A perfect playground for cyclists awaits you in Brittany. Here’s why;
What makes Brittany so special for cycling?
Brittany has space and lots of it, interconnected by an excellent road network with good surfaces and plenty of room.
Traffic is minimal, visibility is good, and as the roads are well maintained and wide, passing vehicles are never a problem.
The variety of riding is enormous. You can choose flat rides through pretty countryside and fields of flowers (the tulip fields in SW Finistere are amazing in the Spring), hilly rides through the short, steep hills of the area where you can easily rack up as much climbing as you can in the Alps. Or relaxed rides along the coast roads where the sea is always in sight.
France is very cycling friendly and especially so in Brittany which has a legacy of producing cycling stars. Sunday mornings are full of large groups of cyclists criss-crossing the countryside.
Or for the more relaxed family rider, we can point out or guide you onto the best routes that aren’t too challenging and help you with your riding and bike setup. There are numerous cycle routes along disused railway tracks, which are flat, traffic free and very pretty, ideal for all levels and ages. Maps of the ‘voies vertes’ and ‘velodyssy’ can be obtained from Brittany’s tourist office websites. Although this map is useful it does not show all the local tracks. It is also possible to cycle from Chateaulin along the Nantes-Brest Canal, and there is a lovely 9km ride around a local reservoir which is ideal for families in that it is flat and traffic free.
Cycling is one of the best ways to get fit and burn fat without any joint strain or injury risk, whilst seeing lots of beautiful nature, so what are you waiting for? Get pedalling!
We have an in house serious cycle fanatic. If you wish to be taken out on some guided rides please contact us.
Ride Example 1 ; Quimper to Lostmarc’h and back. 110km, 1400m climbing. Ride out to the Crozon peninsula via Plage de Pentrez, lots of short, sharp hills (some at 13%!). Lots of sea views, have lunch in Morgat overlooking the bay, check out the amazing beach of Lostmarc’h. Return via the edges of Menez Hom.
Ride Example 2 ; Quimper to Pointe du Raz and back. 110km, 1000m climbing. Ride out to the West coast through the pretty port of Audierne and on to the Pointe du Raz, the spectacular Westernmost tip of France. Lunch in vicinity, back via coast roads.
Ride Example 3 ; Quimper to Pont Aven and back, 100km, 800m climbing. Ride South to Concarneau (pretty port town) then on via the coast roads to lunch in charming Pont Aven, return via wooded roads.
The roads are all very quiet and generally in excellent condition.
Andrew’s Strava page gives an idea of some of the rides.