Where to cycle in France

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Bike routes around Mont-Dore in the Auvergne

The Mont-Dore area of the Auvergne is home to glorious volcano landscapes that are wonderful for road cycling.

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Normandy cycling accommodation

Accommodation for cycling in Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy, including Calvados, Manche, Orne, Seine-Maritime, Eure, Mont St-Michel and D-Day Beaches

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The D-Day Beaches by Bike

Andrew Sanger has this guide to cycling the D-Day Beaches of Normandy.

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Epte Valley to Le Havre - Seine Valley bike route

This 257km ride showcases the Seine River valley at its finest, meaning you can effectively cycle from Paris to the English Channel at Le Havre.

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The Roger Lapébie bike path from Bordeaux to Sauveterre

Ravi Nookala cycles the Roger Lapébie bike path from Bordeaux to Créon and back.

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Cycling from the D-Day Beaches to Mont St Michel in Normandy

Fancy cycling from Mont St Michel to the D-Day Landing Beaches? Andrew Sanger has this overview to get you started

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Bike hire in the Dordogne

Reader Q&A: Steve emailed to ask about bike rental in the Dordogne for a week-long cycling holiday.

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Bike routes in the Ardèche

The Ardèche is a varied and under-rated French region in terms of visitors, but it's home to some of the country's most spectacular cycling.

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Downhill Mountain Biking in France

France is home to some of the world's best downhill mountain biking – Amie Marsh has this overview of how to get involved

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A guide to cycling in Morzine

The roads around Morzine are a haven for road cyclists – Chris Lavender has this guide to cycling in Morzine-Avoriaz in the French Alps

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The 3 Routes Up Ventoux

There are three different routes up Mont Ventoux - here's an overview plus a downloadable GPX file with them all.

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Bike routes in the Aude

Bike routes, GPX files and a general overview to get you cycling in the Aude department of France.

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Cycling accommodation in Bordeaux, the Dordogne and Aquitaine

Use our interactive map to plan your cycling holiday accommodation for your bike route through Aquitaine.

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Electric bike hire in Provence

Paul Lamarra road-tests Sun E-bikes, an electric bike option for cycling in Provence.

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10 things to eat while cycling in Normandy

Trying the local food is a huge part of a cycling holiday in France. We've done the hard work for you to come up with these must-eats in Normandy.

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Cycling in the Vercors in the French Alps

Teresa Harte has this introduction to cycling holidays in the Vercors in the Drome department of the Rhône-Alpes

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Cycling the Nantes-Brest Canal

Fancy taking a cycling holiday in France along a beautiful waterway? Here's our guide to cycling the Nantes-Brest Canal

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Cycling Mont Ventoux

It's claimed lives and livelihoods, broken hearts and shattered dreams – Max Wooldridge has this overview of climbing Ventoux.

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2016 La Vuelta Stage 14 - Urdax-Dantxarinea to Aubisque-Gourette

The 2016 La Vuelta visits France with this gruelling stage in the Pyrenees from Urdax-Dantxarinea to Aubisque-Gourette.

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Véloroute du Littoral de la Côte d'Albâtre from Fécamp to Le Havre

Hilde Morris recounts her French cycling holiday along Véloroute du Littoral de la Côte d'Albâtre from Fécamp to Le Havre.

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Baggage transfer services on La Vélo Francette

Looking for a baggage transfer service for La Vélo Francette? Here are some services we've come across.

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Cycling in the Dordogne - Sarlat Voie Verte bike path

Looking for a lovely, leisurely day ride in the Dordogne? Look no further than the Sarlat Voie Verte to Cazoulès.

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Luggage transfer services for cycling the Loire (including one-way bike delivery

Find out about my bespoke luggage transfer service for the Loire Valley, making one-way bike rides easier.

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Bike routes in Hérault

Hérault in Occitanie, the region that combines Languedoc with the Midi-Pyrenees, is a peaceful department for cycling in the south of France.

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The battlefields of the French Ardennnes - highlights by bike

In our opinion, the French battlefields are best seen by bike. Here are some highlights in the French Ardennes.

