Revisiting Île de Ré, France turned into the best family cycling holiday we've ever had

After team training camps, riding and racing and throughout the world, I had firmly thought that there wasn't anything left to tick off the cycling bucket list. Turns out I was wrong.

Family cycling Holiday on Île de Ré
(Image credit: Future)

By far one of my best cycling achievements has been watching my daughter find a love of adventures by bike, and, as a family, we have Île de Ré thank. 

It wasn't our first visit to the island, which is situated off the west coast of France, in the sheltered Bay of Biscay. 

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.