About this trip

I'm Rob Ainsley. In 2015 I cycled France's 'End to End', from St Malo to Nice.

Read about this, about my other international End to End rides, and about much more, at my new website e2e.bike.

Daily blog posts are here, from St Malo on Day 1 to Nice on Day 15.

The total distance was about 1,000 miles, and took around three weeks to ride at my usual leisurely pace. I was camping and – after forgetting half of my tent during one hasty morning pack – staying in inexpensive hotels.

The route was the one suggested in the 2014 guidebook France en vélo, by Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh.

It's a journey of 'subtle and striking changes in terrain and landscape', which is very true, and the experience is quintessentially French, especially the bit about striking. (See more about the route from their website.)

The bike used was my custom-built tourer from Spa Cycles of Harrogate.

You can see where in the world I am right now (probably in my bedroom in York, actually) by visiting me on Facebook.

This trip was part of my long-term project of cycling international End to Ends:

Wales 2020  Chepstow to Holyhead 🚲 220 miles → Blog
Poland 2019  Łysa Polana to Jastrzębia Góra 🚲 570 miles → Blog
Spain 2019  Cádiz to Gijón 🚲 646 miles → Blog
Faroes 2018  Kirkjubøur to Eiði 🚲 45 miles → Facebook post
Taiwan 2017  Fuguei to Eluanbi 🚲 370 miles → Blog
France 2015  This blog
Cuba 2015  Baracoa to La Fe 🚲 1088 miles → Blog
Sri Lanka 2015  Dondra Head to Point Pedro 🚲 470 miles → Blog
Scotland 2014  Kirkmaiden to John o’Groats 🚲 460 miles → Blog
England 2014  Land’s End to Marshall Meadows 🚲 665 miles → Blog
Isle of Man 2013  Calf Sound to Point of Ayre 🚲 45 miles → Facebook post
N Ireland 2013  Cranfield Pt to Giant's Causeway 🚲 200 miles → Facebook post
Ireland 2011  Mizen Head to Malin Head 🚲 665 miles → Blog
Britain 2010  Cape Wrath to Dover 🚲 1050 miles → Blog
Wales 2000  Cardiff Bay to Holyhead 🚲 260 miles → Diary (PDF)
Britain 1997  Land’s End to John o’Groats 🚲 1167 miles → Blog

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