Introductions - Alors bonjour! Je suis Francais!
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11-14-02, 06:10 PM
Bonjour tout le monde.
I am actually a Franco-american citizen, but I am currently living in Rennes, France. Aside from the rain, it is great cycling country.
I am currently writing you from Japan, where I am taking a few weeks to tour. I am finishing up the week by traversing Kyushu the southern island. There I will go to Nagasaki and then climb up the Aso mountain range, the remnants of an ancient volcano. There will be lots of time to soak and relax in the geothermally heated baths, onsen (the outdoor ones are called rotenburo).
Alas this time I am biking by myself, and I thought that I would join a discussion so I can find some buddies for my next adventure.
11-14-02, 07:48 PM
I thought I would reply to my thread to tell you a little more about me.
My love affair with the bike started in 1976 when I was 4 years old living in Lyon, France. I had a wonderful little yellow bike that I would ride literally everryday. I cried the day they put it in the moving van to go back to the US. My biking passion was put on hold until 1987, I was stuck with a Huffy 10 speed until I bought my grey Cannondale Team Comp racing bike that I still have today. I also have a '98 Cannondale F900 (replacement for my stolen '95 F700), and a Gary Fischer Mnt bike, that I take out to town without worry.
When I moved back to France in 1995, I took up racing, and man is the competition tough here, especially in Brittany. 10-15 hours or more of training per week is a minimum to stay in the pack. People take bike racing seriously here.
Now I have stopped the road racing, I have a day job, and I am going at my own pace, and loving every kilometer. This summer, I rode across the Pyrenees from Bayonne to Perpignan, and down to Barcelona. The Pyrenees mountains are fantastic! I must have some masochistic tendancies as I love to climb... I don't know why... I think it is for the descent.
Anyway, I am always looking for riders to go on adventures. I am currently riding around now in Japan on my F900, and I have put on some slick tires for the occasion...
Hope to talk with you often in the forums!
11-15-02, 01:57 AM
I am jealous Doraemonkey.. Your area is the first bicycle tour we ever took. In June 1999, when we arranged our tour, so it connected up with the Tour De France. Near the town of Vitre, we saw Lance -the day before he took the yellow for the first time.
We circle toured Normandy, Brittany, Loire starting at Vernon/Giverney going out to Honfleur and St Malo and south to Angers and back east ending at Orleans.. We have had to have an annual tour ever since that time.. Never has cycling been better( mabye equal in the Luberon). You are truly blessed Doraemonkey.. With every day cycling like that, it would be hard not to get the bike out every day... And we were lucky. It only rained lightly as we entered the town of Orleans on the last day..
I wonder why in the summer, you can't get the bike out daily. The sun does not go down until like 10 pm... Which was great- we never toured so slowly.. So many La Pastarie stops..
My wife and I cycled in France a long time ago (16+ years). We enjoyed 1.5 weeks pedaling through Burgundy from Belfort to Autun via Beaune. Also spent a couple of days in the Loire Valley visiting the chateaux. France is such a wonderful place to cycle --- great food (tastes better after a nice ride!), friendly people, and so many things to see.
We are planning to take our kids to Europe next summer. probably England and France. We're still in the planning stage and haven't decided where to visit outside of London and Paris, of course.
I'm sure you'll find lots of new friends on this forum.
11-15-02, 10:06 AM
Thanks for the replies guys.
Yes I do consider myself lucky. Rennes is a nice town to live in. I can get from the center of town to the country side for a relaxing ride in 15 minutes. Yup from downtown to brown cows, really. No stripmalls in the way. I really like that aspect of living here.
In reply to cyclezealot, actually I do try to make it a point to ride every day, I go to work by bike... only about a 30 km round trip, but it is worth it, I arrive at work refreshed... and it isn't too long to get all sweaty.
There are a lot of transportation subjects to talk about, but I am getting more and more interested in touring. My backyard is a great place to start. And again if anyone has any questions about brittany I would be glad to help. Heck, I would probably ask to come with you on a leg...
Anyway starting tomorrow I should be out of internet range as I will be in the Japanese country side. I'll try to post my impressions on the trip next week.
11-15-02, 10:20 AM
Doraemonkey... Be anxious to hear of your stories of the Japanese countryside.. I had the impression Japan is either city or mountains.. Hope that is incorrect.
Yes Dorae.. we are getting impatient with not having a ride in the French countryside.. I had cycled in France three times. Besides, the Tour I mentioned.. The second, through Burgundy about Beaune and the northern part of Provence. The third about Rousillon and south of Provence.. Never anything but great cycling.. The rural French have a passion for cycling and cyclists... I particularily like the way the French preserve the cities and countryside... You do not have cities running into one another with the obnoxious suburban sprawl that runs on for 400 miles from the urban center..
Even really Paris.. For such a big city it is compact and transportation services are available so we are not such slaves to the car and its needs.. Those of us that flew into Paris said transportation systems easily accomdate bikes, so urban cyclists can easily escape the traffic.
Dorae... It would be great to meet up with you on some future French cycling tour.. A couple of us are suffering from withdrawl from French cycling..
Rennes eh! Reminds me of an unfortuate episode i suffered when i camped just outside of Rennes about 4years ago.
Woke up in the morning and checked my bike which i locked to the bumper of my car, to find my front wheel had been stolen through the night.
Apart from that i always love to bike, hike, anything in France.
A French stick, local cheese and wine lunches Wonderfull!!!
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