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The inaugural Le Classique was a huge success in 2016 and rolls on into 2017, providing riders with another chance to enjoy a day trip to France and a great day out on the bike.

Starting at Dover ferry port, we will arrange your ferry and parking and, once we've got you aboard, well add a little joie de vivre with fresh coffee and croissants to get you into the French spirit.

Both registration and the safety briefing will take place during the channel crossing to maximise your riding time. Ninety minutes later, youll roll off the ferry in Calais and the sportive begins. There are two courses to choose from: the Epic 83 miles or Standard 60 miles, but both routes explore the amazing northeast coast of France.

How to enter the Le Classique Sportive

  1. Epic

    Bike 75mi
    £75
    Event passed
  2. Standard

    Bike 60mi
    £75
    Event passed

Le Classique Sportive routes

Upon arrival in Calais, you’ll head out along the cliff-top coast roads that test the legs straight away – you’ll climb to a vantage point that, on a good day, you can see back to England set against a backdrop of the ever-busy to-and-fro of boats and ships sailing on the Channel. Before long, up turns to down, and you’ll be employing your best descending technique to drop into Escalles – but don’t forget this steep hill as it’ll be the last thing you have to conquer before reaching the finish line later in the day.

Dropping into the Parc naturel régional des Caps et Marais d'Opale, a counter-clockwise loop ensues as you ride through pretty and sleepy French villages like Caffiers, Fiennes and Bazinghen. Many of the back roads that connect these communes are littered with grape fields and small farms – but best of all, nearly no cars – at no point will you forget you’re in France.

After the last climb back to Calais, you'll have a perfectly flat 7-mile run to the finish, which is at the Calais Ferry port itself. A finishers medal will be given to you before you board the next ferry back to Dover with your sense of adventure and exploring spirit fulfilled. Food and showers will be available on the Ferry.

Event Details

What’s Included
Facilities and parking
Mechanical support
Medical support
Full route marking
3rd Party Rider public liability insurance
Feed Stops
Energy food and drink
Electronic chip timing
Online results
Online certificates
Finisher medal
On site catering
Pick-up wagons
Photos by SportivePhoto
Retail Opportunities
A free copy of Cycling Weekly magazine

Le Classique Sportive weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

18°C
Predicted highs
14°C
Predicted lows
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 11mph

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