Riding the Tour de France… on an electric bike (the route to follow)


Imagine riding your own Tour de France on an electric bike instead of watching it on TV. Here’s a route to follow, combining the power of your legs with an electric motor. Are you ready to accept the challenge?

Tour de France on an electric bike

Which Tour de France Electric Bike Route Suits You Best?

Before diving into details, we’d like to present a route divided into 3 parts based on your skill level and preferences. Don’t worry, each section offers unique scenery:

1. Tour de France Family and Discovery

Do you want to explore the country without exerting too much effort? Are you traveling with children and want a family-friendly experience? This stage is perfect for you! No need for a major departure like the Grand Départ in Denmark in 2022. We offer a route where you can enjoy the scenery without physical strain. Join us for the Grand Départ in Dunkirk!

2. Tour de France Intermediate

Not feeling tired after the first stage? Join us in Angers for the next part of the journey. If you’re keen to explore more of western France, this stage is perfect for you.

Keep in mind that this stage is suitable for intermediate riders. If you found the first stage challenging or prefer to take it easy, we recommend taking breaks during the longer sections.

3. Tour de France Veterans

Are you an avid cyclist ready to conquer new challenges? Do you dream of exploring more of France by bike? Embark on a journey to explore the southern and eastern regions of France. Expect longer routes with breathtaking scenery as your reward.

Be cautious, as the upcoming routes are long and challenging, similar to the previous stage. Plan regular breaks to recharge yourself and your electric bike’s battery.

Preparations Required for the 3 Routes

  • Use dependable equipment:
    • Consider replacing the battery for extended range (refer to our guide on top electric bike batteries).
    • Install mudguards for challenging trails
    • Attach a luggage rack and panniers for snacks
    • Consider a rear-view mirror (optional)
    • Ensure you have a GPS or bike computer
  • Ride responsibly:
    • Establish achievable goals before starting each ride
    • Avoid overestimating your abilities
    • Stay attentive to your bike’s condition
    • Identify resting spots between segments to recharge yourself and your bike’s battery

Some Tips…

Again, it’s important to take precautions with your battery, especially on routes with steep gradients where electric assistance is crucial. If you’re in search of the perfect electric bike, we suggest reading our guide to the top electric bikes. Here, you’ll find our curated selection for this year.

Choosing between a mountain bike, hybrid bike, or cargo bike depends entirely on your comfort preferences. However, we recommend selecting a bike with high range (refer to: High Range Electric Bikes) that can handle various terrains.

Since the proposed route includes several greenways, the terrain may not be as flat as urban paths. Therefore, we suggest opting for a mountain bike for your longer rides, as these offer comprehensive versatility. This decision will ensure enhanced comfort, essential for lengthy journeys.

Our “Tour de France on Electric Bike (2022)” Map

Now, take a look at our map to see what’s ahead. Each route is numbered for easy reference later in the article. Included are details like the route length (including directions), total ascent, and descent. This information is vital to ensure you and your electric bike are prepared for the journey.

Additionally, we’ve listed must-visit places at each finish, serving as rewards for completing each stage. Remember, the Tour de France by electric bike is not just a sporting event; it’s a cultural experience as well.

Stage 1: Tour de France Family et Discovery (651.75 miles)

1. Dunkirk – Lille

Route length: 47.16 miles via D916 and D933

Total ascent: 0.1 miles

Descent distance: 0.09 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Old Lille
  • Grand-Place
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts

2. Lille – Veules-les-Roses

Route length: 130 miles via D925

Total ascent: 0.6 miles

Descent distance: 0.6 miles

Must-See Places:

  • The village of Veules-les-Roses
  • Saint-Martin Church
  • La Veules

3. Veules-les-Roses – Rouen

Route length: 36 miles via D142

Total ascent: 0.18 miles

Descent distance: 0.18 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Rouen’s Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Old Rouen District
  • Rouen’s Museum des Beaux-Arts

4. Rouen–Caen

Route length: 82.6 miles via D675

Total ascent: 0.32 miles

Descent distance: 0.32 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Caen Memorial
  • Birds Hill
  • Men’s Abbey

5. Caen – St Malo

Route length: 117 miles via the Voie verte de la Suisse Normande

Total ascent: 0.6 miles

Descent distance: 0.6 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Place Chateaubriand
  • The ramparts of St-Malo
  • The port of St-Malo

6. St Malo – Brest

Route length: 141 miles via D764

Total ascent: 1 mile

Descent distance: 0.98 miles

Must-See Places:

