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by Ellis Bacon, Mark Cavendish
Here's a glimpse of Ellis Bacon's new book, Mapping Le Tour, which chronicles the various routes that have been included since the Tour de France's inception, including some stunning photography
All these images were taken from Ellis Bacon's Mapping Le Tour © MAPPING LE TOUR: 100 Tour de France race route maps, with photographs, by Ellis Bacon with a foreword by Mark Cavendish,
This guide describes eight challenging yet picturesque cycle tours in the French Alps - seven 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, where cyclists can follow in the tracks of the great champions of the Tour de France - though probably at a more modest speed! The routes also traverse many lower areas, following quiet roads through open pastures, dark forests, deep gorges and unspoilt villages.
. Routes covered are Tours of the Ain, Chablais-Aravis, Mont Blanc, Chartreuse-Bauges, Belledonne, Ecrins and Grandes Rousses, Southern Alps, and the Grand Traverse of the French Alps
. Demanding routes aimed at fit and experienced cyclists
. Circuits divided into day stages - generally SO-80km per day, with an average of 1 0OO-lS00m height gain
. Clear maps of the route, with profiles for each day stage, to help with route planning
. Route outline, together with list of facilities and services, given for each day stage
Pages: 224Size: 14 cm x 22,5 cm
Avignon - Nimes - Aries - Camargue
Provence - The name alone sounds inviting to every traveller. The region's wonderfully mild climate and many quiet paved roads make it an ideal destination for bicycle tourists year round. Let yourself be enchanted by ancient towns and historic monasteries, by the scent from fields of rich lavender, the charm of tiny villages and French joie de vivre. Enjoy the contrasts presented by the peaceful expanses of the Camargue, with its glittering blue bays and herds of Camargue horses grazing in a landscape dotted with brilliantly white farmsteads. A refreshing plunge into the Mediterranean is just one of the many highlights of this bicycle tour.
This Cycling Guide includes detailed maps of the countryside and of many cities and towns, precise route descriptions, information about historic and cultural sites as well as background information and a comprehensive list of overnight accommodations. The only thing this guide cannot provide is fine cycling weather, but we hope you find nothing but sunshine and gentle tailwinds.
Pages: 200Format: 23 cm x 13 cm
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