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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment's notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

1: Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid;

2: If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group;

3: Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble;

4: Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines;

5: Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse;

6: On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them;

7: Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone;

8: Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

1: Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the UK we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid;

2: If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group;

3: Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble;

4: Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines;

5: Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse;

6: On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them. If you strike a dog you must report yourself to the police;

7: UK mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone;

8: Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

1Length of TET in country
3365km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
15-18 days
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
May to October (September is the best period to cross the Pyrenees and the Alps)
4Entry point into country
Dieppe (UK)
5Exit point from country
Coustouges (Spain); Olivetta San Michelle (Italy)
6Language(s)
French
7Currency
Euros
8Emergency telephone number
112
9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
In some wild areas camping is allowed! It is not allowed in National Parks and on private land (without the owner's consent).
11Trail riding and the law
As long as there is no sign posted restriction (private property, fence, a sign with a red circle around a white centre) it is permissible to ride, however single tracks are forbidden!

The relationship between walkers, mountain bikers, hunters and off road motor cyclists is very fragile in France. It is advised not to ride in a group of more 5 riders at the same time!

12Bike events on or near the TET
Bold'Or in the South of France each September: www.boldor.com

Le Touquet Enduro beach race in February: www.enduropaledutouquet.fr

Touratech Travel Event near Orange

Motorcycle events 2017 calendar: http://motardie.free.fr/agenda/


ROUTE OVERVIEW

You will cross France from the north to the south and from the west to the east. You may reach Italy through the Alps or Spain through the Pyrenees.

If you start in Calais you will ride through an agricultural landscape and can stop at Amiens with its beautiful Gothic Cathedral. Then you will head on past Paris. If you want to have a break here you will have to be patient with the traffic jams and the Parisian attitude! Then you will cross the Seine River and ride to Chartres famous for making perfumes and stained glass. The landscape is still agricultural but more forests appear. After Orleans where you cross the Loire. You will travel through increasing amounts of woodland and the hills begin. You will see The Massif Central, a 300 000 year old volcanic range before heading to the south and its Mediterranean climate and vegetation. The fortified city of Carcassone is a highlight of this area.

Throughout my country you will find different types of trail - limestone, granite and mud, different landscapes - wide agricultural fields, forests, mountains and Mediterranean hillsides and if you do get lost you will always find someone who will help you! I guarantee it!

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WHAT NOT TO MISS

There is such a variety of landscapes, food and architecture that you will always be surprised.

Just take your time to have a break, enjoy the view, have a coffee break or lunch in a little restaurant and chill.