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La Vélodyssée: A 1200 km long cycle route along the Atlantic coast

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From England, Spain or elsewhere, many of you want to explore France, especially Brittany and the Atlantic Coast, by bike. And what could be more natural than that, because La Vélodyssée is the French section of EuroVelo 1, a cycle route of over 8000 km going from Norway to Portugal!

 John & Jenny // a tandem road trip

Santander-Hendaye-Roscoff
La Vélodyssée: 1250 km -16 days - September 2016

John and Jenny on la VélodysséeJohn and Jenny are from Yorkshire in England. They are both cycling enthusiasts, and John even has a blog where he shares his love of two-wheeled travel in words and pictures inspired by his experiences and joys of cycling. This year they did the 1250 km of La Vélodysée on a tandem!

We have chosen La Vélodyssée for a number of reasons:  La Vélodyssée fits quite well with ferry crossings from England (we are sailing from Plymouth to Santander and returning from Roscoff to Plymouth); the route of La Vélodyssée spans a wide range of cultural and natural interest and has the added advantage of coastal scenery for much of its length; in addition, La Vélodyssée avoids roads and traffic for a significant portion of the way and its relatively flat profile should make the route ideal for a heavily laden tandem.  Tandem riding is very sociable, requires close team working and often attracts interest and conversation with other people along the route.

 Carlos, his wife and two teenagers // or how to pass your passion on to your kids

Arcachon - Hourtin-Plage: 145 km - 4 days – Summer 2016
(Bordeaux -) Lacanau - Bayonne: 330 km - 6 days – Summer 2014

Carlos is a passionate kayaker and cyclist. In the summer he likes to share his passion with the whole family by going on cycling holidays. In 2014, he set off for the first time with his 12-year old son from the south of the Gironde to the Basque country; in 2016, they took La Vélodyssée again, but this time circling the Bay of Arcachon and accompanied by the two ladies of the house!

Carlos and his family on La Vélodyssée

Hablando de vuelta a casa creo que el balance ha sido positivo para todos. Hemos reñido, hemos reído y hemos vivido con lo mínimo todos juntos. Creo que es fácil que repitamos esta terapia en otro destino otro año. Eso si intentaré llevar mucho más estudiado el recorrido y las etapas para que los momentos de pedaleo no se estiren mas de 4 horas diarias.[Translate]

 Kristie, Stuart & their 3 children// a passion for travelling

Arcachon-Hendaye: 250 km – July 2015

Stuart and Kristie describe themselves as a husband and wife team with an adventurous spirit, a passion for independent travel and three growing children. Their "Adventure Family" project is a long-term experiment in doing adventurous things together as a family.

It can be a challenge to find safe, long distance, family friendly cycling trails. So when we stumble onto 250km of traffic free cycling along the coast of Western France, we think we’ve arrived in a pine scented, beach front, cycling heaven. If you’re looking for the perfect place for a gentle introduction to family cycling touring, this could be it.

 John // an Englishman tackles the French EuroVelo routes

La Vélodyssée: 390 km - 3.5 days – July 2014

A native of the South of England, John makes the most of his well-deserved retirement by exploring Europe on foot. His longest journey: 5000km from Tarifa (Spain) to Budapest on the European E4 pathway! From time to time, he gives up his walking shoes to enjoy the pleasures of long distance travel by bike. In 2014, he chose the Brittany section of La Vélodyssée – the EV1 from Roscoff to Nantes and the genteel charm of the Nantes-Brest Canal towpaths, before going on to the EV6 and EV3 cycle routes.

an englishman on La VélodysséeThe French cycling adventure was great fun and in many ways surprising. The biggest revelation was the number of people cycle touring in France - there were hundreds/thousands of them - all ages and surprisingly cosmopolitan. People in their 50s/60s and 70s were particularly well represented, there were families as well. There were also a lot of campers and cyclists with bikes (four panniers and more) fully laden with gear.

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