Returning from a bike journey rarely goes without its share of bad news. After a wonderful 3100 km tour along the Baltic Sea coast, through Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Sweden, I started mapping the itinerary in order to publish it here. Unfortunately, I discovered that bikemap “updated” the route editor and that the new version is not working properly – to be short.
As this is far from being the first time long-term bikemap users face such a disappointment, I wrote an email to the support team and posted a reaction on a discussion thread in the Help Center – which later suddenly disappeared… Continue reading
Article updated in May 2019.
Here is a short description of my travel equipment. Specifications are taken from the manufacturers, except when otherwise stated. Continue reading
On November 4th 2016, Google destroyed most features of Panoramio, a photo sharing website and community of which I’ve been a member since 2007. Today, only our photos remain, on borrowed time until the full closure of Panoramio in November 2017.
Ten years after I bought my travel bike, I wanted to be able to ride more off the beaten track (and surfaced roads) and to start with mountain biking. Continue reading
My travel bike is a Swiss made Villiger touring bike, which has been painted in the factory in the colours of the shop where I bought it in September 2000, Jean Brun Cycles – a historical local shop in Geneva, where the profession is being transmitted from father to son. Continue reading
The Swiss Federal Council wishes to make the TV fee mandatory for all residents in the country, even those who do not own a TV nor watch TV programmes. Please allow 5 minutes to read and support our petition against this unfair project. Continue reading
Updated March 2019.
As promised recently, here are links to the already published bike routes, together with basic information, such as countries and essential figures (total distance, total time, daily climb, date of travel).
These links are referring to the French section of the website, but if you’re just looking for a bike route, this might for the time being suit your needs : you’ll get a detailed map of each itinerary, photos, connections between routes (allowing to plan your journey along connected sections of different routes), road map & guidebook references, links to interesting websites, plus download links for GPS and Google Earth files. Continue reading
Important note to my visitors.
Yesterday, the website I use to map & publish my bike routes (www.bikemap.net) underwent a major “update” and, as it usually happens, became very bugged and unstable, which triggered a massive protest among users. I’m very thankful to the persons responsible for this useless chaos. Continue reading
A year has passed since I started this website in April 2012.
So far, 29 bike routes across 11 European countries have been published in the French section, totalling 22’091 kilometers. These itineraries can be classified as follows :
– 6 international routes, of which 5 are long distance (13’661 km)
– 7 medium and long distance routes in France (6339 km)
– 8 medium and short distance routes in Switzerland (1510 km)
– 5 day tours in the Geneva/Switzerland-France area (413 km)
– 3 MTB tours in Valais/Swiss Alps (168 km)
The eleven countries are : Switzerland, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Denmark and Norway. Continue reading
THIS WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
You will soon find on this website various itineraries to cycle across Europe, mainly on secondary roads and cycle paths free from motorized traffic. General information about travelling by bicycle will also be available.
I’m writing articles in French and will then translate them into English. This will take time. In the meantime, you may view all published itineraries and their references (maps, guidebooks & more) in the French section of the website – just check under the menu Routes.
Several routes must still be built on bikemap.net. They include long distance journeys, short trips as well as many day tours in the Geneva area (Switzerland/France). Furthermore, I’ll be posting a few mountain bike tours in the wonderful Val d’Hérens (Valais, Swiss Alps).
I’ll be giving a short description of each itinerary and post meaningful photos to allow each visitor to get a better idea of the published routes.