  • National Maritime Museum
  • Garden of the Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest
  • Les Ateliers des Capucins

7. Brest–Locronan

Route length: 42 miles via D770

Total ascent: 0.5 miles

Descent distance: 0.44 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Locronan Historical Center
  • Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle
  • Church of Saint Ronan

8. Locronan-Lorient

Route length: 55.4 miles via D765

Total ascent: 0.21 miles

Descent distance: 0.3 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Groix Island
  • Le Sous-Marin Flore
  • The Compagnie des Indes Museum

Intermediate Tour de France (495 miles)

9. Lorient–Angers

Route length: 156 miles

Total ascent: 0.71 miles

Descent distance: 0.7 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Château d’Angers
  • Lurçat Museum
  • Terra Botanica

10. Angers – Angles-sur-l’Anglin

Route length: 100 miles

Total ascent: 0.19 miles

Descent distance: 0.15 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Castle of Angles-sur-L’Anglin
  • Roc-aux-Sorciers Interpretation Centre
  • Angles-sur-L’Anglin Tourist Office

11. Angles-sur-l’Anglin – La Rochelle

Route length: 118 miles via D611

Total ascent: 0.42 miles

Descent distance: 0.47 miles

Must-See Places:

  • The Old Port of La Rochelle
  • La Rochelle Towers
  • The Old Town of La Rochelle

12. La Rochelle–Bordeaux

Route length: 120 miles via D733 and D808

Total ascent: 0.17 miles

Descent distance: 0.17 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Miroir d’eau
  • Saint-Pierre District
  • Saint-André Cathedral

Tour de France Veterans (1250.5 miles)

13. Bordeaux – Bayonne/Biarritz

Route length: 125 miles via D87

Total ascent: 0.18 miles

Descent distance: 0.19 miles

Must-See Places:


  • Sainte-Marie de Bayonne Cathedral
  • Bayonne’s Basque Museum
  • Botanic Garden


  • Le Rocher de la Vierge
  • Biarritz’s Aquarium
  • The Basque Coast

14. Bayonne/Biarritz-Toulouse

Route length: 198 miles via D158

Total ascent: 0.38 miles

Descent distance: 0.30 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Place du Capitole
  • Jacobins Convent
  • Saint-Sernin Basilica

15. Toulouse–Perpignan

Route length: 125 miles via D500

Total ascent: 0.51 miles

Descent distance: 0.57 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Downtown Perpignan
  • La Citadelle: Historic Center
  • The Castillet

16. Perpignan-Montpellier

Route length: 110 miles via Voie Verte de l’Agly and D613

Total ascent: 0.21 miles

Descent distance: 0.21 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Place de la Comédie and Esplanade Charles de Gaulle
  • Arc of Triumph
  • The Écusson: The Historic Center

17. Montpellier–Avignon

Route length: 60 miles via N113

Total ascent: 0.08 miles

Descent distance: 0.1 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Palace of the Popes
  • Rocher des Doms
  • Avignon Les Halles

18. Avignon–Lyon

Route length: 150 miles via N7

Total ascent: 0.35 miles

Descent distance: 0.26 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Old Lyon
  • Fourvière Hill and Notre Dame de Fourvière Basilica
  • Lyon’s Traboules

19. Lyon–Annecy

Route length: 91 miles via D517

Total ascent: 0.54 miles

Descent distance: 0.37 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Strolling around Lake Annecy
  • Boat Trips on Lake Annecy
  • Hiking in the Hills Above Annecy

20. Annecy–Dijon

Route length: 144 miles via D109

Total ascent: 1.03 miles

Descent distance: 1.34 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Complete the Chouette Route
  • Place de la Libération
  • Dijon Museum of Beaux Arts

21. Dijon-Kaysersberg

Route length: 164 miles via D13

Total ascent: 0.73 miles

Descent distance: 0.55 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Kaysersberg Castle
  • Church of the Invention of the Holy Cross
  • Kaysersberg Glassworks

22. Kaysersberg-Strasbourg

Route length: 46 miles via VV11

Total ascent: 0.06 miles

Descent distance: 0.13 miles

Must-See Places:

  • Strasbourg’s Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • La Petite France
  • Strasbourg City Center

23. Strasbourg–Hunspach

Route length: 37 miles via D263G

Total ascent: 0.09 miles

Descent distance: 0.08 miles

Must-See Places:

  • The Village of Hunspach
  • Schoenenbourg Fort
  • Hunspach Tourist Office
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