The Veloscenic’s A Great Cycling Choice!

If you’re still looking for ideas on where to cycle this year, the Veloscenic is a great option to consider!

Stretching 465 km from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel, the Veloscenic spans 4 French regions and 8 departments and includes 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites.  Whether you’re interested in a weekend cycling excursion from Paris to Versailles or from Domfront to Mont-Saint-Michel, the Veloscenic has options for everyone, including families.  Nine of the itinerary’s stages are family/beginner rated. Greenways, or car-free paths comprise 40% of the Veloscenic and the route is signposted in both directions, making it easy to navigate, even for beginners.

The Veloscenic website has all the information you need to research and plan a trip.  If planning your own trip isn’t your forte, there are organized tour options available too. You’ll find detailed information on each of the stages under the Cycle Route heading. There’s a new Facebook page where you can find event and route updates as well as information on route conditions.

New resources and services along the Veloscenic will make it even easier to plan and take a trip on the Veloscenic beginning this spring. Several bike rental companies are offering one-way rental service on the Veloscenic.  Very few cycling itineraries in France  offer this service, making the Veloscenic a top choice for an easy plan-it-yourself cycling holiday! One option is LocVelo, based in Bayeux. They will deliver your bike(s) to your hotel or to a local train station and pick them up at the conclusion of your holiday in Mont-Saint-Michel. A cycling holiday doesn’t get any easier than that!  Consult the LocVelo website for information on delivery fees.

LocVelo rents high quality mountain bikes, hybrids and carbon road bikes from Cannondale and Specialized, and also rent tandems and e-bikes. There is also a wide variety of accessories for rent, based on your needs. This includes everything from helmets and panniers to kid’s seats, helmets and carriers. According to the website, the company also provides luggage transfer services along the Veloscenic, making cycling this itinerary even easier.  Find more information on delivery and rental fees on the LocVelo website.  You can also contact LocVelo at: locvelo@hotmail.fr.

Velo Emeraude is also offering delivery services from several locations along the Veloscenic, with pick up in Mont-Saint-Michel or Saint Malo. Velo Emeraude also offers a great selection of bikes, which can be viewed on their website.

Starting this spring, Velo Emeraude will deliver bikes at the train station in Pontorson, near Mont-Saint-Michel with no delivery charge.  They will also offer delivery-free rentals at the Saint Malo train station, Granville and Avranches, with returns to Mont-Saint-Michel or Saint Malo.  Delivery to other towns in Brittany and Normandy is also possible, consult the Velo Emeraude website for more information on delivery charges. Pricing for one-way Veloscenic services can also be found here.

La Malle Postale has begun working with local taxi companies to offer luggage transfer services on the last several stages of the Veloscenic:  from Domfront to St. Hilaire du Harcourt, to Ducey and on to Mont-Saint-Michel.  Contact La Malle Postale for information on delivery fees at: lamallepostale.com.

You can find additional information on one-way bike rentals on the Veloscenic website,

Last but not least, a new guidebook in English was released this spring on the Veloscenic.  The guide was written by Richard Peace and published by Excellent Books.  More information on the book can be found under Veloscenic Guidebooks on the website.It’s been 3 summers since I cycled sections of the Veloscenic.  With all the improvements to the route and new resources, it definitely looks like it’s time to plan another trip to explore it more!  I highly recommend you consider doing the same!  If you do plan on bicycling the Veloscenic, be sure to refer to the Works In Progress section on the website so you’ll know in advance where improvements to the route are ongoing.

Happy trip planning!

 

Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow way....by bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.