The Route des Delices Champagne to Burgundy Picture 1
The Route des Delices Champagne to Burgundy Picture 1

Next departure:  29/09/2021

Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  1200m

Dist:  680km

Min age:  18

Duration:  6

The 'Route des Delices' Challenge Ride

Bike Adventure

Welcome to an all new Adventure Cafe concept - The GastroRide (combining fantastic riding, with epic local culinary experiences). This ride blends both Tour de France grandeur with the true cultural kaleidoscope of regional France, with some very special regional dining experiences. Be ready to have your mind blown - both on the bike, and in the evening. This is set to be a true classic... the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the end of Covid.

This ride begins in Epernay in Champagne, then heads East into Alsace, and the Vosges Mountains. We shall then turn south and across the Jura, close to the Swiss Border, before a final blast into Dijon, the capital of Burgundy. This is a wonderful exploration of the Eastern French fringe of France, whilst sampling some fantastic local gastronomy.

This ride takes in the epic Route des Cretes in the Vosges, culminating in the crossing of the Grand Ballon, and over the wild Jura. Add in the beautiful rolling countryside and vineyards of Champagne and the forests of Lorraine, make this an incredible ride. But in addition to amazing riding, and the normal high standard of service that you expect on an Adventure Cafe ride, we have hand picked every evening restaurant to allow you to enjoy the amazing local cuisines we shall be passing through. Add the full spectrum of typically awesome French wines for the evening, and there you have it - a totally awesome, all in one RideGastroCultural Epic Experience.

With the ability to take part in this ride with train transportation to the start , and away at the end, this is a ride that is a part of our all new No-Fly Range, so you can do your bit for the environment too.



Day 1 - Train from London to Paris then Epernay - Early depart from home, in time to catch a train from London and change in Paris for the Epernay train. Here we shall overnight (if you arrive early enough you may wish to visit the Avenue de Champagne. We shall have a good hearty meal and prepare for the onwards journey - taking a little time to iron out any little issues with bikes, packing, equipment etc.

Day 2 - (Cycle 142km - fairly flat) Epernay to Commercy . 

Day 3 - (Cycle 150km - ascending to end of day) - Commercy to Gerardmer

Day 4 - (Cycle 120km) Gerardmer - Montbeliard

Day 5 - (Cycle 125km) Montbeliard - Rochejean - Into the Jura

Day 6 - Cycle 140km - Rochejean to Dijon - final ride into Burgundy

Day 7 - Final Day - wake, breakfast, and return home either by train or by flight. Bikes will follow by support vehicle. (Please note bikes may be delivered to London or Taunton - or you may bring a soft case to fly your bike home if this is simpler for you.)


Route Map


6 nights accommodation. Each evening we shall use high quality accommodation, perfectly suited to our needs as cyclists, well located at the end of our day's ride. Sometimes this may be small gite style accommodation, other times a more normal small hotel. At all times we shall always try to arrange good quality, clean hotels with en suite bathrooms, and facilities for bike storage and within range of a fantastic dinner.


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!)


Medical Issues

Please note, 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

None required for this trip (if you are an EU citizen - at the current time). If from further afield you will need to check requirements.


Included In Trip

Leader (experienced with first aid qualification, and experienced mechanic), Support Vehicle with driver, 6 nights Hotel accommodation B&B basis. Water Top Ups throughout each riding day. Snacks at morning and afternoon stops.


Excluded From Trip

Transport to and from event. Bike Hire.


Equipment Required

Kit lists specific to your trip dates and location will be issued upon enquiry...below is our guide advice to give an idea of what you should bring on a multi--day ride in Europe

Bike Items
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)

Helmet (compulsory)
Personal Medikit  Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant


Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.

Cycle  Clothing
Padded Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, or Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes or sturdy traners suitable), 

Spare Shoes/Sandals for after ride

Casual Evening Wear - tracksuits, jeans, T shirts, fleece ...

Waterproof Clothing
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, chargers, EU plug adaptor, 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. It is advisable to check that your travel insurance covers the value of any expensive items of kit that you chose to bring along with you. 

A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure


Safety Information

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 mountain safety shelters, walking rope 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.



Be prepared for hot and sunny conditions - so be prepared to protect against the sun. Equally however, we could get unlucky! So pack rain jackets and warmer clothes too! Just in case! Typically during May we can expect warm sunny weather.


Optional Extras

Bike Hire - either Aluminium Road bike or Carbon Road Bike Hire are available - special rates available for this ride - please ask for details.


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! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.


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

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on application



Trip dates

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The Route des Delices Champagne to Burgundy Picture 2
The Route des Delices Champagne to Burgundy Picture 2

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