Route 2012

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Brainstorming Map

Here there is a googlemap to share interesting projects/places/actions/camps/etc that you might think biketour could visit this year:

Route Maps on G$$gle

The route till now is based mostly on google maps and some information got on the web, they will still change when we get access to proper maps and some parts need to be checked in person (mostly the crossing from Gap to Torino).

Start details (To Be Confirmed)

6-9th July Biketour preparation weekend at Can Masdeu

  • 6th July - Meet at Can Masdeu, cook together, critical mass(get ready in calle princesa), fiesta
  • 7th July - Pimp my bike day (in l'astilla or biciosxs)
  • 8th Social day at Can Masdeu, build rocket stove, degrowth workshop, movie screening

For more details visit preparation weekend 2012

Day by day rough plan


The tour begins on 9th July and ends on 16th September, making 70 days in total

  • (23 days in July, 31 days in August & 16 days in September)

This rough route shows 53 days accounted for, leaving 17 rest/action days.


  • 9 July Barcelona
  • 10-12 July Vallbona d'Anoia
    • Host: Ca l'afou (perhaps take off a day here and stay a day in Terrassa instead?)
  • 13 July La Llagosta, Barcelona
    • Host: Can Piella
    • we could try to go to Can Tobella for Lunch? - maybe a bit too up hill for just a short lunch visit
  • 15 July Near San pol de mar (?)
  • 17 July Girona
    • Possible Host: Kan Kolmo
    • Contact with NO MAT strugle and people from the old forest protest site [1]
  • 18 July Escala/somewhere on coast
    • Figueres action (?) could also be on the next day
  • 19 July San Climent Sescebes, Espolla - need to check the exact place!!
    • Host: Can Torres - an organic wine farm
    • Maybe an action on figueres on the way


  • 22 July Near Canet-en-Roussillon/Perpignan (?)
  • 23 July Near Port la nouvelle/Gruissan (?)
  • 26 July Béziers (?)
  • 27 July Sète (?)
  • 28 July Montpellier
  • 29 July Rest day
  • 30 July Pompignan (?)
  • 2nd August Rest day (réserve naturelle des gorges de l'ardèche)
  • 3rd August Near Saint-Marcel-d'Ardèche - Faisanderie de la Berre(?)
  • 4th August Avignon
  • 5th August Avignon
  • 6th August Arles (look for a cycle path along the river!)(maybe Longo mai, la Mas de Granier), Les Baux-de-Provence is really pretty says Seb
  • 7th August Foss-sur-mere - action for ZAD(?)
  • 8th August Marseille
  • 9th August Marseille free
  • 10th August Marseille
  • 11th August Longo Mai - Cabrery (tbc)
  • 12th August somewhere in the middle


check if there is a tunnel from briançon to susa and if there is a way to cross by train (from where?)

  • 14th August
  • 15th August Rest day
  • 17th August Archiane, Treschenu-Creyers (?)
  • 23rd August Chores (?)
  • 24th August
  • 25th August Barcelonette or Briançon (???) Which Alps crossing? (miss Longo Mai - Chantemerle)

we need to check also bus from bus briançon to oulx (just 40 km) for people that don't fell like crossing the alps)...or if traffic is too crazy...


check bike routes along the Po River

  • 26th August Pietraporzio (?)
  • 27th August Rest day
  • 28th August Madonna dell'Olmo, Cuneo (?)
  • 29th August Pinerolo, Casa Gaia
  • 30th August Collegno, Torino, Mezcal squat
  • 31st August Val de susa and NO TAV strugle
  • 1st September (Torino)
  • 2nd September Rocchetta Tanaro (?) too long!
  • 4th September Rest day
  • 5th September Stradella
  • 6th September Fidenza (?)
  • 7th September Cavriago (?)
  • 8th September Rest day
  • 9th September Maranello (?)

contacts in bologna: "Yuri Foschi (amppioraggio)" yuriski, Lorenzo Betti <bettilorenzo>, Giamba XM24 Bologna <giumba>, ampioraggio, Andrea Magnolini <magno_lini>

  • 14th September Occhiobello (?)
  • 15th September Padova
  • 16th-19th September via Mestre (only 8km from Venice Venice

Rough date ranges (not up to date anymore, but still useful)

This is a first attempt at creating date ranges for the route. These dates will change a lot!!!

The first date is the earliest, the second is the the upper limit, with lots of flexibility in the middle.

