05 to 20 July - Our most popular place to place road cycling holiday through France is getting full. Make sure you don't leave it too late to book this French road cycling classic.
02 to 17 Aug. - Nearly full now on this road cycling tour through France. Don't leave it too late if you fancy this classic slice of French cycling.
06 June to 21 June - We've already some bookings for this 2015 road cycling tour in France. So if you like planning your holiday way in advance, then make sure this French tour is on your cycling radar!!
This road cycling holiday in France epitomises the “spiritual home of cycling”. The French love affair with the bike began in 1861 when Ernest Michaux and his son invented and manufactured the first pedal and crank; the modern bicycle was born. Very rapidly, cycling caught on around the country, and indeed, the rest of the world.
Cycling wasn’t only a means of transport to the French; it soon became a leisure pastime and then a popular sport. On May 31st 1903, a mere 42 years later, 15 men set off on the very first Tour de France. The rest, as they say, is history. Since those early days there has never been a more appropriate destination for the touring cyclist to visit; there simply is no better way to appreciate the home of the bicycle than pedalling through this beautiful country.
Skedaddle’s “Channel to Med” odyssey takes us from Brittany’s St Malo shoreline and doesn’t stop until we reach the dazzling glamour of Nice on the French Riviera. Our journey of more than 900 miles takes us through no fewer than 21 of France’s 101 regional départements as we ride into some of the country’s most striking and dramatic landscapes.
We begin the ride from the historic walled town of St Malo and make gentle progress on a carefully chosen route which rarely strays from minor roads and quiet lanes into the Loire valley. Our ride along the banks of the Loire is the first of 3 encounters with France’s major rivers as we move south via the Dordogne and Rhone Valley.
After just over a week in the saddle the riding begins to get a little more challenging as we reach the Cevennes National Park and climb the Col de Tribes, a respectable 1069m above sea level and one of the highest point on our tour.
Dropping down into the Ardeche and onwards into the Vaucluse region, we’ll spend an evening in Chateauneuf de Pape where we will undoubtedly spend some time sampling the wine for which the town is famous. The remainder of the tour is spent in Provence which, with its breathtaking scenery, dramatic gorges and picture postcard villages and towns, will for many be the highlight of the journey before the celebratory ride into Nice on the French Riviera.
For those looking for a slightly more relaxed road cycling holiday in France, our August departure involves cycling the same route over 21 days.
Our trip was recently featured in Cycling Active magazine, and you can see the article here.
Place to place
15 nights hotels
14 days cycling
65% of meals provided
Guided and vehicle support
Excellent holiday with a superb route...
The guides John and Hannah made the holiday with their friendly, efficient support. Their knowledge and experience of cycling made a big difference.
My 2nd trip with Skedaddle, another great experience.
The guides were excellent. Vanessa made fabulous lunches Will’s enthusiasm for the job was fantastic!
The guides were all extremely hard working behind the scenes! I would definitely recommend Skedaddle to my friends!
The route just got better and better. Every time you thought “wow, that’ll be difficult to top…” it was topped. Even the last day had some fantastic and entirely unexpected surprises in terms of landscape / terrain. So it’s hard to pick a “best” day.
Relaxed, organised, friendly, helpful, professional service from Skedaddle. Just so switched-on in general.
Enjoyed the whole trip!
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