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Cycling in France

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La Belle France is Paradise for the touring cyclist.
This page consists of links to other pages and sites
that may be of use to cyclists contemplating a trip to France.

Sheldon Brown's Material Commercial Tours General Touring Info Tour Reports

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Sheldon Brown's French-related Material

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See also my personal France page for more links and photos.

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Sheldon Brown's English/French Bicycle Dictionary

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Le Vélo-Dictionnaire de Sheldon Brown

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Sheldon Brown's article about older French bicycles.

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Cycling in France by Sheldon Brown, with comments from Tandem@Hobbes Advice to Americans visiting France.

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In 1989, with my daughter and son (for his 6th birthday) , we made an overnight tour to Chartres on two kid-back tandems.

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My wife, Harriet Fell, rode the 1975 Paris-Brest-Paris...read all about it!

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Tour Reports:

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Jim Balter's Tour in Normandy and Brittany

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Mike Bedard on touring in France for cyclists "d'un certain age."

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NEW! Tourmalet the Hard Way--Geoff Husband of Breton Bikes tells all!

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Don LaVange's Loire River Valley Tour

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Edward Lipman writes about his month in Provence, August 1996

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Robin Reid answers questions about her French tour, July 1996

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Paul Smee and Ann French toured Normandy and Brittany in 1995.

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Judee & Art Wickersham's tandem camping tour, September, 1995

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Karen S. Zukor's tandem tour in France in June, 1996

General Information on Touring in France (and elsewhere.)

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Bicycle Outfitter Single and Tandem Rentals

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Cartovelo Cycling Maps

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Loire Valley Bike Breaks

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Cycling in the Pyrenees Watch the climax of the Tour de France!

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Cycling in France, 1908
Excerpts from Thos. Cook's 1908 guide book relating to cycle-touring.

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George Farnsworth has a substantial site on transporting bicycles on trains, planes, etc. Travel with Bicycles Air/Rail/Other

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Charles Hansen's syllabus on preparing for cycle touring in Europe.
Based on his course taught at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education

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Q. May (http://www.mayq.com/)

I. How to Bicycle In and Out of Paris
II. Twelve Best Road Bicycle Itineraries in Europe
III. Cycle Touring in Europe: Why, when, where, and how to bike there

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Trento Bike Pages--France The Trento Bike Pages provide information on cycling in Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Tour de France Live

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Commercial Tour Operators:

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Breton Bikes Cycling Holidays
A commercial company providing organized cycle tours in France, specializing in Brittany and Normandy. This site has good general touring info, as well as commercial material.

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Vélo Transatlantique
A commercial company providing organized cycle tours in France, specializing in tandems.

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newEasy Breaks in Brittany

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Le Vieux Moulin tours

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