Just in time for the summer season, a new bicycling path has opened from the D-Day beaches to Mont Saint Michel. On this route through Normandy, cyclists will have the opportunity to pass through the Regional Park of the Cotentin and the Bessin wetlands and test their athletic skills on the itinerary that runs through the Gorges of the Vire Valley. The reward at the end of the route, the magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel. The complete itinerary is about 120 miles, passing through the beautiful medieval town of Bayeux and the Abbey of Juaye-Mondaye.
The itinerary is divided into 6 stages:
- Ste-Marie-du-Mont to Carentan
- Carentan to Saint-Lo
- Saint-Lo to the Viaduc de la Souleuvre
- Viaduc de la Souleuvre to Mortain
- Mortain to Ducey
- Ducey to Mont-Saint-Michel
Detailed maps and route information are available along with information on attractions and support services for all of the stages except for Ste-Marie-du-Mont to Carentan, which is currently in development. You can download the stage guides from the Normandy Office of Tourism. You can also pick up the brochures in any Normandy Tourism Office during your trip.
Here are some additional resources to help with your trip planning:
- Calvados by bike: www.calvados-tourisme.com
- Manche by bike: www.mancherandonnee.com
- Orne by bike: www.randonnee-normandie.com
- Eure by bike: www.eure-balades.fr
- Manche Tourism: www.manche-tourism.com
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