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Old 10-01-17, 23:14
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Fellow members, really want to go biking in France this April/may, van is nearly ready with the hook up etc so looking at a bit of road cycling and ALOT of drinking, just wondering if anyone on here got any advice/routes/places to stay really any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-01-17, 06:36
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It all depends what type of riding you want. Hilly, flat, scenic?
Are you hunting tdf routes? How far do you want to travel from Calais?

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Old 11-01-17, 07:57
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It all depends what type of riding you want. Hilly, flat, scenic?
Are you hunting tdf routes? How far do you want to travel from Calais?

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I'm not fussy on the type of riding a mixture of possible willing to travel between 4-8hrs from Calais, I'm not to fussy about riding TDF routes.
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Old 11-01-17, 13:10
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The jura region is lovely for cycling, some lovely climbs but not too taxing and like most of France very quiet in the country roads. Brittany is nice but very flat. Normandy is a little hillier but still fairly flat.

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Old 11-01-17, 14:30
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Isn't the Jura region a bit of a drive from Calais though ?
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Old 11-01-17, 17:16
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Fellow members, really want to go biking in France this April/may, van is nearly ready with the hook up etc so looking at a bit of road cycling and ALOT of drinking, just wondering if anyone on here got any advice/routes/places to stay really any help would be appreciated.
We have previously had some great camping holidays along the Nante-Brest Canal in Brittany if you are into tow path cycling. Last year we came across a gem of a campsite in Neufchatel en bray in Normandy which is right on the Route Verte heading for Dieppe. The site was pristine ( toilets and bar cafe were spotless and the food was very nice) as was the town and surrounding area. There are three supermarkets five minutes up the track including an Aldi. The cycle track has no big hills as it follows the old railway line. Some of the little villages along the route have invested in new toilets designed for passing cyclists. We would like to back there again this year as it was so nice. Well worth investigating.

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Old 11-01-17, 17:38
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Isn't the Jura region a bit of a drive from Calais though ?
It's within the op's 4-8 hour driving window?

We stayed in marigny which is 6 hours

Shared route
From Calais to Camping de la Pergola via A26.

5 hr 56 min (665km)
6 hr 7 min in current traffic


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Old 11-01-17, 21:58
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If you're doing a lot of drinking, the best beer has traditionally been in the north of France around Lille.
However, the real/craft ale craze has hit France over the last few years and there are some amazing brews around. Unfortunately, you'll have to do a bit of detective work to find them and avoid the standard 1664/Affligem/Heineken/Hoegaarden selection they have in most bars.
What was the other thing...? Oh, cycling, right! No idea mate... ;-)
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Had some draft Affligem last year in Ghent. Twas very very nice actually. ( especially when you order a local cheese and pickle plate with it......yum ) The old Leffe from the tap aint too bad either when served in one of those goblet shaped supping vessels.

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The Loire region is nice, chateaux and vineyards galore, our fav site is a huttopia site at bracieux good (flat) cycle routes right on the doorstep with magnificent castles at the end of the routes, have fun
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