Finding a great (and often waymarked) cycle route in France is easy, if you know where too look. As we all know, cycling is big in France. You’ve heard of the Tour de France, right?
The problem, of course, for non-French speakers, is finding this information in the first place, because naturally, it’s in French. I remember this being somewhat of a revelation one holiday when I purchased a French mountain biking (VTT) magazine which included a booklet all about the various cross-country tracks and events. There are hundreds all across France. What’s more, they’re all graded AND waymarked. But search Google for “mountain biking holiday France” and you’d hardly know that. It’s all Alpine this, all mountain that. Who knew!?
If you’re planning a self-guided holiday or are just looking at bolting a few rides onto a family or non-cycling holiday, a good place to look is the veloenfrance.fr site. This is maintained by the French equivalent of British Cycling (Fédération Française de Cyclisme) and shows a map of all of France with inforamtion about clubs routes and also events, of which there are many. Take a look and see what you think.
It’s already given me some rides to check off, when time (if time!) ever allows. The ever-growing cycling to-do list.