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Accueil Vélo

Accueil Vélo is a national accreditation that guarantees high-quality services and facilities for cyclists along cycling trails.

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"Accueil Vélo" services

"Accueil Vélo" services

Choose a centre that's been awarded the national "Accueil Vélo" accreditation and you're guaranteed specialist equipment and services for cyclists and a warm welcome!

"Accueil Vélo" centres sign a cycling quality standard and are located less than 5km from a signposted cycling trail. They guarantee specialist equipment and services for cyclists.

Each professional must comply with a specific quality standard:

Accommodation

  • personal welcome, documents and advice to help you make the most of your stay,
  • weather information,
  • transfer of your luggage to your next stop by the hotel owner or – if this is not possible – by an external agency (reservation required – this service may be free or paying),
  • a way of washing and drying your clothing: washing machine or sink, tumble dryer or drying area (free or at a cost)
  • rental of bikes and cycling accessories on site or nearby, with repair shops nearby (reservation required in some cases),
  • closed, secure cycle storage facility,
  • repair kit for small problems,
  • bicycle cleaning facilities (hose, brush),
  • substantial breakfast and picnic baskets (reservation required).

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Abricyclo in Centre-Val de Loire region:

An accommodation adapted for bike trips

Discover a rental solution, which can be booked for one or several nights, at a competitive price, ideal for your weekend or leisure bike trips: bivouac tents on stilts.

There are now 19 "Accueil Vélo" establishments in the Centre-Val de Loire Region offering this eco-accommodation option along the Loire à Vélo and the Saint-Jacques à Vélo cycling routes.

Several types of bivouac tents exist, and different names are used for them (campétoile, abricyclo...), but all of these half-wooden, half-canvas bivouac tents are composed of a shelter with benches and a table on the ground floor, as well as a sleeping area for 2 people.  Sanitary facilities are available close by and most establishments also offer on-site catering services.

On the Loire à Vélo route (East/West direction) – 12 campsites:

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On the Saint-Jacques à Vélo route (North/South direction) – 8 establishments:

 
 

Cycle hire

  • Quality bicycles with at least 18 gears, bike stock regularly renewed,
  • Minimum 40 bicycles, inc. 20 all-terrain bikes (this number may be reached through partnerships),
  • Repairs and accessory supply (helmets, locks, anti-puncture spray etc.),
  • Reception area with a commercial facility and tourist information,
  • Open from April 1st – 30th September at least, with long opening hours during the summer period (9:00 – 19:00 June-August),
  • Weather forecasts,
  • Rental contracts and deposits required,
  • English spoken,
  • Email address,
  • Breakdown assistance,
  • Left luggage facility,
  • Good knowledge of the routes, able to provide advice.

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Sites

  • cycle parking near the entrance to the site,
  • drinking water and toilet facilities,
  • relevant cycling literature.

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Tourist Offices

  • cycle parking,
  • drinking water and toilet facilities on site or nearby,
  • useful information for cycle tourists (timetables for trains and buses which allow bicycles on board...),
  • weather forecasts,
  • list of “Accueil Vélo” approved cycle rental and repair shops and accommodation options,
  • cycling literature and advice,
  • basic repair kit,
  • accommodation or taxi reservation service (free or at a cost).

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