Cycling in Southern France

October 14, 2010
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Sunny Explorations

I now live in a part of the world where it’s bright and sunny for a remarkably large part of the year. One of my favourite ways to exercise is to go exploring on my bike. Since I’m the master of my own jewellery workshop, I can choose to get out a-pedalling when the weather is irresistibly enticing!

Following a recent journey around these parts on two wheels, here’s a list of ideas for those intending to cycle in the area.

Top Tips for Cyclists

  1. Take plenty of water.
  2. Remember to drink the water you’ve taken. Have regular gulps and glugs to keep you hydrated.
  3. Take a mobile phone.
  4. Wear a cycle helmet. If you fall off your bike and bump your head, the cycle helmet is going to increase your chances of being able to remember  (a) where you put the mobile phone and (b) what you’re supposed to do with it when you find it.
  5. Breathe Out. Breathing in comes very naturally, it’s automatic. However, when you’re a bit puffed, concentrating on breathing out every last drop of air in your lungs means your next in-breath is enormous. Do it several times.
  6. Use your gears. High and low gears make the ride so much more comfortable and pleasurable.  If you don’t know how to use your gears – learn!
  7. Hunting here is rampant. Wear a luminous yellow jacket or some such – anything that clearly differentiates you from say, a wild boar. Why a wild boar would be riding a bike is anybody’s guess, but why risk it, eh?
  8. Enjoy the view. It’s amazing how much more of your surroundings you notice when on a bike instead of in the car.

And Finally

Bask in the glorious feeling of having had a great bike ride.


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  1. Kiff Backhouse - RT @rockwaterstudio: Life in France. Some tips for cycling here in #france #healthyliving