Host to some of the most famous and challenging cycling roads in the world, France has something for everyone. If Spring Classics are your thing, chances are Paris Roubaix is the highlight of your year. Prefer classic climbs of the Tour, head to the Alps and ride the Galibier & Alpe d'Huez. Want something a bit more rural, the Pyrenees is for you with gorgeous climbs where your only company will be mountain sheep and cows. Or if you like your riding in lavender fields and vineyards, try out Provence and take on the infamous Mont Ventoux.
Few countries can match the depth of bucket list destinations France has to offer. Add that to the proximity to UK, amazing food and unique hospitality and you have one of the greatest countries in the world to ride a bike.
The most used climb in the Tour de France in a beautiful spot in the Pyrenees.
The most brutal sportive of the year over legendary cobbled sectors including Carrefour de l'Arbre & the Forest of Arenberg. Not for the faint hearted!
The most famous sportive in the world sees riders from all corners of the globe line up before 7am to climb the same mountains as the pros in the Tour de France.
The course typically follows the Queen stage of that year's tour, sometimes in the Pyrenees, sometimes in the Alps. The roads are completely closed to traffic and the organisation is excellent with plenty of well stocked feed stations and mechanic stops. This event brings a real mix of ability so you will definitely not be the quickest or the slowest on the course.
France has been greedy in mopping up both the most famous Grand Tour of them all and the most famous one day race in cycling. Paris Roubaix is an institution with a fabled history and army of fans.
The sportive is relatively new and follows the final 150km of the route (other distances are available). These tracks are not open to the public often so this is a rare chance for amateurs to get a feel for how hard this race really is. Unmissable.