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This guide describes eight challenging yet picturesque cycle tours in the French Alps - seven circuits of roughly one week, plus the two-week 'Grand Traverse' from Geneva to Nice. The 'classic' high passes of the French Alps are included, where cyclists can follow in the tracks of the great champions of the Tour de France - though probably at a more modest speed! The routes also traverse many lower areas, following quiet roads through open pastures, dark forests, deep gorges and unspoilt villages.
. Routes covered are Tours of the Ain, Chablais-Aravis, Mont Blanc, Chartreuse-Bauges, Belledonne, Ecrins and Grandes Rousses, Southern Alps, and the Grand Traverse of the French Alps
. Demanding routes aimed at fit and experienced cyclists
. Circuits divided into day stages - generally SO-80km per day, with an average of 1 0OO-lS00m height gain
. Clear maps of the route, with profiles for each day stage, to help with route planning
. Route outline, together with list of facilities and services, given for each day stage
Pages: 224Size: 14 cm x 22,5 cm
Avignon - Nimes - Aries - Camargue
Provence - The name alone sounds inviting to every traveller. The region's wonderfully mild climate and many quiet paved roads make it an ideal destination for bicycle tourists year round. Let yourself be enchanted by ancient towns and historic monasteries, by the scent from fields of rich lavender, the charm of tiny villages and French joie de vivre. Enjoy the contrasts presented by the peaceful expanses of the Camargue, with its glittering blue bays and herds of Camargue horses grazing in a landscape dotted with brilliantly white farmsteads. A refreshing plunge into the Mediterranean is just one of the many highlights of this bicycle tour.
This Cycling Guide includes detailed maps of the countryside and of many cities and towns, precise route descriptions, information about historic and cultural sites as well as background information and a comprehensive list of overnight accommodations. The only thing this guide cannot provide is fine cycling weather, but we hope you find nothing but sunshine and gentle tailwinds.
Pages: 200Format: 23 cm x 13 cm
This essential guide steers you along France's best cycling routes, to the best patisseries, the friendliest places to stay and the most breathtaking scenery. Find a tour to suit you - a leisurely day trip, a week-long food and wine tour or an epic mountain climb.
135 days of France's best cycling - including Corsica
on-the-road maintenance tips and a guide to French cycle-speak
where to eat - from markets to cafes and restaurants
where to stay - from camping to B&Bs and chateaux
what to see and do, in and out of the saddle
how to pack and transport your bike
the Tour de France explained
Format: 13 cm x 20 cm