Brittany Borders Bicycling

Cycling tours in Brittany and Normandy

Use our local expertise to maximise your cycling experience
in north-western France

Bicycle Sculpture

We believe that our region of France provides a perfect environment for the touring cyclist. The rolling terrain, embracing pasture, woodlands and coastal areas, presents the touring and leisure cyclist with a landscape of stunning scenery and fantastic rides.

Thanks so much for organizing such a wonderful holiday on such short notice. Your recommendations were perfect and every hotel you selected was lovely: clean, friendly, well-priced and in a perfect location. The routes were terrific and each day was very different and always interesting. The bike I rode was safe and comfortable and the quality of your service was impeccable. My luggage was always where it was supposed to be and our meetings at the beginning and end of my trip were great. All the best as you continue helping people have wonderful biking holidays and I'd love to travel with you again.
Betty, Florida, USA. (Coastal Classique Tour)

OUR FRENCH CYCLING TOURS

We offer two single-centred touring holidays so you don't have to worry about luggage transfer or having to cycle to your next night's accommodation. In addition, we also offer one circular tour of the region, for those who prefer to cycle from place to place. Although we have a recommended itinerary for each tour, we want to be as flexible as possible and offer a cycling break tailored to your individual needs and requirements. Each day's ride is not a race, and we encourage you to travel at a leisurely pace so that you can enjoy both the cycling and the scenery. You can stop for breaks as many times as you wish, either for a rest, refreshments, to visit a site of interest or just to look at the view. On each day's ride there are places for you to stop for food and refreshments. You will be provided with comprehensive and easy to follow route maps, plus written directions, and have access to backup/support should you require it. We welcome individuals, couples, families and groups on our tours. We give a personal service and do not employ agents or reps to meet you or transport your luggage.

OUR CYCLING ROUTES IN NORTH-WESTERN FRANCE

The cycling routes we have selected follow virtually traffic-free, well-surfaced minor roads, canal towpaths and former railway lines converted to cycle tracks (voies vertes), which provide excellent conditions for the use of either touring or hybrid bikes, including tandems and recumbents. We have endeavoured to design rides which pass through the areas that provide the best scenery and places of interest for your enjoyment, where you will discover the rich heritage of the region.

CYCLE TOUR DATES

We do not have fixed dates for any of our tours, so you are welcome to come when you like, from the 1st April to the 30th September.

GROUPS

We offer a discount for groups of four people or more. (Full tour itinerary only). The maximum number of people we can accept on our tours at any one time is six.

CHILDREN

Children are very welcome. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and be used to cycling safely on public roads. Children under the age of 10 must be fastened to an adult's bike, for example by using a trailer bike, buggie or similar. Price discounts are available for children.

The full details of our single-centre tours:

The 'Apples and Pears' Tour

The 'Château' Tour

The full details of our circular tour:

The 'Coastal Classique' Tour

BIKES & OTHER EQUIPMENT

The hire of bicycles is included in the price of our tours, together with helmets, padlocks, basic repair kits and pannier/handlebar bags. You may like to bring your favourite saddle, or pedals, or both, which we would be happy to fit for you. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike, this is no problem and we will adjust the price of the tour accordingly.

SAFETY

You cycle at your own risk. Although we endeavour to ensure that our rides are as safe as possible, we cannot be held responsible for the state of the roads or the condition of your own bicycles, nor for any damage, loss or injury. If you use your own bike, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is in a roadworthy condition. When cycling, you must ride in a responsible and safe manner, with respect for your fellow road user and complying with all French traffic laws and regulations.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How fit do I need to be?
  2. Can I bring my own bike?
  3. Will I have to wear a helmet?
  4. What should I wear when cycling in France?
  5. What other equipment should I bring?
  6. What if I have a mechanical problem with my bike?
  7. What will the weather be like?
  8. Do I need to have insurance?
  9. Can I use a mountain bike?
  10. Can I hire bikes from you?
Chain gang - cycling unhurriedly through an unspoilt town in northern France

1. You should be able to comfortably cycle 65kms/40miles each day for a week, bearing in mind that you will have all day to complete the rides at a leisurely pace.

2. Yes. See section "Bikes and other Equipment".

3. The wearing of cycle helmets is not compulsory in France, however we recommend that you wear one. We can provide them if you wish to wear one.

4. For your comfort and safety we recommend the wearing of suitable cycling clothing, particularly padded shorts, and gloves. It is also better to wear shoes designed for cycling rather than trainers, but this is not essential and is up to the individual. Please bring clothing to cover all weather conditions. If you do not wish to wear a helmet, it is advisable to wear some other form of head gear to protect you when it is sunny. Also, it is advisable to wear a pair of cycling glasses to protect your eyes from the sun, flies and dust. If you are planning to cycle during the hours of darkness, it is now a requirement to wear a yellow reflective vest. These can be bought cheaply from most supermarkets in France and in shops on-board ferries.

5. When cycling we recommend you carry a puncture repair kit or preferably a spare inner tube, a tyre inflator and a padlock. If you are unable to bring these items with you, we can supply them to you free of charge. We would also advise you to carry a basic first aid kit.

6. We can rectify most minor roadside problems, but in the unlikely event of you having a more major problem which prevents you from completing the day's ride, we can arrange for transport to take you and your bike back to your accommodation.

7. We have no control over the weather (worse luck!), but we believe that this region of France offers the ideal climate for cycling.

8. Yes. It is a condition of booking that all travellers must take out comprehensive travel insurance to include third party cover. Please also ensure that the policy covers cycling. Insurance aimed at cyclists from the UK does exist - see www.cyclecover.co.uk or telephone 0870 873 0068. Also, if you are a national of an EU country you should obtain an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). This entitles you to benefit from the reciprocal health agreements which exist between the EU and certain other countries, but is not a substitute for travel insurance. You should also not travel against medical advice.

9. If you are happy to cycle the specified distances and have an approved method of carrying your daily needs, then a mountain bike will be fine. However, if your bike is currently fitted with knobbly tyres, we would advise you to replace these with tyres suitable for road and cycle track use.

10. Yes. See section "Bikes and other Equipment".

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PAYMENT DETAILS

We require a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total cost when making your booking, which will be deducted from the total price. The balance is payable 6 weeks before the start date of the tour. If you are booking within 6 weeks of the start of the tour, then the full cost of the tour is required.

Children are very welcome, and the following discounts based on the full adult price apply:

If you would like to pay in a currency other than Euros, please contact us.

Currency Converter - www.xe.com/ucc

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CANCELLATION INFORMATION

Cancellation by client

If you cancel giving at least 8 weeks notice prior to the start date of your tour, we will refund your deposit, otherwise the deposit is forfeit. Advice of cancellation can be made by telephone or e-mail, but must be confirmed by letter. The following cancellation terms will be applied based on the date of receipt of your letter.

If you cancel 42 - 22 days before the start date of the tour, we will refund 90% of your payment (less deposit).

If you cancel 21 - 8 days before the start date of the tour, we will refund 70%.

If you cancel 7 days or less before the start date of the tour, we cannot make a refund.

Cancellation by us

In the unlikely event of us having to cancel your tour, we will refund the full sum you paid us.

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Contact Details

Tel: (0033) (0)2 99 97 08 76

Business Hours: 9am to 6pm

Email: info@brittanybordersbicycling.com

Brittany Borders Bicycling, Chez M ou Mme Hall, La Ramée Gérard, 35420 St Georges de Reintembault, France