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The "Vélobuissonnière"

The V44 becomes
The “Vélobuissonnière “!

A brand-new cycle path covering 250 km through the French countryside… This itinerary links Alençon and Saumur, via Le Mans and the Vallée de la Sarthe!
It joins onto the Véloscénie, Loire à vélo, and la Vallée du Loir à vélo cycle routes.

Set off on your bike across the French countryside, along the Vélobuissonnière®, the latest addition to the French network of cycle routes!


Between Alençon and Saumur, this cycle route runs along small country roads and is ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a relaxing experience and a change of scenery. 

Along the route, you’ll discover:

–  some fantastic natural landscapes: the valleys of the Alpes Mancelles, the banks of the Sarthe as the sun sets, etc.

– some great little spots to take a break: in front of the half-timbered houses in the Medieval town of Le Mans, up on the terrace of the Château de Saumur or at the town squares in some of our remarkable towns and villages,

– art and crafts workshops and traditional little shops: Alençon needle lace (UNESCO), the Malicorne pottery workshops, the windmill in Fillé

– some refreshing and leisure activities: canoeing ou electrique surfing on the Sarthe, treetop adventure course, wakeboarding, zoos and much more.

some refreshing and leisure activities: “Vélobuissonnière®” at your own pace!


Prepare your cycling trip

Discover the 7 stages of the “Vélobuisonnière”…

In more detail…

(click on the stage of your choice)




Types of cycle route :

  • 15 % cycle paths
  • 85% small roads without too much traffic




Choose establishments in the Vallée de la Sarthe with the “Accueil Vélo” label

These “Accueil Vélo” establishments guarantee top-quality welcome and services for people coming by bicycle.  All less than 5 km away from your itinerary! There, you’ll find kits to repair your bikes, if you encounter any minor problems.

The accommodation services all have a secure, indoor storage area to be able to store your bikes overnight, as well as special equipment for cleaning your bike.

The tourist sites and tourist offices all have bike parks (hoops or rails) for a minimum of 5 bikes, drinking water and sanitary facilities.

Transport along the itinerary :

At the departure :

  • TER regional train Le Mans – Alençon + local train stations with possibility to take your bikes on board,
  • Le Mans TGV Train Station along the lines Paris – Nantes, Paris – Brest,
  • Coach line 26 “Le Mans – Saumur”, with facilities to transport bikes.

In the Vallée de la Sarthe :

  • TER regional train stops (Le Mans – Angers – Nantes line) in La Suze-sur-Sarthe and Noyen-sur-Sarthe, with possibilities to take your bikes on board.
  •  TGV Train Station in Sablé-sur-Sarthe
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