Cheese lovers, unite. While beer fanatics and wine enthusiasts have been able to go on cycling tours centered around their culinary passion for ages already, your time to shine has finally arrived. If you want to, you can now enjoy almost a hundred different tours, all focusing on cheese – combined with a little bit of a workout in order to neutralize all those calories you’ll be absorbing. Although, you could even make things easier by opting for an electric bike. Yes, that’s somewhat cheating but honestly, nobody cares as long as you’re enjoying yourself.
Which country makes cheese like no other one in the world? The Dutchies amongst us might not agree on this one, yet we’d have to say France. Whether you’re a fan of soft, stinky cheese like Camembert, blue varieties like Roquefort or a classic Beaufort: the Frenchies really do have it all. And they’re proud of it. If you’ve been to France before, you’ll know that every restaurant serves some version of a cheese platter and you can’t leave the country without giving at least one of them a go. Oh and please ask your companion to do the same because if they don’t, they might think you stink. Just a friendly piece of advice from a fellow cheese lover.
So, have we been able to spark your interest? Are you ready to embark on this wonderfully cheesy journey with some of your loved ones? Well, first of all, you’ll need to travel to France in that case. We’re living in strange times so please make sure to check the travel restrictions before you book a ticket. Otherwise, you might be disappointed.
Vélo & Fromages
Good to go? Great! Then it’s time to make a choice between the overwhelming amount of different cycling routes centered around cheese which France has on offer. In total, there are 87 different routes in the Vélo & Fromages project, covering no less than 6.760 kilometers all over the country. That’s a lot of cycling and a lot of cheese-eating. On top of that, there’s something for everyone, whether you love soft or hard cheese, cheese made out of cow’s or sheep milk. And they’re spread throughout the whole of France.
If you want to get an overview and a short description of all the routes, you’ll have to buy the guide ‘Vélo & Fromages’, published by Petit Futé. Don’t worry if you can’t find it in a library nearby, you can simply buy a digital version on their website for 3,99 euros. We promise you it’ll be worth it.