France by gravel bike

The best gravel bike trails in France

France has invested a lot of resources in the creation of a national system of cycle paths. These develop both on cycle paths and on roads with promiscuous but still rather reduced traffic. This system is certainly one of the most developed in Europe and allows you to cross France far and wide between monuments, natural areas and one of the most varied and fascinating coasts, both on the Atlantic and Mediterranean sides.

gravel biking in France

To select the best gravel itineraries in France, we took into consideration some parameters such as compatibility with a 2 to 14 day holiday, the accessibility of the itinerary by means of transport and the presence of cycle tourism services in the surrounding area.

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1. The Vélodyssée cycle route from Roscoff to Hendaye

This cycle path, which corresponds to the French route from Eurovelo 1, is a single itinerary of 1200 kilometers which runs along both secondary roads and a large number of cycle paths, as well as some sections that must be covered by ferry. The itinerary is a mixed asphalt/dirt road and is scenically very suggestive and suitable for any type of cyclist given the low altitude.

  • 1100 km
  • 2500 mt D+
  • 7-14 days
  • asphalt 70%
  • gravel road 30%
  • every types of bike

La ciclovia Velodysee fa parte della Eurovelo 1 ed è una delle ciclovie più famose di Francia. La maggior parte dell’itinerario si svolge su pista ciclabile ma si percorrono anche strade secondarie strade rurali. Il dislivello complessivo è veramente limitato quindi è adatta a ciclisti di qualsiasi livello di allenamento. L’intera organizzazione della ciclovia è di natura pubblica, le infrastrutture sono di ottima qualità e i luoghi attraversati sono molto interessanti sia dal punto di vista culturale che paesaggistico.

On the official website of the Velodyssee cycle route  it is possible to see all the characteristics of the itinerary, book bike hotels, rent a bike and locate the checkpoints where it is possible to stamp the pass.

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