25th August → 6th September - 600 km, average 50 km per day but may be up to 80 km.

Group cycling holiday

On all our other trips once you leave our base you are free of us unless you need help and with your own friends and/or family. On the group trips we put together a group of people to cycle together. !  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’. For us these trips are the high point of the season, and are the ones that bring people back to France year after year, with many on the trip being old friends afterwards - 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 2024

Burgundy Bash...

Starting from Bourges the 'loop' is planned to take in Sancerre, Chablis, Auxere, with a turning point around Dijon. This isn't an area I've explored myself, all the more reason to go there as quite apart from being serious wine country it looks to be pretty, varied and with a terrain 'rolling' enough not to be boring, but far from arduous. Total distance on 'plan A' is around 600 km. The group will get together on the Sunday at the camping site in Bourges giving plenty of time to travel, and likewise the group will return to Brourges on the Friday afternoon and I will leave on Saturday morning. That gives 12 1/2 days cycing. This makes for an average of 50-60 km per day, however the intermittant spacing of campsites means distances of up to 80 km in a day, and just as importantly if people are happy cycling further it means we can explore more than in the 'plan' - perhaps east of Dijon for example

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The trip officially starts on Sunday 25th August, however we will stay the night of the 25th at the start point.

We will finish for the evening of Friday 6th September again allowing time for people to get home on the Weekend - all-in-all this makes the timings as flexible as possible...

Logistics.

Anyone coming on the trip must get to the start-point at Bourges. There are flights, but train from Paris would seem the obvious choice with it being 2-3 hours train ride - from then on you are in our hands and we of course supply all equipment you need. This means there's more flexibility in travel.

The Important Bit...

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 make their own way. with their equipment to the start point. Anyone who arrives and finds they are exhausted after 20 miles will, I'm afraid, have to abandon the trip as I cannot compromise the trip for the others in the group. However - they will be able to carry on solo (or perhaps with another 'slow' member of the group?) to meet up with the group at the end if they so wish.

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, generally under 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 12 places available and 4 have already been 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... 

Conditions...

It is ESSENTIAL that you have holiday insurance that will cover you for any medical attention, travel expenses, accommodation and of course compensate you for any lost holiday time if you have an accident.

So be there or be square...

Cost - Because this is a 'special' the price is only £385/450 € for the trip.