France is a lovely country with rugged mountains in the south to rolling hills in the north. One of the best and unique ways to see France is by bicycle and it’s no wonder that the country of romance has a thing for cycling when the famous Tour de France visits once a year in early summer.
France is also known for great wines and the Champagne region has the most famous of famous wines. There are plentiful champagne house and many charming inns to stay while you tour the area’s rivers and rolling hillsides.
Many distances are covered in kilometers. For those of us who use the English system of measure, one kilometer is .6 of a mile. If you want a rough calculation use a half a mile. Bicycles are able to be packed onto trains in their luggage compartments, sometimes for a fee. Travelling by train is going to be the best way to go once you get to France until you start your bicycle tour. This tour is considered to be a Level 2, that is moderately hilly. If Level 1 is the easiest level tour, this tour qualifies as the next level up from the easiest.
Bicycles are treated somewhat differently in France in that they are part of everyday traffic on the roads and highways. Bicyclists are expected to follow the same rules of the road as motorized vehicles. As such, bicycling is treated the same as driving a car. You might find it a different experience than in America if you find cars speeding by without slowing down for you. In Paris, they now have dedicated bicycle lanes for commuters who use less pollution.
The Champagne region is full of scenery and beauty that typifies France’s grape growing regions. Start at Epernay with your stay at a local hotel or inn and proceed eastward along the river on your bicycle and see the picturesque River Marne. Make sure you leave time for little side exploring trips down countryside lanes and villas. Please remember not to trespass on private property when you are cycling.
Turn to the north and see Vezy and Vezenay on your way up to Reims for 12 miles. Stop and see the Palace du Tau and eat at a romantic street side café. Next we turn to the southwest and head to Cuisles. Stop along the way and visit many famous Champagne houses as you tour the beautiful river valley.
Remember one thing as you tour the countryside: take your time. The tours between towns on this ride are all less than twenty miles so you can take your leisure and explore. A handy device to have on this trip is a GPS unit so you can find your way along sometimes unmarked country lanes. If you love to take bicycle tours, this tour of Champagne is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.