Discovering the treasures and pleasures of France
– by pedal-power…
The front cover claims that this is the story of “the ultimate cycle journey from Channel to Med”. But newly-published “France En Velo” is much more than that. It’s a fascinating insight into France itself – its regions, its cultures, its gastronomy, its people, its hidden gems.
In this beautifully illustrated guide to travelling across France by bike – from St. Malo in the north to Nice on the Med - the reader discovers hidden lanes, stunning gorges, amazing places to eat and stay, together with the best of French cycling culture. Authors John Walsh and Hannah Reynolds may be dedicated to the velo, but it soon becomes obvious that they are true Francophiles, desperate to share their wonderful experiences with their readers.
The couple’s iconic journey of more than 1000 miles takes you through no fewer than 21 of France’s regional départements and into some of the country’s most striking and dramatic landscapes, helping you to discover the true heart of rural France.
Starting on the coast of Brittany, the route winds its way through quiet lanes, along the banks of rivers, through dramatic gorges and quintessentially French villages before reaching the dazzling glamour of the French Riviera.
Beautifully illustrated with more than 25 maps and 200 photographs, the book features detailed directions and routes, revealing the many hidden secrets of the regions it covers.
With the Tour de France starting in the UK this year – for only the second time in history - interest in French cycling is particularly high, with a huge surge in UK cyclists thinking about France. The authors like to think of their St. Malo-Nice route as a sunnier version of Land's End to John O'Groats - with great food, easier transport connections and beautiful and diverse scenery. All in all, “France En Velo” is the perfect combination of travel and adventure. A must-have tome for all true enthusiasts... whether that enthusiasm is for cycling or France or both.
Hannah Reynolds has worked in the cycling press for 13 years and is the Fitness Editor for IPC titles Cycling Weekly, Cycling Active and Cycling Fitness. She is co-author of Bloomsbury publication “Fitter, Faster, Further” a guide to sportive preparation.
John Walsh designed the first St Malo to Nice epic in 2010 for Saddle-Skedaddle, the UK’s largest independent cycle tour operator. An experienced guide and expert on France he has guided all over the world from the challenges of India to the exotic beaches of Costa Rica.
Publisher: Wild Things Publishing Ltd
Format: 210mm x 170mm
Binding: 256pp, paperback & flaps
Illustrations: 200 photos, 25 maps
Publication: May 2014