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Cycling France

France. Home of legendary road cycling and its national passion

The Tour de France. The world’s most famous bike race, the iconic climbs of the Alps and Pyrenees are embedded in cycling folklore.

Passionate about cycling? France will be high on your bucket list.

For cycling aficionados, the Alps are a must. No question. Followed swiftly by Provence, Ventoux and the Pyrenees.

But the beauty of France is its strength and depth. So while these are the big hitters, you’ll find epic rides almost everywhere:

  • Nice - fantastic for being city based with iconic scenery and climbs on your doorstep;
  • Famous amateur gran fondos and sportives, like the Marmotte; and
  • Check out the awesome Ile de Ré if you prefer it flat and are with children.

Click below to find your one-stop guides to epic road cycling: ride guides, café stops, the best places to stay and things to do when you’re not cycling.

You might also like our articles on the best cycling destinations in Francehow to pick the right cycling holiday in France for you and our articles comparing the best bike tours in Provence, best bike tours in the Alps and the whole of France!

For the climbers out there, you might also want to take a look at our guide to the Route des Grandes Alpes and our pick of the best climbs in Europe, many of which are in France!

Alpe d'Huez region, French Alps

Col de l'Iseran region, French Alps

Col de Peyresourde region, French Pyrenees

Col du Tourmalet region, French Pyrenees

Ile de Ré

Mont Ventoux and Provence

Nice and Côte d'Azur

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