Bradley Wiggins’ historic Tour de France victory has inspired many of us to get on our bikes. If you’re an even half serious road cyclist, what better way to pay homage than to follow in the great man’s tracks by taking a cycling holiday in France?
Make your base a self-catering property in one of the great cycling areas of France and you have maximum freedom and flexibility to plan your timetable and routes. In the evenings, there’s a choice of relaxing by the barbecue while you massage those weary legs, eating out locally for a change of pace and scene or falling into bed at an early hour to be ready for the next day’s fun.
One of the Tour’s best known challenges is the legendary Alpe d’Huez in the Rhone Alps. This is where the race can be won or lost, where millions of people turn out to witness the excitement and cheer on their favourites. For amateurs, the 16 miles round trip ride from Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez with its 1,100m climb, is a once in a lifetime experience.
Our cycling holiday based at Auris Chalet in Les Cours near Auris-en-Oisans accommodates up to twelve people and offers the perfect base for this trip and many more. As the owners explain, “With overhanging roads dominating the valley, passages on rocky ledges and series of hairpin bends, the secondary road network of the Oisans is an exceptional haven for cyclists.”
Does all this seem too much? If you’re looking for a more gentle option or a family cycling holiday, we can still provide inspiration. More ideas for fantastic accommodation for cycling holidays in the Rhone Alpes, Dordogne, Midi-Pyrenees, Poitou-Charente and more are in our Activity holiday pages.