Cycling

The glorious countryside and rolling hills of the Deux Sevres and Vendee departments make ideal territory for exploration by bicycle. 

There are several road cycle routes signposted in the immediate area that allow you to explore the local countryside. They cover a variety of terrains and use the lightly trafficked country roads that criss-cross the area.

For those who enjoy mountain biking there are plenty of rought tracks and bridleways to traverse and the rolling countryside provides plenty of opportunity to climb and descend. 

For families we have two adult mountain bikes available, one for men and one for ladies, which means you need only bring bikes for your children.

Sadly the Tour de France is not visiting the region in 2014 but you can see the Tour du Poitiou Charentes in late August.

For the more serious cyclist Andrew Phillips The English Cyclist in France has some great hints and tips on what to expect. 

For more information on cycling in the region why not check this article by Richard Peace, author of Cycling Southern France, Biking in Deux Sevres or Cycling Vendee which offers a range of route maps.

The tourism offices of departments in the region are continually developing cycle routes