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France en Velo by Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh - Book Review

By Edited May 1, 2015 1 0

All You Ever Wanted to Know about Cycling in France...

...and a Good Deal More Besides

France en Velo has come onto the market at just the right time. Cyclists everywhere are planning this year's tours and France is one of the most popular places to take a bike. Through outstanding photography and well-presented information the book guides you from St Malo in the north to Nice in the south, exploring the Loire and Provence, the Lot river and the lush green banks of the Vienne.

France en Velo Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh
Credit: Wild Things Publishing 2014

The Best of French Cycling Culture

France en Velo offers the best of French cycling culture, together little tidbits of information, useful French cycling phrases, and so many other helpful hints to make your journey so much better, so much more enjoyable. Hidden France reveals itself – its quiet lanes, mind-blowing scenery and dramatic landscapes. You'll discover plenty of local markets and artisan food sellers as well as delightful cafes and restaurants, the best camping sites, and great chambres d’hôtes for those who don't fancy camping.

The excitement of touring France by bike during the Tour de France (first three weeks in July) adds another very exciting dimension to your journey but remember to book accommodation before you get there. France en Velo provides all the information you might need to take care of all eventualities.

 

 

One Thousand Miles through 19 Regional Departements

It sounds like a lot and if you're not used to cycling it could be quite daunting. I would recommended reading the book thoroughly before you put on your riding shorts. The Essentials chapter offers sound advice about physically preparing for the journey especially if you are an inexperienced rider.

France en Velo makes it easy to take the whole challenge or break it down into bite-sized chunks. Do the entire 1000 miles on one two- or three-week journey, or select small sections to enjoy over a few days – the choice is yours.

Once you're on your way the very detailed route instructions lead you through quiet lanes, and along pleasant river banks surrounded by some of France's most beautiful scenery, following, the advice of Pythagoras who said: “Go not by the most common road but the smaller paths”.

Bikes and books are not too easy to handle simultaneously so a downloadable guide provides all the information you need.

About the Authors Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh

Hannah Reynolds is Fitness Editor of various magazines including Cycling Weekly, Cycling Active and Cycling Fitness. She is also co-author of Fitter, Faster, Further, and Get on your Bike.

John Walsh is an expert on France and an experienced guide who has led trips all over the world. Walsh designed the first St Malo to Nice cycle ride in 2010 for Saddle-Skedaddle, the UK’s largest independent cycle tour operator.

Enjoy the Trip, Savour the Flavours, Review the Memories

Ernest Hemingway said: “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Hemmingway would have loved this publication. With its stunning photography and useful hints and tips, France en Velo is more than a mere guide book. Enjoy the trip, savour the flavours. Long after journey's end, review the memories as you browse through the book once more and reflect on your great adventure.

Published by Wild Things Publishing, France en Velo is available from all good book stores: ISBN: 9780957 157347.

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