cyclisme paris

words and photography by Carl von Arbin

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Paris has improved for cyclists the last couple of years since the introduction of the public bike sharing system Velib. Popular amongst both locals and visitors. A lot of people go on their road bikes in one either of the two big parks; Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes. I like going to Vincennes, here’s a good starting point.

Both parks have a bike route that is around 3 km long and there’s always a lot of cyclists that you can join forces with for a couple of laps. During evenings and weekends the peloton grows and it’s beautiful to go lap after lap in high speed until you run out of power. Take a breather and let them ride away, they’ll be back in a few minutes if you want to have a go again. But there’s plenty of riders going on their own, so you can join them or go by yourself until the peloton sweeps by again.

Biking clip from the park

Le vélodrome Jacques-Anquetil nicknamed La Cipale

This is an historic velodrome that’s been under construction lately. Not sure of todays status. La Cipale is an enormous velodrome that was built 1894. It was the finish line of the Tour de France between 1968 and 1974, most notably seeing Eddy Merckx winning each of his five Tour victories here.

This is also the home of bicycle club Paris Cycliste Olympique.


The area of Chevreuse, SW of Paris is a popular place to go for longer rides, this is also often part of the bigger races as Paris—Nice for instance.


And while you’re at it, why not go to Compiègne. This is the startline of Paris—Roubaix each year.

Next up are two shops that I like. One is old school and tradition, the other carries the new shit. I usually get what I need between the two.

Triathlon Store
25 Boulevard du Temple
75003 Paris

Cycles Laurent
9 Boulevard Voltaire
75011 Paris

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Name: Carl von Arbin
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
Age: 35
Occupation: Guitarist in Shout Out Louds and various projects. Graphic designer/Photographer/Cyclist.
Cameras: Nikon F2
Bikes: Cervelo RS (2009), Crescent 10 speed världsmästarcykel 1960’s, an old Peugeot fold up bike from the 70’s that I use to get around on tour & my old ”grandma bike” that I use to get around in Stockholm. Not sure what brand it is.
Best place to cycle: Where the streets have no name
www: cmva.se

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