Brittany, a land of caracter, legends, and landscapes : Armor and Argoat.
Best known for its myths and legends, Brittany is also very popular for cycling. It has knows its fair share of cycling legends! Jean Robic, Louison Bobet, Bernard Hinault, the Breton are the most titled French cyclists of the Tour de France. Hundreds of races and cycling events are organized each year and fill the pages of local and regional press. With over 1500 km of cycling routes this is a fabulous area we invite all cyclists to discover!
In Brittany, explore a land of myths and legends and meet people proud of their roots and territory. Bretons have at heart to make you discover their heritage.
Brittany can be described as the “Pen-Ar-Bed”, which means the end of the world in Breton. It also points to the world beyond the ocean. Brittany is a land of travelers and exchange. Sailors and adventurers left from the ports of Lorient, Brest, Paimpol, Saint Malo to discover the world and famous seas. They brought back rare goods such as fish, cocoa, coffee and sugar. Brittany became a gateway for these products to the rest of the country.
Travelers and proud of their identity, Breton people still offer today one of the most important regional diasporas in the world.
Brittany regularly welcomes many travelers who fall in love with the region and eventually settle there. The warm and welcoming people, quality of the food, beauty and strength of natural elements are some of the reasons people choose to stay here.
With one of the densest secondary road network in the country, Brittany is also a great cycling land. It allows you to ride easily on small roads, away from traffic. Just open up a map of Brittany to get an idea of all the possibilities. The number of intersections is impressive and cyclists need to be vigilant. This is why Abicyclette®, a bike travel agency from Brittany, chose early on to include the loan of a GPS on all cycling trips and was one of the first to do it. It is a very much appreciated comfort to not have to figure out which way to at each intersection!
Brittany massively developed its cycling by densifying the bike road network and developing greenways. It offers a second life to impressive 19th and early 20th century infrastructures. Old railways, bridges, viaduct, tunnels are converted for lovely rides and reveal a bucolic Brittany.
Coastal roads benefited similar enhancements. Cycling along the Coast you will find many small roads to ride along the cliffs. The recent development of international routes like the “Tour de Manche” or “Vélodyssée” on the seaside offer easy and accessible trips. In the Finistère, the coastal road and the “solar wind road” (route du vent solaire) are both rich and enjoyable bike roads.
Greenways and canal pathways like the “Nantes to Brest canal” and “Canal Ile et Rance” are other great cycling routes. They rehabilitate towpaths which have lost their economic vocation.
One of the first questions people ask is: Will it rain? A local popular saying puts it this way: “In Brittany, it’s sunny several times a day!” This humorous expression reflects fairly well the climate here, where you can sometimes live 4 seasons in one day. Fortunately as summer approaches, the weather gets warmer and winter storms are behind us. If you can not completely escape the rain characteristic to this beautiful region, it does have it benefits. Here is what you can appreciate about it:
So do you need to bring a raincoat when coming to Brittany? Yes! Will you wear it? Only some of the time. And bring along sunscreen lotion, as sunburns are common among our travelers who aren’t careful enough!
A single trip is far from enough to discover all of Brittany. Best discovered by bike, this region has such diverse and enchanting atmospheres it requires several trips, among which we recommend:
Back home now Fabien, thanks for all the help…a great week of riding and enjoying Le Tour! Merci! (07/2015)
Hello new friends, I wish to say "thank you for a great time and good-bye for now". I missed saying so to most of you yesterday. all the best (05/2013)
Die Tour hat uns gut gefallen. Danke für die gute und interessante Routenführung. Lieber Gruss (05/2016)
Dear Caroline, I just wanted to say a big Thank you to you and all involved in helping to make my husband and friends birthday trip so good. They came back full of delight and great stories and I know they all had a fantastic time. We would definitely recommend you and your company, Thank you again Kind regards xxx (07/2015)
Hi Fabien, Thank you for a most lovely organised trip on the Brest Canal last week with Annick. We live in Somerset UK near Exmoor and we welcome you to visit and stay anytime to cycle our hills!!! We all had a great time and good Hotels food and wine. Yours sincerely. (05/2015)
Hello Natalie, We are now back in Sweden from our bicycle tour in Normandy. I would just like to give you some feed back from the tour: We were all very satisfied with the trip. When planning the trip, we found it very easy to work with you, quick answers and good flexibility for our ideas. Excellent choice of roads, which took us through the fantastic landscapes of Normandy, and also along the fashinating see shores ending with the first D-day shore. Most roads with very little traffic. We also appreciated the kindness of all french drivers who never complained although we sometimes were in the middle of the small narrow roads. The distances was OK for all of us. When there was a choice of long or short distances, we always selected the long ones. Easy to find the roads with the excellent GPS and the very good Road Book. We also appreciated the very good choice of B&B, places where we felt wellcome and with good standard. A trip we will recommend to our friends. We also had good luck with the weather, lots of sun, not to strong winds, just one or two showers in daytime. (Was the weather also organised by you??) With Best Regards (05/2017)