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, we’ll 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, you’ll 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.
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.
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