For the last three years, at the beginning of September, Épinal encourages visitors and its inhabitants to ride their bikes during the Folles Journées du Vélo (The Crazy Bike Days). This event organised by the Tourist Office and the Conurbation Committee of Epinal aims to highlight the region as a real “Bike Land” for a weekend. This can be done thanks to the 1,200 kilometres of mountain bike trails, its 73-kilometre cycle route along the Canal des Vosges, as well as itineraries specially designed to discover our heritage.
The Great Bike Parade
From 2 pm on Saturday, bikes take over the town. Go to the Bicycle Village in the town centre of Épinal and you will find dozens of exhibitors. On the program is the Great Bike Parade in the town centre which for the occasion is closed to traffic. The theme is always full of imagination. The participants whose bikes are decorated with the chosen theme and who are often themselves wearing costumes can win many prizes including a Moustache Bike or a child’s bike.
An Urban Cycle Cross
Then, it is time for the fantastic Urban Cyclo Cross. This was a first in France imagined by our champion Steve Chainel. It is a really fun trail. Amateurs have a go and then there is a professional race.
The Green Escape
The day after, there is the Green Escape. It offers a trip to see different landscapes all around the town. Eight destinations are proposed and every level is taken into account. Escorted excursions depart from the Port of Épinal inviting you to discover original heritage site. Picnics full of local products are available. The groups are normally divide into the following categories: challenging, amateur or family each arriving at a different destination.
Make a reservation !
It is possible to book a bike for the occasion through the Bike House so that you can participate in this crazy weekend. We advise you to register and reserve in advance in order to attend the various activities that are proposed especially for the heritage rides, in order to allocate everyone to a group.