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Cycling in the French Alps: Selected Cycle Tours (Cicerone Guides) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Henderson
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A guidebook describes nine challenging yet picturesque cycle tours in the French Alps - eight circuits of roughly one week, plus the two-week 'Grand Traverse' from Geneva to Nice. The classic high passes of the French Alps are included, the routes covered are Tours of the Ain, Chablais-Aravis, Mont Blanc, Chartreuse-Bauges, Belledonne, Ecrins-Grandes Rousses, Southern pre-Alps including Mont Ventoux and the Grand Traverse of the French Alps. The cycle tours are divided into day stages - generally 50-80km per day, with an average of 1000-1500m height gain. Although all the tours are in mountain areas, the scenery - from the rolling hills of the Bugey to the dramatic limestone gorges of the Chartreuse or the snowy peaks of the Ecrins - is extremely varied. The route is outlined for each day stage, together with profiles and a list of facilities and services.

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About the Author

Paul Henderson lives in Chambery in the Savoie region of France. Over the last ten years, he has come to know many of the Alpine massifs extremely well but, at the same time, feels he has hardly scratched the surface of what his adopted home has to offer. The guides he has put together for Cicerone were motivated by a desire to share the joy he has found ski touring and cycling in the French Alps.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13028 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 2 edition (20 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AE2TMN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I took this book along on my solo cycling trip in the French Alps, loaded with 90lbs of bike and bags. My itinerary was:
Col de la Ramaz
Col de la Savolière
Col du Ran Folly
Col de Joux Plane
Col de la Colombiere
Col de la Forclaz (Annecy)
Col du Marais
Col de la Croix Fry
Col des Aravis
Col des Saisies
Col de Méraillet
Cormet de Roselend
La Plagne
Col de la Madeleine
Col du Glandon
Col de la Croix de Fer
Col du Télégraphe
Col du Galibier
Col du Lauteret
Les Deux Alpes
Alpe d'Huez
Col d'Izoard
Col de Montgenèvre
Sestriere (Italy)
Colle delle Finestre (Italy)
Col du Mont Cenis
Col de l'Iseran
I found this book a great source for nice photos of the areas covered, and turn-by-turn directions to reach the Cols, but it had some major problems.
The turn-by-turn directions are not really needed! Any map will show how to reach the areas, as the French Alps are a deceptively small geographical area.
Another problem is a lack of an index for the cols. The book has a table of contents with the author's loop configuration for various tours of his devising, but you can't directly find "La Plagne" for instance. You have to look at a map of the loops, figure out which loop has the pass you're looking for, then page through the chapter until you find a reference in the description. His maps are simply awful, a sort of "connect the dots" drawing, with no geography or topography, and the scale of the distances on the maps appears distorted.
There are elevation charts to give one a general idea of the undulations of his routes from day to day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful and informative 20 Jun. 2013
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I bought this book when I was considering a first lightweight long weekend cycle tour in the Alps. It was extremely useful in helping me decide where to go (mostly followed tour 5, with a couple of changes and added a day from tour 6). The guide is very well written with a general description of the route (usually a few pages). Each suggested day is then described with some ideas for sightseeing along the way. Each day also has turn by turn instructions with all the information you need (including length and gradient of each climb). Each day also have a table of towns and facilities which allows you to plan where you could pick up food, water, accommodation, (including a list of useful websites), etc. Finally, each tour has a profile running along the bottom of the pages (to the same relative scale). The authors photographs illustrate the guide well, but do not really do justice to the views on offer. I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you are planning to ride some of the cols and passes in the French Alps. I can't wait to go back to try another couple.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Potentially good, but depends on your plans 12 Sept. 2013
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Well written and put together, but seems to focus on bike touring over larger distances going from point to point, and as a result there aren't any 'day rides' which loop together. Given we didn't have panniers and were based in one place, in the end we didn't really get much use from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR CYCLISTS PLANNING FRENCH ALPS! 21 April 2015
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My cycling partner loves this item THX :-)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good 16 Jan. 2013
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I bought this book for my son who will be cycling in France this year, and he says it will be very useful, and informative
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