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4 new ViaRhôna stages up and ready in the ardeche


4 new viarhona stages have been officially opened recently.

new stages opened on the viarhona cycle route in ArdecheGoing from Sarras in the north to Bourg-Saint-Andéol in the south, the ViaRhôna cycle route on the Ardèche side of the Rhône now runs along for 90km, divided into four stages. These stages, alternating with the route along the east bank of the Rhône in the Drôme, have been officially opened recently:

Sarras - Glun : 26 km

Soyons - La Voulte-sur-Rhône : 22 km

Le Pouzin – Rochemaure : 24 km

Viviers - Bourg-Saint-Andéol : 18 km

The Ardèche by Bike

The département (French county) of the Ardèche has been setting up a county-wide network of soft, or non-motorized, routes, responding to the popularity of gentle, green ways of getting around and acting in association with numerous local bodies concerned. ViaRhôna is the backbone of this network particularly dedicated to cycling; the route follows the county’s eastern, Rhône-side border along its length. In addition, a network of soft routes is being laid out across the county, many of these routes linked to ViaRhôna. In the Eyrieux Valley, Dolce Via, taking you from one side of the river to the other, links Saint-Laurent-du-Pape to Le Cheylard at present. The greenway in the Payre Valley should soon link Privas to Le Pouzin along a 20km route. From north to south in the county of the Ardèche, further véloroutes and greenways are now in place. Also consider ‘Sur les Routes de l’Ardéchoise’ – this circuit’s name evokes the largest annual mountain cycling race in Europe, when many thousands take on an exhilarating cycling tour of the Ardèche. Now, thanks to this new project launched in 2014, keen cyclists can follow the route of the great Ardéchoise event across the year.


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