There is no doubt that France is a wonderful country and that the best way to explore it is by bicycle. Our first ride in France took place in 2013 and was an amazing success. We returned in 2015 with two groups of riders and this trip re emphasised why we love the country so much. The incredible combination of history, scenery and gourmet food make it an absolute delight. In 2017 I plan to return to three different regions of the country to complete a third French Ride. The ride will be divided into 4 sections, with each participant free to decide which section(s) they wish to participate in.
We will begin with a few days in Paris for sightseeing and relaxation before the ride starts. We will then transfer to the far east of France to begin the first stage. This will consist of a bike/barge combination where we will be staying in a barge each night and explore the surrounding region by bike each day. This section will begin in Mainz and then follow the beautiful Rhine River to Besel. Along the way we will be passing through parts of Germany and Switzerland, as well as the Alsace Region of France. Each day you will be completing rides into the surrounding region, but if there are any that are unable or unwilling to cycle, they will be able to relax on the barge or do their own exploring on foot.
After the first stage we will train back to Paris to begin the second leg which will take us all the way from Paris to the famous Mont Saint Michel in Normandy on the Atlantic Coast. There will be plenty of time to explore the famous and beautiful tidal island of Mont St Michel, probably one of the most famous sights in all of France.
The third stage will consist of a week long circuit around Brittany, beginning and finishing at St Malo. This is a fascinating region with an amazing mixture of Celtic, French and British traditions.
The final stage will take out of France to the Channel Islands. Although these are close to France, they are actually not part of France at all. We will be exploring the islands of Guernsey, Jersey and Sark by bicycle. Sark is unique as it is a “car free island”. It will be a memorable finish to an amazing adventure.
The total of the four sections will take around 40 days and will take place in September/October of 2017. Applications for this trip close in 2016.