Chichester to Chartres - The Details

Contact

The event is limited to 50 cyclists and spaces tend to get booked up fast. If you would like to join the ride please email info@cycle-chartres.org or text to 07747027379.

Cost

The cost for the 4 days is £350.

What is included:

  • ferry crossings
  • bed & breakfast accommodation
  • coach return trip
  • bike and luggage transport [it appears miraculously at your hotel each evening]
  • water, snacks, mid-morning food [whilst on route]
  • basic medical supplies
  • labour for any on the road cycle repairs
  • a lift to the nights hotel in case something does not go to plan

What is not included:

  • dinners and drinks
  • a group dinner will be arranged each evening for those wishing to join in
  • lunch on Saturday - at a negotiated group rate
  • any cycle parts you might require in repairs - e.g. new chain or tyres

Your commitment

To raise at least £150 for the charity in sponsorship - money must be in by early June.

The Ride

This will take place over May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

The total distance of about 160 miles will be covered in 3 days.

The cycle route is nearly all on scenic, minor country roads.

On the Friday you’ll cycle to Portsmouth then take the afternoon ferry to France.

Saturday will be your longest ride - about 90 miles.

On Sunday you’ll cycle the last 50 miles to Chartres and then enjoy some free time, before attending a civic reception and our celebration dinner.

On Monday, no more cycling! We take you by coach back to Caen – you’re on your way home.

Note: It’s NOT a race, but good basic levels of fitness & stamina are necessary.

Transport

Channel crossings between Portsmouth and Caen (Ouistreham) are by Brittany Ferries, when you will board as foot passengers, while we transport your cycles in our vans. While you’re cycling we transport your personal luggage. While you return from Chartres to Caen by coach, the bikes go by van. And we provide transport back from Portsmouth to Chichester if you require it.

You will spend 3 nights in hotels, in Ouistreham on Friday, in Evreux on Saturday and Chartres on Sunday. Accommodation is in shared rooms and on a bed & breakfast basis - other meals must be paid for at the time. Group dinners will be organised for the Saturday and Sunday evenings, and whilst not obligatory most people attend as they are a good chance to socialise.

Our support system comprises volunteer route marshals, first aiders, and cycle “first aid”.

We provide water stops, brunch on Saturday and a light lunch on Sunday. There will be a superb buffet lunch on route on Saturday.

Paperwork

Route details and all necessary instructions will be sent to you about two weeks before the event.

As the event approaches, documents will appear here for you to download.