Manche Océan

From Morlaix to Quimper

Highlights

The Monts d'Arrée trails
The ascent of Menez-Hom
The Bay of Douarnenez
A Great Sportive MTB Breton Crossing

From the banks of the Channel, cross the Monts d’Arrée to reach the Atlantic coast. From the top of the peaks and peaks of the Armorican Massif, go down the tracks that take you to the world’s end!

By the Breton peaks

On the port of Morlaix, prepare to climb the peaks of Brittany. The Armorican Massif erects here some of its most beautiful Rocs. From 0 to 380m above sea level, a great effort for a great reward. Trails and tracks follow each other in this unique landscape that sometimes resembles Scotland.

From the Roc’h Trévézel, the highest point of the trip, you start a long descent to the Atlantic through woods and forests that offer beautiful paths with regular sequences and technical obstacles.

From the edges of the Alder go back on the Menez-Hom. From 0 to 330m, the narrow paths between moors and forests are linked together for our greatest pleasure. The summit offers a sumptuous panorama on the bay of Douarnenez. If the visibility is good, you will be able to see the extent of your crossing, from Roc’h Trédudon and Trévézel to the Montagne du Prieuré, making your last visible obstacle to join Quimper.

Get a glimpse of the trip on:

Carte itinéraire Manche Océan, à travers les Monts d'Arrée Abicyclette Voyages à vélo
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Day 1

MORLAIX, BOUCLE DE LA RIVIERE DE MORLAIX 25km 405m Niveau Expert

A warm-up around Morlaix allows to discover the banks of the Channel, the port of the city and its attractions.

Day 2

From MORLAIX to HUELGOAT 47km 770m Niveau Expert

Departing from this city of a thousand facets, steeped in a deep valley and overlooked by the magnificent viaduct, you join the first singles snaking on the territory of the korrigans through the Monts d’Arrée. Driven by the iodized air of the Channel, you will quickly reach the doors of the Regional Natural Park of Armorica and its Chaos emerging from the ground. Your first stop, the shores of Huelgoat lake.

Day 3

From HUELGOAT to CHATEAULIN 64km 805m Niveau Expert

You leave the shores of Lake Huelgoat and the famous Chaos to attack the climbing ridges of the Monts d’Arrée. A 18 km climb and 215m vertical drop, with some descending parts and some rolling ones, to bring you to the top of the ridge. During 13km, you slalom between the Roc’h (peaks of the ridge), in very beautiful tracks, at the same time rolling and technical, often in single-track, widening by moments. From the top of the ridges, the view of the Regional Natural Park of Armorica is a beautiful reward. Lake Brennilis, Roc’h Saint-Michel and its chapel of the same name, this wild expanse of moors and forests offers a total change of scenery! You descend from the crests through the forest to return to Huelgoat. A total of 55KM for this most impressive stage!

Day 4

From CHATEAULIN to LOCRONAN 50km 1020m Niveau Expert

At the edge of the Aulne, 8m above sea level, a long climb takes you to the summit of Menez-Hom 330m above the sea! The Breton summit closest to the Ocean requires a great effort, but the reward will be worth it! An exceptional panorama: in the west, the ocean, the Bay of Douarnenez, between the Pointe du Raz and the Crozon Peninsula, to the east, the Monts d’Arrée and a distant view of the ridge traveled the day before . The second reward will be the beautiful technical descent that leads to the seaside. A 330m height to go down! The stage does not stop there, a small effort rather rolling for once allows you to reach one of the most beautiful villages of Brittany, Locronan.

Day 5

From LOCRONAN to QUIMPER 36km 570m Niveau Expert

For this day, a very rugged course awaits you. It will be necessary to cross the mountains of Plogonnec to reach Quimper, capital of Breton Cornouaille, end of the trip. Beautiful trails allow you to reach the summit and then descend towards Quimper. A succession of valleys form the end of the route. The edges of the Steir guide you to the city center of Quimper.

Day 6

QUIMPER, BOUCLE DU STANGALA 32km 445m Niveau Expert

A loop around Quimper, on the morning, will join the surprising cliffs of Stangala. The Odet has dug here a narrow and deep valley unique in Brittany only a few kilometers from Quimper. Beautiful technical trails allow you to enjoy the place.

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Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Hôtel du Port (Morlaix) Hôtel Le Bretagne (Huelgoat) Hôtel Le Chrismas Vue aérienne de Hôtel Latitude Ouest à Locronan Abicyclette Voyages à vélo Hôtel de la Gare (Quimper)

Starting from 645€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Quote on request | Contact us

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Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


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Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

GPS included Travel with Abicyclette France

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

You can also

 

On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

Getting here

Meeting point
Morlaix, Finistère (29)

Morlaix by car
From Rennes by the N12 (190km 2h00)
From Paris by the A11 (540km 5h15)
From Lyon by the A71 (920km 9h00)
From Bordeaux by the A10 (650km 6h10)

Morlaix by train*

TGV train station in Morlaix
Return: TGV train station in Brest

Paimpol by plane*
Brest/Rennes Airport
Lannion Airport

*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option. 

Recommended equipment

Bike

• Single, double or triple crankset
• Tires : 2,00 to 2,20 (Tubeless recommended)
• Hard Trail or Full suspension (100mm to 140mm)
• Automatic pedals
• Disc brakes

Clothing and equipment

• Helmet
• Cycling bib shorts
• and/or Shorts
• Jersey
• Undershirt
• Socks
• Thermal jacket
• Rainjacket
• 1 pair of gloves
• 1 pair of cycling shoes
• 1 pair of glasses
• 2 water bottle or Camelbak
• Backpack

Bike maintenance

• Emergency repair kit : 1 or 2 patches
pump, tire levers, chain and quick hitch,
derailleur hanger, multi tool
• Daily use kit: foot pump, cloth,
oil, brakepads, tire

Other

• Suitcase for personal belongings
• Evening clothes
• Fleece
• Set of toiletries
• Mobile phone and charges
• Bike lock

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