By bike, Guillaume Gueydan traveled Marseille-Arromanches in eleven days

Leaving Marseille, Guillaume Gueydan brilliantly rose to the challenge he had set himself. He arrived in Arromanches earlier than expected. (©Philippe Jautée – The Renaissance of Bessin)

Monday, May 9, 2022, Guillaume Gueydan, 25, left Marseille by bike. He arrived at Arromanches (Calvados) Saturday May 12at the beginning of the afternoon, after stopping off in Lisieux.

In the meantime, this Marseillais passed through Avignon, went along the Rhône, went to Lyon before joining the Loire then Orléans. “Crossing the Eure-et-Loir, in the heat, was the most difficult stage,” confides the courageous youngster. He offered himself a Normandy stopover in Lisieux where he spent a day and notably visited the Sainte-Thérèse basilica. “I wanted to do fourteen days, no more,” explains Guillaume. “In the end, I rode for eleven days. »

“One hundred kilometers a day was the average.”

Guillaume Geydan

The bike, bought second-hand in February, suffered no punctures.

Back to Arromanches

This journey was “a personal challenge” which ended in Arromanches in memory of his father. “In 2013, we came together to Arromanches and we visited the D-Day Museum as well as the Museum of the Battle of Normandy, in Bayeux, and the Overlord Museum, in Colleville-sur-Mer. »

Guillaume Gueydan, upon his arrival in Arromanches (Calvados) on Saturday May 21, 2022.
Guillaume Gueydan, upon his arrival in Arromanches (Calvados) on Saturday May 21, 2022. (©Guillaume Gueydan)

The Warrior of the Heart

Guillaume also took advantage of his journey, relayed by tourist offices including that of Arromanches, to make known “The warrior of the heart”. This association, which he created two years ago in Marseille, aims to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases.

“My father died of a heart attack. I want to pass on information on diet, sport, taking risk factors into account.”

Guillaume Geydan

Of a sporty nature – he also did bodybuilding and tennis – Guillaume has always cycled. “As a child, I rode my mountain bike in the hills. His partner Margot joined him in Arromanches. “She motivated me to carry out this project which was close to my heart. »

Arrived in Arromanches under the sun, Saturday at 1:30 p.m., Guillaume visited with her the battery of Longues-sur-Mer then Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, the blockhouse Wn 60 and the Overlord Museum. Sunday, the couple walked in Caen. Before leaving by train, Guillaume Gueydan has planned to take advantage of his vacation to discover the region a little more. He shares his “desire to do other distances and other routes by bike”.

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