MTB weekend in Suisse Normande

Normandy MTB: on the cliffs of the Orne

Highlights

The Orne valley and its cliffs
The relief of the Armorican Massif
A pleasant alternation of technical trails and large paths

A mountain biking circuit on the banks of the Orne, in Clécy.

You are in Normandy!

You take advantage of the very marked relief of the territory to traverse challenging MTB circuits. Technical, physical, the place calls upon your endurance and skills. Fortunately the course also offers some more rolling paths to recover. A beautiful environment for this weekend, which is not always expected in the heart of Normandy.

It is in the nineteenth century that the Suisse Normande designation appears in Lower Normandy due to the surprising relief that one finds here and can resemble the Swiss valleys. The grove offers winding paths to evolve on the slopes that offer beautiful views. You cross the valleys of the many rivers that have sought their way back to the sea, and now shape the landscape. The predominance of green everywhere is the charm of the Suisse Normande. The rock outcrops here and there recall also a distant volcanic past. An original mountain bike destination to discover as soon as possible.

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Day 1

CLECY, BOUCLE DES FALAISES 25km Niveau Expert

A warm-up stage of 20 to 30 km to discover the surroundings of Clécy. The village already offers some points of interests with its square and constructions. You will join the banks of the Orne before climbing the Norman hills which follow each other to take the height on your host city. Hollow roads and “mountainous” trails prepare the body for the efforts of the following stages!

Day 2

CLECY, BOUCLE DE LA ROCHE D'OETRE 50km 1415m Niveau Expert

Along the Orne, you will reach Pont-d’Ouilly. As the name suggests, the town has a special story with this bridge that was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. You continue further south to join the gigantic monolith of Roche d’Oëtre. From here, a splendid panorama awaits you at about 120 meters above the meanders of the Rouvre. From one side of the Orne then the other, you will evolve on the slopes with an alternation of technical trails and more rolling tracks.

Day 3

CLECY, THURY-HARCOURT LOOP 43km 1055m Niveau Expert

Today you go up north towards Thury-Harcourt. The buildings, the chapels, testify to a rich historical past to which many legends are attached. Here again, the rock barriers, causing meanders of the Orne, offer rare landscapes and panoramas on the Norman grove. The sometimes long or steep hills are a challenge and offer beautiful descents. The narrow paths through this space are a treat for mountain bikers where it will sometimes be necessary to use your skills!

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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

Starting from 310€/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.


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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

Clécy, Calvados (14)

Clécy by car

From Rennes on the A84 (183km 1H55)
From Paris on the A13 (270km 2H50)
From Lyon on the A6 and A13 (740km 6h40)
From Bordeaux on the 10 (650km 6H15)

Clécy by train*

TER train station in Flers, TGV train station in Caen

For schedules and reservations, you can visit: www.oui.sncf

Clécy by plane*

Airport in Caen

*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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