2009 St Malo to Nice

An eleven day trip from St Malo to Nice in April 2009

The lads who went to Paris in 2008 then looked for a similar challenge for 2009 and we agreed upon St Malo to Nice.

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.

Diaries

Itinerary

Departing day

  • 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

  • Cycle 116km 72m from Vitre to Chemille downhill most of the way

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