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This guidebook spotlights routes around Bordeaux, the Garonne Canal and the Pyrénées in the southwest of France. There are 16 cycling routes mapped and profiled. The guide includes 53 thoughts on some villages, a canal, rivers, historical people and points of interest along the way. Included with each route is the latest method for listing Waypoints that locates its longitude and latitude in degrees, minutes and seconds (to the hundredth), and in digital format. Elevation data was acquired every 200 meters on each route for its profile. As with all other BICYCLE YOUR FRANCE guidebooks, this guide also offers a companion, QUEUE SHEETS, with just the Waypoint GPS located listings, route maps and elevation profile. You can handle any and all of these sixteen routes, from the highest paved road in the Pyrénées to the flat woods through the Médoc. It all depends on your lungs, thighs, patience and proper selection of grandparents.
From the earliest "velocipedes" through the advent of the pneumatic tire to the rise of modern road and track competition, this history of the sport of bicycle racing traces its role in the development of bicycle technology between 1868 and 1903. Providing detailed technical information along with biographies of racers and other important personalities, the book explores this thirty-year period of early bicycle history as the social and technical precursor to later developments in the motorcycle and automobile industries.
Travel guide updated in February 2019. It is impossible to talk about Bordeaux without mentioning the Garonne River and the port that welcomes it. For more than 2000 years their history has been linked, Bordeaux owing everything to the river that crosses the city. The Garonne brought the city prosperity and wealth, exchange and mixed cultures, from the Romans to the English, from Antiquity to the Enlightenment. Today, Bordeaux and the Port of the Moon reflect its intimate history with the river. Abandoned for some time, the city is once again open to the Garonne, in tribute. The city now proudly displays its monumental 18th century architecture and has made improvements on the waterfront in recent years. Bordeaux and its remarkable architectural harmony are like a play where eras collide without distorting the story of its history. The legacy of this ancient story is revealed through the streets and squares that its visitors discover on foot, looking up to admire the many artistic details of the façades and monuments. At night the city gleams with thousands of lights – a magnificent spectacle! Here you’ll find all the information necessary to prepare your trip and your stay in Bordeaux in order to discover this exceptional site of indisputable universal value. You will find the following under the sections for the site : the reasons for its selection for the World Heritage list, the history of the site, many practical informations (Tourist Offices, suggested tours, museums, events, transports), and a selection of accommodation and restaurants. Informations, prices and opening hours shown are for 2019. But most importantly, this « Bordeaux, A World Heritage Site » travel guide also offers a suggested itinerary for visiting each site and monument. You will also find tips (transport, pricing, activities ... ), anecdotes and all the possibilities for family-friendly visits to encourage children and families in their discovery. Let us guide you…
Award-winning author Steven Herrick journeys from the wild coastline of Brittany in Northern France to the Bohemian splendour of Prague in Eastern Europe on a bicycle - an epic 2,500 kilometre adventure along rural back roads and beside the great rivers of Europe. Accompanied by his wife, Cathie and their two hardy bikes christened Jenny and Craig, this is an absorbing adventure across the heartland of the continent. The only pastime more important than cycling is sampling the culinary delights of French restaurants, German beer halls and the bars and cafes of Belgium, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic - from steak tartare to schnitzel; gateaux to goulash; and bordeaux to beer. The author never loses sight of his life's mantra, 'cycling is just an interlude between meals.' 'Cycling to Bohemia' is a bicycle adventure, a restaurant safari and a handbook for those who enjoy slow food, grassroots travel and long-distance cycling.
Cycling's vast history is a fascinating mix of gripping sporting moments, inspired pursuits and a whole host of heroes, hellions and legend-makers. From the death of the great Fausto Coppi through to the dominance of Sir Bradley Wiggins and the intrepid pursuits of iconic cyclists on the peaks of the Tour de France, cycling historian Giles Belbin brings together the most important, memorable and intriguing moments of the sport’s illustrious past. With striking and unique illustrations by artist Daniel Seex, each inspired by the stories told, A Ride Through the Greatest Cycling Stories is a sporting treasure trove of human virtue, vice and cycling trivia.
Offers advice on camping and lodging, accessories, safety, and equipment repairs; tells how to plan a bicycle trip; and recommends 14 tours of varying length throughout France
A thoroughly detailed guide to this region of France, with full information on where to stay, how to get around, the history & culture, sights to see, and what to do. Following are a few excerpts from the guide. Some of Europe''s most beautiful cities, stunning beaches and serene, vineyard-dotted countryside are in the Aquitaine region, yet it remains underrated and undiscovered by most tourists. Bordeaux, an epicenter for wonderful wine, is an amazingly vast and entertaining city that is constantly abuzz. To the south lies the enchanting Basque Country, a region crossing into Spain whose borders are not official, but whose people are vehemently (and sometimes violently) proud and independent. Much of the Aquitaine region is a national park. Along the Pyrenees and the Spanish border are several quaint mountain and seaside villages, such as St-Jean-Pied-au-Port and Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Saint-Jean-de-Luz, practically kissing the Spanish border, is one of the prettiest small cities in all of France. The Aquitaine is a place to indulge, be it in wine, fabulous food, relaxing spa therapies, ocean breezes or incredible shopping. The outdoor adventures here are one of the main attractions. The Basque Country attracts visitors from around the globe for its year-round surfing. The national park, spanning a massive stretch of Atlantic coast, beckons those interested in watersports. The Pyrenees to the south of the region offer splendid hiking and skiing opportunities. Tip: To see Aquitaine arts and crafts in the creation stage, and to buy great locally-made wares, make stops along the Route des M(r)tiers d''Arts (contact the Association pour la Promotion des M(r)tiers d''Art d''Aquitaine, tel. 33-05-57-22-57-36, 353 Boulevard du Pr(r)sident Wilson in Bordeaux, www.route- metiers-d-art-aquitaine.com). They have maps and a book on various artists in the region. Popular in France since the 1960s, thalassotherapy means sea-water cure. It was discovered by a Tour de France cyclist healed from his injuries by seawater in his Brittany home. Today, there are numerous thalassotherapy treatment centers in the Aquitaine. Treatments are catered to each visitor, and can be used to address any number of ailments. Or just go for the sake of relaxation, a noble cause indeed. A new trend has been combining spa treatments with vinotherapy, or wine treatments. What could possibly be more indulgent, or uniquely French? Additionally, many of these treatment centers have their own upscale accommodations and gourmet restaurants (although most allow for booking of just therapies without overnight stays). Bordeaux is an absolute paradise for shopaholics and wine aficionados. Easily one of France''s most beautiful and interesting cities, Bordeaux''s pedestrian shopping zone is constantly filled with tourists and locals alike. As a hub of the Bordeaux wine-producing region, there are numerous shops selling high-quality wines at low prices. There are many tours to the area''s grandiose wine choteaux for tastings in stunning settings. The city''s shopping options are vast, ranging from small malls to tiny locally-owned boutiques.

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