Where to cycle in France

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Cycling the Loire: Gerbier de Jonc to Le Puy en Velay

John Higginson on cycling the Loire from its source at Gerbier de Jonc to Le Puy en Velay

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Suggestions for a weekend cycling in the Loire Valley

Jarman emailed to ask about route suggestions, bike hire and accommodation for cycling in the Loire Valley.

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Cycling B&B review: Les Cabanes de Do, Le Mans

Jacqui Brown stayed at Les Cabanes de Do in Le Mans when she rode La Sarthe à vélo. Here's her review.

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Bike hire and cycling accommodation in the French Alps

Reader Q&A: Kevin emailed to ask about cycling accommodation and bike rental for a trip to take on the Galibier, Alpe d'Huez and the Madeleine.

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Cycling on Ile d'Oleron

Karin Badt went cycling on Ile d'Oleron, taking in La Rochelle and Rochefort en route.

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Cycling hotel review: Hotel La Barque, Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

Jacqui Brown stayed at Hotel La Barque in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe when she rode La Sarthe à vélo. Here's her critique.

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Daytrips in Poitou-Charentes

The gentle topography of Poitou-Charentes is perfect for fixed-base cycling and daytrips

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Reader tips: Cycling the Canal du Midi and Canal de Garonne

David from the US emailed us these tips from his recent trip cycling the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi.

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Cycling the Loire Chateaux, France

There's no better place than the Loire to see how the other half lives. Here are 10 chateaux to see by cycle tour

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Cycling from Caen to Avignon

Reader Q&A: Will emailed to ask about cycling in northern France and about routes from Caen to Avignon.

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EuroVelo routes in France

Eight of the 14 EuroVelo routes pass through France – Andrew Sykes has this overview of which ones go where.

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Cycling hotel review: Masqhotel, La Rochelle

Champagne for breakfast? On a ride to La Rochelle, Jacqui Brown stayed at the Best Western Masqhotel – here's her review.

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The Way of St James: Le Puy en Velay to Conques

The Way of St James from Le Puy en Velay to Conques en route to Santiago de Compostela is one of Europe's great long distance bike rides, says John Higginson

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Cycling hotel review: Domaine de la Courbe, Le Lude

Jacqui Brown stayed at Domaine de la Courbe in Le Lude when she cycled La Sarthe a Vélo. Here’s what she liked about it.

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Surviving the Paris-Roubaix

Gerry Patterson has these tips for surviving the infamous cobbles of the Paris-Roubaix, the world's toughest one-day race

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Cycling accommodation review: Brown Bear Lodge, Morzine

Andy Hodges checked out the specialist cycling and triathlon chalet, Brown Bear Lodge, on a recent cycling holiday in Morzine. Here's his review.

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Cycling from the English Channel to the Med

Stephen Fox cycles from the English Channel to the Mediterranean, covering 593 miles over 13 days

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Burgundy bike route – Circular day ride from Tonnerre

Becky Allen and Mark Goodson take canal towpaths and quiet back roads on this 78km circular route from Tonnerre, inspired by France's 'lavoirs', or public wash houses.

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Guidebooks for Cycling in France

There's a guidebook for your pannier, no matter where you’d like to cycle in France. Here's what's on the shelves

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Cycling the Tourmalet in September

Jon emailed to ask about cycling the Tourmalet in September. Plus he's after Tourmalet accommodation and route advice.

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Cycling the Somme, France

Cycling is one of the most peaceful ways of visiting war memorials – Andrew Webster cycled the Somme

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Cycling hotel review: Les Amandiers Hotel, Tournon-sur-Rhône

Jacqui Brown checked out the accueil vélo Les Amandiers Hotel in Tournon-sur-Rhône on the Via Rhona bike route.

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Accommodation for cycling in Auvergne

use our interactive map to find B&B, hotel, gite and campsite accommodation for cycling in Auvergne.

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Cycling accommodation review: Chalet Giettaz, French Alps

Need cycling accommodation in the Alps? Andy Hodges checked out Chalet Giettaz on Col des Aravis.

