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French gear up for Brits on bikes

The French are gearing up for an invasion of Brits on bikes this summer following booming interest in cycling after Bradley Wiggins’ historic Le Tour victory.

In the Pas-de-Calais, the region of France nearest to the UK, local tourist boards have joined forces to highlight their favourite cycle routes on the website

The 32 suggested routes are aimed at mere mortals rather than Tour de France supermen.  They’re a manageable 20 to 30 miles in length and come with notes for points of interest along the way that are a perfect excuse to pause and take in the sights, and take a breather.

The areas covered include routes in the tranquil Seven Valleys countryside to the south of Boulgone, coastal rides along the Cote d’Opale between Calais and Berck-sur-Mer, routes exploring the Artois area that takes in historic Arras, and the region around St Omer.

P&O Ferries sails direct to the Pas-de-Calais region with a choice of 23 departures a day on its 90-minute Dover – Calais service. Short break fares, for stays of up to three days, are from £39 return for a car and passengers, with no extra charge for cars carrying bikes.


Chris Laming, Brian Rees, Natalie Hardy, Michelle Ulyatt
Tel: +44(0)1304 863833 (24 hours)

1 August 2012