Where to cycle in France

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Moselle Cycle Route Guidebook

Outdoor guidebook specialist Cicerone has published a guide to the Moselle Cycle Route.

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Cycling apartment review: Grange 87, Limousin

Jacqueline Brown checks out Grange 87, a self-catering apartment that may be an ideal base for your French cycling adventures.

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Cycling Ventoux from Crillon le Brave

The hilltop village of Crillon le Brave in Provence is a picturesque place from which to cycle Mont Ventoux

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Quimper, Brittany - A Cyclist's Guide

Wendy Mewes has this guide to cycling in Quimper, the capital of France's Finistre department, on the banks of the Odet river

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Ventoux cycling accommodation and planning advice

Reader Q&A: Julia emailed to ask about Mont Ventoux cycling accommodation and for local route planning advice.

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Maps for mountain bike centres in France

Use these handy maps and resources to pinpoint where you want to mountain bike in France.

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Brest, Brittany - A Cyclist's Guide

Wendy Mewes has this introduction to cycling in Brest, the largest city in Brittany.

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Maps for cycling around Fontainebleau

Reader Q&A: Jackie emailed about Fontainebleau cycling maps.

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The Way of St James: Alternative Routes

There are a number of smaller, less-travelled cycling routes through France to Santiago de Compostela – John Higginson has this overview

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Vannes, Brittany - A Cyclist's Guide

Wendy Mewes has this guide to cycling in Vannes, a good base from which to explore the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany

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Cycling Hotel Review: Hotel Le Donjon, Carcassonne

Hilde Morris stayed at the Hotel Le Donjon in Carcassonne at the start of her Canal du Midi bike ride. Here's what she thought of it.

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Bike hire and cycling routes from Monaco to Barcelona

Reader Q&A: Jabandie wants to know about getting bikes to France from Germany. Or should they rent bikes? They plan to cycle from Monaco to Barcelona.

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Things to do if you're NOT cycling the Tourmalet

Where to send non-cycling friends and family while you're out riding the Grand Tourmalet area.

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Cycling hotel review: Première Classe Le Mans Centre Palais des Congrès

I stayed at the Première Classe Le Mans Centre Palais des Congrès after riding the Le Mans 24-Hour Sportive. Here's what I thought of it.

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Cycling in the French Alps: Tough Tour Climbs

Paul Henderson uses the gradient-squared system to compare Tour de France cols Mont Ventoux, Alp d'Huez, Galibier and Col de la Croix de Fer to find out which is toughest.

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Bike hire in the Somme

Reader Q&A: Patricia wants to know about bike hire for cycling the Somme.

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The Way of St James: Conques to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

John Higginson continues his cycle tour to Santiago de Compostela with this guide to the stretch linking Conques to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

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How to get from Brittany to Bordeaux for the Canal de Garonne

Reader Q&A: Les wants to know about getting from Brittany to Bordeaux (without going via Paris) for his Canal de Garonne bike ride

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Rhine Cycle Route Eurovelo 15

Mike Wells rides the Rhine Cycle Route through the Alsace region of France.

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Cycling hotel review: Campanile Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint-Jean

I checked out the Campanile Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint-Jean (yes, that's a mouthful). Here's what I found.

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Cycling the Way of St James: An Introduction

John Higginson has this introduction to cycling the French routes to Santiago de Compostela on the Way of St James.

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Cycling Around Toulouse in the Midi-Pyrénées

Richard Peace takes to the backroads around Toulouse, Albi, Castres and the Garonne River in the Midi-Pyrénées.

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Bike hire in Nantes

Reader Q&A: Our latest reader query came in this week asking where to find bike rental in Nantes.

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Cycling accommodation review: Manoir du Coatudual self-catering house, Brittany

Gerry and Janet Wells stayed at the bike-friendly Manoir du Coatudual near both EuroVelo 1 and EuroVelo 4 on recent weekend in Brittany. Here's what they thought of it.

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Cycling La Sarthe à Vélo

We sent Jacqui and Adrian Brown off on La Sarthe à Vélo to check out one of France's lesser known cycling networks. Here are their daily reports.

