The Australian website Cycling Tips has posted some amazing pictures of the very “pittoresque” Tro-Bro Léon road race (almost looks like cyclocross) in the region of Léon North of Brest in the Finistère of Brittany. The race takes place in April every year since 1984. Cycling is very popular in Brittany and has great participation in its events. Five time Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault is from Yffiniac in the Côtes-d’Armor department not too far to the east from Lannilis where the race takes place. In other words although the Tour spends lots of time in the Alps and the Pyrénées for good reason, the heart of cycling in France might be in Brittany.
A Canadian Ryan Roth won the race for the first time in 2012, with Guillaume Boivin also on the podium the same year in third place.
If you want to check it out live next year, the Plomarc’h Bleuniou house in Douarnenez is only 1 1/2 hour’s drive away & is available for weekly rentals.