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Help guide the Géant du Tourmalet home – Saturday, June 4

Take part in a truly unique cycling event in the Pyrenees – guiding the Géant du Tourmalet up the mountain for summer. • Apr 07, 2016

The 12th European Cycle Tourism Week, Auch, July 9-16, 2016

France will host the 12th annual Semaine Européenne de Cyclotourisme from July 9-16. Here's how to get involved. • Mar 21, 2016

Jasmine Cottage – within reach of both Futuroscope and Saumur

Fancy a spot of cycling in a peaceful area of France within reach of the Loire but without the crowds. Look no further ... • Mar 04, 2016

Ventoux Cycling Holidays

So you want to ride Ventoux? If you need a little support, I'm now offering a bespoke service to help you arrange your Ventoux cycling holiday. Here's how I can help. • Mar 01, 2016

Kate's cycling B&B near Agen on the Canal de Garonne

Here's the lowdown on a lovely little B&B on the Canal de Garonne bike towpath between Bordeaux and Toulouse. • Feb 23, 2016

How to make your French holiday accommodation cycle-friendly

How to make your French campsite, hotel, B&B, or gite accommodation business cycle-friendly • Feb 23, 2016

La Resistance - An Alpine gravel ride with a difference

Join France's newest cycling challenge when La Resistance takes to the gravel roads of the French Alps. Here's what you need to know. • Feb 18, 2016

Alpe d'Huez - EIGHT times on a fixie

Mikey Bartley has come up with the bonkers idea of climbing the Tour de France col EIGHT times ... on a fixie for charity. • Feb 18, 2016

Car-free Sundays on the Champs-Elysées

Paris is following in the cycle tracks of Bordeaux and other French cities by introducing car-free Sundays. • Feb 16, 2016

Cycling holidays in Corsica - let me help you!

Looking for a cycling holiday in Corsica? Let me help you sort it – just send me your wishlist! • Feb 04, 2016

A week cycling the Canal du Midi

Hilde Morris spent a week cycling the Canal du Midi in October 2015. In time for the new cycling season, here's an update on a popular route that's in a state of flux. • Jan 25, 2016

Cycling from Carcans to Hourtin

Reader Q&A: Kerry emailed to ask about cycling around Carcans on the French Atlantic Coast • Jan 20, 2016

France Show ticket giveaway

The France Show is returning to London January 29-31. Here's how to win tickets via Freewheeling France. • Jan 02, 2016

Temporary Chambon Tunnel route opens in the Alps

A temporary route has opened in the Alps to allow passage around the closed Chambon tunnel. Here's what you need to know. • Nov 24, 2015

We'll always have Paris - 5 top rides in the French capital via our latest newsletter

Just in case you missed it, here's the link to our latest newsletter. It's a little tribute to Paris and includes links to lots of other cycling goodness. • Nov 20, 2015

Plans for a bike path through the Loire's grottoes

As if there weren't already enough reasons to cycle in the Loire, there are now plans for a 12km bike path through the region's grottoes. • Nov 20, 2015

First time cycling in the Pyrenees? Here's some inspiration

Not sure you're ready to take on the Pyrenees? Then this one's for you. • Nov 19, 2015

Sally's bike-friendly studio apartment in Provence

I received an email recently from Sally in Provence. She's renovated a studio apartment in the heart of the Var's wonderful countryside – and she's keen for cyclists to use it. • Nov 02, 2015

How bikes can help ease Europe's refugee crisis

In this guest blog, Dan Harris from the Calais Bicycle Aid explains how the simple bicycle can make a big difference in helping to ease the current refugee crisis. • Oct 18, 2015

Tips to protect your joints while cycling

A quick blog with some tips to help you protect your joints while you're cycling. They may be particularly useful for new or irregular cyclists. • Oct 16, 2015

Annual Wine and Mushroom Bike Weekend, Saumur

Two highlights of any good French menu – wine and mushrooms – come together for the annual Vins et Champignons cycling weekend in Saumur. • Oct 07, 2015

Woohoo – No. 14 on the Top 50 Bicycle Touring Blogs list

I'm not normally one to brag but ... well, we've made No.14 on the list of the Top 50 Bicycle Touring Blogs. • Sep 23, 2015

Reader Q&A: Bike hire in Souillac

Reader Q&A: Niels emailed from Denmark to ask about bike hire in Souillac near the Lot and Dordogne border area of south-west France. Here's what I came up with. • Sep 23, 2015

Photos from the Veloscenie Paris to Mont St-Michel bike route

A photo blog from Tracy Melass as she cycles the Veloscenic Paris to Mont St-Michel bike route for us. • Aug 19, 2015

Jumping red lights in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux

It's now legal to 'jump red lights' at some intersections in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux following extensive studies into cycling safety in French cities. • Aug 19, 2015

Affordable cycling accommodation in Morlaix in Brittany

Need affordable cycling accommodation in Morlaix, Brittany (maybe en route to the ferry port in Roscoff)? Then look no further • Aug 18, 2015

Reader Q&A: Is it legal to ride a Surrey bike in France?

