La Mini Passagere (Video)

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La Mini Passagère is a short video that follows Jeanne, Xavier, and their 10-month-old daughter Zoé on their first family bicycle trip, which just so happened to be a three-month, 4,500-kilometer journey across France. Watch the video here, along with a gallery of photos and a brief trip report by Jeanne…

Words, photos, and video by Jeanne Lepoix (@jeannelepoix)

Too early, too fragile, too dangerous… When a new baby arrives in the family, we often give up our exploration dreams, particularly our biking trips. However, it’s an opportunity to test a new way of traveling, which is exactly what we did on this trip, riding roughly 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles) across France between Roscoff and Strasbourg.

  • La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix
  • La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix

When Zoé arrived, dreams of journeys together were already buzzing in our minds. It was impossible to imagine stopping our passion, and we already planned for our future family life on the road. Of leaving to find ourselves again, see her grow up, discover her country together, and enjoy all these moments.

  • La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix
  • La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix
  • La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix

When you cycle with a baby, it’s a real adventure. It’s intense, touching, and it makes us sweat a lot, especially when riding up passes with loads of luggage. Our daughter proved she was extraordinarily adaptable, even if this lap around France was very demanding and took us out of our comfort zone. There were countless physical and mental challenges along the way, and they bonded us together as a couple and a family.

La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix
  • La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix
  • La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix

Traveling with a child indeed adds an exceptional component. We showed her lots of things, and at the same time, we were able to rediscover those things through her eyes. We wrote a unique chapter of our family story together, and we’re already looking forward to living the next one.

  • La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix
  • La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix
  • La Mini Passagère, Jeanne LePoix

Route Map

You can find a map of our 4,500-kilometer route below, broken down into more digestible segments, each of which has a corresponding entry in the collection.

We invite you to follow our trip via LaMiniPassagere.com, where we’ll be documenting this ongoing project in detail (in French).

Jeanne Lepoix

About Jeanne Lepoix

Jeanne Lepoix comes from near Paris, France. Graphic designer, passionate about photography, but above all addicted to cycling: mountain, gravel, road, bikepacking (Cuba, Iceland, Scotland…), and ultra-distance (French Divide and soon the Atlas Mountain Race). There isn’t a day when she doesn’t ride. As of 2020, she’s taking a mini passenger in her saddlebags, and she is determined to help her discover the world. Find more from her on Instagram @jeannelepoix, her online portfolio, and LaMiniPassagere.com.

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