Holiday Cycling with James Villas!

As a young girl I recall me & my very distinguishable yellow BMX 2000 {with stunt nuts} and I being inseparable. But once I grew out of her {sad times} I upgraded to a pretty sweet mountain bike and we rode some distances together. A good decade later I even turned up to take part in a 60 mile bike ride {with no training!} from the Theatre of Dreams in Manchester, all the way to South Shore, Blackpool, for The Christies Charity. Needless to say I underestimated 60 miles and I walked like John Wayne for about a week! But it was an amazing experience for a very worth while cause.

So my personal relationship with cycling is a good one. From childhood memories, right up to the present day and now I have the opportunity to enjoy bike rides with my own family, and make a whole new collection of memories.

Through the years some of my top moments have been made from teaching my older children how to ride their bikes. Being that support system for them, the confidence booster {also the one to dish out the plasters for injured knees if needs be} and the person to talk to them casually as I let go and watch them cycle unknowing to themselves that they’re finally doing it. Those moments exhilarate you like no other.

So, with all of us cycling {bar the toddler of course!} we love to hop on a bicycle and go for an adventure, and while on holiday earlier on this year in Berny Riveire, France that was exactly what we did.
The scenery around us was breathtaking, and being a cycling family with younger children it helped that the roads were ideal for easy cycling {you have to love smooth tarmac roads}, perfect for the kids/beginners and also comfortable for the wee trailer little Miss Belle was in too.
France 11212747_802258619859631_3858035598394410226_nDuring our France holiday it was the first time we’d ever used a bike trailer and not only did Annabelle love being transported about but I loved the extra effort I had to put in. It made for a great workout! Side note: I ended up having a 7lb weight loss on my next Slimming World weigh in! WOW, right!? 

During our cycling on holiday adventure we stumbled upon the gorgeously quaint village of Vic-Sur-Ainse!
france2With having to cycle on the roads on our Vic Sur Aisne adventure, Jacob had to sit next to Annabelle in the trailer. I thought he’d protest because he loves cycling, however for safety reasons he understood and he loved being able to enjoy the ride with her and have the darling man do all the work. 
IMG_20150518_1348241-768x1024Coincidentally I’d seen this place online and had added it to my sight seeing list, but I never expected it to be so close, so that alone was quite the treat. So we parked up our bikes and went for a wander…
10405581_807261472692679_1332334311268519556_n village1 village2village4village7village5The village was everything and more I hoped it would be. It was so amazingly French, the patisserie’s where aaa-mazing and we cycled back a few times over the course of our stay.

During our stay in France and our family cycling trips, it got me thinking to look into other destinations where we could do beginner cycling as one of our family things-to-do.

One place I have always wanted to visit is Lanzarote and after a little research through James Villas, it was great to hear that the roads are nice & flat which are great for kids to cycle on. It always helps having those flat roads with little legs, right? Makes the trip more enjoyable for sure!
James Villas have routes for all sorts of cycling levels available for you, all to help you make sure you have the best holiday cycling experience.
Lanzarote-Infomap-SmallLanzarote is such a beautiful place, I don’t think I’d be overly happy being confined to just the resort or just the beach, you know? I’d want to see as much of the island as I possibly could as a family. Plus, I’m a bit of a Volcano nerd {which I’ve proudly passed onto my children} so I think Lanzarote would make the perfect holiday cycling destination for us as a family.

However if you love a cycling holiday as much as we do, James Villas have a great cycle guide that covers 15 different across 5 popular destinations. You can find the full guide over on their blog too.

Disclosure: This was a collaborative post with James Villas Holidays, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.



  1. Em @ snowingindoors
    23/07/2015 / 6:16 AM

    I jealous, I always wanted stunt pegs on my BMX but was never allowed them. I had to make do with sticking bits of cereal box to the frame instead to sound like a motorbike (it didn’t, it just sounded like a bike with bits of cereal box attached to the frame!!) xx

    • 23/07/2015 / 8:24 AM

      Haha. Oh no, stunt nuts where a MUST! Loved them. I was forever found down at the local BMX track. SO MUCH FUN WAS HAD! And I never used a piece of cereal box, those quency cups? The wee box of 12 jobbys from Iceland? Those empty make GREAT motorbike noises on the back spokes of your bike 😉 xx

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