2019 – From Nevers to St Nazaire – French Cycling Adventure
There is absolutely no doubt that France is an amazing place to explore by bicycle. We have already conducted two extended rides in this country (2013 and 2015) and this year we will be doing another 3 extended rides in different parts of the country. Maggie and I have also travelled extensively all around the French countryside and we never cease to be captivated by its beauty and spirit. The famous Loire a Velo Cycle Path has now been extended past Orleans to Nevers. This now includes a completely different region of the countryside to ride through. Our plan will be to begin the ride at Nevers then ride to Orleans (around 5 days), have a rest day in Orleans, and then continue the Loire a Velo route to St Nazaire on the Atlantic Coast. We then follow the coast northwards to the beautiful seaside town of Le Croisic. The entire ride will take around 22 days. Those that have already completed the route from Orleans to Le Croisic know just how delightful this ride is and I am sure that the extra time exploring the upper reaches of the Loire will make it even better.
Bike and Barge Around Provence
The above self guided ride will be combined with an optional bike and barge tour around the Provence Region of France. This section will last for 8 days and will begin in the historic city of Avignon. Our home for this section will be a fully equipped river boat. This will be an optional addition for those doing the above Nevers to Nazaire ride.
Places for both sections will be limited to around 16 participants.
The best time to ride in Europe is always September/early October and that is when these rides will take place. The exact dates will be determined around 12 months before departure. Since places are limited to around 16 participants it would be wise to register your interest NOW in order to make sure that you receive priority treatment. At this very early stage it is already looking certain that we will have enough participants to ensure that this trip will go ahead.