Cycling

Cycling is a wonderful way to visit the Loire Valley at just the right pace. It’s part of the EuroVelo bike route from the Atlantic to the Black Sea.

Bikes are available free with your accommodation with a puncture kit and pump.

However, we are 5 K from the bike path, along a busy (70 kpm) road which you may prefer to avoid. Is that is the case, you can drive to Blois then rent bikes from Détours de Blois. The price is 10 euro for a half day and 15 euro for a full day.

Address: 39 Avenue du Dr Jean Laigret, 41000 Blois
Monday to Saturday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm; 2.30 pm to 7 pm
Sunday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm; 6 pm to 7 pm.
Lundi 09:30 – 12:30, 14:30 – 19:00
Mardi 09:30 – 12:30, 14:30 – 19:00
Mercredi 09:30 – 12:30, 14:30 – 19:00
Jeudi 09:30 – 12:30, 14:30 – 19:00
Vendredi 09:30 – 12:30, 14:30 – 19:00
Samedi 09:30 – 12:30, 14:30 – 19:00
Dimanche 09:30 – 12:30, 18:00 – 19:00

Our favourite cycle route is to Chambord, via Saint Dyé. You cross the river, then take the new cycle path right along the river to Saint Dyé, then turn right and go to Chambord.  We’ll leave a cycle map amongst the tourist information.

For a shorter ride, you can stay on our side of the river and go to Cour-sur-Loire with its wash house.

I have blogged extensively on our cycling. You just have to  type Loire à Velo in the search box on www.aussieinfrance.com to find the different posts. Specific posts are indicated below.

Complimentary 21-gear bike for tall women

Complimentary small woman’s bike

Complimentary18-gear men’s bike

The website www.cycling-loire.com gives all the cycling routes in the Loire and lots of other useful information. Click here to see where we are located in relation to Amboise, Chambord, Chaumont and Cheverny castles.

A brochure with 13 itineraries for the Blois-Chambord area can be found in the gîte.

An American blogger also has lots of useful information on cycling in France: http://experiencefrancebybike.com/

Closerie Falaiseau is located close to the bike route though you have to be a fairly seasoned cyclist to visit the châteaux from here. There are, however, lots of other local rides, to the nearby village of Chouzy and into the Blois forest.

I’ve written several posts on my blog indicating places to cycle to.

http://www.aussieinfrance.com/2012/05/la-loire-a-velo-loire-by-bike-1/

http://www.aussieinfrance.com/2012/06/summer-mushroom-in-the-loire/

http://www.aussieinfrance.com/2012/05/cycling-through-the-forest-in-blois/

http://www.aussieinfrance.com/2012/05/may-day

http://www.aussieinfrance.com/2012/02/sundays-travel-photos-chenonceau/