Take a deep breathe, you arrive in the Yvelines county, the wooded area of Ile-de-France. Next step: Versailles and its amazing Palace. Discover the Hall of Mirrors and the stunning gardens designed by Le Nôtre as well as many other surprises. To reach Versailles, follow the Bièvre valley and enjoy the UNESCO world heritage of this royal city!
Not to be missed: the Jouy de Jouy canvas museum in Jouy-en-Josas. In a rural setting, at the Château de l'Eglantine, the museum reveals the fascinating history of the toile de Jouy and its famous manufacture founded by Oberkampf.
Best time of year
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Before you leave:
Make sure that the bike is in perfect mechanical condition, not to mention the tires and brakes
Make sure that the bike is correctly adjusted to your body shape
Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended
Take a repair kit with you
Remember that the Highway Traffic Act applies to cyclists in all circumstances
Never drive more than two lanes at a time and pull into a single lane when traffic conditions require.
Respect other users as you would like them to respect you
Choose a route adapted to your physical abilities
Inform your family and friends of your itinerary
Find out about the weather conditions
A first aid kit is not essential, but can be very useful
Be informed and keep the emergency numbers.
Respect the environment by not throwing your food packaging on the side of the road
If you have to return at nightfall, make sure you see and also be seen
When you arrive in Massy, the Veloscenic split up in two ways. On this 18km-long stage, you are heading to Versailles. The first 5km from Massy to Vauboyen train station are still provisional and without signs. They should be put in place in April 2017.
In the meantime, please find below the directions:
Leaving the Coulée Verte, you arrive at the "19 mars 1962" roundabout, takes the second exit, onto the cycle path that goes along the RD60 toward Igny.
Turn right to exit RD60 and continue straight onto avenue Jean-Jaurès, toward Gare Sncf / Boulodrome. Pass in front of the RER Igny station and continue onto allée du Garde Messier and turn left on a path along the Bièvres river.Cross rue du Moulin and cycle onto chemin de Marienthal in front of you, follow the road towards left. Do not cycle onto the path along the river.
Continue straight onto chemin de l'Ecluse, l’Avenue de la Gare, and then at the little roundabout, turn right and then immediately turn left on Rue des Prés.
Cross rue de la Martinière and continue onto Chemin des Prés de Vauboyen. Turn left onto Chemin des Charbonniers. Aftergoing over Vauboyen RER station, you will find back the Veloscenic signs turning right on the cycle path.
Then, most of the cycling is on cycle paths or small tracks, sometimes shared with cars. This stage is easily accessible to families, as it is safe, with few slopes.
The route follows the rapid rail line, RER C, between Massy and Versailles, which means that you can take a train on from various spots if you need.
Rapid rail RER B train station at Massy-Verrières le Buisson
Rapid rail RER C train station at Versailles Rive Gauche
Rapid rail RER C train station and Transilien regional train station at Versailles Chantiers
Transilien regional train station at Versailles Rive Droite – on the line La Défense/St-Lazare
Plus there are useful train stations in between at: Igny, Bièvres, Vauboyen, Jouy-en-Josas and Petit-Jouy Les Loges.