I’m just wondering if you have a list of velo-friendly places to stay until we get to Nantes?Lyn's answer: Great to hear from you and so pleased to help you again!
I have the main EV6 route mapped on this page
with accommodation options. There are likely to be many more places but these are the ones I've confirmed so far with the manager or owner as being bike-friendly.
As you probably know already, the 'official' Loire bike route doesn't actually go through Le Puy. Some people pop up to the Burgundy network
and use that to link to the Loire (maps here
If you are going in via Clermont (possible if flying or needing a major train station), then I've confirmed two options, both owned by the Accor hotel group
, which in my experience I've found very bike-friendly.
In Le Puy itself I've found two options. This place
looks particularly good with a range of options/rooms. There is also a Ibis chain hotel.
If you are going anywhere new Mont Dore, I can't recommend this place enough. The owner Margriet is a cyclist and a font of local cycling knowledge and this would be a good base to get square before starting out. You can of course tell her I sent you.
You've probably already seen my Loire pages but just in case:
You will find an overview of the full route here
Plus (just in the order I've copied the links):
guidebook author John Higginson. The book has been recently updated by Mike Wells and is recommended.
I'm not sure if there might be canal barriers/gates that may be a problem with the tandem. If you are unsure, you can contact Wendy directly via Twitter @brittanyexpert