Where Slow Meets Speed:
B&R Routes that Overlap
The Tour de France

BY France

TDF-insetHere at B&R, we pride ourselves on constantly scouting out the very best routes for our trips—and as a Trip Planner working here in my native France, I’m in the extremely enviable position of being the person tasked without getting out on his bike to find the country’s best rides.

Essentially, my job is to dig as deep as possible in regions to discover the ultimate small road which will blow travellers away. Believe it or not, it’s not always an easy task, as I usually look for rides in the late fall, winter and early spring—meaning that the incredible summer views and beautiful landscapes made of lavender and sunflower fields are usually just the the fruit of my imagination!

When I’m sweating over finding the perfect routes, the vegetation and the weather isn’t exactly as charming as it will be when travellers eventually get to experience the fruit of my labour.

But, c’est la vie. It’s hard to complain about a job that lets me combine the beauty of France with my passion for biking. As an avid cycling fan, every year when it comes to early July all of my attention is tuned into the Tour de France!

And since B&R has been biking for nearly 50 years, I’m certainly not alone. My colleagues Veronika Macas, Chris Mark and of course many of our guides (among many others!) are all victims of the same passion.

See History Come Alive

On Normandy & Brittany Biking, the locals speak of their love for the land as they speak of their attraction to the sea—a feeling you will share as we bike the Channel coast, pass historic beaches and visit the magical Mont Saint-Michel in Brittany.

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Five-time TdF winner (left) Bernard Hinault and me in 2010
Five-time TdF winner (left) Bernard Hinault and me in 2010

Watching the race is always exciting, but this year is particularly gratifying, as we’re all proud to say that the 2016 Tour de France will pass through or share the road with a number of our routes! Multiple B&R trips will welcome the Tour de France, meaning that many of our travellers will ride along the very best bike routes in France.

On my side, I’m really happy to know that while searching to create the best trips possible, I’ve often ended up with the same itinerary that the world’s best racers will be offered. In 2010, I met with the French legend Bernard Hinault (a five-time TdF winner) climbing in the Joux Plane in the French Alps. He said that there isn’t any other country in the world to offer such a variety of landscapes and beauty other than France.

Funny enough, his words reminded me of another legend: none other than George Butterfield himself, who, after having biked pretty much all over the world, came to the same conclusion.

Sounds like the Tour de France and Butterfield & Robinson share the same tastes, doesn’t it?

Tour de France Routes that
Intersect with B&R Trips

TdF 2016 Stage 1: Mont Saint Michel to Utah Beach
B&R Trip: Normandy & Brittany Biking, Day 5


TdF 2016 Stage 4: Saumur to Limoges
B&R Trip: Loire Chateaux Biking, Day 5


TdF 2016 Stage 6: Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban
B&R Trip: Southwest France Biking, Day 3


TdF 2016 Stage 12: Montpellier to Mont Ventoux
B&R Trips: Provence Rhone Biking, Day3 | Rhône River Cruise Biking, Day 2
Provence Luberon Biking, Day 5 | Provence Self-Guided Biking, Days 1, 4 and 6


TdF 2016 Stage 17: Berne to Finhaut-Emosson
B&R Trip: Switzerland E-Biking, Day 3 (Yes this stage is in Switzerland!)

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