Veloscenic Cycle Route Update

Just in time for spring and summer cycling season, the popular Veloscenic itinerary from Paris to Mont Saint-Michel has some updates for those thinking about cycling the route. This itinerary crosses 4 French regions and 8 departments and is anchored by 2 of the best known attractions in the world:  Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the starting point and the Abbey of Mont St-Michel, the ending point.

The Veloscenic itinerary begins at Notre Dame in Paris

The long-awaited signposting of the north option from Paris to Epernon via Versailles has been completed.  Signposting of the southern option going through the Essonne Department is currently underway, but not yet completed.  Cyclists can now embark on this itinerary from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and enjoy a completely signposted journey to Mont St-Michel.  The completed signposting also makes it easy to enjoy a weekend trip along the 80.6km Ille-de-France stage.  From the wind rose sign in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, cyclists can travel on a signposted route to Versailles and the Rambouillet Forest, or go on to Chartres and Mont St-Michel.

One of the most exciting developments for this itinerary is a new one-way bike rental service offered by Loc-Velo, the largest bike rental company in Normandy. Loc Velo rents high quality Specialized bikes, e-bikes and Cannondale tandems, all well suited to the changing surfaces of the Veloscenic.  They’ll deliver bikes anywhere on the itinerary and cyclists can drop off bikes in Mont Saint-Michel. Contact locvelo@hotmail.fr for more information.

Cyclists along this itinerary can also purchase the Pass Veloscenie, a card that provides a special fare for visiting 5 national monuments along the way:  la Conciergerie in Paris, le Domaine de Rambouillet, Chartres Cathedral Towers, Chateau de Carrouges and the Abbey of Mont St-Michel. This pass grants special fares for touring cyclists riding the Veloscenic after visiting one monument at a normal fare.  This pass is available at all tourist offices along the route, in Accueil Velo lodging establishments and at the respective monuments.

If you’d like more information on this itinerary, your first stop should be the Veloscenic website.  You can access detailed information on every stage of this itinerary here, as well as information on where to stay and other support services, updates on the itinerary and GPS tracks.  Whether you can cycle the entire itinerary or just a part, whether you have a week or a weekend, the Veloscenic is packed with enough history and attractions to insure a once in a lifetime experience!

View of the breathtaking Abbey of Mont St-Michel, ending point of the Veloscenic

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.