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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

Road bike hire in Valence

Reader Q&A: Ryan emailed to ask about road bike hire in Valence. Here's what info I sent him. • Jun 19, 2015

New Marmotte route announced

Here is the amended Marmotte sportive route on July 4 to get around the problems with the Chambon tunnel. • Jun 11, 2015

Bike lights that provide a 'light shield' around your bicycle

DING bike lights are designed to provide a 'light shield' around your bike. Here's more on them. • Jun 10, 2015

Tour de la Dordogne, July 2-5, 2015

Join thousands of cycling enthusiasts at the Tour de la Dordogne from July 2-5, 2015. • Jun 10, 2015

La Limousine André Dufraisse bike ride, June 6, 2015

La Limousine André Dufraisse is an annual ride open to the public and covering several different circuits. • Jun 05, 2015

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

Stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France from Modane Valfréjus to Alpe d'Huez and the closure of Grand Tunnel du Chambon. • Jun 03, 2015

Guest blog: Gary & Rachel's Loire reflections

Gary and Rachel Corbett are on a world record e-bike ride. Here, Gary reflects on their time cycling the Loire. • Jun 01, 2015

Bike hire in Poitiers for a cycle ride to Limoges

Elaine wanted to know about about bike hire in Poitiers for a ride to Limoges. Here's our email chat. • May 30, 2015

Fête du Vélo, all over France, June 6-7, 2015

It's France's annual festival of cycling – and it's taking place in every corner of the country on June 6-7. • May 27, 2015

Anjou Vélo Vintage, June 13-14, 2015

Get your tweeds out for the Anjou Vélo Vintage, a weekend of retro biking fun in the Loire Valley. • May 27, 2015

Taking bikes on trains from Brittany to La Rochelle

Reader Q&A: Penny wrote to ask about taking bikes on trains from La Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany to La Rochelle in Poitou-Charentes. • May 24, 2015

Tour de France 2015 - Stage 11 Pau to Cauterets

Local cyclist Simon Stay has sent me this preview of Stage 11 of the 2015 Tour de France from Pau to Cauterets. • May 20, 2015

Guest blog: Gary & Rachel cycling Roscoff to Nantes

Gary and Rachel Corbett cycle Roscoff to Nantes on their European cycling adventure. • May 20, 2015

Watching the Cambrai-Arras-Amiens stages of the Tour de France

Reader Q&A: Pip wrote to ask about watching stages 4 and 5 of the 2015 Tour de France. Here's our email exchange. • May 19, 2015

Cycle hire and bike route advice for cycling in Burgundy

Reader Q&A: Kyle wrote to ask about bike hire and local route advice for cycling in Burgundy. Here's our email exchange. • May 19, 2015

Tour de France 2015 - Stage 5 Arras to Amiens

Here's some more info on Stage 5 of the 2015 Tour de France on Wednesday, July 8 from Arras to Amiens. • May 19, 2015

Cycling Pont-d'Ouilly to Caen on La Vélo Francette

We're cycling the La Vélo Francette bike route from La Rochelle to Caen – here's the final Pont-d'Ouilly to Caen stretch (and then a bit in Paris). • May 17, 2015

Cycling Domfront to Pont-d'Ouilly on La Vélo Francette

We are cycling the entire route of the new La Vélo Francette from La Rochelle to Caen – here's our bike route from Domfront to Pont-d'Ouilly. • May 15, 2015

Cycling Mayenne to Domfront on La Vélo Francette

We are cycling the entire route of the new La Vélo Francette – here's our bike route from Mayenne to just south of Domfront. • May 14, 2015

Cycling Angers to Mayenne on La Vélo Francette

We are cycling the entire route of the new La Vélo Francette – here's our overview of the route from Angers to Mayenne. • May 14, 2015

Cycling in Angers

Cycling around Angers on the Loire à Vélo and La Vélo Francette bike routes. • May 13, 2015

Guest blog: Gary & Rachel arrive in France

Gary and Rachel Corbett, who are attempting to set a world e-bike record, have arrived in France. • May 12, 2015

Cycling France on a tandem

John and Marjorie are two Aussies cycling northern France on a tandem. Here's a bit more about them. • May 12, 2015

Saumur to Angers on La Vélo Francette

Cycling the La Vélo Francette – here's our stage from Saumur to Angers on La Vélo Francette. • May 11, 2015

Thouars to Saumur La Vélo Francette

Cycling the La Vélo Francette – here's our stage from Thouars to Saumur on La Vélo Francette. • May 10, 2015

Parthenay to Thouars on La Vélo Francette

Here's today's stage from Parthenay to Thouars on La Vélo Francette. • May 08, 2015

Niort to Parthenay on the La Vélo Francette

Here's today's stage from Niort to Parthenay on the La Vélo Francette • May 07, 2015

Arçais to Niort on the La Vélo Francette

Here's today's stage from Arçais to Niort through the Marais Poitevin on the La Vélo Francette • May 06, 2015

La Rochelle to Arçais on the La Vélo Francette

Here's today's stage from La Rochelle to Arçais through the Marais Poitevin (with a lovely little detour after we missed a turn). • May 05, 2015

Farewells

A few quick photos of my farewell this morning. I received a good send off from my eldest mini-cyclist at 7.30am. • May 04, 2015

Our itinerary for the La Velo Francette

Still packing panniers, but here's a quick itinerary of our La Velo Francette ride starting tomorrow. • May 03, 2015

Riders wanted to ride the Tour de France route

Reader query: Shean is planning a do-it-yourself ride to watch the Tour de France. He is looking for riding partners. Here are his plans. • May 03, 2015

Velo-City 2015, Nantes, June 2-5

Velo-City is the global annual bike talkfest. It's being hosted this year by Nantes, from June 2-5. • May 02, 2015

Vélo Vert Festival, Villard-de-Lans, Vercors – June 5-7

The popular Vélo Vert Festival returns to Villard-de-Lans in the Vercors June 5-7 – here's what to expect. • May 01, 2015

Hiring a road bike in Paris

Reader Q&A: Tom emailed to ask where to find road bike hire in Paris. Here's where I sent him. • Apr 29, 2015

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