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Cycle Tours in France(4 posts)

Cycle Tours in Franceleeroy996
Nov 25, 2001 8:29 PM
I am thinking about doing a cycle tour in France next year. I would like to do some of the major alpine passes. Does anyone have experience with an organised tour and is there a company that is highly recommended ?

Thanks
Ericksondano
Nov 25, 2001 11:16 PM
I've done two cycle tours in France with Erickson Cycle Tours out of Seattle. I thoroughly enjoyed both tours and highly recommend Erickson. Tours are two weeks long and the price includes hotels, luggage transfer, breakfast, and dinner. Daily routes include harder and shorter routes to cater for differences in ability and/or desire for distance and big mountain passes. You have the choice each day.

Their French Alps tour includes the famous climbs of Galibier, Madeliene, Croix d'Fer/Glandon, Alpe d'Huez and lots of other Tour de France climbs. You ride from hotel to hotel each day.....there are no bus transfers. Or even buses, for that matter. Only a baggage wagon to transfer your luggage or pick you up if you get stranded somewhere. You change hotels and locations most days. There are a couple of hotels where you stop for 2 or 3 nights and do loop rides in the area of the hotel or you can choose to take a rest day. The rest day options are nice to have as the cycling in the heart of the French Alps is very difficult.

All in all, I've thoroughly enjoyed every tour I've done with Erickson and will return as often as I am able.

www.ericksoncycletours.com
If you're a TdF fan . . .DCW
Nov 26, 2001 4:50 AM
you might want to consider a tour that follows the TdF. My wife and I just signed up for a 16-day Bikestyle tour that follows the final 10 stages. Group members will ride portions of the routes most days, including the mountain rides up Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez. Bikestyle is run by an Aussie, and the rides are led by a former Aussie pro, Neil Stephens, who rode many Tours. A large bus moves the group and (our own) bikes from town to town around the country. Now I just need to lose 10 pounds, train harder and probably get that 13-29 cassette and a medium cage rear derailleur . . .

See info at

http://www.cyclingnews.com/cyclingtravel/bikestyle/tdf02intro.shtml
re: Cycle Tours in Francegkrisko
Nov 26, 2001 9:15 AM
check out Velovactions, this tour company seems to have there stuff together, loasds of fun, riding ,watching racing well thoughtout worth a look see, and the tour guides are awesome!