Join one of the many cycling tours, get on a bike, sort out the map and head off along narrow country lanes, and you'll discover much about France that you would other miss, not least a range of small village eateries that are perfect for a 'Plat du Jour' halt...just don't drink too much wine.
There is an increasing number of companies offering cycling holidays in France, and I can personally vouch for the splendid organisation of Susi Madron's 'Cycling for Softies', but others are getting in on the act, too.
Moreover, there is much to be said for exploring rural France at cycling pace – and I don't mean Tour de France pace. You can't diminish the value of being able to stop at a moment's notice, maybe take a picture, decide to take a break and have lunch at that charming auberge you just discovered, or just chill out on the riverbank with your feet in the water.
Headwater are a long-established company and offer a massively wide range of cycling holidays, a good number of which make the most of the attractive landscapes of France, especially in the Loire valley, Provence, Burgundy, the Lot valley and the Dordogne.
‘Cycling for Softies’ organise cycling holidays throughout France, and will arrange as much or as little of the trip as you wish. Each itinerary is planned, exclusively for you, according to your personal requests, the hotel closing days and room availability.
Freewheel Holidays focus on the many delights of rural France – beautiful landscapes, appealing small towns and villages, and the French emphasis on good living: food, wine, enticing country markets and cultural treasures.
Sample the delights of the Dordogne, Provence, Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire valley and the Aveyron – it’s your choice!
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Whatever your fitness level or experience Limousin Cycling Holidays & Bonkersfrog Activity Holidays have a cycling, walking or activity holiday to suit you.
With BELLE FRANCE cycling holidays, every day has a carefully planned itinerary - the pace at which you travel is up to you. Cycling holiday distances range between 10 and 40 miles, perfectly manageable considering the average cycle speed is between 6 to 8 miles per hour – or much faster with the wind behind you!
CENTRE NATIONAL DU
Fédération Française de Cyclisme
1 rue Laurent Fignon
CS 40 100
78180 Montigny le Bretonneux
Tel: 08 11 04 05 55