  • Barcelona 6th July -15th July (we are pointing to the 12th of july to leave barcelona)
  • Cerbère 14th July -25th July
  • Narbonne 19th July -2nd August
  • Montpelier 23th July -7th August
  • Marseille 31st July -12th August
  • Nice 10th August -21st August
  • Torino 21st August -31st Ausust
  • Milan 27th August -4th September
  • Bologna 7th September -12th September
  • Venice 15th September -19th September

The section from Marseille to Torino could take longer

there are this maps that yolanda found out:

many bicycle routes and tools to plan a bike route (need further investigation):

and there are GPX and GPD (gps standards) files there, this website is useful to visualize them:

Route Proposal with groups/actions

The EV8 (EuroVelo Route 8) should be followed and we can make deviations from it to visit some projects and places: informaton on EuroVelo


Indignados 29th March Demo, public sector, housing, cuts, Degrowth group of indignados Fishing issues - Lydia Iago - Artists of Catalunya

Ecologistas - Annalies to send projects, anti EuroVegas 17 billion euros budget, ghost towns

Girona - contact Guillem MAT - Mucha Alta Tension (all around) near Girona there was a group but it was evicted

Ghost tourist towns - development stopped



- Les reencontres Des amis de S!lence ( a bit more north from foix, in Loubières, from 9 to 24 july it's a self-managed camp, but besides that there is not much information, they were conected with the Camp Action Climate 2009 in Nantes - sounds great, it was the start of ZAD, but last year information don't look like an active/activist gathering but more a sharing information/workshops - probably 100% in french as it dosen't look like they plan ot make an international call-out

Cerbere Can Decreix

Action against the TGV being finished - fast to Barcelona instead of the small Cerbere line.


Port-la nouvelle (to Sete is a pretty path) No palm group who are anti-industrial group We could do an action here

Narbonne A city and Francois has contacts

Beziers People live on boats



(From Cerbere to Aige Marts it's easy on bikes along the coast and it gets really busy, also Francois has lots of contacts)

Montpellier Francois contact

sommieres contact from F(hilly area)

Cevennes national park is really hilly

Avignon (pretty) No car group and a contact

Marseille Water financialisation Youcef's bike workshop, they have plan to host us, we need to link them with other collectives to make a nice action there...

La Crau There is a longo Mai

It's really important to study how to do this area (Euro Velo 8) Aix en provence area to Nice - Very important to Check


  • Torino

Most probably we can stay in colegno where the reclaim the fields was ([2]), need to double check it with nemo and oracio we should conect with the NO TAV and Vall di susa strugle, maybe cross the allpes on that area and see the zone they want to destroy...

  • Bologna

XM24 ([3])- big squat with an organic market every thrusday and a nice bike DIY workshop: Amppioraggio ([4]) Also would be nice to link to local productors: [5]

planning - rough maps/distances

* waiting for can masdeu confirmation (it's confirmed 6th to 9th of july)
  * after starting in barcelona we head to visit Ca l'afou - a eco-industrial post-capitalist colony
    * couple of workshops day (in can masdeu or ca l'afou): 
      * rocket stove
      * banners
      * cycling/group safety

ideas to cross the alps

    • We need to count 20/30km per day
    • Near the sea, next to monaco - not so fun, full of tourists and traffic
    • Barcelonnette - at less tan 1400m high seems like the less hard/more fun place to cross
    • Briançon - the one that makes more sense after passing by L'Ecolieu Tilia & Compagni

Group tour which has done this:

    • Mont-Cenis, Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis - a bit high place but it would mean entering italy through vall di susa - needs further invesstigation
would be great if we pass through the vall di susa to understand what the population is defending from destruction...
this forum talks about some nice alps bike crossing routes:
map of france/italy/swiss alps bike-climbs with details:


just a rough google map to have a distance idea:,+France+to:Marseille,+France+to:Draguignan,+France+to:Turin,+Italy+to:Bologna,+Italy+to:Venice,+Italy&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=43.34116,7.492676&spn=6.80715,14.128418&sll=43.29307,6.75822&sspn=6.812512,14.128418&geocode=FY2HdwIdPxwhACn1KO0mcZikEjEwA6Qh4PoABA%3BFQWZhwIdM0owACm3eZ2Skn66EjEgbWcWIYgHBA%3BFeKmlAIdtO9RACkzU9pEQ7_JEjEgApf9pRkIBA%3BFT9VmAId4aViACmX3glziavOEjGgzY_9pRkIBA%3BFQS6rwId9EB1ACnfXO3DDG2IRzHglDxHfeYFBA%3BFW7tpgIdViKtACmVmy6-m9R_RzFBOWB2eDJt3A%3BFeBFtQIdYEa8ACkfb1JTCq9-RzGwX5EVhwkHBA&oq=Ven&dirflg=w&mra=ls&t=m&z=6