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Freiburg-Bordeaux Grand Tour

Your Ride to the Atlantic – 9/08-19/08/2018

This Grand Tour takes you right across France, the home of cycling. But instead of the well-worn tourist trails in the Alps we will show you la France profonde, that peaceful side of France with its unique low mountain landscapes. In no time after we set off from Freiburg, we cross the Rhine and, with it, the border. Waiting for you are the Vosges, followed by the Jura, the beautiful Beaujolais, the remote Massif Central with its famous volcanoes, broad Aquitaine and, finally, we arrive at Europe's highest dunes and the Atlantic Ocean.

There are around 1300 kms waiting to be conquered but, with our Grand Tour team to back you up, you just need to ride your bike, and leave the rest to us. All your meals will be provided, including during the stages, and we transport your bags to the destination each day, plus there is a broom wagon and mechanics should anything go wrong.

Ride across France!


The Guides

Tom – The Sous Chef

quäldich-Guide Tom Bender

After interludes in South Baden and Savoy, Swabian Tom is now based in the border area near Aachen. But from the Savoy Alps he's taken away a passion for real mountains and genuine tartiflette. In 2016 he became Holiday Manager at Epic Climbs and he's the mastermind behind our 2017 programme!

Tom – Cake-Face Tom

quäldich-Guide Thomas Brunner

With his sunny disposition and laid-back Upper Bavarian nature, he's not easily upset. 2016 Guide Discovery of the Year.

René – The GPS Guy

quäldich-Guide Rene Blind

René has been a fixture on the Tour of Germany for years. According to his application, he speaks fluent German, English, French and Cologne dialect. Masters his Garmin better than almost anyone.

Andreas – der Trainer

quäldich-Guide Andreas  Mager

Mit über 20-jähriger Trainer-Erfahrung, Hochleistungssport und Sportausbildung ist das Urteil eigentlich klar: überqualifiziert! Da man ihm nachsagt, auch in den entlegensten Ecken noch die urigsten Lokale zu finden, passt er voll und ganz in quäldich-Team.

Robby – The Berlin Mountain Man

quäldich-Guide Robert Wittkopp

Robby is a loyal Epic Climber of the first order and, when he passed his guiding debut on the Berlin-Vienna with flying colours, he had tasted blood. With his almost-original Berlin gob and his inimitable mechanic's skills, he's a top addition to any trip.



Karin, daheim zwischen Steigerwald und Fränkischer Schweiz, liebt den Radsport und Etappenfahrten und Gummibärchen.


quäldich-Guide Ilka Krull

Sympathische Allrounderin mit großem Herz und großem Mundwerk. Hat Blut geleckt beim Ersatzguide-Einsatz in der Provence und fiebert nun dem Ernstfall entgegen.

Sille – Sport Support

quäldich-Guide Sille Stefaniak

Our Sille loves following the group in the broom wagon, in first or second gear. She dishes out excellent sympathy to everyone that approaches her and her vehicle suffering from exhaustion or a crash. Her lunchtime buffets are legendary, and her sports massages save the day for many. Founder, boss and the good fairy of Sille's Sport Support.

Getting there

Our starting point of Freiburg is easily reached with all forms of transport.

We offer the option of return transport from Arcachon to Freiburg. On Sunday 19th August you can travel back to Freiburg on our bus which has a bike trailer.

From Germany and Austria via Karlsruhe on the A5 to the Freiburg-Mitte exit. Take the spur route (B31a) to the centre of town.
Alternatively, take the B31 from Donaueschingen to Freiburg.

From Switzerland via Basel on Germany's A5.

There is no free parking close to our initial hotel. However, you can park in a public underground car park at a reduced rate.

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

Nearest airport is Basel-Mulhouse, from where you can catch a bus to Freiburg.

Alternative airports are Karlsruhe-Baden, Stuttgart and Zürich, from where you can take a train to Freiburg.

Freiburg (Breisgau) railway station is served by long-distance trains (ICE, EC, IC).

Our initial hotel is very close to the Hauptbahnhof.

The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 9/08-19/08/2018

  • Thursday, 9th August 2018
    Travel to Freiburg. Evening meal together at 8pm in the hotel.
  • Friday, 10th August 2018
    Stage One Freiburg - Belfort
  • Saturday, 11th August 2018
    Stage Two Belfort - Pontarlier
  • Sunday, 12th August 2018
    Stage Three Pontarlier - Bourg-en-Bresse
  • Monday, 13th August 2018
    Stage Four Bourg-en-Bresse - Roanne
  • Tuesday, 14th August 2018
    Stage Five Roanne - Clermont-Ferrand
  • Wednesday, 15th August 2018
    Stage Six Clermont-Ferrand - Aurillac
  • Thursday, 16th August 2018
    Stage Seven Aurillac - Cahors
  • Friday, 17th August 2018
    Stage Eight Cahors - Marmande
  • Saturday, 18th August 2018
    Stage Nine Marmande - Arcachon
  • Sunday, 19th August 2018
    optional return transport by bus from Arcachon to Freiburg and return home.

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