FROM WINDING FOREST ROADS TO MOUNTAIN CLIMBS THE ARDECHE IS THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR YOUR CYCLING BREAK
The cycling in the area around Ribes is simply stunning, be it along the many gorges or local Cols... Cols de Meyrand 1370m, de la Croix Blanche 900m, de la Croix Millet 776m, two of which commence in Ribes. The Ardeche is a perfect area for keen cyclists. One of the largest tours in the area is l'Ardechoise, held in June with nearly 14,000 riders taking part. Mont Ventoux, a real Mecca for cyclists around the world is only just over 2.5 hrs drive away. The Tour De France also often passes through the region.
Mike, owner and your contact at La Clède, is an extremely keen cyclist and is able to offer any assistance you would require including tool kit availability, bike setup and route maps. An experienced club rider and group leader in the UK, if around he will be more than willing to provide the benefit of his considerable knowledge by taking you out for half or full day. Mike can also advise and recommend cycling routes for your ability. Many routes take in the stunning scenery and of course the perfect cafe stops. Mike can also make available many of the rides he frequently does via downloads for Garmin Edge 800/810/1000 etc.
Approximately 10kM south of Joyeuse there is a very good bicycle hire centre with a comprehensive workshop facility and full spares support for all leading makes Campagnolo/Shimano/Sram. The hire range includes leisure bikes, road bikes (Route) aluminium and carbon, off road (VTT) with part or full suspension and also a great range of electric bikes both on and off road. As an indication costs range from approximately 20 euros for an off road bike for 1 day to 125 euros for an off road electric bike for three days, a carbon road bike for the same period is 100 euros. All bikes can be booked via the website www.amc7.com by clicking on the “Location de velo” tab to the right of Reservation on ligne at the bottom of the page. Adequate English is spoken by a couple of the staff.