I make no secret of my belgo-francophile tendencies. I love making that journey under the channel. 30 mins of water slips by above and a world of cycling wonder yields before you. Space on the roads. Respect from road users. Endless rides. Gritty races. Cyclo-cross. Cafés. Coffee. Croissants. Bliss.
The poster above is from the Loire region of France. A cornucopia of pleasant hills, abbeys, vineyards and caves. Three years ago we visited and explored Saumur (home of a splendid vintage bike festival). It was road cycling heaven.