Cycling in the Champagne region

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Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby scoot » 14 May 2018, 8:03am

Hi,

the wife and I are looking at having a weeks holiday in the Champagne region, We'll take the bikes in the car and would like to find some nice rides along rivers, through forests, canal paths, wine tasting etc.

Preferably reasonably flat, up to about 30 miles, circular or there and back along same route, I am happy to drive to start points.

Are there any good books or websites or just general suggestions please?

Thanks in advance
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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby foxyrider » 14 May 2018, 8:51am

Have you tried the Riems or regional tourist boards - they generally with have such information. Nice area, rolling countryside and of course the Champagne 'Caves'!
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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby scoot » 14 May 2018, 1:09pm

Hi Foxyrider,

I will check tonight

Thank you,

Paul
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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby simonhill » 14 May 2018, 1:11pm

There is also a lot of World War One stuff in the region if you are interested. Guidebooks on the subject give info and some have routes. They also usually have links to tourist offices.

Here's a couple from the Reims section of one I have from the library (I'm riding the Western Front in a few weeks).
http://www.reims-tourisme.com
http://www.champagne-ardenne-tourism.co.uk

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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby simonhill » 14 May 2018, 1:15pm

Just looked at the second website above and there is a section on cycling https://www.champagne-ardenne-tourism.c ... ne-ardenne

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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby scoot » 14 May 2018, 9:18pm

Thanks,

Looking good,

Paul
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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby roubaixtuesday » 14 May 2018, 9:35pm

After a similar search for routes for a short tour, i bought a very good book/ guide published by the tourist office

"balades et week-ends a velo
champagne ardenne"

Googling for the same turns up

https://www.tourisme-champagne-ardenne. ... ne-ardenne which I think is the same routes.

The isbn is 978-2-84466-176-0

We ended up doing a tour based on the Meuse valley cycleway north from charleville- mezieres, which was excellent, flat, tarmaced and would make a good day trip though maybe too far north for you. The cycle way was under construction south from charleville at the time and is probably finished by now.

Have fun.

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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby Ben@Forest » 15 May 2018, 9:03am

I did this about 12 years ago. Too long ago to recommend anything except to say go to both Reims (pronounced Rance with a good roll on the 'R') and Epernay. The 'Faux de Verzy' - mutant dwarf beech trees - are worth a look, and it was a good ride there and a great lunch somewhere but no clue where!

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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby scoot » 16 May 2018, 8:02am

Hi Brian and Ben,

Thanks for the added info. I hope to get some time this evening to check out your recommendations.

I'm thinking of taking my Scott cx and the wife's boardman hybrid, would they be suitable?

My only other options are a Giant defy 3 racer, a '80 Raleigh race bike that I have just refurbed or my unicycle, but IU can't go far on that :) the wifes second option is an old Raleigh mtb which to be fair she prefers to the Boardman :) (comfort)

Cheers for the good advice,

Paul
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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby Ben@Forest » 16 May 2018, 5:52pm

scoot wrote:Hi Brian and Ben,

Thanks for the added info. I hope to get some time this evening to check out your recommendations.

I'm thinking of taking my Scott cx and the wife's boardman hybrid, would they be suitable?



I was riding a Dawes Galaxy with two panniers (unsupported but not camping) and I'd say both bikes are fine. It's an undulating landscape but not really hard, and I guess there are river or canal routes if you look.

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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby Bogawski » 17 May 2018, 6:39am

I stayed at the PRIM'HOTEL BAGATELLE, 51530 DIZY, which is just north of Epernay on the circular "route de vin" which is a nice route. The hotel is Logis and has a good restaurant and would be an excellent base, nice area all round.

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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby scoot » 17 May 2018, 12:35pm

I stayed at the PRIM'HOTEL BAGATELLE, 51530 DIZY, which is just north of Epernay on the circular "route de vin" which is a nice route. The hotel is Logis and has a good restaurant and would be an excellent base, nice area all round

This may be handy, we are looking for accommodation at present Thanks :)

Paul
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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby simonhill » 17 May 2018, 7:14pm

If you've got a spare day, then I can recommend the Verdun area for something a bit different.

This is one of the most important places in France, a place where over 160,000 French soldiers died in WW1. It is seared in the French psyche. Think Dunkirk or Battle of Britain

Good tourist info in town although cycling may be a bit hilly. Strategic use of the car could help - or walk instead of cycle.

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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby scoot » 24 May 2018, 8:03am

Hi,

I contacted this from Brian Fox's reply:


Googling for the same turns up

https://www.tourisme-champagne-ardenne. ... ne-ardenne which I think is the same routes

had an email yesterday asking for my postal address. I'll let you know whar the guides are like :)

Cheers,

Paul
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Re: Cycling in the Champagne region

Postby scoot » 28 May 2018, 7:52pm

Hi ,
Nice looking guides, one is French and English Nh the second French and ......... Dutch, just what i needed.
Be looking at the pretty pictures then

Paul
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