Published by Lyn on 4 September 2017
Introducing our first Freewheeling France Bike Ride Weekend for Women – come and join us!
So I'm organising a weekend of bike rides for other people like me – women who love to ride. You can be fast or slow, a climber or prefer it on the flat – this weekend is for all ladies.
In short, I'm hoping for a fun, relaxed weekend where we can ride at our own pace and have a laugh. Why don't you come?
It's the first time I've tried running community rides. I've tried to keep things simple with an affordable B&B package thanks to Peter and Natalie at St Antonin Noble Velo, who are hosting the women's weekend.
Here's how to join me.
Freewheeling France Bike Ride Weekend for Women, October 5-8
WHAT: A long weekend of fully guided and supported cycling for women in conjunction with the guys at St Antonin Noble Velo in the beautiful Aveyron Gorge area of south-west France (see here to wet your appetite).
All the route planning and maps will be taken care of – all you have to do is turn up and ride in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Solo riders as well as groups of friends welcome!
Routes and distances will be tailored for the group and we can make them as easy or as hard as necessary. However the Aveyron is in a (very beautiful!) gorge so there is a bit of unavoidable climbing, although the gradients aren't severe. So this weekend probabaly isn't for complete beginners, but you don't need to be super fit either.
WHEN: Arrive Thursday, October 5 and depart Sunday, October 8.
This is a lovely time to cycle in the Aveyron area of the south of France – it's not too hot and you also miss the busy summer crowds. And (touch wood) it's usually pretty dry in this area with most of the rain faling in winter and spring. So October is generally perfect for end-of-season rides.
WHERE: This one will be based at Peter and Natalie's St Antonin Noble Velo B&B in the historic village of Antonin-Noble-Val. It's roughly an hour by car north of Toulouse (there is car hire at the airport if you're flying in). The nearest train stations are Caussade and Lexos. You can also get the train via the Paris-Bordeaux-Toulouse line, or take a direct train from Paris Austerlitz that bypasses Bordeaux. Bikes can be taken on all these lines (let me know if you need advice). If you're arriving by bike, we can also send you a nice route.
HOW MUCH: €225 per person for the three nights/four days. There's the option to stay on for extra nights (or for your partner or family to join you after the ladies' weekend). Please ask about additonal nightly rates when you book.
WHAT'S INCLUDED: 3 nights' B&B accommodation, evening meal on the first night, fully guided rides. As the B&B is in a great little historic village and there are some nice places to eat locally, we've only factored in one evening meal. There is also a guest kitchen available for cyclists to use. The B&B is vegetarian friendly (as will be all lunch stops). If you're not bringing your own bike, we can put you in touch with a local rental firm.
HOW TO BOOK: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll go from there!