An eleven day trip from St Malo to Nice in April 2009
The Group swelled to six with Gus Meyer who has completed all the Hospice Challenges to date and Paul Pierson from the UK. We also agreed to take a support vehicle which Chris Le Marquand kindly supplied (a great looking VW capable of taking seven bikes, seven blokes and all our supplies and provisions which it did, with ease).
A founder member of Big Vern’s Cycle Club, Jerseyman Richard Le Sueur has a formidable reputation in leading his Harley mates around Europe & was similarly successful in getting us to Paris. Richard, therefore, landed the job of organising the route for this trip & his plan is included below.
It was a great trip which took us coast to coast and onto Nice and a cycling distance of 777 miles with one day abandoned due to weather conditions.
- Day One: St Malo to Vitre
- Day Two: Vitre to Cholet
- Day Three: Cholet to Melle
- Day Four: Melle to Angouleme
- Day Five: Angouleme to Bergerac
- Day Six: Bergerac to Montauban
- Day Seven: Montauban to Carcassonne
- Day Eight: Carcassone to Port Camargue
- Day Nine: Port Camargue to Aix en Provence
- Day Ten: Aix en Provence to Les Issambres
- Day Eleven: Les Issambres to Nice
- Day Twelve
- Presentation of the official tour Jerseys at Big Vern’s and check final travel details,
Departing Day 1 – 18 April 2009
- 8.45 Condor Ferries Jersey to St Malo (check in 7.45)
- 11.15 arrive in St Malo and start cycling
- Cycle 97km 60m to Vitre where we have prebook 1st night accommodation
- We have a choice of hotels, the 1st to get back to me is Le Minotel
Day 2 – 19 April 2009
Day 3 – 20 April 2009
- Cycle 140km 87m from Chemille to Le Melle, this is a hospital town so any problems we can get it sorted here, there are a few hills on the way
Day 4 – 21 April 2009
- Cycle 80km 50m from Melle to Angouleme. Downhill training here then we will have a half day off where we can visit the Hennessey Cognac distillery in this town and get fuelled up for the rest of the trip
Day 5 – 22 April 2009
- Cycle 111km 70m from Angouleme to Bergerac, we start our hilly days here.
Day 6 – 23 April 2009
- Cycle 135km 84m from Bergerac to Montaban, very hilly climbs and drops, possibly the worst day for hills
Day 7 – 24 April 2009
- Cycle 151km 94m from Bergerac to Carcasson, this is a stunning town like St. Malo as it is inside fort walls.
Day 8 – 25 April 2009
- Cycle 176km 109m from Carcassonne to Port Camargue, mostly downhill, but this is the longest day in the saddle, so early start but we will get to the Med.
Day 9 – 26 April 2009
- Cycle 129km 80m from Port Camargue to Aix en Provence. Hopefully have time to see the lovely town, we cross through the national park of Camargue so hope to see a few of those wild horses.
Day 10 – 27 April 2009
- Cycle 132km 82m from Saint Aix en Provence to Les Issambres, we take the inland route that is shorter but hillier than the coast.
Day 10 and the Final day – 28 April 2009
- Cycle 86km 53m from Les Issambres to Nice