Travel enthusiasts, cycling fans and history buffs are in for a new, exciting read as author Mark Krieger takes them on a cycling journey around France, in his new book Lycra, Lattes and the Long Way Round.
Beginning with the idea of tackling some of Europe’s most formidable mountains on his road bike, Mark, along with his wife Roz, commenced his “tour” around France from the medieval town of Langres. He cycled his way towards the city of Verdun en route to the historical northern battlefields, before heading west to the walled port city of Saint-Malo. Travelling through the Pyrenees and along the Mediterranean Coast, before arriving at the foot of the Hautes-Alpes, Mark encountered a cast of colourful characters, unforeseen mishaps and gained a new appreciation for the feats of the real Tour riders.
Known for its history, culture, fine cuisine and above all, its cycling, France became the perfect setting for a “Tour” of a lifetime.
"As I drew closer to the town of Pont-de- Vaux... I found myself thinking of some of the places I’d passed through. There were so many tiny hamlets, villages and larger towns, some vibrant and fine-looking, others lifeless, run down and in dire need of repair. Then there were, of course, the countless numbers of French people who had helped me piece together the jigsaw of roads along my way. The places I was riding through weren’t quite the same, but there was that unmistakable pungent smell of agriculture in the air and the sight of fat cows chomping lazily on mouthfuls of grass. It was vastly different from the Hautes-Alps and the bustling stretch of Mediterranean coast, but full of its own charm and character nonetheless."
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