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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. • Jun 02, 2019

French map and book sale

The very excellent online Stanfords Travel bookshop is having a sale on all things French, including cycling maps. • May 20, 2019

Cyclo Thomas Voeckler sportive

What you need to know about riding French cycling hero Thomas Voeckler's Alpine sportive in Morzine. • May 13, 2019

French Sportives Calendar

If you fancy tackling a cycling sportive in France then our calendar is the place to find the one for you. • May 11, 2019

La Limousine cyclosportive, June 1, 2019

La Limousine André Dufraisse is an annual sportive based around the city of Limoges. • May 10, 2019

2019 Tour de France Official Race Guide

The Official Tour de France guide has all the info you need to follow the Tour, including stage times and maps. Here is where to get it. • May 09, 2019

La Périgordine sportive, June 9, 2019

La Périgordine is an annual sportive in the Montignac-Lascaux area of the Dordogne.. • May 08, 2019

2019 Oisans Col Series - car-free days in the Alps

The Oisans Col Series is an annual event at that closes roads to cars to allow cyclists to ride cols like Alpe d'Huez on traffic-free roads. • May 08, 2019

France en Velo: The Ultimate Cycle Journey from Channel to Med - St Malo to Nice

Five years after it was published, France en Velo: The Ultimate Cycle Journey from Channel to Med remains an ideal route-planner. • Apr 04, 2019

Independent campsites for cycling in France

The Flower Campings network of independent campsites is a good place to start for family friendly pitches and self-catering cabins. • Apr 02, 2019

2019 calendar of randonnées and sportives in Gironde

Here is the calendar of randonnées and sportives planned for the Gironde department for 2019. • Apr 01, 2019

Is there a luggage store at Charles de Gaulle?

Reader Q&A: Donna wrote to ask if there was anywhere to store bike boxes at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. • Mar 22, 2019

Meuse Cycle Route wins Euro Velo 19 status

The Meuse Cycle Route – one of France's newest bike routes – has won EuroVelo 19 status. • Mar 14, 2019

Guidebook for cycling the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse

There is now an English-language guidebook from a mainstream publisher for cycling the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse. • Feb 09, 2019

Ventoux Weekend, May 23-26, 2019

Join us on our Freewheeling France Social Rides Weekend and tackle the Ventoux on our all-abilities ride. It'll be May 23-26, 2019. • Jan 23, 2019

Taking bikes on trains in France

I thought I'd post a short blog with some quick tips on finding French trains that take bikes. • Jan 20, 2019

My French cycling holiday bespoke planning service

Need help arranging your cycling holiday in France? Then this page is for you. • Dec 10, 2018

Help with bike hire in France

I've launched a 'bespoke' bike hire service to help you find bike rental in France. Here's how I can help you. • Dec 09, 2018

French government invests in cycling

Funding for a bold cycling strategy in France is aimed at getting more French people onto their bikes. • Oct 02, 2018

Tour de Manche guidebook

Guidebooks for cycling the Tour de Manche bike route linking the UK to France are available from French publishers Iterance Velo. • Sep 25, 2018

Guidebook review: Cycling the Loire Cycle Route

Outdoor publishing specialists Cicerone have released a new guidebook for cycling the Loire bike route from the Massif Central to the Atlantic coast. Bob Zeller has this review. • Aug 10, 2018

Reader Q&A : How to get the train from Paris to Le Puy with bicycles for the French Camino

How to get the train from Paris to Le Puy with bicycles for the French Camino. • Aug 09, 2018

Car-free days in the Alps for the Oisans Col Series

The roads around Alpe d'Huez will be turned over to cyclists every Tuesday morning throughout the summer for the Oisans Col Series. • Jun 27, 2018

Our Freewheeling France Weekend at Ventoux (We did it!!)

