Paul Henderson is a keen mountaineer, skier and cyclist. He moved to France nine years ago, where he has explored the Alps extensively on foot, skis and by bike, and works as an English teacher and translator. Paul is author of the Cicerone 'Vanoise Ski Touring' guide, published in 2002.
Cycling in the French Alpsby Paul Henderson
Cycle Touring in the French Alps presents a personal selection of the most picturesque cycling routes through the mountains of South-east France. Nine tours - seven circuits plus the 'Grand Travers' from Geneva to Nice. The 'classic' high passes of the French Alps (Galibier, Iseran, Izoard, etc) and many lesser known areas of the pre-Alps and Southern Jura. Second edition includes the classic Mont Ventoux climb.Although all of 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. Without neglecting the 'must-see' places, the tours have been designed to take you through the secret corners and forgotten backwaters of the regions described; even amongst the most awe-inspiring mountains, it is often the more discreet facets of the countryside that reveal an area's true charm.
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