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Riding the Tour de France before the peloton

Reader Q&A: Andy emailed from California to ask about watching the 2015 Tour de France in Rennes. Here's our latest reader Q&A. • Mar 22, 2015

Hotel accommodation in the Loire for a self-guided cycling holiday

Reader Q&A: John asked for advice for a self-guided ride in the Loire for a large group of riders. Here's what I came up with. • Mar 22, 2015

Cycling the Tourmalet in May

Reader Q&A: Michael emailed to ask about cycling the Tourmalet and Col d'Aspin in early May. Here's what we came up with. • Mar 13, 2015

French train ticket sale

Voyages-SNCF, the French national train ticket outlet, is having a sale until March 19. • Mar 10, 2015

Felix, 11, and his 2,300km charity bike ride

This is 11-year-old Felix Leckie. In July, he'll be riding 2,300km from Newark in Nottinghamshire to Slovenia. Here's his story. • Mar 08, 2015

Ford develops folding electric bike

You know bikes are becoming big business when car manufacturers start getting in on the act. • Mar 05, 2015

Hiring a touring bike in Paris

Reader Q&A: Johan wrote from South Africa to ask about renting (or buying) a touring bike in Paris for his French cycling holiday. • Feb 27, 2015

Bike hire in Porto Vecchio for a Corsica cycling holiday

Reader Q&A: Ewa wrote from Poland to ask about bike hire in Porto Vecchio for a cycling holiday in Corsica. • Feb 25, 2015

Dispatch from Bolivia: Cycling the world's most dangerous road

When I heard my mate had just ridden Bolivia's 'Death Road', I couldn't resist asking her for a guest blog. Here it is. • Feb 22, 2015

Tour de France 2015 - Stage 8 Rennes to Mûr-de-Bretagne

Reader Q&A: Heather emailed to ask about stage 8 of the 2015 Tour de France from Rennes to Mûr-de-Bretagne in Brittany. • Feb 21, 2015

Learn French while cycling in the Alps

Here's a great idea – French lessons in the Alps combined with Morzine cycling holidays and mountain biking. • Feb 15, 2015

Bike hire in the Charente

Reader Q&A: Nicola wrote to ask about road or mountain bike hire in the Charente. Here's our email exchange. • Feb 13, 2015

Gary and Rachel's world record e-bike attempt

In this guest blog, Gary Corbett tells us about his attempt to set a new world record for the longest e-bike journey. • Feb 09, 2015

Road bike hire Bordeaux and St Emilion

Reader Q&A: Chris emailed to ask about road bike hire for a cycling holiday near Bordeaux. • Feb 09, 2015

London Bike Show, February 12-15, 2015

If you're in the UK, then the London Bike Show, February 12-15 at ExCeL London, is the place to be. • Feb 06, 2015

Le Mans 24-hour Cyclosportive, every August

Bikes take over France's most famous car racing track for the 24-hour Le Mans Cyclosportive every August • Feb 05, 2015

Cycle Touring Festival, Lancashire, May 1-3, 2015

If you're in the UK and planning a bike trip, then listen up! Mark the Cycle Touring Festival in your diary. • Jan 29, 2015

Why I don't shop at my local bike shop

If I said I always supported my local bike shop, I'd be lying. Here's why. • Jan 20, 2015

Buying bikes in France for a Loire cycle tour

Reader Q&A: Robin emailed from Australia to ask about buying a bike for a cycling tour along the EuroVelo 6 from Orléans to Dole. • Jan 20, 2015

Bike facilities at Cycle Corsavy

An irregular series of blogs about bike facilities at cycling hotels, B&Bs and gites in France. Here's Rob's cavernous bike room at Cycle Corsavy. • Jan 19, 2015

Bike tours around Paris and Versailles

Reader Q&A: Susanna wrote from Australia to ask about bike tours around Paris and Versailles. • Jan 16, 2015

Where to cycle in Abbeville, Picardy

Reader Q&A: Paul wrote to ask about cycling around Abbeville in Picardy. Here's what we came up with. • Jan 15, 2015

Alsace wine route bike hire

Reader Q&A: Sara emailed from the States to ask about bike hire near Saint-Pierre-Bois for the Alsace wine route. • Jan 12, 2015

Cycling traffic-free routes in Brittany

Reader Q&A: Glenys asked about cycling traffic-free routes in Brittany. Here's our Facebook exchange. • Jan 11, 2015

