Bike tours and wine tours in the Southwest of France. Can you think of a better vacation? Welcome to France From Inside , where we specialize in unique bike tours and wine tours for people interested in cycling and/or wine in the Southwest of France, specifically the Dordogne valley, Bordeaux wine region and the Pyrenees mountains. Please use the links at the top of the pages to navigate through the website and learn more about the biking vacations and wine tasting vacations that are offered at the Chateau de Pitray - a family home - and in the French Pyrenees Mountains - for those fit and experienced cyclists who want the ultimate Pyrenees Cycling Challenge.
Your description of the Chateau Pitray Bordeaux Cycling vacation package was an understatement! My wife and I had one of the most enjoyable vacation experiences ever !
Rick C., Pennsylvania
I have been riding and racing for 35 years, crossing the Pyrenees with Allan is the most fun I have ever had on the seat of a bike !
Kurt B., California
"Every man has two countries, his own and France !” Henri de Bornier
Come see some of the same pro-cyclists who raced in the Tour de France race in the professional Criterium de Castillon bike race, held on the first Tuesday of every August. This is one of the oldest and longest running professional crit races in France. 2010 was 37th edition of the race, and it was won by Alberto Contador, the 2010 Tour de France winner. I have watched many of these races in Castillon, and enjoyed attending the VIP official pre-race lunch celebrations at my family’s Chateau (Chateau de Pitray). You too can enjoy this race and luncheon, and experience an insider’s perspective to a celebrated French cycling tradition. ...read more, full article.
The Chateau de Pitray, located 35 miles east of Bordeaux, is nestled in the middle of its estate grounds, surrounded by fields, woods, and off in the distance its vineyards. In all the estate is 200 acres, and when you are at the chateau you have the impression of being far away from everything in an exclusive setting. The comment I hear so often from friends is that it is a very quiet, peaceful and relaxing place. The splendour and beauty of the property is magnificent.
I love these stats: 1000 miles, 100,000 feet climbing, 12 days of riding. Ride across the Pyrenees, coast to coast and back. Now that is a bike ride with some bragging rights, and something unique that only a few cyclists will ever accomplish. Anyone who can lay claim to that is revered. Does it make you envious? I have done this trip 7 times and I am eager to go back. Yes, the stats are impressive, but the real stories behind this trip are the legendary climbs, striking mountains and enchanting countryside. I mean what a fairy-tale for fit committed cyclists…and not to mention the challenge of a lifetime. ...read more, full article.