3 of Coolest Cycling Destinations in France

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France is well-known and well-loved for being one of the greatest cycling destinations on earth. Home to some of the world’s most breathtaking runs, roads and routes, taking it by bike has long been a favorite past-time of many a visitor. Come rain or shine, people are still flocking to the land of wine, cheese and everything else delicious, so don’t delay either. But where to head in terms of getting the best of any anticipated cycling trip? Check out these 3 cool cycling destinations. Surely one of them will inspire in you a sense of wonder you can carry with you on the top of your trusty throne-like saddle.

 #1 Dordogne

The rocky crags and the gorges of the Dordogne valley provide a feast for the eyes that is as rich as the heavens themselves. From old villages slowly giving away to the vestiges of time, the rustic-feel of this region is best felt and seen from the back of a bike as you move through its meandering hills and dips. The riding here isn’t for the relatively green new-comer but rather for those with a little more experience under their belts. With sharp inclines and strong descents you’ll need to be able to handle yourself well enough but if you can then you’re in for a real treat when you toll into towns like Souillac, Meyronne and Cressye.

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#2 Charente

Rolling up to the Atlantic Ocean beset with silky shores of sand and long rocky outcrops providing food and shelter to the regions favourite food; the oyster, there’s a lot to love about Charente. One of France’s most visited regions, the summer in Charente is when it’s at its most charming and when the cycling is at its classiest. Ride through port towns like La Rochelle, take in the cultural and historical hearts of the locations and then pop out again as you move along the coast and its surrounding greenery. Look for the castles that abound in the area and maybe even go deep into the Cognac vineyards stopping off to try a few select choices along the way.

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#3 Burgundy

Finally amid the coolest of France’s many cycling destinations is Burgundy, home to winding canals, fine wines and sleepy little towns and villages all beset with their own unique vibe and feel. Running through all that is the River Rhone, passing through rolling green landscapes with overlooking castles peeking out from beyond. Easy cycles through vineyards across Burgundy make it easy to take myriad breaks and try your best at becoming a world class sommelier. But there’s also the opportunity to check out quaint medieval outposts like Beaune, Givry and Buxy too.

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 Wherever you decide to head in France you’re unlikely to find somewhere that doesn’t strike you as being inherently beautiful and full of wonder. Seeing all that, at your own pace, on the freedom of a bicycle however? Well, there’s nothing much better than that!

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Agness Walewinder
Agness Walewinder
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18 thoughts on “3 of Coolest Cycling Destinations in France”

  1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I love these beautiful black and white photos and have heard a lot about Dordogne in France being very pretty. I’ve never been much of a cyclist but these lovely areas of France must be just as beautiful to walk around in I guess :)

    1. No, get on a bike and do it. France has double the land-mass of the UK but only half the population, so, apart from certain urban areas, the population-density is pretty low and makes for plenty of nice roads which are possibly a lot better-maintained than some places. Although this varies as I’ve broken spokes on bad surfaces and had to curtail my activities due to this. However, the general Dordogne region was really nice – I am a powerful cyclist but you don’t have to be. I was stopping too often to take photos of all the archaeology and architecture. So it suits a slow, supported leisure-ride rather than hardcore self-sufficient touring style like mine. Oh, and Dordogne is GREEN. :-D

  2. All look like breath-taking locations Agness! Cycling is more popular worldwide these days. We noted tons of Balinese and non local cyclers around the rice fields in Ubud, Bali 2 months back. Ditto in Thailand last year. It’s an inexpensive, easy way – well with not too many mountains lol – to get in shape while admiring nature’s beauty on your travels.

    Thanks for the share ;)

    Ryan

  3. Anna @ shenANNAgans

    Oooh, how cool. Black & White photography is so moody and emotional. I would love to cycle round France, shall add to the list. :)

  4. I love France, your post reminds me to visit this great country again. Your photos are just amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I’ve just set up a new company called La Vie en Vélo taking cycling groups to our house in a really quiet, beautful corner of the Dordogne. Primarily, we aim to take people from the UK in our 9-seater with custom-fitted trailer for their bikes, and then accommodate and feed them in comfort. We can meet people from outside Europe at the airport and assist with bike hire.

    We aim to make the trips as affordable as possible.

    Please come and have a look at http://www.lavieenvelo.com or on Twitter or Facebook.

    Thanks, Angus

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