The Le Classique Sportive is one of our fastest-selling sportives. Bag a place on this ride in France as soon as you can for a ticket to one of the best overseas one-day bike trips there is.
After meeting in Dover, we’ll provide you with your rider number on board the ferry and you’ll be free to begin pedalling as soon as we disembark on the other side of the English Channel. This event serves as a perfect introduction to riding on the Continent, offering participants a snapshot of rural France — the spiritual home of cycling.
Leaving Calais, you’ll follow the coastline westwards and, despite exposure to invariably blustery conditions, the views out over the channel will keep you buoyed for the remainder of the ride.
A series of quaint and quintessentially French towns and villages are passed — in between which lies a series of short and punchy climbs, joined by a network of small and narrow byways. Such is the width of these lanes you’ll find cars around here are decidedly absent but in the rare event of meeting one expect an encouraging “Allez!” from the drivers. This is, after all, France, where cycling is the national pastime.
Following a clockwise route around the Nord Pas de Calais department, the atmospheric rural areas here boast a charm exclusive to Northern France and will leave you with fond memories and no doubt a photo or two.
And now, as you approach the end of the route — buffeted about by headwinds as you rejoin the coastal roads — the grand finale lies in wait. Indeed, today’s most demanding appointment in Ecalles is positioned agonisingly close to the finish line. It’s tough but manageable — and summiting it leaves you with a sprint to the international port where we’ll get you on the next available ferry home for a well-deserved verre du vin.
If you've ever considered cycling in France, signing up to Le Classique Sportive is your chance to join hundreds of other cyclists on carefully selected routes, complete with mechanical and medical support, to enjoy the French countryside from the saddle. That and the fact your travel to and from France is all booked for you, what are you waiting for?
Note: Riders must have a valid passport and travel insurance. Sorry but no under-16s on this ride. The event is limited to 800 riders.
Please also be aware that, due to ferry times, it will be an early start in Dover. However, you have time to relax on the ferry with a cup of tea and croissant! Please bring lights and high-visibility clothing for your journey from the car park to the ferry port as it will be dark.
PLEASE NOTE: Riders must have a valid EU passport and travel insurance. You will be required to provide your passport and travel insurance details prior to the event. We will typically send out a request two weeks before the event. Failure to provide us with the requested information will mean we can't process your travel itinerary and you will not be able to board the ferry.
Sorry but no Under 16s for this ride.
The event is limited to 800 riders. There are no on the day entries available.
Ferry tickets can only be used on the day of the event on scheduled ferries and not used on any other day.
Please be aware that due to ferry times, it will be an early start in Dover however you have time to relax on the ferry with a cup of tea and croissant!
All riders MUST get back to the Port of Calais in time to catch the last Ferry.
Hot food and showers will be available on the Ferry.
Ticket price includes the ferry crossings.
Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on the Website. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.
SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!
By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.
Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.