Seek Travel Ride Newsletter March 2021
La Seine à Vélo- Cycle from Paris to the Sea
La Seine à Vélo is a new multi stage cycling route along the Seine valley from Paris all the way to La Havre and Deuville. Traversing a total distance of 430km / 270mi the route crosses 2 regions and 8 counties, passing through 130 towns as it traces the river Seine. Whether you want to cover the entire distance or just wish to take in a short section of the trail the route has been designed to make sure there is ample opportunity to stop and take in the many sights and attractions along the way. GPX files for the entire route are able to be downloaded directly to smartphones and trail signage is in the final stages of completion. For more information about this new piece of infrastructure check out the La Seine à Vélo website.
Ederbedia cross border trail
From a trail in the North of the country to one in the South the newly opened Ederbedia cycling route is a fantastic way to take in the sights of the Basque country in the Pyrenees Atlantique. The Basque word Ederbedia translates in English to ‘beautiful path’ and this cross border trail connects the large French cities of Bayonne and Biarritz all the way to Pamplona in Spain with a total distance of just over 240kms / 150mi. It forms part of the larger Eurovelo Atlantic Coast route. More information can be found on the Ederbedia website.
The latest on COVID-19 in France
We have recently updated our page detailing the COVID-19 situation in France. Here we list out what restrictions are currently being enforced. We will continue to monitor the situation and update the page accordingly. You can read more about the current COVID-19 restrictions here.
2021 airline luggage rules for bicycles
Our resource regarding airlines and their rules for taking a bike on board as luggage has been expanded. The comprehensive table now covers over 90 airlines and includes information such as weight and dimension restrictions, as well as which airlines charge a fee for bikes and which ones allow bikes for free. You can view the table here.
e-Bikes as airline luggage – think again
If you own an e-bike and want to take it with you on a flight the news is not great. Click here to read our article on the current regulations for e-bikes as airline luggage and some of the alternatives you can consider.
Cycling in France – an activity for everyone
Considering a cycling holiday to France but not sure what type of riding you would like to do? We have put together an article on why we thing cycling in France is the best holiday activity. There are so many different options to look at from city bike tours, relaxing canal paths, winery gastronomy tours and of course the challenging mountain roads in the Alps and Pyrenees. Whatever your fitness level there is something for everyone. Read our full article here and be inspired for your next trip.
2021 French Cyclosportifs
Unfortunately the COVID-19 situation is continuing to have an impact on the Cyclosportive calendar. The annual Paris Roubaix Challenge 2021 is the latest event which has unfortunately been cancelled. We have a page dedicated to French Cycling Events which you can view here. Below is a snapshot of the larger events which are still hopeful of taking place.
- 24 Hour Velo – scheduled for 22-23 August
- La Marmotte Gran Fondo Alps – scheduled for 27 June
- L’Etape du Tour – scheduled for 4 July
- Le Tour de Mont Blanc Cyclo – scheduled for 17 July
- Haute Route Pyrenees – scheduled for 6 – 10 July
- Haute Route Alps – scheduled for 22 – 28 August