1st tour advice

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1st tour advice

Postby forestboy60 » 15 Apr 2015, 5:13pm

I am planning my first tour and would appreciate thoughts on my plans.

Overnight ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff, 2 days to cycle to Quimper, train to Bordeaux, leaving 12 days to cycle back to Roscoff.
The plan is to follow the Eurovelo 1, but not to be rigid in the plan. Camping and B+B when wanted as well.
I would be interested in any other ideas for 2 weeks in France as well.

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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby Paul Smith SRCC » 19 Apr 2015, 8:03pm

I have cycled from Bordeaux to Barcelona a few times (link to write up link to write up) there is one particular day from 'Coll de Nargó to Solsona' that is absolutely stunning. (link for route link for route), so stunning it was the main reason I've ridden that tour three times now!

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If you get the chance I would definitely definitely definitely definitely recommend it

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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby eileithyia » 20 Apr 2015, 7:45am

There is infinite variety in France with probably as many ideas as there are contributors, we have taken the 'Bike bus' down to Montpellier and ridden in the Carmargue and then northwards to Orange, taking in the gorges which are equally stunning.
As far as i know there is nothing wrong with your plan, and there are lots of ideas that you can go back and explore in future trips..... Alps, Pyrennees, the Gorges,
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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby ChrisF » 24 Apr 2015, 11:27pm

Two days from Roscoff to Quimper by a fairly direct route is only 35m a day, is that what you plan? It roughly fits with your 12 days back from Bordeaux. If so, I would recommend the islands of Noirmoutier and Re, but the section between Nantes and La Rochelle I found a bit boring otherwise. Also try to take in some of the Nantes-Brest canal on the return trip, particularly around Josselin.
If your first two days is less direct, and you are planning on much more than 35 mpd, then there are all sorts of options but contributors here would need to know your abilities (and hill-climbing aptitude!) to provide useful recommendations.
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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby JJF » 25 Apr 2015, 8:00pm

The tour you have described looks ok to me.

It's often recommended to do a short trial tour before setting out on a first tour. It can be quite near home....say a couple of nights with the kit you intend to take later. It gives the opportunity to refine your ideas about luggage etc.

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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby forestboy60 » 26 Apr 2015, 5:33pm

Thank you for the replies to my post, but I have had a change of plan.
It is now the ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff, trains from Morlaix to Paris , then Paris to Nevers on the EV6. Follow the EV6 to Nantes, then the EV1 to Roscoff and ferry back to Plymouth. Trains booked as well from Truro to Plymouth return.

I am going to use the 2 bank holiday weekends as 3 day 2 night camping weekends to sort out the kit.
At the moment I am cycling about 100 - 120 miles a week which includes a 50 - 60 miler at the weekend. Hopefully this will be enough to enjoy the tour.

Thanks

Ian

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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby ChrisF » 29 Apr 2015, 11:57am

Good luck, Ian, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
If you're in Truro, as I am, perhaps I know you? If not, you're welcome to try a Truro Cycling Club ride one day.
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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby syklist » 29 Apr 2015, 1:31pm

forestboy60 wrote:I am planning my first tour and would appreciate thoughts on my plans.

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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby honesty » 29 Apr 2015, 1:53pm

have you thought about following the Tour de Manche rather than getting trains around? Its a circular tour that crosses the channel at Plymouth and Poole.

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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby DevonDamo » 29 Apr 2015, 1:54pm

Long shot - you're not thinking of doing the Plymouth-Roscoff-Morlaix-Paris bit starting 2nd June or returning around 13th/14th June? That's when I'm doing those legs as part of my mini-tour.

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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby forestboy60 » 29 Apr 2015, 4:07pm

Hi Quilkin
I live in Mount Hawke and I am a member of the Truro Cycling Club. Had a good ride out to Victoria last Sunday and looking forward to a ride next Sunday. Will be doing the 10am ride.
Ian

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Re: 1st tour advice

Postby forestboy60 » 29 Apr 2015, 4:11pm

Hi DevonDemo
Sorry my dates are different to yours. Leaving Plymouth June 19th, returning July 5th.