“Petit Boucle” Route Details (France)

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Looking for a tour of France? Released with Zwift’s France map for the first-ever Virtual Tour de France, the Petit Boucle route is the longest on the map (along with Tire-Bouchon). Its name references Le Tour’s “Grand Boucle” nickname, which means “big loop.” 

It covers all roads in both directions, except for the road up Mont Ventoux.

Looking for a tour of France? Released with Zwift’s France map for the first-ever Virtual Tour de France, the Petit Boucle route is the longest on the map (along with Tire-Bouchon). Its name references Le Tour’s “Grand Boucle” nickname, which means “big loop.” 

It covers all roads in both directions, except for the road up Mont Ventoux.

Route Basics

Length: 61 km (37.9 miles)
Elevation:
430 m (1,411‘)
Lead-In: 1 km (0.6 miles)
Map: France

Start & Finish

Begins and ends at the Marina Sprint banner.

Achievement Badge: 1220 XP

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Petit Boucle

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Route Description

Route profile by ZwiftHub – the place to plan and track your route achievements!

This route begins with almost an entire loop of the R.G.V. route, but it turns left near the end, heading toward the start pens instead of the finish line. This takes you uphill to a left-hand turn onto the Petit KOM’s descent.

After a right at the next fork, we’re back on the road we started with, in the opposite direction. That means we’ll hit the Aqueduc KOM and Pavé Sprint before passing Mont Saint-Michel and the lighthouse and heading into the marina for a Marina Sprint.

Then it’s along the twisty river road with hot air balloons floating in the sky, where we’ll hit the Ballon sprint.

Next we turn right onto the Petit KOM – the longest climb of this route. Finish the climb, descend past the starting pens, and finish with one more Marina Reverse Sprint.

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thewannabeironman
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thewannabeironman (@wanna_b_ironman)
5 months ago

Apart from the fact Americans can’t speak or spell French, is there any reason why this is called Petit Boucle and not Petite Boucle? Same goes for “la grand boucle”, should be “la grande boucle”.

Jon
Jon (@jonnywipeout)
3 months ago

Hi
‘Petit’ is the masculine form of the word and ‘Petite’ is the feminine, as ‘Boucle’ is masculine it is assigned ‘Petit’ and not the feminine version of ‘Petite’. I hope this helps?

thewannabeironman
Super Member
thewannabeironman (@wanna_b_ironman)
3 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Thank you Jon. However Boucle is feminine! The Tour de France is often referred as LA grande boucle. So, it should be PetitE Boucle.

Rick Hellard
1 month ago

It should be La Petite Boucle. I think the Zwift owners simply got it wrong.

Chrid
Chrid
1 month ago

Who cares??? 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

Gonzalo
Gonzalo
25 days ago

Who cares ? 😂😂 better to focus increasing your ftp rather in what was first the egg or the chicken…

Chris
Chris
3 months ago

Is the petite Kom in reverse midway through the route not worth a mention on the map. Big enough to break up any competitive race for sure and doesn’t even get a mention. Is it a mistake?

Peter
Peter
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

It’s not mentioned since there is no ingame segment there.

Jaś
Jaś
2 months ago

Fantastic service you folks provide. Thanks!

Silke
Silke
1 month ago

I completed this route today, however I had to do 482 m elevation gain. Since the lead-in is relatively short and doesn’t have significant climbs, I was surprised to see that the difference was so big compared to the elevation mentioned here (430 m), especially since the length was spot-on (my ride was 62.3 km). I stopped the ride immediately after the finish banner and the route achievement popped up. Any idea where I collected those 50 additional elevation meters? It wasn’t a big deal, I am just curious. I really love this website and reading about the routes before… Read more »

thewannabeironman
Super Member
thewannabeironman (@wanna_b_ironman)
1 month ago
Reply to  Silke

On ZwiftHub.com it’s listed as 483m.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Silke

50 metres is relatively accurate, many other routes show much greater discrepancies eg Route Ma Poule has a stated 145m of climbing which will actually be around 260m by the time you’ve completed the route.

Silke
Silke
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Hi @Rob, the difference in Roule ma Poule can be explained due to the lead-in, which includes an additional climb in the lead-in. And thanks @thewannabeironman, then it is probably just a typo here.

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