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Mountain Biking in Morzine

Morzine, in Portes du Soleil in the French Alps, is the heartbeat of France's downhill mountain biking scene. Amie Marsh has this overview of what's on offer

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Cycling Le Bourg d'Oisans and Alpe d'Huez

Here are some useful links for anyone planning a cycling trip to Le Bourg d'Oisans, an ideal base for riding Alpe d'Huez

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Bike routes in the Vendée

The Vendée in the Pays-de-la-Loire has released a booklet of cycling routes across the department, writes Lynette Eyb.

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Bike routes around St Malo and Dinan in Brittany

Reader Q&A: Hilde wrote in to ask about St Malo and Dinan bike routes

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Cycling the Loire: Sancerre to St Nazaire

On his Loire bicycle ride, John Higginson cycles the prestigious chateaux country from Sancerre to St Nazaire

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Mountain biking in the Jura Mountains, Franche-Comté

Amie Marsh gets away from it all by hitting the mountain bike trails of the Jura Mountains in the Franche-Comté region of France

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Hotels for cycling the Galibier in the Maurienne Valley

Reader Q&A: Martin emailed to ask about hotel accommodation for cycling the Galibier and Iseran in the Maurienne Valley.

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Cycling the Loire: Le Puy en Velay to Sancerre

Cycling the Loire is one of the great bike routes in France. John Higginson pedals the section from Le Puy en Velay to Sancerre

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Loire chateau cycling holiday bike rental

Reader Q&A: Oscar emailed in to ask about the logistics of organising a cycling holiday in the Loire.

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Cycling hotel review: Le Grand Hard, Utah Beach

I stayed at Le Grand Hard, a hotel a few kilometres from Utah Beach, when I was cycling in the Manche department of Normandy. Here's what I thought of it.

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Bike hire in Toulouse

Reader Q&A: David emailed to ask where he could hire bike to ride from Toulouse to the Pyrenees.

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Cycling holidays in the Gers, Midi-Pyrenees

The Gers is an often forgotten department of the Midi-Pyrénées – local cyclist Ray Parker has this overview of cycling in Gers.

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Cycling B&B review: Chambres d'hôtes les Clematites-en-Cotentin, Normandy

I stayed at Chambres d'hôtes les Clematites-en-Cotentin in Montebourg when I cycled in the Manche department of Normandy. Here's my review.

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Cycling Ventoux: 10 Top Tips

Camilla Brokking-Maltas cycled Mont Ventoux for charity – here are her top 10 tips for conquering the Giant of Provence

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Bike hire in Bordeaux

Reader Q&A: Margaret emailed from Australia to ask about bike hire in Bordeaux for a cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi

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Cycling in the Loire: Laval to Renazé

There are many lovely green way bicycle routes in Pays-de-la-Loire – Mark Cramer cycles the voie verte from Laval to Renazé.

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Bike hire for a cycling holiday in Saint Emilion

Reader Q&A: Laurie emailed from Canada about bike hire for a cycling holiday in Saint-Emilion

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Cycling hotel review: Hotel Gavarni, Paris

Passing through Paris with your bike? The Hotel Gavarni is a bike-friendly hotel option close to the Seine and the Eiffel Tower.

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Provence bike route - Circular day ride from Vidauban in the Var

Becky Allen and Mark Goodson have charted this 80km circular bike route that loops around from Vidauban through Lorgues in the Var department of Provence.

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Cycling hotel review: Hotel Le Louvre, Cherbourg

I stayed at Hotel Le Louvre in Cherbourg when I was cycling in Normandy. Here's more about it.

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A cycling weekend at Lacanau Ocean

A ride report from our weekend cycling holiday at Lacanau Beach on the Atlantic Coast of France.

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Burgundy cycling holidays

Self-guided cycling holidays of Burgundy, including vineyards and the Burgundy Canal by bike

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Cycling B&B review: Chambre d’hôtes Aubert’Cail, Saint-Lô

I stayed at Chambre d’hôtes Aubert’Cail when I rode from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg in the Manche department of Normandy. Here's my review.

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Luggage transfer service for cycling in Burgundy

Do you need a baggage transfer service for cycling the Canal de Bourgogne? Then read on – this is for you!

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Electric bike hire in Burgundy

Reader Q&A: Megan emailed to ask about electric bike hire in Burgundy.

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