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gravel of legend

Arromanches - Angers Take part in a single and international adventure

Enter into the legend

Gravel Of Legend festival has been set up to give the opportunity to bikers lovers to share a single experience while respecting the environment.
Men and women, who will join this exciting and modern adventure, will ride this Gravel Of Legend course like a tribute to freedom.

Operation G.O.L.D

Code name

Operation G.O.L.D : Gravel Of LegenD


June 25th, 2021 – 6:31 am

Starting area

Gold Beach at Arromanches les Bains, Normandy.


Reach Angers, Pays de la Loire in the heart of Gravel Festival.


About 278 kilometres (tracking on process). Two stops over and feeding incentives.

Elevation gain

1780m of ascending elevation.


GPX trail will be given to each participant at the registration, the day before the course and will be downloaded on the website a couple of days before the departure.

Type of course

Gravel of Legend is not a competition course, semi-autonomy and non-timed race, without classification, in the respect of traffic regulations.

Registration & terms of participation

Limited to 300 participants. To be a member of FFC licence or choose the non-member licence with the subscription of a day pass.


Bikes allowed

Specific bikes for Gravel equiped of a road handlebar, Cyclo-Cross bikes equiped of a road handlebar, bikes equiped of tyres with a cross-section of 32 to 47 mm.


Non-bikes allowed

Mountain bike and all the type of bikes with flat handlebar. Find more details in the course regulation below.


Required equipment

Required equipment are specified on the course regulation and dowloadable below.

Course regulation

Download the course regulation.

Included in the registration

  • Registration, checking equipment and course brief the day before the departure
  • A breakfast at the departure at Arromanches
  • A dinner box at the arrival at Angers
  • Two stops over and feeding incentives
  • A besace
  • A collector jersey “Gravel of Legend”
  • The loan of  a numbered GPS tracker
  • A frame number
  • Goodies of our partners
  • A passport G.O.L.D. : «a pocket guide to France»
  • For non-members FFC : an extra-fee «day pass FFC» including a invidual insurance for accident
  • And for sure, somes incredibles souvenirs !

Accommodation offer*

We have selected just for you (hotels, holiday resorts, campsites) near the start of Gravel of Legend in Arromanches and the finish at the heart of the Gravel Festival in Angers, from June 25 to 27, 2021.

Please note: the tramway of Angers passes a the foot of the Gravel Festival and reaches the railway station with a direct connection to Paris in 1.5 hours.

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Accommodation & transport offer*

In order to simplify the logistics of this single experience and avoid long trips, take advantage of our accommodation & transport offer from Arromanches until Angers at the gates of the Gravel Festival.

We offer large and wide options to:

  • Land at Arromanches with your Gravel
  • Enjoy a break from 1 to 3 days in a friendly and warm atmosphere at the heart of the Gravel Festival in Angers
  • Go back home with unforgettable memories

You will also have a bicycle parking (secure and guarded) in Arromanches as well as a luggage storage service for the transfer of your luggage to Angers.

Take the start of G.O.L.D with calm and let yourself be guided by the spirit and art of living of the Gravel Festival from June 25 to 27, 2021.

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Promotion of a national cycling path

Gravel of Legend takes you on a journey through two regions and four departments, taking a large part of the Vélo Francette road bike and numerous towpaths. Gravel of Legend honors our territories from Normandy to Pays-de-la-Loire, a parade of incredible landscapes awaits you on the path.


Normandy offers a very wide choice of cycling trips with its 6 major cycle routes, bringing together unexpected landscapes, the memory of history or the tasting of local flavors, this is what makes the charm and the notoriety of Normandy, by pedaling.

1 Arromanches

From the artificial port of Arromanches to its capital Bayeux, Bessin is a summary of the Normandy territory, between the coast and the pre-bocage, to discover ideally by bike for a great breath of fresh air. The high cliffs offer a breathtaking view of the Normandy Coast and the famous landing beaches. A stopover is required in Bayeux, a medieval city famous for its medieval tapestry, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2 Calvados

Crossed by 3 famous cycle routes (Vélo Francette, Vélomaritime and Véloroute), Calvados is a cycling territory par excellence. Bike lovers will discover bucolic landscapes, between the coast to the north and the Normandy countryside with its fortified farms, manors and abbeys, towards Suisse Normande in the south.

3 Orne

At the heart of the Normandie & Maine Regional Natural Park, the Orne is undoubtedly a very natural Department, a green paradise for cyclists. Domfront, a stopover town on the Gravel of Legend, is a picturesque medieval town, with its half-timbered houses and the remains of its castle.

Pays de la Loire

At the crossroads of 3 major routes, “La Loire à Vélo”, “La Vélodyssée” and “La Vélo Francette”, more than 3,000 km of cycle area in the region are dedicated to bicycle tourists. With friends, family, everyone can enjoy the diversity and beauty of the Loire landscape and take the time to experience unique moments … By bike!

4 Mayenne

The Department has a network of high-quality and secure bicycle routes, consisting of old railways and the towpath of the Mayenne river, which forms part of the Vélo Francette.

5 L’Anjou

Renowned vineyards, charming castles and villages, the majestic Loire… the department of Maine et Loire has many tourist attractions. The practice of cycling is particularly anchored there, thanks to the pretty well-equipped routes that cross the entire Department.

6 Angers

Crossed by the Loire and its affluents, the Angevin territory offers a good balance between city and nature. The metropolis of Angers enjoys a very favorable geographical location, at the crossroads of several cycle routes. In its desire to develop more sustainable tourism, the 1st green city in France is implementing a very proactive cycling policy.