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Cycling the Paris-Roubaix

Gerry Patterson rides the Paris-Roubaix, the most treacherous of the Spring Classics leading up to the Tour de France

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Cycling accommodation review: The Nest, Les Gets

After a cold descent of Col de Joux Plane, Andy Hodges checked into The Nest at Les Gets.

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Cycling accommodation review: Alpine Velo Montalbert

Andy Hodges stayed at Alpine Velo's Montalbert chalet in the Tarentaise Valley on a recent trip through the French Alps.

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Bike hire in Montpellier

Chris posted a query on the site asking where he could find bicycle rental in Montpellier.

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Accommodation for cycling in Champagne-Ardenne

Use our map to find accommodation for cycling in Champagne, the French Ardennes, Aube, Marne and Haute-Marne, plus Reims and the champagne wine route

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Accommodation for cycling in Franche-Comté

Find B&B, hotel and gite accommodation for cycling in Franche-Comté, Doubs, the Jura mountains, and Besançon.

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Cycling B&B review: Astrofarm B&B, Confolens

I headed to Confolens to check out the bike-friendly Astrofarm B&B, which has budget cycling accommodation plus telescopes for stargazing.

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Provence bike route through Plaines des Maures

This lovely 72km circular bike ride from Vidauban through the Plaines des Maures in the Var department makes a great day of cycling in Provence

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Climbing Col de la Croix de Fer

Col de la Croix de Fer in the Rhône-Alpes is one of the legends of the Tour de France. Steven Herrick has this first-hand account of climbing it.

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Bike Routes in Bordeaux for a Family Cycling Holiday

Reader Q&A: Clark wrote to ask about routes for a family cycling holiday in Bordeaux. Here's our email exchange.

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Véloroute du Littoral de la Côte d'Albâtre bike route in Normandy

The Véloroute de la Côte d'Albâtre bike route in Normandy forms part of EuroVelo 4. Here's an overview.

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Accommodation for cycling in Corsica

Use our map to find camping, B&B, gite and hotel accommodation for cycling in Corsica, Haute-Corse, Corse-du-Sud.

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Route advice for cycling through France

Reader Q&A: Hugh wrote to ask about cycling routes from Avignon to northern France.

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7 things for your Veloscenie cycling holiday itinerary

Heading out on the Paris to Mont St Michel Veloscenie bike route? Here are 7 things to factor into your itinerary.

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Cycling B&B review: Landeillau B&B, Nantes-Brest Canal

While cycling the Nantes-Brest Canal, Gerry and Janet Wells stayed at the Landeillau B&B. Here's what they found.

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Bike hire in Paris

Reader Q&A: Claire wants to hire bikes in Paris for a campervan-based cycling holiday to the Loire, Burgundy and Champagne.

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Accommodation for cycling in Limousin

Cycle friendly hotels, B&Bs, gites and campsites for bike routes in Limousin, Corrèze, Creuse, Haute-Vienne.

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Cycling in Haute-Vienne, Limousin

The Haute-Vienne department of Limousin has great cycling routes to suit all abilities, particularly the more casual cyclist and families.

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Bike hire in Morzine

News: High-spec road bike hire is now available from Tri4theAlps in Morzine.

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Cycling B&B review: La Maison du Canal, Nantes-Brest Canal

Gerry and Janet stayed at La Maison du Canal on a recent Nantes-Brest Canal cycling holiday. Here's their review.

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Cycling in the North of the Dordogne

The Dordogne is a large and diverse region – here's our guide to cycling in the northern half of the Dordogne.

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Canal du Midi Bike Rental

Reader Q&A: Andy wrote in to ask about bike hire on the Canal du Midi. Should he bring his own bike or hire one?

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Biking by Barge on the Canal de Garonne

A new 'biking by barge' holiday along the Canal de Garonne is now being offered by one of France's leading cycle tour companies.

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Cycling cottage review: Longère Louise, south-west France

Need a cycling base in south-west France? Jacqui Brown checked out Longère Louise, a self-catering cottage east of Poitiers.

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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Meribel

The final round of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals will be held in Méribel, August 23-24.

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Cycling the Lawrence of Arabia bike route in the Dordogne

Follow the bike route Lawrence of Arabia took when he went cycling in the Dordogne in the tracks of Richard the Lionheart.

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