Where to cycle in France

Click on the map to search the regions for bike routes in France, cycling holidays, bike hire and lots of other inspiration for cycling in France.

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10 Epic River Bike Rides in France

Cycling along rivers is one of life's real pleasures. Here we look at some of the best long distance riverside bike routes in France.

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Itinerary for cycling the Canal de Garonne

I had an enquiry from a reader wanting an itinerary for cycling the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse. Here's what we worked out.

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Cycling the Canal du Midi

We cycle the Canal du Midi from Toulouse in the Midi-Pyrenees to Sete, on the Mediterranean coast

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Périgueux to Thiviers bike route

Bike route linking Trélissac on the north-east outskirts of Périgueux, the capital of the Dordogne, to Thiviers.

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Cycling the Loire Valley

Following the river Loire is one of France's most interesting bike routes. John Higginson has this overview of cycling the Loire Valley

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Meuse Cycle Route map (French section)

The Meuse Cycle Route goes from the Meuse River's source in Pouilly-en-Bassigny, France to its mouth at the Hook of Holland.

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Bike hire in Pyrénées

Need to hire a bike in the Midi-Pyrénées? Then check out our bike hire shop listings

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The Loire à Vélo train

Throughout summer, a special bike train operates along the Loire à Vélo bike route. Here's what you need to know.

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La Flow Vélo route

La Flow Vélo links the Atlantic Coast at l’île d’Aix to Thiviers in the northern Dordogne – a 290km river route for all abilities.

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Voies vertes in Brittany – Green way cycling routes

Cycling in Brittany is a breeze thanks to the region's network of green ways, or voies vertes. G.H. Randall has this overview

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Bike hire in the French Alps

Need to hire a bike in the Rhône-Alpes? Then check out our French Alps bike hire listings

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Bike hire in Provence

Need to hire a bike in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur? Then check out our bike hire shop listings

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French Alps cycling holidays

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour in the French Alps.

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The ViaRhôna bike route

You can cycle the ViaRhôna bike route for 815km from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean.

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Bike hire in the Loire Valley

Need to hire a bike in Centre? Then check out our bike hire shop listings

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Pyrénées cycling holidays

Browse our listings to find cycling tours of the Pyrénées, including Tour de France trips and rides in the Gers and along the Canal du Midi.

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Trans-Ardennes Voie Verte

The Trans-Ardennes Voie Verte is a flat 85km river ride from Charleville–Mézières and Givet in the Ardennes region of Grand Est.

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Bike hire in Paris

Need bike rental in Paris or elsewhere in Île-de-France? Then see our Paris bike hire shop listings.

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Cycling in Paris - Bicycle Culture

Mark Cramer has been cycling in Paris for more than 10 years. He traces the growth of bicycle culture in the French capital.

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Cycling in Provence

Lavender fields, sunny backroad routes and Ventoux – Max Wooldridge has this guide to cycling in beautiful Provence.

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Circuit du Duc de Lauzun bike route

The circular Circuit du Duc de Lauzun near Eymet south of Bergerac is a gem of a bike route through vineyards, bastide towns and valleys.

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Bike hire in Corsica

Need to hire a bike on Corsica? Then check out our bike hire listings

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Cycling in Paris - Take our safety quiz

Take our Paris safety quiz for some great advice to help make seeing the French capital that little less daunting.

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Provence cycling holidays

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour of Provence.

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EuroVelo 3 - The Pilgrims' Route (La Scandibérique)

The EuroVelo 3 Pilgrims' bike route, called La Scandibérique in France, starts in Norway and goes through to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

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Bike hire in Alsace

Need to hire a bike in Alsace? Then check out our bike hire shop listings

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Cycling tours of the Dordogne, Bordeaux and Aquitaine

Our pick of organised cycling tours of the Dordogne, Bordeaux, Lot-et-Garonne and south-west corner of France.

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Bike routes in the Aveyron

Bike routes, GPX file downloads and accommodation and bike hire ideas for cycling in the Aveyron regin of the Midi-Pyrenees.

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Bike hire in the Dordogne, Bordeaux, Aquitaine

Need to hire a bike in the Dordogne, Lot et Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes or Gironde? Then check out our bike hire listings.

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Moselle River Bike Route

The Moselle Bike Route runs from the Vosges in the east of France to the Rhine in Germany. Mike Wells has sent me this overview.

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Tour de Charente bike route

Le Tour de Charente bike route brings together some 500km of bike routes in the Charente are of south-west France.

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Bike hire in Auvergne

Need to hire a bike in Auvergne? Then check out our bike hire listings

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Accommodation for cycling in the French Alps

B&B, hotel and chalet accommodation in the French Alps, Morzine, Grenoble, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, and on other Tour de France cols.

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Bike routes in the High Pyrenees

Here are some suggested bike routes, GPX files, maps and cycling accommodation for the Pyrenees.

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Cycling Stage 1 of the 2016 Tour de France

The plan was simple enough: to cycle stages 1 and 2 of the 2016 Tour de France route at our own pace. What could possibly go wrong?

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Bike hire in Brittany

Need to hire a bike in Brittany? Then check out our bike hire shop listings

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Accommodation for cycling in Provence

Find bike-friendly hotels, B&Bs and gites in Provence, the Luberon, Var, Vaucluse, Ventoux, Nice, Marseille, and Avignon.

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Bike Routes In France

Maps and route reports for bike routes in France, including voies vertes and long-distance EuroVelo cycling routes.

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Bike routes in the French Alps

Bike routes, GPX files, maps and cycling accommodation for cycling in the French Alps,

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Cycling Corsica

Harriet Bristow swapped her London life for the serenity of Corsica. She chats about the joys of cycling in Corsica

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Bike hire in Burgundy

Need to hire a bike in Burgundy? Then check out our bike hire listings

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La Vélodyssée EuroVelo 1 route map

Full route map and accommodation options for cycling the La Vélodyssée EuroVelo 1 bike route from Roscoff in northern France to the Spanish border.

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Cycling Alpe d'Huez

It's one of the Tour de France's most celebrated climbs – Arnout Brokking has this first-hand account of taking on Alpe d'Huez

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Bike hire in Champagne-Ardenne

Need to hire a bike in the Champagne-Ardenne? Then check out our bike hire shop listings

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Tour de Manche bike route

Full route map and cycling accommodation for the Tour de Manche bike route in northern France.

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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

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Bike hire in Franche-Comté

Need to hire a bike in Franche-Comté? Then check out our bike hire shop listings

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Cycling the Veloscenic from Paris to Mont St-Michel

We sent Tracy Melass off on Veloscenic, the long-distance bike route from Paris to Mont St-Michel. Here's her blow-by-blow description of her 7-day adventure.

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Choosing a Bike Route for Cycling in France

You want to take a cycling holiday in France but you're not sure where to go. Laura Stone has this guide to choosing a bike route in France

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Bike hire in Languedoc-Roussillon

Need to hire a bike in Languedoc-Roussillon? Then check out our bike hire listings

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Book review: Cycling Along Europe's Rivers

Cycling Along Europe's Rivers is a good introductory bike guide for newer bicycle tourers

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