Please note we were one week early last year. This year we are back to our normal week in July.
We are delighted to bring you news of our 34th Anniversary Ride. When it started back in 1986, charity cycle events were rare. The London to Brighton ride had begun in 1980 and an annual cycle event in south wales for Banardo’s dates from 1982 but as far we can tell we are the longest running multi-day ride and certainly the first one to regularly cross the channel.
The success of the Paris to Hayling on so many levels is outstanding. It is not just the money raised, which is well over £1.5m but also the friendships, the camaraderie, the fun, the “spin off” rides and the interest generated in cycling for so many. Riders have come and joined us from all quarters. The diversity and spirit of the riders who remain so enthusiastic year after year is truly humbling. Lord David Willets once described the Bike Ride as a ‘Unique Hayling Institution’. It remains so although riders from 15 different countries it is clearly one that has extended way beyond its original roots.
Day 1 Caen to Evreux
Distance 89 miles and approximately 5,000 feet of climbing.
Same route as 2018.
Day 2 Evreux to Chartres
A short uphill section out of Evreux to start the day then over a plain and down to a river valley. You will be following the river Eure for most of the day which includes approximately 6 miles of tarmac cycle-way based on a disused railway. The route goes through lots of small villages and the large town of Nogent-le-Roi. You will also see the beautiful Chateau Maintenon, a turreted castle. Spend the evening in the lovely city of Chartres and watch the luminaire lightshow projected on the famous Notre Dame of Chartres.
Day 3 Chartres to Lisieux
Distance 85 miles and approximately 2,500 feet of climbing.
A slightly longer day but with only an elevation gain of 2,500 feet this shouldn’t be too difficult. First an easy ride out of Chartres and across country to Senonches. Then turning North through Verneuil-sur-Avre and Brogile, both are good places for a coffee stop or more. A day with many Chateaux and a mixture of forests and farm land. Save something for the last few miles though….
Day 4 Lisieux to Bayeux
A short climb out of Lisieux and straight into the French countryside. Tree lined roads then as you get closer to Caen the ground flattens out and you will wind your way through to Bavant and back to Pegasus Bridge and then on to Ouistreham. Avenue de Mer in Ouistreham is the obvious place for lunch with plenty of choice. The sandy beach is just over the sand dunes, you may decide to go for a quick swim in the sea (weather permitting of course!) We cycle along the coast road past Sword, Juno and Gold D-Day beaches and through Arromanches and on to Port-en-Bessin before turning inland to Bayeux.
Day 5 Bayeux to Cherbourg
Distance 67 miles and approximately 2,500 feet of climbing.
The day starts almost straight away on country roads, the small town of Trévières and Isigny-sur-Mer are both good places for morning coffee stops. Then through Carentan and turn sharp right and head to Utah, the D-Day beach. Ten miles of cycling alongside the sandy beach. Then a gentle climb up and over and down into Cherbourg. Hopefully you will save some energy to enjoy tonight’s party at the Mercure hotel where you will receive a 3 course meal followed by music and dancing. There will be no early morning alarms this year.
Day 6 Leaving day
Brittany Ferries have changed their timetables since we made our booking so please note that now the only crossing leaves Cherbourg at 17:00. This gets us into Portsmouth at 19:00.
With a few hours spares on the Saturday we may organise a short ride with a lunch stop or you can choose to spend a leisurely day looking around Cherbourg.
Some of the sights on the way…
To ensure you have a place please complete our online entry form and send a £100 (non-refundable) deposit.
Places will be allocated strictly in order of deposits received.
Notes about the routes
For those interested there are 5 stages to prepare the route:
- We check hotel suitability, capacity and availability for the towns or cities we plan to visit
- We visit the hotels to book them and to check their suitability for bike storage etc
- We use GPS mapping software which is excellent for plotting very detailed routes to download onto a tomtom or garmin device (usually both)
- The route is driven and carefully checked to note road signs and other important features including way stops and to note towns to eat and drink. We will identify good check points for support to put into the notes where appropriate
- There is always a final recce about 2 weeks before we leave. The French love to dig up their roads! In almost every ride we have experienced at least one route barre as most of you know
We will arrange for the route notes and GPX files to be available on the website for you to download.
The ride is priced at £575. The cost includes all transportation, hotel and cabin accommodation, a cycling shirt, en route snacks and drinks and dinner on the last night. With a price like this we can rightly claim that not only are we the first long distance charity cycle ride but also the best value!
If you prefer not to share a room with another rider, you can opt to pay a single room supplement of £195. Single rooms are not guaranteed and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Entry information: Lori Poore on 07816 960806 or e-mail email@example.com
Our Q&A page is full of useful information and tips.
Terms and conditions
- All participants in this event do so at their own risk and accept that the organisers have no legal liability in any regard. It is a condition of entry that riders will wear a helmet whilst cycling.
- The money raised by this event is distributed to charitable causes nominated by the organising committee and individual riders. Whilst every effort is made to comply with rider requests, we cannot guarantee that every nomination will receive a donation, although 100% of personal sponsorship money raised is distributed to charitable causes. Donations made to charities will reflect the fund-raising efforts of individual participants.
- All participants hereby agree to pay promptly all monies raised, will use their best endeavours to raise a sum in excess of £150 and will inform the organisers of the amount collected, in the event of the money being sent directly to their chosen charity, the name of which shall also be confirmed, once sent.
- In the event of any participant cancelling, the initial deposit of £100 is non-refundable. Other refunds are not usually payable for any payments made after the end of May. You will understand that the Ride has to commit to hotels, ferries and the support costs of the ride and those monies cannot be recovered. Refunds are at the discretion of the committee and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- You must obtain an EHIC travel card and carry it with you on the Ride, together with your personal insurance documents. Public liability insurance only is carried by the organisers.
- Personal travel insurance requirements must be dealt with on an individual basis. By accepting the terms and conditions for the ride you agree to take out this insurance.
- The event is not a race our basic philosophy is to help others, whilst having fun. Riders are assisted by a number of support vehicles and are encouraged to ride at their own comfortable pace.
- Organisers have the discretion to refuse entry.
- The organisers reserve the right to impose a surcharge of up to £20 in the event of unforeseen costs or currency fluctuations.
- The organisers may require a copy of your passport to assist when leaving and entering the UK and/or France.
- Hotel room mini-bars should be locked but, if used, the cost will be individually recovered during the Ride, as will hotel telephone bills.
- A limited range of bike spares can be purchased, at cost, from support vehicles where available.
- High energy drinks, sweets, cakes, bananas and other sustenance and also basic medical supplies will be provided by support where available.
- Whilst we might recommend way and lunch stops, it is for each rider to decide where they choose to stop. Some riders prefer to stop more frequently than others, so please think about this carefully each day during the trip.
- Whilst the standard age for entries is 14 and above, the committee will exercise its discretion in all cases where a riders age is under 14 at the time of the Ride. Any child must be capable of completing the entire ride without support as with any other rider. We have never had any problems in the past on this point with young riders. The safety of all riders is paramount and you will understand that at times support can be stretched to cope with riders who need assistance. It is therefore essential that each young rider is accompanied at all times whether cycling or otherwise by a responsible adult. That would usually be a parent of the child but not necessarily. That means one child to one responsible adult. If you wish to bring a child on the Ride we will always try to exercise our discretion in a positive manner but clearly there can be no guarantee that the child will be accepted as a participant. If you wish to make an application please send full details of the child and the responsible adult to firstname.lastname@example.org