Cycling in the Ardeche

Our first proper stop on our month long cycle adventure has been the Aredeche, southern France. To put simply, this is a massively underestimated area for riding and I would strongly recommend anyone who loves road riding to visit.

The cols are anywhere between 500m and 1000m making the riding achievable for even beginners to bag a few cols in a day and for more experiences cyclist to create some very challenging routes.

As many of the cols are smaller than in Savoie where we usually ride, it was a great pleasure to be able to link towns together in many different ways allowing loops and additions to pre planned rides taking into account how we felt. Something that isn’t always possible in the high cols of the alps.

The Tarmac is smooth, there are very few cars, many cyclist and for the end of march it’s warm (20degs).

I would strongly recommend a week here. Get a map and go explore everything this stunning area has to offer. The views are worth it alone!

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