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Dream cylcing cities in Europe(5 posts)

Dream cylcing cities in EuropeMPH74
Oct 2, 2003 11:36 AM
Ok, say you want to take a break from the routine of the same ole job... so you decided to move to Europe. You figure you'll get a "fun" job - perhaps at a bike shop or something related to cycling (assume away work visa problems) for about 6 months to a year. You want to pick up another language too.

So you decide it has to be France, Italy, or Spain... the best cycling countries, right!

So any suggestions of any brilliant cities in any of these countries to live in??? Must be a cycling city (i.e., lots of places to ride... maybe in the mountains), a city with a young population (maybe a college town), a city with great weather - near the beach perhaps... not someplace huge but not isolated and incredibly small too, a place where a good time can be had off the bike, an outdoorsman's dream, a picturesque place... in other words, that place that you dream retiring to...

So any ideas out there?! Has anyone been to such a place? Does such a place exist???
Oct 2, 2003 11:55 AM
I think Grenoble is located ideally for cycling. It's located in a valley right on the edge of the Alps, 30K from L'Alpe d'Huez and 2000 meter passes, but there's also a lot great riding in the foothills and on the flats. It's a really beautiful and picturesque area, with lots of outdoor stuff you can do, but the city itself isn't anything special in terms of architecture. It's also a big university town. In general, they don't speak a lot of English in the area, so you will have to learn French. I think that meets most of your criteria. There's no beach, but the Isere river runs through town.
re: Dream cylcing cities in Europephilippec
Oct 2, 2003 12:07 PM
Best French biking cities in descending order:

(not including Grenoble that has already been mentioned -- The secret to Grenoble is to live in the Vercors and work in Grenoble!)

Annecy: Mountains galore, alpine lakeside beaches, a bit pricey though.

Chambery: Like Annecy, less bourgeois.

Biarritz" ++ Beaches, mntns not too far away.

Nice: Great countryside, lots of verticality, too much attitude.

Montpellier and Aix en Provence: Not technically " in the mountains" but plenty of challenging riding, large universities and nearby (well, at least in the case of Montpellier) beaches.

I plan on retiring in each of these cities!


re: Dream cylcing cities in Europeteoteoteo
Oct 2, 2003 4:46 PM
Nice picks so far...can't say I'd disagree. Provence would be my French pick with Annecy a close second....I'm not much of a beach guy. Grenoble would be third for the reasons cyclo mentioned.

My buddy swears Tuscany has similar terrain/riding to Provence but better food, but then again he's Italian.
Yes, it exist and it's not France, Italy, or Spain....Bruno S
Oct 2, 2003 9:15 PM
It's Austria. A perfect blend of a beautiful landscape, rich culture and good food. This country (together with other small European countries) is the true "First World". The U.S. may have the largest "everything" but Austria it's about quality. The safety, cleanness and harmony of Austria's cities and countryside will astound you. Cycling and bike paths all over the place. The picture below shows a tipical sign on a bike path. The lows for you would be the harsh winter, high prices and not a lot of "young population".

Take a look: