Cycle Challenge - Past Events in pictures
The Grand Depart - Leaving the Assembly Rooms in Chichester on the Friday. Plenty of support from the friends, family and Mind West Sussex who were the chosen Charity in 2015.
The Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen. A good opportunity to stock up with some Carbs and maybe a drink or 2.
After spending Friday night in the hotel in Caen - we head off on Saturday enjoying the Normandy countryside. The route has been well thought out and selected to avoid nasty roads - so the ride is quite pleasant.
It's not all drop handlebars and Lycra - Many people come on all sorts of bikes, but generally speaking, you will be better off on something comfortable that free wheels fairly easily. The range of cyclists is also very diverse, young, old, male, female - everyone is welcome.
Every 20 to 30 miles or so you are greeted by a table full of snacks, drinks and of course the lovely Rotarians of Chichester Harbour who organise the event. Its a good chance to have a little rest and cross off a section of the ride.
Although 90 miles in one day sounded a lot at the start - the pace is very sensible. Generally, people form little groups and average speeds tend to be between 12mph to about 15mph for the day.
Unofficial Coffee stops are fairly common on the Sunday where the ask is only about 50 miles. Some of these pretty French Villages are just too good to fly through.
Finally on Sunday early afternoon we reach Chartres - seeing the twin spires emerge in the distance gives you a wonderful sense of achievement.
In Chartres, we normally have a Civic reception and meet the Mayor. We also have an afternoon in Chartres, to take in the Town, a beer, and then meet in the evening for a final meal.
On the Monday we head back to Chichester on a Coach and gazing out of the window, marvelling at the distance we have cycled.