The via ardeche disused railway line (1 Viewer)

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Another day another disused railway line for cycling.
It is the via ardeche and we caught it right opposite the camping car park Aire about 3 Kms from Ruoms and went 23 Kms northish to Saint Sermin then on to uzers where it stops for us on normal bikes just as you get to the viaduct. No doubt it will open soon.
Gradient was about 80 m over 23 Kms.
Surface compacted white stone for 80 per cent 15 per cent of tarmac and 5 per cent concrete.
First noticeable thing is there are many long straight bits.
Less shade than most others and little to no water we could find and the only stop actually en route was the station at Saint sirmin.
Very few seating areas as well, however it was still quite picturesque. Limited areas for a dip and not many at bottom.
You have the choice at st sirmin to return or cycle to uzers on an uninspiring undulating path alongside the road. Once at Uzers you join the main road with small cycle lane then turn left down the D4. Now that is the fun part cycling through tunnels videoing ! This way back was really quite quick and the same distance.
Couple of quite decent viaducts and couple of tunnels where the lights changed colour (we think spectrum)
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They are.
I did use windymaps but it appears they have been bought out by mapy.cz
Finding them through Google and disused railway line or going into an area online looking through their tourism site for voie verte then cross referencing with many.cz.

I LL bung some photos up of the maps from TOs
 
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We were staying at Pradons a couple of days ago and did a lot of that route - the sandy dusty bit was awful but most was OK. Balazuc worth a visit (though the loop we did had many uncyclable steps!), Vogue was a bit dull, but you can head east a bit and loads of MTB tracks in the vinyards.

PS forget the map - its 2022! https://www.opencyclemap.org/ and https://www.gps-tour.info/en/tracks/112.html :)
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We were staying at Pradons a couple of days ago and did a lot of that route - the sandy dusty bit was awful but most was OK. Balazuc worth a visit (though the loop we did had many uncyclable steps!), Vogue was a bit dull, but you can head east a bit and loads of MTB tracks in the vinyards.

PS forget the map - its 2022! https://www.opencyclemap.org/ and https://www.gps-tour.info/en/tracks/112.html :)
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I should have mentioned the dust. Not overly an issue in our view unless there were 2 speedsters coming towards you on those big wheel bikes but our legs and bikes were covered in it at the end.
We missed the sign to turn off to baluzac so presume not that well signposted. We went into Saint Maurice which was quaint and Vogue's better viewed from the outside and suspect it is a tourist trap for prices. Looked good swimming though
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They are haibike with 500 watts of Bosch battery.
2000 euros bought in Germany 2 years ago and work really well.
Not really a cyclist per se so don't know a lot about them apart from we are happy with them
I should add they were made in Germany so likely to be engineered well.
 
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They are haibike with 500 watts of Bosch battery.
2000 euros bought in Germany 2 years ago and work really well.
Not really a cyclist per se so don't know a lot about them apart from we are happy with them
I should add they were made in Germany so likely to be engineered well.
Thanks suavecarve. We were in France last month for the first time in over twelve years and were intrigued by all the well signed and organised 'velo' ways we came across. So thanks for your thread. You are slowly inspiring us! (y)
 

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