Help w/ Bike Tour in Burgundy

Old Nov 17th, 2004, 09:11 AM
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Help w/ Bike Tour in Burgundy

After receiving some wonderful advice (from an earlier post on this website) on places to visit in France, I am now leaning towards Burgundy.
It looks like Burgundy would be wonderful to see on bike. (do you all agree???) There's lots of tour companies that offer Burgundy bike tours.
Has anyone done a bike tour in France...I'm looking at the Burgundy tours offered by backroads, duvine and vermont bike tours among others.
What are the ages of people on these tours? My husband and I are in our mid-twenties...our fear w/ any escorted tour is that we would be the youngest by decades. But w/ a bike tour we thought the people would be generally younger and more active. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
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Old Nov 17th, 2004, 12:12 PM
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You'll love Burdundy. I didn't cycle it...we boated the canals BUT we met several groups biking it. They were all enthusiastic about their trips. Assured those of us in my "pack" who did cycle that it wasn't at all exhausting (and this to the couple who do that Iowa 500 miles trek annually...) And you're right in your assumption that the bikers weren't older than you by decades...for the most part (mostly 20, 30's and spry 40's) There were a couple of beautifully preserved old codgers in their 50's and 60's tho... sprinkled in the "packs"...
You know... my age.
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We had friends who took a one-week bike tour of Burgundy when they were in their 30's and had a great time. The region is tailor-made for biking--beautiful scenery, lots of shady roads, much to see without a whole lot of hill-climbing. See if you can find a tour that takes you along the Burgundy Canal part of the time.
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Having organized and led bike trips in Europe for 10 years and having observed many others i'd say your looking mainly at folks 45 and up, but i don't see why that is a turn-off; on bike tours age becomes irrelevant. To avoid a potentially wet tour i'd avoid Sep-May. European weather can be lousy even in summer. One year we did tours in northern France in July and August and we had 45 STRIAGHT days of cool rainy weather, where the sun incredibly never came out! Recent years have been much better but still expect rain and potentially lots of it. Ask your potential tour company for references and call folks and ask them what the demographics of their tour group was. Or look into tours organized by Hostelling International - the youth hostel group, but of course staying in hostels. Most other group trips are very expensive, one reason perhaps older people go. But anyway i can say that nearly everyone on our bike trips considered biking in Europe to be a cherished memory - encountering Europe on a seat of a bike is far more intimate than any other form of travel save hiking! Bon Route, as they say in France.
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We are your parents ages and we did a self-guided trip carrying out own luggage this summer in the Loire Valley. For us, non-tour group types, the arrangement worked fine. The trip was arranged for us and we had reserved lodging each night with detailed maps and instructions for each day's ride. The downside potentially could have been that there was that there was no sag wagon. AS I recall there is a rental place that will rent you good bikes and deliver them to the Burgundy region you want to go to. That way you could also explore the possibility of a self-guided trip. I can't find the link in my favorites so if you do a quick search you'll probably be able to find it. We heard from acquaintances that the trips from Cycling Safaris in Ireland are good and reasonably priced. Also, check out this link for reasonably priced trips. http://www.biketoursdirect.com/tourlist_france.html. I agree with the previous poster that the prohibitively high prices of many bike trips tend to overload them with middle aged people.
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I've made a lot of trips to Burgundy by train and car but not on bike. I love to bike but have never done it in Burgundy. I can't imagine why you would want a guided tour, especially at your age. A good guidebook would do better. Look at the Michelin Burgindy Green and maps

Off your agenda -- The Netherlands is the most bike friendly place you will ever meet. It is also the most American friendly place you will find in Europe. If you are just going for time off and a bike cruise I would suggest you take a look at Holland. If you have some other agendas le

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Cornfuter did me again...

Get Michelin map 243 for Bourgogne.

Holland has special bicycle roads throughout the country. There are more bikes there than in any country except China which has about a million times more people.
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