Cycling in the French Alps

Cycling in the French Alps

by Paul Henderson
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

A guidebook describes nine challenging yet picturesque cycle tours in the French Alps - eight circuits of roughly one week, plus the two-week 'Grand Traverse' from Geneva to Nice. The classic high passes of the French Alps are included, the routes covered are Tours of the Ain, Chablais-Aravis, Mont Blanc, Chartreuse-Bauges, Belledonne, Ecrins-Grandes Rousses, Southern

Overview

A guidebook describes nine challenging yet picturesque cycle tours in the French Alps - eight circuits of roughly one week, plus the two-week 'Grand Traverse' from Geneva to Nice. The classic high passes of the French Alps are included, the routes covered are Tours of the Ain, Chablais-Aravis, Mont Blanc, Chartreuse-Bauges, Belledonne, Ecrins-Grandes Rousses, Southern pre-Alps including Mont Ventoux and the Grand Traverse of the French Alps. The cycle tours are divided into day stages - generally 50-80km per day, with an average of 1000-1500m height gain. Although all the tours are in mountain areas, the scenery - from the rolling hills of the Bugey to the dramatic limestone gorges of the Chartreuse or the snowy peaks of the Ecrins - is extremely varied. The route is outlined for each day stage, together with profiles and a list of facilities and services.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849657310
Publisher:
Cicerone Press
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
14 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Paul Henderson lives in Chambéry in the Savoie region of France. Over the last ten years, he has come to know many of the Alpine massifs extremely well but, at the same time, feels he has hardly scratched the surface of what his adopted home has to offer. The guides he has put together for Cicerone were motivated by a desire to share the joy he has found ski touring and cycling in the French Alps.
Most peoples' lives contain at least one significant turning point. Mine came in 1995 - on my 32nd birthday - when I moved to France to join my wife, Alice, who had found a job at the University of Savoie in Chambry. For the previous fourteen years, my love for the outdoors had found its outlet almost exclusively in rock-climbing, mostly in the UK. The change of address very quickly led to a change of focus with, at first, mountain biking, and then ski touring and road cycling taking up ever greater amounts of my free time. With the whole of the French Alps on my doorstep, I had a whole new playground to explore and, working as an English teacher, I had the time to make the best of it. Over the last ten years, I have come to know many of the Alpine massifs extremely well but, at the same time, I feel I have hardly scratched the surface of what my adopted home has to offer. The guides I have put together for Cicerone were motivated by a desire to share the joy I have found ski touring and cycling in the French Alps.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >