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Rides in France

Posted By: Jolyon Stone
Date: 18 April 2008

Hello fellow tandemists
This is for information.
If anyone should be visiting France with a bicycle or tandem and would like to try out our local cycle-touring scene, the starting point is the calendar of the Federation Francaise de Cyclotourisme which can be found at the following link http://www.ffct.org/pratiquer/cn_ran.htm Choose the relevant region on the map, click and you will find a menu with a number of choices. The Randonnées Permanentes are tourist circuits which you do at your own leisure (no fixed date, no special obligation to stamp a card unless you want to buy a medal at the end). The other rides are events with fixed departure times and routes. It is normal for non-members to be accepted, usually you pay 2-3 euros more. Some rides will be at your own pace, some will be group starts; usually there is a route card (although not always!). It is a good idea to give the organiser a ring if there is any doubt or a potential complication.
I will take this opportunity to give a plug for my own FFCT club's star event which is the Puys et Grands Monts randonnée. Ride at your own pace, all turns marked on the road. Only problem: it clashes with the beginning of the Tandem Club International at Loches (and the start is under 2 hours drive away). If anyone is interested here is the link http://membres.lycos.fr/rctl/PuysGM/PGM.htm
If anyone wants to do it on a tandem, I would advise studying the profiles of the various circuits because it is not at all flat. I would advise starting on the short circuit for the morning and switching to one of the other circuits for the afternoon if the legs felt good. There are normally one or two tandems but not more. This year I am planning to do it with my blind stoker from the Limoges Tandem Club. Another of our crews is looking at the possibility as well. We will be sticking to the little circuit! If anyone wants advice e-mail me at famillestone@tele2.fr
Cheers Jo

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