France on Two Wheels: Six Long Bike Rides for the Bon Vivant Cyclist by Adam Ruck
For Adam Ruck, France and cycling go together like a rich Camembert and a heady glass of Bordeaux.
This book – full of useful details and tips – follows him through six intricately plotted Gallic cycling routes; from Lake Geneva to the Channel, the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, Vichy to Roanne, Paris to Provence, Roanne to the Atlantic, and Burgundy to Spain.
Having lived in France in his youth, Adam, now in his fifties, sets out to rediscover a landscape that was once familiar, now forgotten. His journey combines the pleasures of exploring a landscape by bike with the pleasures of exploring the depths and idiosyncrasies of another culture. It is a passionate moment in the British love affair with all things Gallic.
Both a practical companion and a story of exploration and rediscovery, France on Two Wheels offers detailed descriptions of useful routes, stop-off points and watering-holes, along with detours into subjects as varied as wine, Flaubert, windmills, Wodehouse, belfries, battlefields and beer. It is vivid proof that the only way to experience the French countryside is on two wheels.
France on Two Wheels - About the Author
Adam Ruck is an established British travel journalist whose knowledge of France goes back more than 40 years. He has written guidebooks to France for Consumers’ Association and the AA (Automobile Association), and contributes regularly to the travel pages of The Daily Telegraph. A short account of the first of Adam’s rides through France, from Lake Geneva to Normandy, was published in the Travel section of The Sunday Telegraph in August 2010.