Schedule: Around France in Three Weeks
Last updated on: July 14, 2017


Days 0 & 1

Saturday, July 15
Arrival of Riders & Riders Meeting

Sunday, July 16
Trier to Verdun
149 km

Day 2

Monday, July 17
Verdun to Mesnil Saint Père
182 km

Day 3

Tuesday, July 18
Mesnil to Briare (Loire)
177 km

Day 4

Wednesday, July 19
Briare to Senonches
198 km

Day 5

Thursday, July 20
Senonches to Mont St. Michel
216 km

Day 6

Friday, July 21
St Michel - St Malo - Sarzeau
220 km

Day 7

Saturday, July 22
Sarzeau Rest Day
about 40 km

Night Ride to Ile de Ré
285 km

Day 8

Sunday, July 23
Ile de Ré Rest Day
about 40 km

Day 9

Monday, July 24
Ile de Ré to Sainte Terre
224 km

Day 10

Tuesday, July 25
Sainte Terre to Bagneres de Bigorre
243 km

Day 11

Wednesday, July 26
Bagneres de Bigorre to Foix
181 km

Day 12

Thursday, July 27
Foix to Agde (Vias) via Carcassonne
179 km

Day 13

Friday, July 28
Agde to St Remy de Provence
161 km

Days 14 & 15

Saturday, July 29
Rest Day at St Remy
about 20 km

Sunday, July 30
St Remy to Vinsobres
(Mont Ventoux)

123 km

Day 16

Day 17

Tuesday, August 1
La Chapelle en Vercors to Crèches
210 km

Day 18

Wednesday, August 2
Crèches to Meursault
109 km

Day 19

Thursday, August 3
Meursault to Gray
102 km

Day 20

Friday, August 4
Gray to Nancy
180 km

Day 21

Saturday, August 5
Nancy to Trier (Igel)
165 km

The tour will start in Trier in July and finish in Trier exactly 21 days later.
Daily legs will cover about 200 km, sometimes more, other times less, depending on terrain and availability of accommodation. The route shown below is a rough sketch; this will not be the final route! As shown, the distance is about 3.300 km – the ride itself may have up to 4.000 km, depending on which extra loops and places will be added.

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This page has the structure of the ride. All days will be planned in greater detail, and destinations will be fixed, campgrounds will be identified, reservations will be made in the spring of 2017. On each of the daily sections in the schedule column of this page there is a .gpx-file with the track for the day, sometimes with one or two extra files for alternative route options All tracks are uploaded on gpsies.com.
Registered Riders: No need to download these one by one now. You can look at them in detail but do not download! Tracks may still change and you may then not have the most recent version.
You will receive a set of tracks for the entire tour by email – these tracks will have been checked once more and supplemented with information about rest stops etc.


Once you find them interactive (look for the underlined), click on the days to get more information about each day. Step by step, the detailed info for each day will be completed.

The route will lead around France counter-clockwise. At the end of week one we should have covered the northeast and north, crossing the Champagne, Normandy and exploring Brittany, with visits to the channel coast. The weekend should see us chilling on the beaches of the Baie de Quiberon. Below is the route of the first week:

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The second week will take us down the Atlantic coast and the Pyrenees. The traditional night ride is part of week two as will be the first mountain leg, crossing Col d'Aspin. By week's end we will relax in Mediterranean waters. If all goes to plan we will spend a night on the Ile de Ré, cruise the famous vinyards of the Bordelais, dip into the Pyrennees, eventually going down again, heading for the Mediterranean via Carcassonne.

Here is week 2:

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The third week will see the tour heading north, putting in two days of more serious mountain riding, later following the Rhone river valley, ride into Burgundy, passing some of the famous wine villages there, later crossing the hills of Lorraine and come back to Trier on the Saturday afternoon of August 5.
This is the overview for the final week:


We will have a support van riding behind the tour as a back-up in case of accident, illness or a serious mechanical problem, which does not allow the rider to continue the ride for the day. The van will be able to store 4-5 velomobiles. Please note that this is back-up and should only be used in case of real need.

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The support van will also be able to transport our luggage, except for all items riders will need outside of camp! However, all riders should calculate and pack their belongings in such a way that they could be carried along within the velomobiles. For transport in the van, riders should pack their items in one larger duffel bag (Seesack) – this will make loading (done by riders leaving the campground last) and unloading (done by riders arriving at the campground first) much easier.

All accommodations will be on campgrounds. The description of each day has information on the campground, its facilities and services, resp. a link to the website. Reservations will be made for the group; please do not make individual reservations.

    © Josef Janning 2017