DAY 1: THURSDAY 2ND MAY 2019
Brighton to Ouistreham via Portsmouth-Caen ferry crossing
Distance: 52 miles / Duration: 4 hours
The ride takes us from the British Airways i360 via Shoreham Port (our 1st Port in the challenge) and along the national cycle route to Portsmouth Harbour. Overall, a mixture of cycle lanes and roads. The ride is generally flat. We then catch the 14:45 ferry to Ouistreham to arrive at 21:30 local time. Dinner will be on the ferry.
DAY 2: FRIDAY 3RD MAY 2019
Ouistreham to Fecamp
Distance: 66 miles / Duration: 6 hours
Day 2 am: Morning Ride from Ouistreham to Honfleur 33 miles 3 hours
This ride takes you on a mixture of cycle paths and roads from the hotel at Ouistreham along the north coast to Honfleur. The route takes us along the port areas of Ouistreham, the French coastline, and seaside villages.
The ride has two main hills – one between Houlgate and Abberville (about halfway into the ride), and the other when coming out of Trouville prior to the descent into Honfleur. Honfleur has lots of nice restaurants located around the Quayside to then get lunch. In terms of difficulty, somewhere between Bear Road and cycling up to the Dyke.
Allow for between 2h30min to 3h30min of cycling.
Day 2pm: Afternoon Ride from Honfleur to Fecamp 33 miles 3 hours
After lunch, we ride northwards to Fecamp. We have to cycle over the main motorway bridge on the A29. This does have a separate cycle lane! However, if people are uncomfortable using the separate cycle lane, then there is also a fully segregated pedestrian lane over the bridge too.
We are then on predominantly quiet roads all the way into Fecamp. One massive hill to conquer: think Koppenberg (Belgium 2018) in terms of steepness, but longer. No cobbles though! After the hill we stay roughly at the same elevation before descending into Fecamp. We arrive on the beach at Fecamp – with the hotel nearby. Dinner will be booked at one of the restaurants near the hotel. There are also a couple of bars near the hotel.
As for the morning ride, allow for 3 to 4 hours for the ride (2h30m to 3h15min of cycling). On that basis, best to be on the bikes (after lunch in Honfleur) by 2pm.
DAY 3: SATURDAY 4TH MAY 2019
Fecamp to Dieppe
Distance: 50 miles / Duration: 4h 30min
This ride is along the Route du Lin – which is predominantly a disused railway line that has been converted into a bike lane and footpath. Around the middle of the ride, we detour onto country roads (as the railway route is not yet 100% complete), before re-joining the route for most of the way to Dieppe.
The route is generally flat (just gentle gradients), other than a hill in the middle of the ride (think riding up to the Dyke) and then a steeper curving road just outside Dieppe (roughly as hard as Bear Road). There is a great parking area / viewpoint ¾ of the way up the Dieppe hill. We can all re-group here before descending as one all the way into Dieppe. In Dieppe we finish at the hotel on the seafront.
Note: On the training ride, we did not go past one shop on this stretch of the route – so make sure you have adequate provisions (snacks and water) for the ride. There is a supermarket at the very beginning of the Route du Lin, and there is a small town called Luneray which is a small detour away – but is also only 15km from the end. So best to be self-sufficient.
All for 4 to 5 hours for the ride (3 to 4 hours cycling time)
Next day is a lunchtime ferry from Dieppe – so no need to worry about hangovers! We will all dine together at a restaurant in Dieppe and arrange some after dinner entertainment to celebrate completion of the French side of the event.
DAY 4: SUNDAY 5TH MAY 2019
Dieppe to Brighton via Dieppe-Newhaven ferry crossing
Distance: 1.7miles to Dieppe Ferry and then 10 miles Newhaven ferry terminal to New Road, Brighton
Duration: 10 mins Hotel to Dieppe ferry and then 50 minutes to Brighton
The ferry to Newhaven is at 12:30pm.
Upon arriving in Newhaven at c.4pm, we will meet up with the blood riders for an escort back into Brighton along with any other cyclists who wish to join the convoy and support us on our final leg of the journey. Arrive into Brighton at c.5pm
We will cycle into New Road Brighton to a welcome fanfare of friends, families, colleagues and supporters. We will then proceed to the event’s after party and celebrate late into the evening.
NB. Travel and Accommodation costs to be paid for by each cyclist.
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