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I know of some amazing places in the middle of nowhere, but they are too small. For several months of living a substantial town or city will be needed, but that still provides great cycling. Girona comes to mind but where else should I consider?
The plan is to rent a house and "live the life". Would be nice if in addition to great cycling right out the door, there was easy train access to other nearby regions. Would rather not rent a car but that is not a deal breaker.
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For me that would be close to Albertville in France - maybe the little village of Mercury. Close to Geneva - Close to the Italian border and all great climbs close to you. ( Madelleine - Galibier - Col de Croix de Fer - Col de la Forclaz ) and many more There is a cyclepath from Albertville to Annecy if the wife doesn't fancy to ride on the roads also used by cars.
Only 2 things :
* Lac d'Annecy is populair during summer also for cyclists - not that crazy like the Alpe D'Huez area.
* La cuissiene Francais is not my kind of style for all day - maybe Italian food is a bit better also.
Do you fluently speak French, Italian or German?
BTW you can eat Italian cuisine in France (the opposite is not true). No obligation to go for a *, ** or *** michelin everyday 🤪 but once a while it is definitely a nice reward...
kkibbler wrote: WW remembers.
We are talking about dozens of countries, with an even bigger number of different languages, cuisines, cultures and governments that are very different to each other. So it will be good to know if the OP speaks other language apart from english (many countries are far from proficient in english, and couldn't care less about it), if it is happy living in a more "messy" environment or rates highly the "northern organization", if it wants a mediterranean weather or if it's not bothered with rain and cold.
If mountain climbs are a priority, then it's better to choose a place close to the Alps or the Pyrenees: Spain, France, Italy, Austria or Switzerland. The two last of these countries speak good English, the other three not so.
From my own personal experience, Girona and Alicante (specially around Denia, but not only) are hot spots for professional team training for a reason. The weather is nice and sunny, prices affordable and mountain climbs are in riding distance. Easy access to big cities, good transport infrastructure, alive and populated areas are a plus, but they can be too busy in summer months.
These are my suggestions, but again, some extra info would be always good to narrow down other alternatives.
You could also look for Tossa De Mar if you would like a place near the coast. It's close to Girona and you have an easy access to beautiful beaches.
I like the idea of Eastern Europe for the OP but no TdF/Giro/ Vuelta routes there. And in general the quality of the hospital etc... is below the standards in Wester Europe. I would not discard this point when biking on roads etc....
Meanwhile, a study done by a source NOT pitching for business in ViennaStolichnaya wrote: ↑Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:10 amhttps://www.mercer.com/newsroom/2018-qu ... urvey.html
Just gonna throw this one out there...
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/best ... 9bl8vlpl38
BUt Im sure we both agree a "best city" is a pointless as a "best bike".
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