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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

Guest blog: Gary & Rachel's world record e-bike ride – on the road

Gary and Rachel Corbett are attempting to set a world e-bike record. Here's their first blog from the road. • Apr 28, 2015

Bike route for cycling from Strasbourg to Marseille

Reader Q&A: David asked for a bike route from Strasbourg to Marseille that avoided mountains. Here's what we came up with. • Apr 27, 2015

Bike hire in Nimes

Reader Q&A: Louise emailed to ask about bike hire in Nimes in Languedoc for a cycle tour to Perpignan. • Apr 23, 2015

Guest blog: Gary & Rachel's world record e-bike ride – the bikes

Gary and Rachel Corbett are attempting to set a world e-bike record. Here, they pick up their bikes. • Apr 23, 2015

Advice for cycling the Canal des 2 Mers

Reader Q&A: After reading about the Canal des Deux Mers bike route, Eli sent me the following email to ask for more advice. • Apr 22, 2015

Seeing the Tour de France for the first time

Reader Q&A: Kate emailed to ask about watching the Tour de France in the Pyrenees. It will be the first time she's seen the race live. • Apr 21, 2015

Sunshine + bikes = France

Here's the link to our latest email newsletter – you can sign up on the homepage. • Apr 20, 2015

Considerations for an e-bike tour

Gary and Rachel Corbett are attempting to set a world e-bike record through Europe. Gary has this advice for other e-bike tourists. • Apr 18, 2015

Road bike hire in the Auvergne

Reader Q&A: David emailed to ask about road bike hire in the Auvergne. Here's our email conversation. • Apr 12, 2015

Bike hire for Disneyland Paris

Amna wrote to ask about bike hire for a stay east of Paris, near Disneyland. Here's our email exchange. • Apr 10, 2015

Renting an electric bike for Alpe d'Huez

Reader Q&A: Mary emailed to ask about electric bike hire for Alpe d'Huez. Here's what I came up with. • Apr 10, 2015

Following the 2015 Tour de France

Reader Q&A: Jamie emailed from Taiwan to ask about following the 2015 Tour de France. Is a campervan or organised tour best? • Apr 09, 2015

Driver support for cycling from Nice to Barcelona

Reader Q&A: Charlie emailed from Scotland to ask about finding a support driver for cycling from Nice to Barcelona. • Apr 08, 2015

Guest blog: Gary & Rachel's world record e-bike ride – the tent

Gary and Rachel Corbett are attempting to set a world e-bike record using the EuroVelo routes through Europe. In his latest blog, Gary writes about their tent. • Apr 07, 2015

Bike hire in Nice

Reader Q&A: Matt wrote to ask about bike hire in Nice. Here's our email exchange. • Apr 04, 2015

Guest blog: Gary & Rachel's world record e-bike ride – route

Gary and Rachel Corbett are attempting to set a world e-bike record using the EuroVelo routes through Europe. In his latest blog, Gary writes about the route. • Apr 01, 2015

Canal du Midi Ride for Cancer Support France

Fancy riding the Canal du Midi for a good cause? Why not join Cancer Support France's ride from Toulouse to Marseillan from June 7-11? • Mar 30, 2015

Cycling from Calais to the Med

Reader Q&A: Mark emailed from Australia with a plethora of questions ahead of his Calais to Provence trip. Here's what I came up with. • Mar 30, 2015

Guest blog: Gary & Rachel's world record e-bike ride – logistics

Gary and Rachel Corbett will set out this spring to try and set a world record for the longest e-bike journey. Gary talks about sorting some of the logistics. • Mar 30, 2015

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