I’m back from riding in France!


I’ve been a bit quiet for the last couple of weeks as I’ve actually been on holiday in France. One of my most loyal readers suggested that I shouldn’t be writing whilst I was away in case anyone’s worked out where I live and decided to take advantage of my absence if you know what I mean.  I thought I’d play it safe and lie low just in case.

I posted a book review on “The Rider” by Tim Krabbe, which is a fantastic read. I read a few other books as you do on your holiday including one about running!

Mostly I just chilled out and hung out with my family whilst I was away. I had the bike at the ready and managed to get out and do a few rides, which of course I’ll be writing about. I’ve never ridden on the “wrong” side of the road before and that mostly went ok (one near miss and an angry Frenchman) but pretty good on the whole.

A few observations
·         Cars/drivers treat you with much more respect in France than they do in England (not a surprise to many I’m sure).
·         Even in parts of France without mountains – there are some very good climbs to be struggled up
·         There are so much less traffic on the road in France. On some roads I never saw another car,  which was bliss
·         It was fun for me to go driving on family trips and make note of hills that I thought looked fantastic to ride up. I managed to tick a few of them off.
·         There were more hybrids and mountain bikes on the road in Burgundy than roadies and of the roadies that I saw – less than 10% were carbon steeds.
·         Even in the flatter parts I’ve advise taking a couple of different cassettes. I would have used my 12-27 if I’d had it with me (I only had 12-25 and I noticed the difference). I have an 11-26 at home and that would have probably been perfect both for descents and for climbs.
·         I loved riding in France and am already keen to go back for more.

With the setup out of the way – I’ll be posting my French ride reports over the next week or two. There are 4 rides from 8km to 82km in length.

And yes – I’m back so I’ll be posting a lot more regularly including some new commentary pieces on things about the bike industry I’ve noticed or I think need to change. I hope you’ll find it all interesting and I look forward to your comments as always.

Thanks for reading.