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Rides Across France
We offer a range of long distance tours across France, ranging from 10 days to over two weeks. Here is a summary which links to their main page on our website:
St Malo to Sete is the oldest established ride and the Daddy of them all! It is a straight line route that in 10 days links the closest points between the Channel and the Mediterranean. As such it takes the country as it comes so has some long and hard days. But you probably won't find a better ride across the country than this if you like the sound of the purity of the route.
St Malo to Nice was introduced in 2017 and was an instant hit. Most people who rode it booked within a month for another tour in 2018, they enjoyed it so much! It is still hard, although it is 16 days, not 10, and has a rest day just over the half way point. You will again see some spectacular countryside including the Massif Central, the Ardeche Gorge and the unforgettable descent into Nice. Mont Ventoux option.
Calais to Nice is probably easier than the two above but has some cracking countryside. After a couple of days in the far north you start to be beguiled by the charms of France as you get into the daily routine. Before long you are in Champagne country, which lasts 3 days! Then into Burgundy (with a rest day in delightful Dijon) and the Rhone before attacking Mont Ventoux (optional detour!) and into the Gorges de Verdon to end on the French Riviera.
Loire Source to Sea is just that: 11 days from the source of the river which is surprisingly far south. A hilly start then eases off and it is mostly plain sailing all the way to the mouth of this wonderful, powerful, impressive and beautiful river.
Atlantic to Med (La Rochelle to Perpignan) is new for 2018 and is a west to east ride covering the Charente Cognac country, Dordogne, Gascony, Lot and the unforgettable city of Carcassonne, passing Cathar castles before dipping your toes in the Mediterranean. Some of the most rural parts of France are covered and it's a more gentle ride at 50 miles per day - there are still some hills though!
The Atlantic Seaboard takes you cycling up the west coast of France from Biarritz up to Roscoff. A huge variety of countryside, from a pancake flat beginning to the rocky coves of Brittany via the Bordeaux vineyards, the Charente Maritime with lovely Rochefort and La Rochelle, into the Western Loire before beautiful, unspoilt western Brittany.