Cycling Holidays France - Cycle to Villandry

French Cycling Holidays - Frequent 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 touring 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.  See our section on bikes.

What type of bikes do you provide?

We have a mix of hybrid style bikes and french touring bikes.  We’ve chosen models with lots of adjustment and generally comfortable upright seating positions.   The tyres are not as thin as those on a racing bike but not as thick as those on a mountain bike.  See our section on bikes.

Can I start your cycling holidays on a day other than Sunday?

At the moment our Loire Discovery Cycle Tour only starts on a Sunday and the Gourmet Bike Tour on a Saturday.

We are able to be more flexible with our Loire Valley short cycling breaks and Bespoke Cycling Holidays.

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 and Gourmet Tour you would need to be comfortable with cycling around 45 kms each day.  On our Loire B&B 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, summer sports clothing suit the conditions we generally experience, while padded shorts will really make your life easier. Bring water/wind proof tops just in case and lightweight trainers are fine.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes – you need to be able to provide us with proof of your travel insurance, which needs to cover you for cycling whilst on holiday, medical expenses and repatriation to your home country.

What happens if the weather makes cycling impossible?

On our Loire Valley Discovery Tour and Gourmet 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.

What payment options do you offer?

We are able to accept credit card payments (VISA or MasterCard) or a direct bank transfer.

We’ve found that banks are making ever higher charges at both ends of a direct bank transfer and generally give you a poor exchange rate. For these reasons we now recommend the use of Currency Fair, which enables the safe transfer of funds across currencies at a fraction of the cost and with a far better exchange rate than the banks.

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