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Biking routes around Arles

Milford, Nova Scotia
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Biking routes around Arles

We are Canadians wishing to explore the regions around Arles by bike. We will be in Arles for a week the end of August and hope to see as much of the countryside as possible. Does anyone have tips on where to get good bike rentals and where to find out about interesting biking trails. Thanks.

Ada

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http://www.europbike-provence.net/circuits/

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Thanks to Travelholic - does this site have an English version?? Thanks

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Here's a guide to cycling in Provence in English, with some useful links.

http://bit.ly/li0WC1

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Consider using Google Chrome as your web browser. It automatically translates HTML web pages into English.

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If you are not able to find designated bike routes or trails you can try looking on bike route map sites like Bikely.com or Mapmyride.com. I think there are other European mapping sites that you will eventually come across in your searches, try Routeyou.com, and Gpsies.com. To get an idea of an area look at it through Google Earth, then go to the Google Street View where you can actually take a ride down the road if you wish. One other way I've picked up routes is to look at bike tour info from the large tour companies, see which small towns they go to, and figure which minor roads they most likely are using.

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You also do what I do and just Michelin maps of the scale 1:150,000 or 1:200,000 and make up your own bike routes and itineraries guided by icons on the map.

The Michelin maps have icons for all kinds of historically/touristically interesting things such as châteaux, ruins, churches, abbeys, scenic view points, caves, Roman sites, megaliths, designated scenic roads and many other things. Usually when I'm exploring various regions in France I just look at the map and I am able to plan interesting and scenic rides just reading the map. For instance, I usually look for a designated scenic road, which are highlighted in green, and I especially look for towns with the historic church and/or château icon. I also try to make sure the route goes through as many small villages as possible. Usually putting all these things together I find interesting and scenic rides without even knowing where I am going and with no assistance from a guide book. Often these places are never mentioned in guidebooks and remain completely unknown to many tourists.

You can buy the Michelin maps from their website and here is a link to the page that shows all of the maps of France: http://tinyurl.com/4bt96ev

The above link takes you to the page showing the scale 1:200,000 maps but you can search the site for the 1:150,000 scale.

Let me give you some tips on how to read the Michelin maps for biking. I generally stay on the small white roads and sometimes the yellow roads while generally trying to avoid the red roads (which carry the most traffic). You will find that the small white roads (country roads) are remarkably traffic free in the countryside. If a road has a hill with greater than a 5% gradient you will notice that such a road will have a gradient arrow superimposed on the road. One arrow means a gradient of 5%-9%, two arrows means a gradient from 9%-13% and three arrows means a gradient of over 13%. Just because a road has no gradient arrows doesn't mean there are no hills but whatever hills there are should not be too strenuous. Twisty roads often mean hilly as well. Areas shaded in white are generally non-forested terrain while areas shaded in green generally mean forested terrain.

If you are looking for dedicated bikeways you can do google seaches using keys words such as "pistes cyclables (enter your region)" or "voies vertes (enter your region)". Also, the local tourist offices usually have very good info about hiking and biking trails which they usually don't put on their websites.

France does have some websites that will show where there are designated bike routes and there are also other on-line resources available for bikers so let me gives you a few links you may find useful:

http://www.voiesvertes.com/

http://www.ffct.org/

af3v.org/Cycle-routes-and-greenways-in.html

http://www.gobicycletouring.info/

http://www.cartovelo.com/

http://randovelo.fr/randovelo/-Anglais-

http://slowtraveladventures.wordpress.com/

…blogspot.com/2010/03/biking-directions-adde…

Another thought, you might contact some of the self-guided bike touring companies and see if they might be able to help you put together a route. Usually these companies also include lodging and meals as part of their service but perhaps they could do something special for you and just put together a bike route for you, without taking care of your food and accommodation. Here are a few links to some of these tour companies.

http://cyclomundo.com/

http://www.detours-in-france.com/

http://www.backroads.com/biking-trips

http://www.nicholexpeditions.com/france.htm

http://outfittertours.com/

http://www.diversedirections.net/

randonneetours.com/bydestination/france.htm

http://www.walkingfrance.com/selfguided.html

beauxvoyages.com/Self-Guided-Bike-Tours-Fran…

http://www.discoverfrance.com/

http://tinyurl.com/6hmv9mr

http://www.frenchcyclingholidays.com/

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Ada

We're doing a 7 day bike trip in June in Provence, starting and ending in Avignon. Arles is on our route. Would recommend copying Discover France itineraries for Classic Provence ride. We are using francebikerentals.com for bikes. Head guy is in US with ops in France. Let me know if I can help.

Bill

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