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Old 02-01-12, 02:01 PM
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Reccomended Map Series for France

Hey all! Yet another question.

Trying to decide what the best map series for my upcoming tour of France is going to be. Looking for the best map series for mountain bike touring that will show, back roads, canals, contours and maybe forestry tracks/singletrack. The last is pretty optional as the IGN 1:50,000 series can be purchased for the areas we've picked out as areas of off road interest!

Obviously minimum mass would be preferable and I'm not a huge fan of atlases, so maps preferably!

We are travelling from Paris to Marseille if that makes any real difference (:

Thanks a lot guys, have had so much useful help from this forum!
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There is an IGN 1:25,series that will show more detail, but since it is so detailed you would need a lot of them for a trip from Paris to Marseille. The standard Michelin maps are pretty good, and available about everywhere.

Maybe a smart phone and Google would work, and not take up so much space.
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Maps don't run out of charge. (Although we will be running a GPS tracker, charged off a dynamo. That's another story though)

As I said, I'm not looking for the 1:25,000's. I've already picked a couple of those up. Do the michelin maps include the things I mentioned?
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When I rode through France (journal here), I used the British AAA map book of France. I think it was 3 miles to the inch and showed all of the paved roads in the country. I cut out the sheets I intended to use and left the others at home.

It is of little to no use in cities and larger towns as it doesn't show any detail in them. It wasn't much of a problem as I avoided larger towns. Also, once in the towns, I could get local maps/info at the Tourist Info centers.
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Michelin maps show most backroads and and canals, but not many trails or forestry roads or trails, nor do they have contour lines. Check the web sites for the Voie Verte, or the French Federation of Cyclotourism.
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.. looking in the souvenir map collection..
I seem to have bought 1cm:2km Michelin, in my travels.



don't forget your compass, hand held, to get away from steel parts on the bike.

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I used the Michelin guide to France.

For me picking a route was as simple as taking a highlighter and highlighting narrow white "D" roads that were marked as scenic. Worked for me.

Check out my Guide to touring France and Journal

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I would use the IGN 1:100,000 series. They've got all of the features you're seeking with the possible exception of forestry tracks. Michelin maps are excellent, but the more detailed IGN maps are even better.
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I found the Michelin maps more than adequate. I once used the maps to discover a shortcut via logging roads in Alsace. Guided by Michelin maps, I don't think I ever got (seriously) lost!

I liked that the maps indicate things that might be of special interest to bike tourists, like the grades of roads, and locations of obscure archeological sites.
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There's a really well done guide to bike touring in France on the Crazy Guy on a Bike website, written by a France native. He talks a good deal about maps, too. Worth a read: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...c_id=2282&v=BW
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What about this:

https://www.eurocanals.com/Waterways/...aterwaysm.html
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