Reader Q&A: Charlotte emailed to ask if it was legal to ride a Surrey bike in France. Here's an edited version of our correspondence. • Jul 28, 2015

Update: Stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France Modane Valfréjus to Alpe d'Huez

Stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France has been re-routed following problems with the Tunnel du Chambon. Here is the new route info. • Jun 25, 2015

So, you think you can't climb mountains on your bike ...

I've stolen this post from Gerry across at the Vicious Cycle blog because it's just 100% ace. • Jun 25, 2015

Night cycling in the Pyrenees

Climbing the cols of the Pyrenees at dusk when Luz Ardiden and the Hautacam open for night cycling this summer. • Jun 23, 2015

Cancer Support France Canal du Midi ride report

Back in March, we previewed the Canal du Midi for Cancer Support France on June 7-11 – here are some pics and a little report from the ride. • Jun 23, 2015

What? You missed our newsletter? (OK then – here's the link)

What???? You missed our latest newsletter??? OK – here's the link then. • Jun 22, 2015

Bike hire in Calvi

Reader Q&A: Kate wrote from the US to ask about bike hire in Calvi for a cycling holiday on Corsica. • Jun 21, 2015

Stage 10 of the 2015 Tour de France – should I drive or ride?

Reader Q&A: Melanie emailed to ask if it was better to ride or drive to see stage 12 of the 2015 Tour de France from Tarbes. Here's my advice. • Jun 20, 2015

Road bike hire in Valence

Reader Q&A: Ryan emailed to ask about road bike hire in Valence. Here's what info I sent him. • Jun 19, 2015

New Marmotte route announced

Here is the amended Marmotte sportive route on July 4 to get around the problems with the Chambon tunnel. • Jun 11, 2015

Bike lights that provide a 'light shield' around your bicycle

DING bike lights are designed to provide a 'light shield' around your bike. Here's more on them. • Jun 10, 2015

Tour de la Dordogne, July 2-5, 2015

Join thousands of cycling enthusiasts at the Tour de la Dordogne from July 2-5, 2015. • Jun 10, 2015

La Limousine André Dufraisse bike ride, June 6, 2015

La Limousine André Dufraisse is an annual ride open to the public and covering several different circuits. • Jun 05, 2015

Stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France from Modane Valfréjus to Alpe d'Huez

Stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France from Modane Valfréjus to Alpe d'Huez and the closure of Grand Tunnel du Chambon. • Jun 03, 2015

Guest blog: Gary & Rachel's Loire reflections

Gary and Rachel Corbett are on a world record e-bike ride. Here, Gary reflects on their time cycling the Loire. • Jun 01, 2015

Bike hire in Poitiers for a cycle ride to Limoges

Elaine wanted to know about about bike hire in Poitiers for a ride to Limoges. Here's our email chat. • May 30, 2015

Fête du Vélo, all over France, June 6-7, 2015

It's France's annual festival of cycling – and it's taking place in every corner of the country on June 6-7. • May 27, 2015

Anjou Vélo Vintage, June 13-14, 2015

Get your tweeds out for the Anjou Vélo Vintage, a weekend of retro biking fun in the Loire Valley. • May 27, 2015

Taking bikes on trains from Brittany to La Rochelle

Reader Q&A: Penny wrote to ask about taking bikes on trains from La Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany to La Rochelle in Poitou-Charentes. • May 24, 2015

Tour de France 2015 - Stage 11 Pau to Cauterets

Local cyclist Simon Stay has sent me this preview of Stage 11 of the 2015 Tour de France from Pau to Cauterets. • May 20, 2015

Guest blog: Gary & Rachel cycling Roscoff to Nantes

Gary and Rachel Corbett cycle Roscoff to Nantes on their European cycling adventure. • May 20, 2015

Watching the Cambrai-Arras-Amiens stages of the Tour de France

Reader Q&A: Pip wrote to ask about watching stages 4 and 5 of the 2015 Tour de France. Here's our email exchange. • May 19, 2015

Cycle hire and bike route advice for cycling in Burgundy

Reader Q&A: Kyle wrote to ask about bike hire and local route advice for cycling in Burgundy. Here's our email exchange. • May 19, 2015

Tour de France 2015 - Stage 5 Arras to Amiens

Here's some more info on Stage 5 of the 2015 Tour de France on Wednesday, July 8 from Arras to Amiens. • May 19, 2015

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