Cycling in Normandy – which bike to take?
Normandy is suprisingly diverse in terms of riding; you will have a great time on a road bike, quiet roads and a bar in every small village to stop for a cider. I would recommend the area around Granville for this sort of riding. However if you google Suisse Normandy you will find miles of excellent, and often empty trails.
So all down to the riding that you want to do really.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Firstly enjoy – Honfleur is lovely, beaches at Trouville and Deauville are very nice too.
I’d say probably road, we were in the area a few weeks ago and noted quite a few marked vtt routes in “Suisse Normandy” which is inland a bit from where you’ll be. I have to say I’ve never been able to find a directory online of these vtt routes. Aside from that I think you’ll just have to buy an IGN map and follow your nose.
You can do a little research via this site (once you load a route you can switch the maps to IGN and then scroll around – my experience is you can ride on the paths / trails without any issues and the marked vtt routes I’ve ridden with Trail Addiction – Dest-X and also around Les Gets/Samoens have been on the paths shown on IGN maps)Posted 4 years agomeehajaMember
my mum lives in suisse normande, there is some good technical VTT, but it can be hard to find. there are also the paths between fields which can be fun! When I’m over I take the road bike for the miles and miles of perfectly smooth swoopy tarmac, respectful drivers and pleasent weather! I’ll be there early july getting the miles in around Granville for a week and then in to Domfront.Posted 4 years ago
wow, I was expecting to hear that it was all boring busy highways with farmers trying to run you down in their 2CV vans.Posted 4 years ago
still not sure which to take. I will probably need to ride out from Honfleur and not venture too far for too long – maybe half a day tops.
I’d take the road bike, but if I noticed a little forest or hill with trails on it I’d be kicking myself that I couldn’t explore.
maybe I could take the hardtail with some hard and fast tyres on.grumMember
Another vote for road bike – had a great time riding out to/along the coast round there. Didn’t see much that looked promising for mountain biking but I’m sure there is some – I was looking out for tracks etc though.
Some kind of cyclocross type bike with semi-slicks would be good for a lot of riding in France though IME.Posted 4 years agomtMember
There is VTT routes that are worth following and you will be able to get the info from the local tourist office, however it took me a couple of visits to sort them out and a cx bike would work great on them (or a speedy hard tail as I used then, so do the locals), this does not apply to the Suisse Normande necessarily. Road rides are just so so good and hillier than you may expect, you’ll love it. I spent some time ridding with VC Carentan. You are making me jealous, have a great trip.Posted 4 years ago
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