Riders on the Bristol to Bordeaux Cycle Challenge can choose from 2 route options. The 300 mile classic challenge or the 500 mile extreme.
Split over 4 days, both versions provide the rider with an amazing experience, taking in some of the finest cycling on offer in the UK and France.
Day1 - Weds 6th July
Departing Ashton Gate Stadium we head south to the Chew Valley, below Bath and then wander down through the lanes of Wiltshire, rolling down the beautiful Wylye Valley to lunch at Wilton. Then it’s on through historic Salisbury to Hampshire skirting the New Forest and arriving in good time for our evening crossing from Portsmouth.
Day 2 - Thurs 7th July
Following an overnight cruise across to St. Malo, we wake up to our first day cycling in France. Day 2 may be the shortest, but with nearly 5500 feet of climbing, it’s the lumpiest day of the ride and a real challenge. Our route takes us south across Brittany, heading towards the Loire and our overnight stop in Nantes.
Day 3 - Fri 8th July
An early morning ferry across the Loire sees us heading south-west through more amazing French countryside. Cycling through quiet villages and passing fields of sunflowers, skirting the port of La Rochelle, finally arriving at our harbourside hotel in the beautiful historic town of Rochefort, in time for a refreshing dip in the pool and well earned beer.
Day 4 - Sat 9th July
An iconic day’s cycling, Day 4 has it all. Early morning cycling though pine forests, the cobbles of ancient Brouage, before we board the Royan ferry across to the Gironde. We then roll through the vineyards and grand chateaux of the great wine houses, before the triumphant arrival in Bordeaux to finish in Place de Quinquonces.