Everything You Need To Know
Last updated on: May 20, 2016

How can I register for the tour?

Registration is not open yet. See the Riders page for details and procedure.

What level of experience do I need?

Riders should have done multi-day self-supported rides before joining 3Wheels4France. At least you should have cycled several days over 200 km each to get a sense of what the tour will be like. Please bear in mind that you will need extra time at camp, for meals and laundry. You will have to find your own way along the planned route.The route will mostly use roads (smaller roads preferred) and occasionally lead along bike trails. You should be familiar and comfortable with riding roads and being in traffic. A GPS device containing the tracks for all days is highly recommended. You must familiarize yourself with the functions and use of your device before the start and be sure to have the maps installed you will need. Tracks for all days will be provided ahead of the start.

I am new to velomobiling, can I participate?

You could, but it's not recommended. Riders should have experience with riding these machines to feel comfortable and safe; their muscles should have adjusted. Even though you may be a trained rider, not being adapted to the specifics of velomobiles could spoil your adventure.

I will have a brand new velomobile for the tour, can I participate?

Please don't bring essential equipment right off the shelf. All equipment on the tour should have been tested and proven. Your velomobile should have had a few weeks or 1.000 km of good use before you take it on a tour like this. All riders should check their machines before coming to the start: Brakes, lighting system, batteries, suspension, cables, nuts and bolts, tires and tubes. You don't want to be stuck somewhere on the roads with equipment that you have not tested and checked before.

What do I need to bring?

Next to your velomobile you will need the following:Tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, tool kit, spare tires and several spare tubes, replacements such as spokes, brake cables or shifting cables, a few links of your type of chain, quick links, chain oil, a pump which actually works, a charger for battery/devices (to be on the safe side you may want to bring a second battery for the lighting system of your velomobile), a GPS and/or maps, clothes and your personal stuff. If you want to prepare your own meals, you will have to bring that equipment, too. It helps to make a list and double check with others. Pack all your belongings into your velomobile before the start and take a ride to see if everything fits, nothing rubs or gets caught in the chain, that you have enough elbow room, suspension doesn't bottom out with all the weight, and what have you … Though we will have baggage transport capacity with the tour van, you should be able to carry your gear in your velomobile if need be.

Very important: Be sure to carry a valid ID (passport for non-EU riders, who should also check on possible visa requirements in due time).

How do I get to the start and back home from the finish?

You will have to make your own arrangements to get to the start and back home after the finish. Some will ride there, others will rent a van or drive their own car to the start.

When do I need to be at the start?

On the day of the start, the send-off ceremony will be held around 10 am. All riders should be at the start on the day before, at the latest for the initial riders' briefing at 6 pm and the big dinner gathering at 8 pm.

Do I need to follow the planned route?

No, although it is strongly recommended to do so. You're free to choose your own route on riding and rest days. You will be expected to stop at the town designated for the lunch break and you need to be at the site for the night. These places will give others the opportunity  to make contact with the tour, for media to visit. Keep in mind that it could be very helpful to be on the designated route when you have a problem – other riders will pass by and surely offer help. If you follow your own paths, you're entirely on your own.

What are the risks involved? How about safety on the roads?

Please bear in mind that you are yourself responsible for all actions on the tour, on and off the roads. Do not follow the track provided without checking real world conditions, road signage and road conditions. Sometimes the track will follow the road while there’s a good bike trail running right next to it. Use the trails wherever feasible.

Ride carefully, follow the rules of the road and make sure to be seen. Your velomobile should have sufficient lighting installed and working, and you should bring enough battery capacity. Make sure to recharge. Get a travel health insurance.

Come prepared, follow the rules and common sense, and you will be fine.

Do you offer a „wimp-option“?

Sorry, we don’t. Registered participation will be for the full tour only.
You are free to ride along for part of the way but could not rely on any support or help with accommodation.

How much will it cost to participate?

Be prepared to cover all costs for food and drinks on the ride, meals and camp ground fees. This may take 60-100 Euros a day. There could be short ferry rides on the tour. All accommodations will be on campgrounds.

Is there a registration/organization fee?

Yes, the registration fee is 400 €. The fee will cover the rental cost for the support van and cost coverage for the driver. It should also cover the time, work and cost of preparing a tour like this – believe me, it means a lot of work, I have been through this before. 

What happens to the money if I withdraw?

1/4 of the fee (100 Euro) is non refundable, 3/4 will be reimbursed upon your withdrawal if your cancellation is received at least 60 days before the start. Sorry, but should you withdraw less than 60 days before the start, your fee is lost.

Is there anything else I could do or contribute?

Help in the organization is always welcome. If you are familiar with sections of the route and camping facilities along our way, your input will be highly welcome. Any contacts you may in the regions we will visit  will be much appreciated. Also, think about bringing equipment for photos and video. Others will love to hear from us as the tour progresses.

© Josef Janning 2016