Thierry Crouzet

Machine translation from French

While I was treating my femoral neck in the fall of 2019 , I started to compile a map of bikepacking routes in France . I said to myself that I should resume this work with your collaboration.

The idea is simple: you intersect as many routes as possible on a single map, as well as the connections between them. Something to give us desires and create new traces by copy and paste.

It seems important to me to bring together the FFC routes like the GTMC , traces of great endurance races such as the French Divide or the Gravel Tro Breizh as well as essential traces such as Tour of Charente and why not my Grand Tour of Hérault . The more traces you add, the easier it will be to create new ones.

To select the tracks, all you have to do is agree on a fairly broad definition of bikepacking, that of seems interesting to me because it differentiates bikepacking from cycle tourism : “Bikepacking is the synthesis of mountain biking / gravel and minimalist camping. It combines multi-day hikes in nature and the pleasure of piloting an ATV / gravel. It is exploring places little traveled, both near and far, via singles, paths, abandoned roads, carrying only what is necessary. "

A trace is a way of revealing this little traveled territory . Nor can the words that tell a story be patented (public land is not patented). No one can prevent someone from following such and such a track on such and such a day (if not the peasant owner of the land on which it passes). A trace is by nature open source. This open source quality does not prevent the organization of paid events on these tracks, but it implies a duty to share, hence the idea of ​​creating a map that compiles the most beautiful French tracks.

I compile on Google Map because you can overlay hundreds of tracks, while dividing them into thematic layers that are easy to display or not. I have not found any other tool that is so fast and so stable. A description may accompany each of the traces, with a link to the authors' site.

To recover a trace, you must export the layer where it is located or create a new layer, drag the trace into it, then export this layer.

The export is done in KML / KMZ, then you have to convert this file to GPX to transfer it to a GPS. To copy and paste, there are many tools: I use BaseCamp .

Do not hesitate to send me traces that respect the bikepacking spirit defined above or comments to accompany the traces already published.