Normandy by bike: pedal to the metal!

Deauville, the inDeauville area, the Côte fleurie, the Pays d'Auge and the whole of Normandy offer an ideal playground for cyclists in search of slow tourism. Wheels whirl along the paved paths of the greenways and véloroutes, passing through towns and villages with their coastal, rural or medieval charm. But cycling is more than just a way to travel; it's an opportunity to meet up for competitions, more or less formal, but always in an electrifying atmosphere. You too can experience your own "veloventure".

Cyclotourists on the Saint-Arnoult greenway ©Thomas Le Floc'h
Cyclotourists on the Saint-Arnoult greenwayThomas Le Floc'h

La Mad Jacques: a calf-strength epic

At the crossroads of fearlessness, determination and a touch of madness, the Mad Jacques is a group of travelers who believe that there's no need to go to the other side of the world to feel far away from it all, whether or not they're cycling tourists. The principle is simple, commercial and offbeat: using a roadbook, reach a village far from the tourist radar by bike, trekking, canoe or hitchhiking, and feast with its inhabitants. At the end of this micro-adventure: a joyous festival, a clever blend of village fair and village fete. Departing from Deauville, the "Jacquot" and "Jacquottes" - Mad Jacques enthusiasts - take part in a three-day cycling adventure with family, friends, colleagues, neighbors or solo (you never stay alone for long). From the blue of the sea to the green of the Pays d'Auge, from castles to stud farms, the Mad Jacques is a colorful experience! It's more than a race, it's a culinary epic on the road. Breaks aren't by the side of the road, but rather in the local distillery, in the cellar smelling of fermenting Livarot . In the evening, it's bivouac time. And for those who still hesitate, two routes are available: the classic option and the "gromollets" option.

 

Practical information
May 24th to 26th
Departure from Deauville Town Hall, 20 rue Robert Fossorier
14800 DEAUVILLE
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Hôtel Barrière Le Royal Deauville ©David Darrault - La Seine à Vélo
Hôtel Barrière Le Royal DeauvilleDavid Darrault - La Seine à Vélo

Critérium cycliste Prix Michel d'Ornano: the competition that goes round and round

Two races (one 40.5km, the other 81km), more than a hundred experienced cyclists, bikes speeding through downtown Deauville , a course of 1.35km precisely laid out on seven streets... The Critérium cycliste Prix Michel d'Ornanois all this and more. Unlike the usual long-distance cycling competitions, this one is unique: participants complete the course 30 times for the first event, and 60 times for the second! It's a challenge that combines pedal power, acceleration and endurance, while mastering tight bends and flat stretches with each lap. The route doesn't matter, the will to get there is enough. To cheer on the cyclists and feel the adrenalin of the competition, meet on the course at one of the following streets: boulevard Cornuché, rue Robert Fossorier, rue du Général Leclerc, rue Olliffe, rue Victor Hugo, rue Gambetta and Quai des yachts.

 

Practical information
Monday June 3rd
Departure from Boulevard Eugène Cornuché
14800 DEAUVILLE
Prix Michel d'Ornano cycling criterium ©Sandrine Boyer-Engel
Sandrine Boyer-Engel

The Paris-Deauville: a journey along the river

Since its first edition in 1960, the Paris-Deauville has never deviated from the calendar! A two-wheeled tour created by and for Tour de France enthusiasts, where good-natured spirit and the motto "start and finish together" take precedence over competition. More than a race, it's a journey for this impressive peloton of 80 cyclists who set off from the cobbled streets of the capital, ready to tackle the hilly roads and steep gradients of the Côte Fleurie not far from the Seine estuary. With perseverance, determination and pedaling their way through the 220km stretching out before them, the finish line appears at the foot of Deauville town hall. As has been the tradition for the past 64 years, the crowds gather to witness the participants' final dash to the arch, marking the end of this cycling odyssey.

 

Practical information
Arrival Saturday, June 8 at 5 p.m.
Deauville Town Hall, 20 rue Robert Fossorier
14800 DEAUVILLE
The Paris-Deauville bike trip ©Naïade Plante
Naïade Plante

The Deauville Normandie International Triathlon: 13 years on

At the heart of one of the most exciting events in the Normandy sporting calendar, an extremely intense event stands out from the rest. Deauville Normandy International Triathlon the bike leg. While athletes throw themselves into the waters of the English Channel at the start of each leg, it's on the winding roads of the Pays d'Auge and its bocage that much of the competition is played out. Bibs wet, breath still coming in, they mount their bikes and head away from the coast, hurtling along a route reaching up to 170m in altitude and 1670m in positive vertical drop! The Normandy countryside, with its valleys and small roads, offers its share of challenges, where every bend and climb tests the mental strength and endurance of the triathletes. But the most exhilarating moment comes on the heights of Deauville, with the dreaded Côte Saint-Laurent. A must for the Long Distance and Olympic Distance, 200m of steep slopes and tight bends worthy of the finest mountain bike race climbs await you.

