Regardless of the season chosen for your bike trip, the weather remains an uncertainty when preparing your itinerary. Who knows what the weather will be like in 3 weeks?
1. Choose the mildest start season possible
If the weather is too hot or rainy days too many, your trip may be a little constrained. Analyze the precipitation and temperature of your various stage cities. You can use the site quandstart.com to get all the information in a few clicks.
For example, if you wish to cycle along the Canal du Midi, you will be able to watch the temperatures of Toulouse, Carcassonne, Narbonne, Béziers and Sète.
2. Ask for advice from tourism professionals in the area
Who better than those who live there to answer you? Do not hesitate to call the bike rental agencies, the accommodations labeled "Accueil Vélo" or the tourist offices to ask them what they think. They will also help you to imagine your itinerary, depending on your constraints, when to leave, where to go, or how to stop every day, which type of bike should you prefer for this bike ride? You will also get a lot of information on the forums and blogs of people who have already made this journey.
3. Eat well
Sometimes it is difficult to plan holidays at a specific time and it is necessary to adapt to certain constraints. In this case, don't panic, you can quite leave in the middle of winter. Just get the right equipment. If the weather is rainy, it is essential to invest in an anti-rain gear and windbreak to drive dry. Rain pants and an impermeable jacket will be your best allies on rainy days. Nothing is more unpleasant than riding soaking. If it is cold, think about protecting your throat, thanks to a neck cover and your hands with a good pair of gloves. A hat under your helmet can also be useful.
4. Monitor the weather
During your bike ride, do not hesitate to keep an eye on the weather. You can adapt your departure times, your lunch break, depending on the weather. In particular, you can use a weather application, such as WeatherPro or MeteoCiel, to track the changing weather.
5. Know how to move plans
Planning a bike trip is also about adapting to the hazards and reorganizing. So if you plan to leave immediately but a hail storm passes, stay in the shelter, push your departure slightly, you will be dry and not more unhappy.