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New guide to cycling in France

cycling FranceLonely Planet have recently released an updated version of their guide to Cycling France . The French tend to be much more velo-friendly than much of the rest of Europe, as evidenced by their passion for the Tour de France and numerous initiatives and investments to promote cycling for everyone – e.g. the number of dedicated cycle routes throughout the country.
There are ambitious schemes along much of the Loire Valley as part of a very long-distance cross-European cycle route (see; the construction of a tarmac route alongside the Canal du Nivernais from Auxerre to Clamecy and on to Decize; Canal du Midi, the numerous city cycle-hire schemes such as Velib in Paris; and the ease with which you can take a bicycle on many French train routes – see

So the new guide might just tempt you to combine your trip with some cycling to improve your fitness and to enjoy the French landscape, sights and sounds at a more leisurely speed than that of the car.

Bien sûr, you know how beautiful France is. Well, consider this: it looks even lovelier when seen from two wheels. The soaring Alps…the château-dotted Loire?even surprisingly cycle-friendly Paris – no wonder cyclotouristes have been coming here since the 19th century.

Whether you want a gourmand’s tour through vineyard and farmland, or to conquer the principal climbs of the Tour de France in the High Alps, this guide gives you the best of France on two wheels.

Itineraries to suit all fitness levels

Elevation charts and detailed maps

Comprehensive listings for sleeping, eating and facilities along the way

Comprehensive coverage of Corsica

For more info see Cycling France (Lonely Planet Cycling Guide)

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