French Cycling Holidays – Questions
To help you get more of a flavour of what we offer on our french cycling holidays, here are some questions we are frequently asked.
Is it best to bring my own bike or use yours?
We are able to provide good quality bikes, sized according to your needs and impeccably maintained. People always feel more at home on their own bikes and so it’s no problem to bring your own. We are happy to fit your pedals and saddles to our bikes to make your cycling more comfortable. See our section on bikes.
Can I start your cycling holidays on any day?
How fit do I need to be?
No matter how easy and relaxing the cycling terrain is here, cycling is a physical activity so you need be fit and comfortable with the distances covered on your chosen tour. So, for our Loire Valley Discovery Cycling Tour you would need to be comfortable with cycling around 45 kms each day. On our Loire short cycling breaks we have routes that start from 20kms.
Are you accessible if I’m arriving from outside Europe?
Definitely. It’s possible to catch the high speed train (TGV) at Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris) to St Pierre des Corps station in Tours. Change train at St Pierre des Corps for Saumur (you don’t even need to change platform) which is a further 25 minutes. We can then arrange a transfer to us at either of our bases. Click here for more details.
What should I wear?
Lightweight, layer based sports clothing suit our conditions. Proper padded cycling shorts really make life easier and get the best you can afford!
Rain/wind proof tops and lightweight trainers are also advisable. Bring your cycling shoes and pedals if you have any – we’re more than happy to fit them.
Do I need travel insurance?
What happens if the weather makes cycling impossible?
On our Loire Valley Discovery Tour if the weather is awful and cycling isn’t an option, we will take you to a local attraction or head out for some wine tasting. We will ensure that the day is not wasted! In eight years of running our cycling holidays, this has happened twice.
If you’re taking our Short Break option in March, April or October then a hire car comes in useful if the weather makes cycling impossible.
What payment options do you offer?
We are able to accept credit card payments (VISA or MasterCard) or a direct bank transfer.