This is a comprehensive guide to major leisure cycle routes south of (and including) the Loire Valley in France. All the major traffic-free routes and signed touring routes are included with a factifile, text description of what to see along the way and, crucially, quality mapping at 1:200,000 for all the routes.It features sumptuous photos. It provides background information on taking bikes on trains in France and much more.France is one of Europe's finest cycling destinations and the recent explosion of quality, specially built and signed routes has only enhanced this reputation.It helps readers discover Euro-Velo 6, which wends its way across the entire width of France on traffic-free and lightly trafficked tracks and roads. It uses the Loire Valley for much of its length. It features the traffic-free Littoral route along Provence's lovely Mediterranean coast. It also helps readers discover the countless signed routes in the Alps - some much easier than you might imagine. It describes a quality traffic-free route along virtually the whole of the Atlantic coast.So, whether you are planning lazy day rides around Loire Chateaux or the long-distance trip of a lifetime along the Canal du Midi and the Garonne valley, linking the Atlantic and Mediterranean in a French C2C adventure, this guide is both an essential pre-trip planner and an invaluable riders' companion.
Amongst his many cycling titles Richard Peace is author of the best-selling Ultimate C2C Guide (978-1-901464-17-7). A former solicitor and teacher of English abroad he is now a full time cycle author and journalist. He is a regular contributor to the UK's best-selling general monthly cycling magazine Cycling Plus. Cycling Southern France - Loire to Mediterranean is the product of more than two years of riding, research and writing.