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Easy ride along the Loire river : 50km +100m

by Kim Gintrand
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Elevation gain




Best seasons

fall, spring, summer



Physical & technical

This 50-kilometer route is the perfect course to start gravel riding, as it will introduce you to all kinds of trails: singletracks, gravel roads, dirt paths, and asphalt. If you had a long ride the day before, it’s also a good way to recover!

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gravel routes itinéraire vélo parcours angers france cycling
gravel routes itinéraire vélo parcours angers france cycling

This route will take you through various small villages in the area, such as Juigné-sur-Loire, Blaison-Gohier, and Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire.

During the summer season, the Sports Photography Festival, “1000emedesecondes,” exhibits the work of 10 professional photographers outdoors. Over 150 photos capture the actions and emotions of major sporting events such as the Tour de France, Vendée Globe, Formula 1 Grand Prix… An opportunity to take a break and feast your eyes!

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gravel routes itinéraire vélo parcours angers france cycling
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Halfway through, you’ll get out of the trails for a few kilometers to reach the village of Blaison-Gohier. This charming village with its castle and a very friendly restaurant, Le Petit Blaison.

If you prefer to stay on the trails, you can simply continue straight ahead and join the trail with a sandy section leading to Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire.

From Saint-Mathurin to La Daguenière, you’ll follow the Loire River on a gravel path, below the levee, for about ten kilometers. At the end of the path, there are three steps to help you join the road on La Levée de Belle Poule. Although this road is reserved for residents and therefore not a lot of cars take it, please remain cautious!

Afterward, you have two options to reach Les Ponts-de-Cé: continue on La Levée or turn right as indicated by the trail onto a gravel path.

You’ll then get back on your steps to return to Angers.

You can find other rides near Angers here, either a 100km through the vineyards or a 100km along the rivers 🙂

Near the itinerary
Best Addresses



Blaison Gohier

Le Petit Blaison

Little village restaurant, french cuisine


La Gabare

Drinks with a view on the Loire river
Port Maillard, La Daguenière


Guinguette - Opening from May to September
Les Ponts de Cé

Maison Janneau Boulangerie*




Traditional restaurant, creative cuisine


O'Ptit Bonheur Angevin

local restaurant with drinks and regional savoir faire


Le Héron Carré

Guinguette - Opening from May to September


La Réserve*

bistro, resto, terrasse


Ma Petite Boulangerie*




Château des Forges


Pressoir à Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire

Chambre d'Hôtes "Le Logis"

Bed & breakfast


Chambre d'Hôtes "Le Logis des Mariniers"

Bed & breakfast


Chambre d'Hôtes "Confidence Escale"

Bed & breakfast

Lac de Maine

Camping du Lac de Maine Huttopia


Lac de Maine

Camping at La Belle Étoile Vineyard Estate




Château d'Angers

Visit the Château d'Angers and admire the Tapestry of the Apocalypse.


Château du Plessis-Bourré

Travel back to the 15th century with a visit to the Château du Plessis-Bourré.


Terra Botanica

Embark on an adventure and discover the history of plants at Terra Botanica - The European Park of Plants.


Distillerie Cointreau

Taste and learn how to make a cocktail at the Cointreau Distillery.


Etang Saint-Nicolas

Discover the various running loops around Étang St Nicolas, ranging from 5 to 7.7 km. It's also a perfect place for a walk when it's hot outside, as you'll be under the shades of the many trees.


Festival 1000emedesecondes

The first sport photography festival in France

Culinary Specialties / Local Products

  • Les quernons d’Ardoise
  • Le crémet d’Anjou
  •  les caramandes
  • Les rillauds d'Anjou

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