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Old 05-20-10, 07:47 AM
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Anyone planning to travel to Europe or France this summer ? ...

Hello everyone, I am new here, I love cycling and being from Albertville, I am beginning to know the Alpine passes pretty well now So if anyone needs any advise regarding France in general, the Alps or the Pyrenees please give me a shout, I would be happy to help Ced x
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Not planning on going this year but it's on my bucket list.
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I'm planning on a week in France and a week in either northen Italy or switzerland. I'll keep in touch!
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Europe OR France? When was France separated from Europe?
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I will be spending 8 days in Vaison-la-Romaine during July. Will follow the tour for a couple of days and have also arranged to rent a bike to ride the Ventoux.
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I meant Europe or France to be more precise ... Please pardon my poor English Eclectus
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Not this year... think we are doing a Canadian rail trip from Vancouver to Calgary, hitting a music/film fest with a few other blogger friends of mine when we get there! No bikes, just a much needed vaca.
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ill be all over europe in july and part of august. studying abroad, hoping to see atleast part of the tour, dont think ill be riding myself tho
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Originally Posted by Cedfromfrance View Post
I meant Europe or France to be more precise ... Please pardon my poor English Eclectus
I see what you mean. France or other European countries, like Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal et al. I've never been to France, but my MIL and FIL love it (they are fluent French speakers). My FIL went to French schools and worked in Marseilles for a couple years. They go there a lot. Me. I only took 3 years of French. I wanted to take more, but my school screwed me.

If you come over here, you can stay with us, but you don't want to visit Kansas. Go to Cali, it's got any kind of riding you want. It's the best place America has to offer to cyclists, maybe the world.

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Hey, I'm studying abroad next year at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and I definitely plan on going to do some of the famous climbs in Europe during my 4-week spring break. I'd love some pointers or suggestions for rides and a riding buddy while I'm there.
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Merci! If you have any good recommendations/links for a road bike rental store in/near Paris and in Normandy, that would be appreciated.
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I will be working in Cessy (près de Genève) for six weeks in june and july. I just started road biking here in CA and was hoping to try and rent or borrow a bike so i could cycle in the country (the Jura mountains) and not lose any progress I've made so far starting out.

any suggestions you can offer would be great
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Hey, I'm studying abroad next year at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and I definitely plan on going to do some of the famous climbs in Europe during my 4-week spring break. I'd love some pointers or suggestions for rides and a riding buddy while I'm there.
my parents went to Univ of East Anglia!

that's all
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I was in the Pyrenees two years ago and enjoyed some famous climbs. But I like quieter roads. I may come down again next month. Friends are staying in Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Any recommendations for epic climbs that are off the beaten track?
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Originally Posted by border reiver View Post
I will be spending 8 days in Vaison-la-Romaine during July. Will follow the tour for a couple of days and have also arranged to rent a bike to ride the Ventoux.
border, I too will try to get up ventoux. I'm going to be in rome with the family at the end of June but I was going to peel off and fly into Lyon. I will be bringing my ritchey break away so I will have a bike. my plane lands at 10:30 and hope to be climbing alpe d'huez after lunch. I was going to spend the night and attempt ventoux the next day. from what I hear, the winds and weather on ventoux can make getting to the top very iffy. maybe 50/50. last year a friend tried it and it was cold and with driving winds making it no fun at all and it was a dnf.

I will be staying near ventoux, anything to do there? any advise would be helpful. cheers.
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Merci! If you have any good recommendations/links for a road bike rental store in/near Paris and in Normandy, that would be appreciated.
I rented from https://www.bluemarble.org/, in downtown Paris once, and it was a breeze. Might have trouble getting a bike (without signing up for a tour) in the high season, though.
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I will be spending 8 days in Vaison-la-Romaine during July. Will follow the tour for a couple of days and have also arranged to rent a bike to ride the Ventoux.
The Luberon Valley is my favorite cycling region in France . Enjoy.. Check out your routing and know what is where, because there is lots to see on a cycle tour.. Don't pass up the hill towns of the Luberon.. Lucky you.. Going to do Mt. Ventoux.. There are 3 routes up the ascent. Difficult, Impossible, and Somewhat difficult.
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Hi, if you need anything such as renting a bike in Normandie or anywhere else in France, go to www.pagesjaunes.fr and just fill in "location velo" and the place you want (Normandie for example) => You will have all the usefull addresses, phone numbers etc... like this one: Velo location in Bayeux. You also have email addresses so you could also send an enquiry and ask for prices. Hope this info is usefull Ced x
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border, I too will try to get up ventoux. I'm going to be in rome with the family at the end of June but I was going to peel off and fly into Lyon. I will be bringing my ritchey break away so I will have a bike. my plane lands at 10:30 and hope to be climbing alpe d'huez after lunch. I was going to spend the night and attempt ventoux the next day. from what I hear, the winds and weather on ventoux can make getting to the top very iffy. maybe 50/50. last year a friend tried it and it was cold and with driving winds making it no fun at all and it was a dnf.

I will be staying near ventoux, anything to do there? any advise would be helpful. cheers.

Hello Fogrider, there are so many things you can do around Mont Ventoux, have a go at the Col de Lure for exemple (1826m), this is not far and this is where Alberto Contador lost the Paris Nice this year, great climb almost as hard as the Ventoux and not as famous, you should have a go ! Col de Perty is relatively easy and a nice ride too, the Tour de France take it often as this is a nice way to commute from the Alps to the Pyrenees ! The other good thing around the Ventoux is that you can find so many quiet roads, very nice place for a familly bike ride, challenging but enjoyable You should visit Vaison La Romaine, Dentelles de Montmirail and have a wine taste around Vacqueras and Gigondas (My favorite red wines !...) Why not riding some of this years's Dauphine Libere, St Paul trois Chateaux - Risoul ... If you need more ideas, give me a shout !
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I was in the Pyrenees two years ago and enjoyed some famous climbs. But I like quieter roads. I may come down again next month. Friends are staying in Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Any recommendations for epic climbs that are off the beaten track?
As you probably already know the classics around Luz would be Luz Ardiden, Tourmalet and Aspin. I would also do Hautacam, Gavarnie est also a must. Col de Spandelle and Col de Borderes are definitelly quieter and as beautifull. I would also try (I never did but saw it on the Tour) the Port de Bales which is a new pass or Col d'Azet which are both also relatively quiet.

In any case enjoy the Pyrenees !!
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I'm spending two months in North West Germany this summer. That's not close to the alps though.
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Three weeks in Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium for cycling.
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I hope to be in Roterdam for the prologue and stage 1. Just have to make sure that a meeting with prime on our contract does not mess that up.
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i will get back to you in 2012 when i plan to head that direction. later.
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