September Camping Group Trip for 2022 - Brittany again!
4th September → 17th September - 500 km, average 50 km per day but may be up to 80 km.
An adventure to the 'Wild West' of Brittany.
This trip is to be confirmed - at the moment we cannot guarentee this will go ahead but by the end of Febuary we will hopefully be in a more normal situation and be able to plan a few months ahead. If you are interested please get in touch, but we'll not take actual bookings until we are more sure... I hope you understand.
On all our other trips once you leave our base you are free of us unless you need help. On the led trips I get to come too! Apart from my sparkling company you also get the benefit of my nose for restaurants, unique knowledge of sub-2 Euro bottles of wine, scintillating camp-stove recipes and of course the unique camaraderie of other cyclists trying to out-eat each other... On these trips you’ll find men and women, couples and singles, of all ages and from wildly different backgrounds. Yet, without exception, the group soon gels and becomes a group of like-minded friends ‘lost in France’. Because of the nature of these groups the ‘route’ is very flexible, often a poster advertising a fete, or the prospect of another stunning day at the beach, will make us change our plans. For us these trips are the high point of the season, and are the ones that bring people back to France year after year, so if you want to join this select band don’t leave it too late. To give you some idea of the priorities of the group go and have a look at the Breton Bikes Gourmet Guide...
Led Trip for 2022
5th September → 18th September - 500 km, average 50 km per day but may be up to 80 km.
I have a confession to make... I've run these trips all over France for the last 30 years but one area I've never taken one, and to my shame – not cycled myself – is the far west of Finisterre in Brittany.
In my defence people don't realise is how big Brittany is (bigger than Wales) and it's too far from our base for our normal tours, but now is the time to put that right.
As you can see from the map below it's a route that covers a great deal of different countryside and the coast – when we are following – varies massively from place to place – from the sand stretching 1 km out to see at Loquirec to the rocky shores around Le Conquet.
The route totals around 500 kms in 11 cycling days but as any regular on these trips will tell you the 'provisional' route is only the vaguest outline and can be modified on a whim. Thus the average daily distance will be around 50 km but realistically you need to be capable of cycling 80 km without complaining to the management...
The trip starts on Saturday 5th September, however we will stay the night of the 5th and 6th at our base in Gouarec. This allows people coming from afar more time to get to us and also a relaxing day on Sunday exploring and making the most of the Sunday market.
We will return to Gouarec for evening of Thursday 17th September again allowing time for people to get home, however I will hope and expect some people to stay on for that final weekend as well – all-in-all this makes the timings as flexible as possible...
Anyone coming on the trip must get to the start-point at Gouarec. However this time we're going to make things easier for those coming from far away because we will stay both the first Saturday AND Sunday at our base in Gouarec and go out for a splendid day-ride. This means there's more flexibility in travel. Likewise at the end the last two nights will be back at base. .
The Important Bit...
These trips do NOT have a support wagon. The only back-up is the toolkit I carry on my bike. Mechanical problems are all down to me to sort out (in 25 years we've coped without problems;-). However if anyone has a personal problem e.g. becomes ill, has an accident, simply can't manage the ride etc then it is their responsibility to get to the start/finish point along with their equipment. Anyone who arrives and finds they are exhausted after 20 miles will, I'm afraid, be on their own as I cannot compromise the trip for the others in the group.
I don't want anyone to think for a minute that they have to keep up with a load of hammer-heads cycling at 20 mph. We tour at a very gentle pace – in my own case I rarely average more than 10 mph over a day. But I need everyone to be capable of covering the distance so please be sure, and practice before coming.
The Good Bit
Of all the holidays we organise this fortnight is probably the high-point of the year. There are only 14 places available and as a rule at least 10 will be taken by people coming for their 2nd, 10th or even 20th time so be warned – once you are on these trips they become addictive. It is very much a ride for people who are moderately fit, and do a bit of cycling. The group is always populated by a mix of experienced 'Breton Bikers', newbees, all ages and with generally a 50/50 male/female mix this is not one of those tours with lots of muscly men with shaved and oiled legs (sorry ladies).. We cycle on lovely roads, see beautiful countryside, eat and drink like kings and spend a lot of time with a wonderful bunch of people. If anything will ever convert you to cyclecamping then these trips will do the job;-)
As always on these trips the route is both vague and flexible as we are at the mercy of conditions or just where our noses take us - which of course is what makes the trip so special...
Because of the nature of the trip (i.e. we are away from our base) it is ESSENTIAL that you have holiday insurance that will cover you for any medical attention (Europeans will be covered by the European Health Card), travel expenses, accommodation and of course compensate you for any lost holiday time if you have an accident. Because there is no vehicle back-up it is down to you to get yourself and equipment to the finish point if for any reason you don't make the full trip. On a couple of occasions in the last 29 years members of the group haven't been able to manage the riding and so have split off to continue an easier route and meet back with the group later having had a rather lovely (but different) holiday to the rest of us.
So be there or be square...
Cost - Because this is a 'special' the price is only £460/500 € for the trip.