by Maggie LaCoste
Finding accurate information on the growing number of bicycle routes in France can be challenging. Access to up-to- date information on route conditions, the quality of route signage and the availability of support services are key to choosing a route for your vacation. While the quality of bicycling-related information on regional tourism websites is improving, often times the information is out of date or simply inaccurate. In some instances, you wonder if anyone from the tourism department has ever ridden the routes in their region!
Whether you are a cyclotourism pro or novice, choosing the right itinerary can make or break a great vacation experience. Providing access to the latest route information is important and has always been central to my goals at Experience France by Bike. So in addition to regularly reporting on new websites and publications on bike itineraries in France, I have added a new column, “Reader Updates from France”. This column will enable readers to submit their thoughts, comments and suggestions on routes they explored on vacations, enabling the rest of us to benefit from their experiences.
Reader Updates are not meant to be diaries of bike vacations, but moreover, practical comments and observations that center on three areas: the conditions of the route, signage on the route, including specific information on problem areas, and the quality of support services–bike repair facilities, accommodations and food services along the route. Reports can be forwarded directly to me, along with any photos you may want to share. Readers whose reports are featured will receive a 30% discount on any Experience France by Bike E-Book that is published in 2012-2013. Have fun planning your bicycling vacation for 2013 and I hope that you will plan to report back to us on your experience!