Tro Bro Léon: Brittany's rustic classic

Tro Bro Léon

The locals call it ribinoù - a Breton word that defines anything that is not good-quality tarmac: from silty farm tracks to heavily potholed lanes with grass growing down the middle. Last month's Tro Bro Léon included 25 varied sections of these.

The local paper describes the race as Brittany's Paris-Roubaix, but that is perhaps looking at it too one-dimensionally. While its hallmark cart tracks take the race through the agricultural hinterland, it also periodically skitters along the jagged coastline of this westernmost tip of mainland France: a place that takes its name from the end of the earth - Finistère.

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