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Cognac Bike Routes

Fancy cycling in Cognac? The famous cognac houses of south-west France are best visited by bike. Here's how.

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How to join a French cycling club

If you’ve ever wondered about how to join a cycling club in France, we have this guide to getting you in on the action.

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10 Epic Canal Bike Routes in France

If you are looking for an epic canal bike ride in France, then these 10 ideas from Richard Peace might provide the inspiration you need.

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A Circular Orb Valley Bike Route

A wonderful 48km loop ride taking in Autignac and Roquebrun in the Orb Valley of Hérault in the Occitanie region.

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Luggage transfer and one-way bike delivery on the Canal du Midi

A dedicated bike and luggage transfer service now exists for the Canal du Midi, making one-way bike rides along the length of the Canal easier and more affordable.

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Ardéchoise Cyclosportive, every June

The annual Ardéchoise Cyclosportive is a four-day festival of cycling for (almost) all abilities. Here's how to get involved.

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Les 4 jours de Dunkerque

Dunkirk's annual pro-cycling race is the premiere festival of cycling in Nord-Pas-de-Calais

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Raymond Poulidor bike route, Lac de Vassivière

Jacqui and Adrian report in from the 'circuit des legends' at Lac de Vassivière, a vast shimmering lake on the Haute Vienne and Creuse border.

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Bordeaux to St Emilion bike route

Bordeaux to St Emilion bike route GPX file and route overview, including cycling accommodation, bike hire and circular loops from Saint-Emilion.

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5 Must-Ride Mountain Bike Trails in France

France is blessed with hundreds of kilometres of world-class mountain bike trails – here are five of the best.

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La Vélo Francette bike route from Caen to La Rochelle

La Vélo Francette is a bike route linking Ouistreham in Normandy to the popular Atlantic Coast tourist resort of La Rochelle.

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Bike routes on Île de Ré

Bike routes on Île de Ré are a treat for cyclists with 110 kilometres of easy 'pistes cyclable' to enjoy.

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La Vélodyssée bike route

The La Vélodyssée Atlantic Coast bike route runs from the English Channel to Spain. Here's an overview

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La Limousine circuits

La Limousine André Dufraisse is a sportive based in Limoges. Here are the four courses wit GPX traces.

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Cycling Caen to Honfleur

We ride with Hilde Morris and Heather Godrey from Caen to Honfleur via Brionne on their latest French cycling adventure.

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La Périgordine Cyclo 24 bike routes

Here are some suggested bikes routes in the Dordogne based on the GPS tracks used for the Périgordine sportive.

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The History of the Nantes-Brest Canal

The Nantes-Brest Canal is one of the most pleasant cycle routes in France. Wendy Mewes has this history of the Nantes-Brest Canal

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Baggage transfer services for cycling in the eastern Provence, Pont du Gard and Camargue areas

A bespoke service for baggage transfers for your cycling holiday in the eastern Provence, Pont du Gard and Camargue areas.

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Bike route for cycling from Calais to Paris

Richard Peace has this bike route suggestion for cycling from Calais to Paris.

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V90 Véloroute Voie Verte de la Vallée de l'Isle - Moulin-Neuf to Perigueux

The V90 Véloroute Voie Verte de la Vallée de l'Isle goes from Moulin-Neuf, near Montpon-Ménestérol on the Dordogne/Gironde border, to Perigueux.

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Caen Bike Route

A circular 320km bike route from the Ouistreham port north of Caen out into the Normandy countryside.

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Mountain bike routes in the Dordogne

The Dordogne is home to some lovely off-road riding. Here is a selection of trails.

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Roscoff bike route

Heading to Brittany? Try this 330km circular bike route from Roscoff.

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70km Cycle Touring Route in the Dordogne

A 70km self-guided cycle loop in the Dordogne north of Sarlat, including GPX trace.

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Tips for cycling in Paris

Mark Cramer has these tips to help you make the most of cycling in Paris.

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