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Best Time of Year: April - October
London To Monte Carlo Grand Tour
Looking for the one cycle challenge of a life time…then look no further!! Welcome to Adventure Café’s twist on a classic itinerary. We believe we have the definitive adventure for anyone seeking an epic cycle challenge to top all cycle challenges. Our route will take you on an incredible journey like no other - taking in two capital cities, ancient routeways, celebrated vineyards, beautiful river valley’s, dramatic mountain passes and our own twist – one of the highest passes in Europe the Col de la Bonette – all this before descending from the mountains to the jewel on the Mediterranean and play ground for the rich and famous – Monte Carlo…FANTASTIC!
Day 1 - London To Newhaven [110km]
Ferry To Dieppe
Day 2 - Dieppe To Gournay-en-Bray [75km]
Day 3 - Gournay-en-Bray To Paris [115km]
Day 4 - Paris To Auxerre [170km]
Day 5 - Auxerre To Autun [145km]
Day 6 - Autun To Bourg-en-Bresse [130km]
Day 7 - Bourg-en-Bresse To Grenoble [150km]
Day 8 - Grenoble To Guillestre [150km]
Day 9 - Guillestre To Saint-Martin-Vésubie [145km]
Day 10 - Saint-Martin-Vésubie To Monte Carlo [80km]
Total – 1270km (794mi)
Please Note: distances are approximate
• Historic Greenwich Royal Observatory start point
• Channel Ferry crossing
• Avenue Verte to Paris from Dieppe (Traffic free riding)
• Night in Paris
• Yonne Valley
• Burgundy Region
• Morvan Regional Natural Park
• Night in Grenoble – capital of the French Alps
• Alpine Roads – Spiritual Home of Cycling
• Col de la Bonette - 2715m above sea level !
• Descent from the Alps to Mediterranean
• Night in Monte Carlo
We will be staying in comfortable 2/3 star en-suite hotels using Twin or Triple rooms. Single rooms and hotel upgrades are available on request.
What is a Level 3.5 Cycling Challenge Like?
These challenge rides are either longer, with more ascent, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 10 hours cycling. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be a keen cyclist for these events, and to enjoy training, and to ride regularly. If the ride is outside the EU, it is likely to be easier in terms of the physical riding, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to more basic living conditions (in the case of Asia / Africa especially)
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long rides in the countryside - 6 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training. Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be at least 22-24 km/hr, and you should be able to cycle at high speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km. You may also be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)
It is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Experienced Cycle Leader(s), Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic, Qualififed First Aiders, Baggage Transfer, Ferry Crossing, Hotel Accommodation (10 nights inc Monte Carlo) inc Breakfast, Challenge Pack
Excluded From Trip
Travel to and from event, Accommodation in London, Lunches, Evening Meals, however, please ask us if you require all meals to be included...this can be arranged.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as first aid kits, our on hand support vehicle, and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. You will be issued with detailed safety guidance for riding safely. It is our primary focus to ensure you arrive safely at your journey's end without any crashes or accidents!
Mild warm and sunny weather. Be prepared for hot and sunny conditions - so be prepared to protect against the sun. Equally however, we could get unlucky! As we cross the Alps - temperatures will drop - so be ready for a range of temperatures, so please pack rain jackets and warmer clothes too! Just in case!
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions
By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.
Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions
- For all types of event