Le Classique Francais is the most exciting new Sportive in 2016, without fail. Essentially it's a day trip to France and a Sportive in one.
Starting at Dover Ferry Port, we will arrange your ferry and parking (included) and, once we've got you aboard the ferry, you'll be welcomed with coffee and croissants to get you into the French spirit.
Registration and the safety briefing will take place whilst we cross the channel in Luxury. An hour and half later we will have docked in Calais and the riding begins. There are two courses to choose from, Epic 83 miles or Standard 59 miles, but both routes explore the amazing North East Coast of France.
The course has everything you could want from a French cycling experience. Canals, countless churches and yes… cobbles! With fast flat roads for 95% of the routes, you will effortlessly absorb the truly French aspects of this course. You will cycle down the side of stunning waterways, passing villages and windmills as you weave your way south east from Calais. The first of two feed stations will be after 27 miles in the village of Millam, after which the Standard riders will start to loop back to Calais, while the Epic riders head to Cassel and the routes pièce de résistance… a 1.5 mile cobbled switch back climb to the historical town of Cassel - an experience you will be recounting for years to come. You will feel like you have had a little taste of one of the one day ‘Classics’ like the ‘Paris Roubaix’.
Fear not! Once conquered, smooth flat roads will take you back toward Calais along more Canals and waterways. You will pass through a second feed station to keep your energy levels high, at the Town of Watten.
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 completely fulfilled. Hot food and showers will be available on the ferry.
Note: Riders must have a valid passport and travel insurance. Sorry but no Under 16s for this ride. The event is limited to 800 riders. The 2015 Wiggle French Revolution sportive sold out in just a few days, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please be aware that due to ferry times, it will be an early start in Dover however you have time to relax on the ferry with a cup of tea and croissant!