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Backroads Loire Valley biking trips


February 2014
A Better Way to See the World
Easy Does It in Europe


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  Dear Traveler,

We're often asked about our easiest biking trips in Europe. Ask no more! We invite you to join us along the winding riverbanks of the Loire Valley or in the canal-laced countryside of Holland & Belgium. With gentle terrain and a superb network of peaceful cycling routes, these regions are ideal for cyclists seeking more relaxed riding and plenty of time for personal pursuits, like shopping at the local market or lounging poolside with a good book.

If you're feeling apprehensive about trying your first bike trip, or if you simply prefer to pedal at the most leisurely pace, rest assured you're in good hands with us. With our multiple daily route options and unrivaled van support to help flatten some of the hills, you can take your time, choose how much or how little activity you want to do and truly savor the experience.

Ready to set the wheels in motion? Give us a call at 800-462-2848. Our Trip Consultants are available every day from 6 am to 6 pm PT.

We hope to welcome you on a Backroads trip in 2014!
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Annie Rosenberg
Europe Regional Manager, With Backroads since 2002


read more arrowRead our blog post about custom electric-assist bikes—they let you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it.


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Loire Valley Biking

Trip Highlights:
• Ride quiet rural roads in this region beloved for its elegance and natural beauty
• Welcoming château-hotels provide a gracious setting each evening
• Partake in private tastings of celebrated local wines
• Formidable, romantic or downright ostentatious, the Loire's castles are yours to explore
• Uncover the intrigue of French history in settings where it actually unfolded

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Holland & Belgium Biking

Trip Highlights:
• Uncover the captivating history and culture of two countries in a single trip
• Windmills, canals, pitch-roofed farmhouses and vast skies—scenery straight out of a Dutch masterpiece
• A welcoming bike culture of epic proportions
• Luxuriate in hotels reminiscent of the 17th-century Golden Age
• "Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder"—sample Belgium's national treasure

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NEW Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike
• The intuitive battery-operated BionX "pedal-assist system" adds a bit of power to each pedal stroke.
• When climbing hills it augments your pedaling, and on flat terrain it responds intuitively with less power, allowing you to pedal as you would on any standard bike—when you stop pedaling, the system stops delivering assistance.
• Just like riding a regular bike, you can't hear or smell it; the battery system is 100% silent, and there's no fuel being burned.
• Ideal for riders of different abilities who want to bike together without feeling forced to speed up or slow down.
• Available on all Biking Trips in Europe, Hawaii and North America starting on 3/1/14; $300 rental fee.

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