How do you prepare for your cycling holiday?

Publié le : 04 mai 2023

Gathering information on trade fairs, planning your holiday, choosing accommodation: how do you go about making a success of your cycling holiday? Charmhotel gives you tips and tricks for organising cycling trips, whether by mountain bike, road bike or city bike.

Our group of hotels welcomes cyclists all year round, whether they are amateurs or seasoned experts, with a variety of destinations in our beautiful regions of France and even Quebec. Saddle up for the 2023 rando season!

Trade fairs dedicated to the world of cycling

Cycling events are a great opportunity to find out more and discover what's new. You'll find good deals, equipment and events for sports enthusiasts and amateurs (young and old). You can also meet professionals from the sector: brands, champions, associations, clubs, outdoor tourism professionals and accommodation providers like Charmhotel.

Here are 2 not-to-be-missed trade fairs for cycling fans.

Vélo in Paris

Held in May at the Parc Floral in Paris, the show celebrates the bicycle in all its forms: utilitarian, leisure, sports, urban, electric, and so on. It's aimed at a very broad public and brings together all those who love the sport. Vélo in Paris is packed with ideas to share. The show also presents trends and innovations in terms of products and services. Conferences and round-table discussions provide an opportunity to meet people of all levels and profiles of cyclist.

Find out all the information about the show:

The hiker's fair

Held at Lyon's Cité Internationale in March, this themed fair brings together fans of walking and cycling. Activities include exhibitions, forums, book signings, workshops, games, introductory courses, film screenings and more.

The "Salon du Randonneur" provides inspiring ideas for getting the right equipment, finding suitable routes and organising your next cycling trip.

For more information:


If you'd like to find out more and take a more in-depth look at the world of cycling, join the Fédération Française de Vélo:

We'll keep you up to date with the latest events, policies, good addresses and cyclo news...

And for even more inspiration, look to other countries that are champions of cycling, such as the Netherlands, Japan, Denmark, Germany and Belgium.

Some holiday ideas for cycling enthusiasts

  • Riding prepared itineraries to discover exceptional landscapes, with all the necessary information at hand (distances, viewpoints, gradients, journey times, etc.).
  • Plan themes that can be associated with cycling and the outdoor spirit, such as the study of flora and fauna, photography, naturopathy, gastronomy, oenology, culture, etc.
  • Add a 2nd sporting activity: hiking, paragliding, yoga, meditation, Nordic walking... Double your sporting skills and double your fun!
  • Cycling competitions and events: amateurs can cheer on the competitors and the more experienced can test themselves in races. For example, choose one of the stages of the Tour de France and take the opportunity to discover the region by cycling.

Our hotels are cyclo-friendly!

All our establishments are used to welcoming cycling enthusiasts. Our hotels are perfect places to enjoy a comfortable welcome and facilities adapted to two-wheelers.

Charmhotel's advantages for cyclists:

  • 18 hotel restaurants in different regions of France + a Charmhotel in Quebec,
    Need a picnic lunch or a special meal before a race? Our hosts know what to do,
  • Advice on itineraries, routes, levels and viewpoints: the hoteliers know all the best tips and can adapt to all levels,
  • Spaces to clean and store equipment in complete safety,
  • Information on everything from cultural visits and local crafts to seasonal activities and events,
  • Spaces to relax after a hard day's work,
  • Restaurants that prepare tasty dishes using local produce,
  • Bicycles can be hired in some establishments,
  • A wide range of options are available: individual or group (friends, clubs, associations, family). Some groups are mixed: hikers and cyclists, or cyclists and companions who take advantage of their free time to go sightseeing or do other activities.

Some of the group's hotels are located on the route of the Tour de France. They welcome the technical teams during the event, as well as fans and the curious. Some of them return out of season to test the routes of the famous competition.

Charmhotel offers a wide range of packages to suit all tastes:

  • Bed & breakfast
  • Full board
  • Half board
  • All-inclusive stay

Ask for a specific programme to enjoy your hobby or passion.

The popularity of cycling in France

More and more people are cycling in France, whether as a way of getting around (for business or pleasure) or as a leisure activity. The advent of the electric bike, and above all its democratisation, has led to a boom in cycling in the broadest sense of the term! Now a faster, easier means of transport, it has won over even the least sporty among us.

The development of cycling is also due to a growing awareness of environmental issues.

Cycling has a number of benefits for improving health and well-being, a boon at a time when taking care of yourself is becoming a priority.

The development of cycle paths and access to self-service bicycles in towns and cities has encouraged people to get around on two wheels.

Cycling holidays give you the chance to enjoy the countryside while taking part in a stress-free sporting activity, away from the congested roads. An eco-friendly holiday that's good for body and soul.
For your accommodation: cycle to one of our Charmhotel.


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