VIARHÔNA BIKE TOUR

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VIARHÔNA BIKE TOUR

 
 
 

BUT WE ALSO CAN ORGANIZE IT ON PART OF THE ROUTE, THE ONE YOU CHOOSE, ON THE DATES YOU CHOOSE.
The ViaRhôna Bike Tour is therefore on a variable scale, organized according to your desires, your vacation availability and your physical condition.


Avoid the winter period November-March (risk of ice on the cycle path), and the summer period July-August south of Valence (very hot weather, risk of wind sometimes violent and annoying when cycling).

Check on the Road maps where you can join the group during the different stages of the ViaRhôna Tour.

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Check meeting & leaving points, 

and how to get there.

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ITINERARY DAY BY DAY

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CYCLING LEVEL - COMPETE THE VIARHONA

Cycling level required

Difficulty level

Average distance per day

Average cyclist to 

Good cyclist

No particular technical difficulties

62.5 km / day

(not including biking city tours)

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Average Speed

≈ 12 km/h to 20 km/h

ViaRhôna is mainly on paved roads : cycle paths, shared lanes and some secondary roads.

The few passages on dirt roads or paths, usually in forest or on towpaths along the river, are very practicable in VTC, and make the journey even more exciting.

Only the stage between Geneva and Seyssel has some climbs and descents, but nothing insurmountable.

Because of the daily frequence of the steps, a minimum of physical condition & resistance is needed. When booking two weeks for the ViaRhôna, you'll enjoy a resting day in Valence in the middle of the trip.

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Check here the

altimetry and distance

day by day!

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MEETING & LEAVING POINTS

Planning Travels

 

 

WHEN WE REALIZE THE FULL BIKE TOUR OF VIARHÔNA, WE HAVE WEEKLY MEETING AND LEAVING POINTS IN GENEVA, VALENCE AND SÈTE, AS FOLLOWS...

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 1

WEEK 4

GENEVA

MEETING POINT

VALENCE

LEAVING POINT

VALENCE

MEETING POINT

SÈTE

LEAVING POINT

VALENCE

LEAVING POINT

SÈTE

MEETING POINT

VALENCE

MEETING POINT

GENEVA

LEAVING POINT

Day 0 (Sunday) 

Day 7 (Sunday)

Day 7 (Sunday)

Day 14 (Sunday)

Day 21 (Sunday)

Day 14 (Sunday)

Day 21 (Sunday)

Day 28 (Sunday)

Our hotel in

 Geneva

Our hotel in

 Geneva

From 3 PM

Click here to check the transfer options to/from Geneva, Valence and Sète

Your guide is...

Leading the organization, your first interlocutor for any purpose.

Permanently in contact with the SLV for any customer need (itinerary monitoring, small repairs, recovery of tired cyclist, supply point management...) if you have chosen the SLV option.

Always with the group, he regulates cadence so that everyone can ride at his own pace.

Guide of the group during the city bike tours to see what is most interesting without loss of time.

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OPTION : Support Logistic Vehicle (SLV) + Driver

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LUGGAGE TRANSPORT

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FOOD & BEVERAGE

SUPPLY

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SECURED LOCKERS 

24/7

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REPAIR & MAINTENANCE

  • The SLV follows the group on secondary roads, parallel to ViaRhôna paths, to provide all the necessary support to the group, for any case of emergency.

  • It has 2 front seats for tired bikers giving up during a stage, the so-called voiture-balai (tail car) as it exists on the Tour de France.

  • Last but not least… It will carry the wine you could purchase during tastings or visits in cellars along the ViaRhôna.

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Support Logistic Vehicle Driver

The SLV driver is in charge of :

  • TAM (Transport - Assistance - Maintenance)

  • Logistic (Hotel Check-in & Check-out - Lunch, Food & Beverage supply)

  • Monitoring the itinerary (permanent contact with the bike guide)

  • Repair & Maintenance

IF YOU DO NOT CHOOSE THE SLV OPTION :

​We will assume all the functions (or almost ...) of the SLV and its driver : each biker will carry his own travel bag on the luggage rack of the bicycle, we will buy our picnic in the morning, we will call directly the SAMU in case of emergency, we will repair our bikes (if necessary) by ourselves or in nearby repair shops.

And we won't have a tail car, so we'll have to cycle through all the stages.
This is what most cyclists do on the ViaRhôna routes, so we can do it as well !

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EQUIPMENT- LUGGAGE CHECKLIST

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Checklist -essential items 

  • 2 cycling outfits : short (preferably padded on the buttocks) + jersey

  • 1 or 2 additional jerseys (preferably for cycling)

  • 1 or 2 sweat-absorbing sweat-shirts

  • 2 pairs of sneakers (preferably for cycling, but without tie-down clicks)

  • 1 or 2 pairs of gloves

  • Sunglasses and solar cream

  • Casual after-sport clothes

Personnal

baggage

With the SLV option, each biker is allowed to have :

  • 1 suitcase or travel bag (preferably with handle and wheels) + 1 small backpack.

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  • We do NOT recommend that you take another bag or backpack on the bike itself.

  • If necessary, there is a laundry service (with washing and drying machines) provided by our hotel or nearby. 

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DOCUMENTS & INSURANCE

During your journey, you must be in possession of :

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Your valid Passport

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Your usual insurance card (issued by your health insurance in your country of residence)

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Your Shengen Space

insurance contract

(provided by us with your travel file)*

*The Shengen Space insurance policy :

 

Our package includes an individual Shengen Space insurance policy which is a complement to your health insurance in your country of residence.

Before your ViaRhôna journey, you must request an extension, for the duration of your stay, of the benefits of your health insurance to Shengen Space (or at least France + Switzerland if you start or finish in Geneva), if it is not already covered. 

 

*The other services are normally included in the Shengen Space insurance policy :

  • Emergency medical insurance (for medical visit and consultation, pharmacy, nursing, medical and surgical hospitalization co