Big sights

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Some­times a ride needs a tar­get, a desti­na­tion to aim for — some­thing to pro­vide a bit of struc­ture and a sense of achieve­ment. If you’re just pluck­ing places out of a hat, the Millau Viaduct in the Tarn re­gion of south­ern France is pretty much hit­ting the jack­pot. But what other French land­marks are worth build­ing a trip around? Here are our five favourites:

1 Gorges de Ver­don

In the moun­tains of Provence is France’s Grand Canyon: an un­for­get­table ride

2 Car­cas­sonne

The pris­tine Me­dieval ci­tadel is eas­ily ex­plored in a re­laxed af­ter­noon spent off the bikes.

3 Mont St Michel

Swap your bike boots for walk­ing boots to ex­plore this fab­u­lous for­ti­fied monastery.

4 Ro­ca­madour

Fas­ci­nat­ing town (and huge church, nat­u­rally) carved into a cliff.

5 Thiep­val

A more som­bre – but more ac­ces­si­ble – sight is the Bri­tish memo­rial in the Somme.

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