There is a Poitou Charentes mountain bike experience to suit all ages and abilities. The region offers hills, canals and rivers, coastal paths, forests and vineyards - a varied and very picturesque landscape. There are many well signposted cycle paths, and maps are available from the tourist office to help you plan your route. France is a nation of cyclists and the quiet roads and courteous drivers make cycling safer here. There are regular 'randonees' both on and off road in Poitou Charentes. They are not races, so there is no time pressure, and there are distances ranging from 20km to 80km with tourists welcome to participate.