Take a cycle holiday in France to enjoy the scenic beauty, enchanting culture, delicious food and fine wine the French countryside has to offer. From the iconic high passes of the Alps and Pyrenees to the gently meandering valleys famous for their wine production, it is possible to find cycling routes in France to suit all abilities and interests.
When it comes to cycling, few countries have such a special relationship with two wheels as France. Each year, the legendary Tour de France attracts enthusiasts and causal observers alike. But for all the skill, excitement and endurance of Le Tour, riding at that speed doesn’t leave a great deal of time to take in the spectacular surroundings.
Peter Mayle’s best-selling book A Year in Provence and the subsequent TV adaptation helped to open the UK’s eyes to this stunning region in the early 1990s. Of course a year is a long time but on a one week cycling trip of Provence you could find out how one French region particularly inspired Van Gogh, and continues to produce some of the country’s finest wines. Provence is also home to the famous Mont Ventoux, set in the Luberon Hills. Ventoux is a challenging cycle ascent that has gone down in cycling legend after featuring in so many races.