If you are a skinny, Lycra clad type of cyclist that pedals fast, head down and bottom up, Ré is not for you. Almost all visitors to Ré travel around by bike – from wobbling grandmothers who hadn’t been on a bike for years to confident youngsters arriving by the coach load on school trips with their teachers. We watched a family of very young children, the lad was cycling independently with stabilisers and was being helped to keep up by Papa’s strong hand on the back of his seat; a second child was riding on a tandem seat attached to the father’s bike. Mama followed with the two youngest family members safely strapped in a baby trailer. We also saw people cycling around with their dog riding in the baby trailer or the smaller dogs would ride in the front bicycle basket. Wheelchair users could travel in a specially adapted chairs that clipped on the front of the rider’s bike.
Nobody rushed, just gentle pedalling with numerous stops to admire the view or to consume a packed lunch. Oyster producers had stalls dotted along the route and you could take a break to try some seafood, especially oysters, served with fresh, crusty bread and, if you like, a glass of local wine.