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Cycling Holidays Ardeche

France


Cycling the gorge de la Ardeche

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Nearest Airport:

Nimes, Lyon, Marseille


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Nearest Train:

Valance, Montelimar


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The Ardeche is a department of France to the west of the Rhone Valley, south of Lyon and to the north of Avignon. It is boarded by the Rhone valley to the east, the Cevenne and Massif Central hills to the west. Named after the local river that rises in the Massif Central and flows in the Rhone having emerging from the spectacular 'Gourge de la Ardeche'. This 36km part of the winding valley has been carved through impressive sections of up to 300 meter high limestone cliffs. The caves produced here by water erosion are some of the most impressive the world and include the World Heritage archeological site of the Grotte du Chauvet, which contain the worlds earliest known, perfectly preserved, cave paintings by pre historic man. 

The Ardeche is a department of France to the west of the Rhone Valley, south of Lyon and north of Avignon. Named after the local river which rises in the Massif Central and flows in the Rhone after emerging from the spectacular 'Gourge de la Ardeche' with its impressive limestone walls and the natural rock arch of the Pont d'Arc. The region has a simular warm medeteranean climate to that of the Provence, and is lavender, peaches, and vine yards. The Ardeche is particularly diverse thanks to an altitude ranging from 40 meters at the to 1,754 meters at Mont Mézenc.

Significant towns include Vallon Pont d’Arc in the south, Aubenas in the center and Annonay in the north.

Biking:

The Ardeche is one of France’s sparsest populated departments. Aside from of the short hot summer tourist season, roads are generally deserted and the temperature remains mild for the majority of the year.

Cycling trips are popular into the many valleys’ that have been carved by rivers flowing from the Cevennes and the Massive Central.

The ‘Route des Gorge’ is the road that follows the Réserve Naturelle des Gorges de l'Ardèche and has spectacular viewing points along this impressive natural feature.

Events:

l'Ardechoise 17 – 20 June 2015. A four day long event comprised of around 14’000 competitors. This program has events for all ages and levels of ability for both cyclists and hikers. 

 

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