People Cycling Rides

English Channel to Mediterranean Sea.

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Marty Fink
Tour Dates
Start Location
Brighton, England
End Location
La Grande Motte, France
Cost (est.)
$5900 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1500 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
47 mi / 76 km
Avg. Elevation
1500 ft / 457 m
Ride Description

Explore the very best that France has to offer on a sensational 750-mile journey.  We’ll start our cycling journey on the Southeast coast of England and ferry across the English Channel to Normandy France.  Then we’ll mount our trusty steeds and ride all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. The route has been carefully designed to enjoy the generally flat terrain afforded by France's superb network of paths along canals and rivers, and other dedicated cycle paths, making it a memorable adventure for any touring cyclist.  Our relaxing 3-week timetable allows plenty of time to enjoy the countryside, culture, and cuisine. The route offers a particular treat for wine lovers, as we ride on low traffic roads through the outstanding wine-producing regions of Champagne, Burgundy, and the Rhone Valley.  You’ll enjoy a choice day in Paris timed to arrive on a Sunday via the Seine River Valley with very little urban riding; and a choice day in Lyon, arguably the country’s gastronomical capital, and the home to several UNESCO World Heritage Site.  A third choice day will be offered in Auxerre, a stunning riverside town with cobbled lanes for browsing shops and architecture, museums, and traditional restaurants.  We’ll conclude our tour in the unique and distinctive seaside resort port of La Grande-Motte, renowned for its futuristic and avant-garde architecture.

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

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People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

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