Which website to prepare for your bike trip?
Some of you plan to go on a bike trip this summer, along with your Aevon single-wheel bike trailer.
Traditional navigation apps such as Google Maps do not enable us to always find walking and cycling paths without crossing busy roads in France and Europe.
To help you go safely on a bike trip, we found a few websites to take as many cycle paths as possible. You will also find ideas for your next bike trip or stories of other bike travellers to get away for a few minutes.
This website enables you to go from one place to the next using as many cycling and walking paths as you can. On the homepage, you just need to click on ‘carte des itinéraires’ and then on ‘mon GPS’. Then choose the departure and destination. On the map you will find two possible routes, one of which uses mainly cycling paths.
The only failing is that the type of path is not specified. You may find yourself on dirt tracks sometimes.
You can also use an already established route through ‘les itinéraires’ and select them depending on several criteria, one of which being the difficulty. This might be useful if you’re travelling with the kids.
This website is the official website of the French cycle touring federation. It helps to find very specific routes. You can enter the type of bike you use and get an overview of the accessibility of the trip, its difficulty. You can also know whether the route is long or sloping.
This website is mostly for athletic cyclists and tells you about routes in France and in Europe: Spain, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, etc…
Eurovelo, the European website (available in English)
Find out about cross-border routes available in more than 30 countries. The map shows you roads created by professionals of the bike and tourism industry in Europe. You can see the map in PDF with a short description available in 4 different languages.
If you haven’t planned to go on a bike trip immediately, just browse on the website to give you a few ideas for the future trips.
This blog gathers stories of people gone on a bike trip essentially in France, but also in Europe and the rest of the world. These are not precise routes but personal experiences. You will have to select the supplied information and you can search by places in the search bar.
The stories being personal, they have been checked out so you need to be careful with the info. This kind of website can really give you the craving for a bike trip.
Unfortunately, there are no apps for these websites.