France - Tour de Loire Valley *****
Another French tour booked through Tour de Vines, operated by French Cycling Holidays and lead by the wonderful guides, Susan and David. We were collected from our Hotel in Tours and taken along with several other riders to our first nights' hotel in Azay-le-Rideau where we were joined by the rest of the riders. A lovely hotel which set the scene for the rest of the week, as did the excellent meals and amazing wines. After arrival we were fitted to our Trek 23 speed hybrid bikes including changing pedals and seats as required. Our group of 10 riders was mainly from Australia and ranged from novices to experienced riders. The route for the week was essentially flat and daily rides tended to range from 40 - 60kms, making it easy for the novices to keep up. The highlights of the week included visiting the Chateau de Villandry which has amazing gardens and the Chambord Chateau which is an impressive castle built for a king. Our hotel was right beside the Chateau and provided us with amazing views.