Stephen Fox’s Cicerone guide to Cycle Touring in France describes eight selected cycle tours that explore each corner of the country. France is one of the world’s most inviting countries for cycle touring, its diverse landscape offering everything from gentle riverside routes to high mountain climbs. The guide explores some of the most picturesque areas of the country and the routes have been selected to provide a taste of France’s varied landscape and to provide routes suitable for all levels of cycling experience.
The guide is organized into 8 sections detailing each of the routes in Brittany, Picardy, Alsace, Auvergne/Languedoc, Provence, Dordogne/Lot, the Alps and the Pyrenees. Each tour lasts between one to two weeks and range in distance from 131 to 221 miles in total. The routes vary from some of the classic Tour de France classic Alpine climbs to stages suitable for beginners. Each stage has a route summary describing the terrain and distance while at the end of the route there is extensive information on possible accommodation in the area. A detailed introduction features information on Bicycles on Trains in France, Roads, Recommended Maps, Tour de France, practical advice on cycle touring and French Food and Wine. Detailed route descriptions are accompanied by colour diagrams and gradient profiles mapping the route and are supplemented by colour photographs illustrating some of the highlights of each region.
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