Day rides in the Hérault department of the Languedoc

Reader Q&A: Susie asked about dayrides around Capestang in the Hérault department of Languedoc-Roussillon. Here's what I suggested. • Jan 07, 2015

30th Festival du Voyage à Vélo, Paris, January 17-18, 2015

The 30th Annual Festival du Voyage à Vélo takes place outside Paris January 17-18, 2015. Here's what to expect. • Jan 02, 2015

Anjou Fête du vélo – June every year

Anjou Fête du Vélo draws more than 20,000 cyclists to the heart of the Loire Valley every June. • Dec 28, 2014

Guided bike tours in Normandy and Brittany

Reader Q&A: Yuksell wrote in to ask about guided bike tours in Normandy and Brittany. • Dec 16, 2014

Paris to ban cars and boost bike use

French mayor Anne Hidalgo wants spend €100 million on cycling and ban cars to prevent pollution choking the city. • Dec 08, 2014

Nantes-Brest Canal route update

Jennifer rode the Nantes-Brest Canal in autumn 2014. She has sent me this update on the route and her trip. • Nov 10, 2014

Little girl, big dream – Help make Beth's dream trip come true

Here's how you can help Beth and her mum Katie make their worldwide adventure a reality. • Nov 09, 2014

Aussie Beth's round-the-world adventure

An Aussie girl is planning a round-the-world trip of a lifetime – and she's got cycling in France on her bucket list. • Nov 04, 2014

Bike routes from ferry ports in France

Here are a few links to bike routes from French ferry ports that I've got on the site. • Nov 03, 2014

Canal du Midi and Canal de Garonne luggage transfer

Reader Q&A:Scott emailed about luggage transfer for a canal ride in the south of France. Here's our email exchange. • Oct 21, 2014

Bike facilities at the Saint-Nazaire Holiday Inn Express

An irregular series of blogs about bike facilities at cycling hotels, B&Bs and gites in France. Here's the Holiday Inn Express at Saint-Nazaire. • Oct 20, 2014

Bike rental along the Loire River

Reader Q&A: Catherine wrote in to ask about bike hire along the Loire River. Here's our email exchange. • Oct 20, 2014

Bike facilities at Les Camélias in the Auvergne

An irregular series of photo blogs about cycling facilities at bike-friendly hotels, B&Bs and gites around France. • Oct 18, 2014

Bike facilities at Chalet Ribot on Alpe d'Huez

An irregular series of photo blogs about cycling facilities at cycling hotels, B&Bs and gites around France. • Oct 17, 2014

Online petition to open Puy de Dome every Sunday for cycling

Sign the online petition to open Puy de Dome every Sunday for cycling. • Oct 15, 2014

How to send bikes from Valence to Zurich

Reader Q&A: Bridget emailed from Australia – she needed to arrange for her parents' bikes to be shipped from Valence to Zurich after her dad became ill while cycling in France. Here's our email exchange. • Oct 07, 2014

A little Aussie video to mark Cadel Evans' retirement

A lovely little video looking back at the early career of Australian Tour de France winner Cadel Evans. • Sep 26, 2014

The Eurostar with bikes - tell us your stories

Have you caught the Eurostar between London and France with your bike? Drop me a line about your experiences and any tips for other cyclists. • Sep 25, 2014

Day ride in the Vendée, September 16

Info on a 21km day ride in the Vendée on September 16, 2014. • Sep 05, 2014

In case you missed it ...

Here's our lovely new newsletter with what's been coming out of my kitchen lately. • Sep 01, 2014

Moselle Cycle Route Guidebook

Outdoor guidebook specialist Cicerone has published a guide to the Moselle Cycle Route. • Aug 29, 2014

Be part of the world's biggest human bicycle

Your chance to be part of the world's biggest bicycle ... in Bradford. • Aug 28, 2014

Mark Beaumont's £2.5m John O'Groat's to Gibraltar charity ride for children's hospitals

Mark Beaumont's John O'Groats to Gibraltar charity bike ride aims to raise £2.5m for children's hospitals. • Aug 28, 2014

Cycling from St Malo to Pontivy on voies vertes

Reader Q&A: Hilde wants to avoid hills en route to Pontivy by bike – here's our email exchange. • Aug 27, 2014

Bike tour in the Vosges

Reader Q&A: I received an email from Diane asking about bike tours in the Vosges. • Aug 19, 2014

Cycling the coast of Brittany from Brest to Vannes

Reader Q&A: Claire emailed to ask about cycling along the west coast of Brittany from Brest to Vannes. Here's our email exchange. • Aug 19, 2014

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