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If you had a week riding in France(10 posts)

If you had a week riding in FranceGeds
Jun 6, 2003 6:07 PM
where would you go??
re: Provence, hands down.teoteoteo
Jun 6, 2003 6:37 PM
I haven't been everywhere in France but this summer will be my 4th straight trip. For my money Provence offers the best of France in terms of riding. Near Ventoux and plenty of hearty climbing without the lung searing day-to-day you'll get in the Alps or Pyrenees. Beautiful scenery and quiet roads. Your not to far from the Cote d' Azur or Alps if you want a day trip adventure. Other benefits are that being a more rural setting costs can be more affordable than bigger cities. The food is incredible and if you are traveling with wife/girlfriend there are lots of things for them to do while you roll.

Maybe Phillipe will chime-in on this one but Provence is the place....
re: Provence, hands down.LeadvilleBlues
Jun 6, 2003 9:28 PM
After 5 days in Paris I'll be in Lourmarin for 6 weeks, my first visit to France, and a bike riding dream come true !

Alohas from Maui,
re: If you had a week riding in Francephilippe crist
Jun 7, 2003 12:41 AM
I agree w/ Teo. Provence (not the Cote d' Azur!) is the way to go! Your best bet is to head away from the big population centers and stay in the rural areas -- this means heading east from the Rhone and staying north of the Durance. If you know where you are going to end up, tell me and I will see if I can't give you some ride ideas.


re: If you had a week riding in France: Philippe ??LeadvilleBlues
Jun 7, 2003 10:58 AM
Greetings from Maui, can you help me please with rides I may want to do out of Lourmarin ? I'll be training for my local hill climb here upon my return, sea level to 10,000ft. in 36 miles. Any thoughts ? Scott
re: If you had a week riding in France: Philippe ??philippe crist
Jun 8, 2003 1:53 PM
I'm away monday but will get back to you on tuesday w/ a map and ride ideas...


It's hard to go wrong....KeeponTrekkin
Jun 7, 2003 5:42 AM
Southwestern France is a good alternative too. Very interesting medieval history, not too many English speaking tourists, great food, good hospitality and plenty of hills or flats; take your choice.

It's hard to go wrong....Geds
Jun 8, 2003 4:47 AM
It certainly looks like there are no bad choices

Am lucky enough to have some time in Provence lined up and will see some of the Tour in the Alps, i'll take your advice Philippe.

What about the Auvergne?

Thanks all for the responses.
The Auvergne is pretty but wetter tham Provence! nmCat 3 boy
Jun 9, 2003 6:06 AM
Tough call...Anaerobic_Nut
Jun 9, 2003 10:54 AM
Been to both Provence and the Alps and would actually prefer the Alps. Very majestic to me and loved all the climbing routes it had to offer. It's all personal preference of course.