Have you ever thought about traveling by bike on your holiday? Contrary to what one might think, it is not necessary to be a great sportsman to practice bicycle tourism. Electric bicycles offer everyone the opportunity to discover pretty much any region on two wheels with much less effort compared to a traditional bike.
With Petite Reine of Normandy e-bike rental company we talk about their history and explore the Normandy region in France.
A bit of history behind Petite Rein
Hugo Guillochin – the founder of Petite Rein, created the company three years ago. It is a project that came from Hugo’s professional experiences, previous projects and also from early observations when he was a child.
After failing his baccalaureate 12 years ago, Hugo moved to England and this became his first adventure, his first project. Hugo learned English and especially developed a taste for adrenaline.
When he returned to France, Hugo set up several projects, including a cultural festival (Tout un Foin) which later became his full-time job for a while. Setting this up was an incredible school. This experience helped Hugo meet a lot of completely different people, learn technical, financial, human, logistical and lots of other skills.
After this experience, Hugo clearly wanted something else, something more solid and concrete. Still, this needed to be something with always a lot of people around and close to another passion: cycling. He recalls that he has been traveling through the Normandy countryside since his childhood. This left a lot of emotion and memories, which he had in mind to start sharing with tourists.
At the same time, Hugo became quite involved in local public service, becoming a city councilor in Bayeux and working part-time for the deputy of the fifth district of the Calvados region.
This balance between professional life and public involvement was really exciting. It required self-organization but also allowed learning a lot.
What does Petite Reine propose?
Well, the offer was built so that it could be easy to understand and therefore sell. It is centered around strong themes of the region (WW II landing beaches, Mont Saint-Michel, Gastronomy, Pays d’Auge). Introducing an easy and playful aspect and experience through the use of electric bikes was also part of the original thinking.
Electrically assisted bicycles allow anyone to travel 40 or even 50 km without really much effort. Petite Reine works with the local partner – Locvélo, which provides e-bikes. Hugo focuses on the creation of routes, support, and service.
The company was created based on multiple experiments, gradually developing offers adapted to its customers.
What to do if you would like to try e-cycling tourism?
If you are in Normandy, contact Petire Rein and see what they can offer! Work on your trip together with Hugo. On an e-cycling trip, you will need to go at your own pace and take into account different factors. You need to think about what you want to achieve, which e-bike you will use, your physical condition, organization of the trip, etc.
A beautiful day on an e-bike requires reflection, experience, and (meteorological) luck. In short, a lot of factors that all need to be aligned to offer a rather magical moment. Such experience can help shape our daily lives.
What places in Normandy are worth visiting?
What is great about this e-cycling experience is that riders can experience these magical moments when many factors come together. They can suddenly find themselves at the precise moment in a magnificent place, where the weather offers a really unique luminosity (the greyness can sometimes be breath-taking too). These are often moments that remain in memory for a long time.
There are beautiful moments everywhere, around Mont Saint-Michel or towards less known places, such as Omaha Beach.
From time to time, clients admit that this ride they just took, they will remember for a long time, even during short and cold days of winter, once they get home to the other side of the world.
Here is the website of Petite Reine, if you would like to learn more and book your future trip.
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This post was translated from French and adapted. The original version was published on Culturez Vous. Photo credit – Culturez Vous.