Once or twice a year, I organise a mixed ability social rides weekend. Our latest one was at Ventoux. Here's how it went. • May 28, 2018

Tour de France Official Race Guide 2018

The Official Tour de France guide has all the info you need to follow the Tour, including stage times and maps. Here is where to get it. • May 17, 2018

International cycle tourism festival, Epinal, August 5-12

Epinal to stage a week of cycle touring rides and events this summer for the FCCT's showcase cycle tourism week. • May 03, 2018

The worrying symptoms of an experienced cycle tourist

Your slow decline into the world of cycle-touring... • May 02, 2018

Ride the Entre Deux Mers for Cancer Support France 2018

Ride along canal towpaths and through ancient villages for a good cause – the 2018 Cancer Support France bike ride. • Apr 04, 2018

English guidebook for the Veloscenic bike route

An English guidebook has now been released for the popular Paris to Mont-St-Michel Veloscenic bike route. • Mar 14, 2018

Most Popular Cycle Tourism Country: France wins EuroVelo Cycle Award

France has won the EuroVelo Cycle Award for Most Popular Cycle Tourism Country, while the EuroVelo 15 Rhine Cycle Route has won the award for most popular route. • Mar 12, 2018

La Gaillarde de Carvalho Sportive, Correze, May 13, 2018

La Gaillarde de Carvalho Sportive has cycling routes for everyone in the under-explored Correze region of France. • Feb 26, 2018

Carfree days in the Pyrénées – Cycl'n'trip 2018

Carfree days for cycling in the Pyrenees have been announced. Here's your chance to climb major cols in peace and quiet. • Feb 23, 2018

Les Copains Sportive, June 29 to July 1, 2018

Les Copains Sportive is a weekend of summer cycling for all in the Auvergne. • Feb 14, 2018

Join our cycling in France Facebook group

We've set up a closed Facebook group to talk about all things cycling in France. Why not join us? • Feb 13, 2018

Guidebook for cycling the River Rhone Cycle Route EuroVelo 17

All the information you need to cycle from the Alps to the Mediterranean on EuroVelo 17 can be found in Cycling the River Rhone Cycle Route. • Feb 02, 2018

Tour du Poitou-Charentes 2018

The route for the 2018 Tour du Poitou-Charentes has been announced. This year the race, which often attracts big-name riders, will be held from August 21-24. • Jan 29, 2018

Campilaro Pyrenean Sportive, July 19- 22, 2018

If you fancy a multi-stage cycling event for amateurs in the mountains of France, the Campilaro Pyrenean Sportive could be for you. • Jan 22, 2018

Reader Q&A: Cycling from Le Puy-en-Velay to Roscoff

We had a request by email for some advice on riding a tandem from Le Puy-en-Velay to Roscoff. • Jan 15, 2018

Climb Puy de Dôme in the Auvergne, June 24, 2018

For one day only, climb Puy de Dôme, the route on which Poulidor and Anquetil went head-to-head and where Merckx was attacked by a spectator. • Jan 15, 2018

Reader Q&A: Which section of the Loire is best for cycling with kids?

Reader Q&A: Which section of the Loire is best for cycling with kids? • Jan 15, 2018

Reader Q&A: Cycling from Grenoble to Alpe d'Huez

We received this enquiry asking about a bike route for cycling from Grenoble to Alpe d'Huez. • Jan 13, 2018

Reader Q&A: Le Havre to Rouen bike route suggestions

We received the following question asking for bike route suggestions for a ride from St Malo to Rouen. • Jan 11, 2018

La Pyrénéenne Cyclosportive - Sunday, July 1

La Pyrénéenne Cyclosportive in the Pyrenees in July includes two routes that climb the Tourmalet and the Hautacam. • Jan 10, 2018

Ride the Figure of Hate Cyclosportive

We look at the Figure of Hate Cyclosportive, a sportive billed as one of France's most brutal. • Jan 09, 2018

World War One commemorations in the French Ardennes

Commemorations on November 11, 2018 marking the end of World War One will have special significance in the French Ardennes. • Jan 09, 2018

Top 25 Bicycle Touring Blogs of 2018

The Adventure Junkies have released their annual list of Best Bicycle Touring Blogs – and we're on it. • Jan 08, 2018

Reader Q&A: Family friendly cycling on the Loire Valley

We received the following enquiry about family friendly cycling routes in the Loire Valley. • Jan 08, 2018

Voyages-sncf becomes OUI.sncf

The French rail operator SNCF has rebranded its ticket booking service from Voyages-SNCF to OUI.sncf. • Dec 07, 2017

Shipping bikes to Australia and South Africa

Here are services that will send bikes to and from Australia and South Africa. • Dec 05, 2017

La Pierre Jacques en Barétous Sportive 2018

Combine the Pierre Jacques en Barétous – a local sportive in the Pyrenees – with watching the 2018 Tour de France. • Nov 16, 2017

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French map and book sale

French map and book sale

The very excellent online Stanfords Travel bookshop is having a sale on all things French, including cycling maps.

Posted: 20 May 2019

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