 

Practical information
June 13 to 16
Departure from Deauville beach and Boulevard de la Mer
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The Deauville Normandie International Triathlon ©Activ'Images / Sandrine Boyer-Engel
The Deauville Normandy International Triathlon and its famous Côte Saint-Laurent (first photo top left)Activ'Images / Sandrine Boyer-Engel

The Deauville/Saint-Arnoult greenway: the colorful route

At the gates of thehippodrome de Deauville-La Touquesthis greenway loop leads bike lovers, hikers, rollerbladers and even horseback riders to the center of Saint-Arnoult. Over almost 4km of landscaped paths, the scenery changes as you pass by the Deauville Intercommunal Leisure Park and its bursts of laughter, the banks of the Boucles de la Touques and strollers in the shade of an apple tree, the quarries of the Pôle International du Cheval Longines - Deauville and horses in show jumping training, ending at the foot of the Villa Strassburgerthe emblem of Deauville.

 

Practical information
6.2 km loop
Duration: 30 minutes
Easy level
+33 (0)2 31 14 40 00 / info@indeauville.fr
The greenway linking Deauville to Saint-Arnoult ©Etienne Chognard
Etienne Chognard

How about a trip to Honfleur?

More than just a loop, the voie verte Deauville/Saint-Arnoult is also the starting point for 45km of pedaling pleasure to the famous port of Honfleur! Between shared paths and greenways, the route passes through some of the Pays d'Auge's must-see places, such as Pont-L'Evêque, with its pretty half-timbered houses at the crossroads of three rivers. But also Saint-Etienne-la-Thillaye and Saint-André-d'Hébertot, two peaceful villages with trees and typical Normandy charm. You'll want to try them out straight away, whether you're a beginner on an electric bike, or a more sporty rider on a classic bike. Whatever you choose, it's well worth the trip.

Old dock in HonfleurDavid Darrault - La Seine à Vélo
Vieux bassin in Honfleur ©David Darrault - La Seine à Vélo

Deauville-Honfleur

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Mont Saint-Michel by bike - EV4 ©Emmanuel Berthier

VELOMARITIME: THE COAST IN THE SADDLE

At the crossroads of France's Nordic trio - Brittany, Normandy and Hauts-de-France - the Vélomaritime winds its way through 1500km of signposted paths and cycleways. Stretching from the corsair town of Roscoff to the outskirts of Dunkirk, this maritime route reveals a coastline at times rugged, at others wild, with endless horizons against the blue of the English Channel. The scent of sea spray follows each cyclist as they travel from east to west, discovering mythical sites such as the Côte de Granit Rose, Mont-Saint-Michel, the D-Day landing beaches, the Côte Fleurie from Cabourg to Honfleur, the cliffs of Étretat, and finally the Côte d'Opale.

Seine bank and old Vernon mill ©Juliette Becquart

LA SEINE A VELO: FROM FRESHWATER TO SEAWATER

Imagine leaving Paris for Deauville or Le Havre, simply by pedaling at your own pace. Visit Seine à VéloLa Seine à Vélo is a 420km network of fully secure trails that cross eight départements, each offering its own wealth of discoveries. From Giverny and Honfleur, cradles of Impressionism, to La Roche-Guyon, a jewel nestled in the Île-de-France region, via majestic Rouen , nicknamed "The City of a Hundred Spires", each stage reveals historical, cultural and gastronomic treasures. And finally, thearrival in Deauville, with its iconic beach, racecourse and famous parasols, marks the climax of this adventure.

The Accueil Vélo label :

pedal with confidence with Deauville Tourisme

With a focus on soft mobility, Deauville Tourism has been awarded the prestigious Accueil Vélo label. From now on, cyclists visiting Deauville will be able to benefit from a warm welcome and a wide range of services when they step through the doors of the tourist office: secure parking spaces for bicycles, electric and GPS battery recharging points, repair kits, water points for filling water bottles, specific information on cycling routes in Normandy... A wealth of personalized advice to perfect the organization of a tailor-made cycling holiday.

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DEAUVILLE TOURISM
Résidence de l'Horloge
Quai de l'Impératrice Eugénie
14800 Deauville
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VILLERS-SUR-MER TOURISM
Place Jean Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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BLONVILLE-SUR-MER TOURISM
32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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VILLERVILLE TOURISM
40 rue du Général Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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TOUQUES TOURISM
20 Place Lemercier
14800 Touques
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TOURGÉVILLE TOURISM
Promenade Louis Delamare
(behind the first-aid post)
14800 Tourgéville
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