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Cycling the Central Massif of France.

Old 01-06-19, 06:43 PM
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Cycling the Central Massif of France.

Cycling the Central Massif of France. The Bicycle Adventure Club is a riding club of primarily North American Cyclists that have member lead rides. We are leading a trip in September to the Central Massif of France. We depart from Toulouse on September 12, 2019 and finish in Toulouse on September 27, 2019. This tour will average around 60 KM per day with 1000 meters +/- of climbing and descent daily. We will have 4 optional riding days during the trip. The Central Massif is characterized by small, lightly traveled roads that are excellent for cycling. The hotels and restaurants are 3 and 4 stars located in small charming villages, this trip will have 3 Michelin starred meals at a much more reasonable cost. If you want to do something extraordinary for your next bike trip this could be it. Visit BicycleAdventureClub.0rg for more information. Membership in the club is required but not difficult to obtain.
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Old 01-07-19, 08:45 AM
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while its clear you are looking for customers, looking at the club webpage, it appears that your club is a well organized, long standing and responsible group that exists because of the volunteer members.
I was surprised by how many trips you run, thats a heck of a lot of trips.

all that aside, may your members enjoy this trip, biking in France is always a lovely experience, no matter where.
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while its clear you are looking for customers, looking at the club webpage, it appears that your club is a well organized, long standing and responsible group that exists because of the volunteer members.
I was surprised by how many trips you run, thats a heck of a lot of trips.

all that aside, may your members enjoy this trip, biking in France is always a lovely experience, no matter where.
+ 1 on this. France has what may be the best cycling in Europe with lots of lightly traveled roads and great scenery and food. One of these days I need to get up to Quebec and ride the route verte.
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last time I cycled there (2010) it was called the Massif Central.
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last time I cycled there (2010) it was called the Massif Central.
Getting the name of the destination wrong doesn't bode well for the rest of the trip.😀
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Getting the name of the destination wrong doesn't bode well for the rest of the trip.😀
Gerry, you are right that the name in French is the Massif Central. Most of the riders in the club are not fluent in French so we were asked to use the English translation. It is one of the least traveled and visited areas in France and speaking some French is quite helpful as there are not a lot of people outside of the hotels that speak much English. That said, they are some of the most friendly and helpful people that you will meet. So please do not judge the book by its cover, this is some of the best riding you can do in France and Italy.
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I imagine this would probably be pretty cool. 🙂 I think a Michelin tire would fit my budget better, though. 😁
Completely off topic, but I had a French step-dad, when I was in my early 20s, so reserve the right to hate the French, as needed. 😁😉
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The Massif Central is a nice region for touring. I've toured there twice. People reading this thread should realize, however, that the estimated cost assuming double occupancy is $4,050 for this 15 day tour according to the website. Add $1,800 for single occupancy. These prices don't include airfare.
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Originally Posted by Woodybac View Post
Gerry, you are right that the name in French is the Massif Central. Most of the riders in the club are not fluent in French so we were asked to use the English translation.
Any English-speaker I've ever come across has called it 'Massif Central'. Inventing an "English translation" is just stupid. They won't find it called that on any map and if they Google it they will probably find it but as the correct version. I mean, how difficult is it to pronounce or understand? Who thought this was a good idea??
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Dear Caretaker, I am sorry that this has rubbed you the wrong way. Let's agree that the name is the Massif Central and that bike riding is absolutely superb. We have found that the roads are very uncrowded, not much road paint (unless you come across where Le Tour has passed through), with climbs up to Cat 1. While the towns are a bit further apart than some parts of France, we have found wonderful hotels and restaurants to be available with great service. I hope you get a chance to experience this again.
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Originally Posted by axolotl View Post
The Massif Central is a nice region for touring. I've toured there twice. People reading this thread should realize, however, that the estimated cost assuming double occupancy is $4,050 for this 15 day tour according to the website. Add $1,800 for single occupancy. These prices don't include airfare.
yup, and these here are American buckeroos.
Aimed at folks who want the assurance of a group and not having to plan anything, and are willing to pay a lot for it.
No different than other tour trips, but it still comes down to appealing to a certain "disposable income" group.
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While the towns are a bit further apart than some parts of France, we have found wonderful hotels and restaurants to be available with great service. I hope you get a chance to experience this again.
Dear Woodybac,

No thanks, if and when I do go back to that particular region I will be still having the Menu du Jour and staying at municipal campsites.

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