Nature & small heritage
33,00 Km
2 h 14 min
I cycle often
Leaving the Loire behind, this first stage of the Indre à Vélo takes you back along the Indre’s final meanders as you start cycling towards the river’s source. Stops are a must at Azay-le-Rideau, with its splendid château built on an island in the Indre, and Saché, where great French 19th-century writer Balzac often stayed at the château. The stage finishes with the high drama of Montbazon, a town boasting a towering medieval keep.

Alternatively, start your trip just downstream along the Loire from Bréhémont, starting with Rigny Ussé and its famed château. Then follow the Indre’s marshy sides, or bardeaux, the way here marked “La Loire à Vélo”, to then join up with the Indre à Vélo route.

Elevation of the stage

106 m 126 m

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 0,83 km By road: 32,12 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 32,84 km Inconnu: 0,11 km

The route

The route is signposted, taking you along county and smaller country roads. Take care on the D84 road, as traffic along it can be quite significant in the tourist season.


Link to Saché :

Connection signposted off the D84, soon after Azay-le-Rideau.

There’s a dedicated bike-washing facility at the entrance to the parish.


Connections :



Car line Tours - Montbazon – Loches


Accommodation on the stage

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