about watching it. • Jul 27, 2016

For sale – Cycling business ideas in Provence

If you fancy combining living in France with owning a business that can benefit from visiting cyclists here are a few properties that are currently available. • Jul 11, 2016

Riding the Ardèchoise Cyclosportive

Adrian Brown rode the Ardèchoise Cyclosportive for us in 2016. His one-woman support team, his wife Jacqui, sent us this report from the road side. • Jun 20, 2016

Great opportunity to buy a bike-friendly property in France

Looking for a bike-friendly business in France? This one may be for you. • Jun 09, 2016

La Fête du Vélo, June 4-5, 2016

France's annual cycling festival, La Fête du Vélo, will be held June 4-5. Here's an overview of some of the fun – and where to find it. • May 31, 2016

Cycling adventures in France

Got an idea for a cycling adventure in France (or any adventure, for that matter)? Then here's how to get some cash to help cover your costs. (Closes June 10). • May 30, 2016

Beach house for 10 people to rent during the Tour de France in Normandy

Here's a beach house for 10 people that's perfect for watching the first THREE stages of the 2016 Tour de France. • Apr 19, 2016

Help guide the Géant du Tourmalet home – Saturday, June 4

Take part in a truly unique cycling event in the Pyrenees – guiding the Géant du Tourmalet up the mountain for summer. • Apr 07, 2016

The 12th European Cycle Tourism Week, Auch, July 9-16, 2016

France will host the 12th annual Semaine Européenne de Cyclotourisme from July 9-16. Here's how to get involved. • Mar 21, 2016

Jasmine Cottage – within reach of both Futuroscope and Saumur

Fancy a spot of cycling in a peaceful area of France within reach of the Loire but without the crowds. Look no further ... • Mar 04, 2016

Ventoux Cycling Holidays

So you want to ride Ventoux? If you need a little support, I'm now offering a bespoke service to help you arrange your Ventoux cycling holiday. Here's how I can help. • Mar 01, 2016

Kate's cycling B&B near Agen on the Canal de Garonne

Here's the lowdown on a lovely little B&B on the Canal de Garonne bike towpath between Bordeaux and Toulouse. • Feb 23, 2016

La Resistance - An Alpine gravel ride with a difference

Join France's newest cycling challenge when La Resistance takes to the gravel roads of the French Alps. Here's what you need to know. • Feb 18, 2016

Alpe d'Huez - EIGHT times on a fixie

Mikey Bartley has come up with the bonkers idea of climbing the Tour de France col EIGHT times ... on a fixie for charity. • Feb 18, 2016

Car-free Sundays on the Champs-Elysées

Paris is following in the cycle tracks of Bordeaux and other French cities by introducing car-free Sundays. • Feb 16, 2016

A week cycling the Canal du Midi

Hilde Morris spent a week cycling the Canal du Midi in October 2015. In time for the new cycling season, here's an update on a popular route that's in a state of flux. • Jan 25, 2016

Cycling from Carcans to Hourtin

Reader Q&A: Kerry emailed to ask about cycling around Carcans on the French Atlantic Coast • Jan 20, 2016

France Show ticket giveaway

The France Show is returning to London January 29-31. Here's how to win tickets via Freewheeling France. • Jan 02, 2016

Temporary Chambon Tunnel route opens in the Alps

A temporary route has opened in the Alps to allow passage around the closed Chambon tunnel. Here's what you need to know. • Nov 24, 2015

We'll always have Paris - 5 top rides in the French capital via our latest newsletter

Just in case you missed it, here's the link to our latest newsletter. It's a little tribute to Paris and includes links to lots of other cycling goodness. • Nov 20, 2015

Plans for a bike path through the Loire's grottoes

As if there weren't already enough reasons to cycle in the Loire, there are now plans for a 12km bike path through the region's grottoes. • Nov 20, 2015

First time cycling in the Pyrenees? Here's some inspiration

Not sure you're ready to take on the Pyrenees? Then this one's for you. • Nov 19, 2015

Sally's bike-friendly studio apartment in Provence

I received an email recently from Sally in Provence. She's renovated a studio apartment in the heart of the Var's wonderful countryside – and she's keen for cyclists to use it. • Nov 02, 2015

How bikes can help ease Europe's refugee crisis

In this guest blog, Dan Harris from the Calais Bicycle Aid explains how the simple bicycle can make a big difference in helping to ease the current refugee crisis. • Oct 18, 2015

Tips to protect your joints while cycling

A quick blog with some tips to help you protect your joints while you're cycling. They may be particularly useful for new or irregular cyclists. • Oct 16, 2015

Annual Wine and Mushroom Bike Weekend, Saumur

Two highlights of any good French menu – wine and mushrooms – come together for the annual Vins et Champignons cycling weekend in Saumur. • Oct 07, 2015

Woohoo – No. 14 on the Top 50 Bicycle Touring Blogs list

I'm not normally one to brag but ... well, we've made No.14 on the list of the Top 50 Bicycle Touring Blogs. • Sep 23, 2015

Reader Q&A: Bike hire in Souillac

Reader Q&A: Niels emailed from Denmark to ask about bike hire in Souillac near the Lot and Dordogne border area of south-west France. Here's what I came up with. • Sep 23, 2015

Photos from the Veloscenie Paris to Mont St-Michel bike route

A photo blog from Tracy Melass as she cycles the Veloscenic Paris to Mont St-Michel bike route for us. • Aug 19, 2015

Jumping red lights in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux

It's now legal to 'jump red lights' at some intersections in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux following extensive studies into cycling safety in French cities. • Aug 19, 2015

Affordable cycling accommodation in Morlaix in Brittany

Need affordable cycling accommodation in Morlaix, Brittany (maybe en route to the ferry port in Roscoff)? Then look no further • Aug 18, 2015

Reader Q&A: Is it legal to ride a Surrey bike in France?

Reader Q&A: Charlotte emailed to ask if it was legal to ride a Surrey bike in France. Here's an edited version of our correspondence. • Jul 28, 2015

Update: Stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France Modane Valfréjus to Alpe d'Huez

Stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France has been re-routed following problems with the Tunnel du Chambon. Here is the new route info. • Jun 25, 2015

So, you think you can't climb mountains on your bike ...

I've stolen this post from Gerry across at the Vicious Cycle blog because it's just 100% ace. • Jun 25, 2015

Night cycling in the Pyrenees

Climbing the cols of the Pyrenees at dusk when Luz Ardiden and the Hautacam open for night cycling this summer. • Jun 23, 2015

Cancer Support France Canal du Midi ride report

Back in March, we previewed the Canal du Midi for Cancer Support France on June 7-11 – here are some pics and a little report from the ride. • Jun 23, 2015

What? You missed our newsletter? (OK then – here's the link)

What???? You missed our latest newsletter??? OK – here's the link then. • Jun 22, 2015

Bike hire in Calvi

Reader Q&A: Kate wrote from the US to ask about bike hire in Calvi for a cycling holiday on Corsica. • Jun 21, 2015

Stage 10 of the 2015 Tour de France – should I drive or ride?

Reader Q&A: Melanie emailed to ask if it was better to ride or drive to see stage 12 of the 2015 Tour de France from Tarbes. Here's my advice. • Jun 20, 2015

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