route - 2019



Sunday 26th May - Friday 31st May 2019

Total Distance:  598.43miles / 963.08km

Average Daily Distance:  99.78miles / 160.58km

Total Elevation Gain:  26,135ft.

Average Daily Elevation Gain:  4,355ft.

Total Strava Moving Time Estimate:  44Hrs:28Mins

Average Strava Moving Time Estimate:  7Hrs:24Mins

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Sunday 26th May 2019

Distance on day:  98.78miles / 158.97km

Total distance covered:  98.78miles / 158.97km

Balance to ride:  499.65miles / 804.11km

Ascent on day:  3,334ft.

Total ascent:  3,334ft.

Balance to ascend:  22,801ft

Strava est. moving time:  6Hrs:34Mins

Starting out early, the team will set off from Place du Trocadéro, directly opposite the Eiffel Tower and from where the 2018 ride finished. The cyclists will cross-over and ride along the south side of the Seine, passing the medieval Cathédrale  Notre-Dame. Heading south-east out of Paris, the first stop will be within the Forêt Domaniale de Sénart, before continuing on towards the Château de Fontainbleu. The team continues hugging the banks of the Yonne River, to the Roman city of Sens, before crossing the river once more and making the final 20mile push for the day towards Joigny.

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Monday 27th May 2019

Distance on day:  108.79miles / 175.08km

Total distance covered:  207.57miles / 334.05km

Balance to ride:  390.86miles / 629.03km

Ascent on day:  5,560ft.

Total ascent:  8,894ft.

Balance to ascend:  17,241ft.

Strava est. moving time:  8Hrs:14Mins

Day 2 presents the team with the second  most daily elevation gain of the journey, with steady downhill only in the last 15 to 20miles. Starting out from Joigny, the riders once again follow the river south-east to Auxerre, capital of the Yonne département and the fourth-largest city in Burgundy. Beyond Auxerre, the team heads for the beautiful village of Noyers, with its half-timbered houses, which hosts truffle fairs every November. The final push through this northern half of Burgundy takes the team to their next stop, capital of the Côte-d'Or département, and renowned for its mustard and wine-making, Dijon. 

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Day 3



Tuesday 28th May 2019

Distance on day:  108.07miles / 173.92km

Total distance covered:  315.64miles / 507.97km

Balance to ride:  282.79miles / 455.11km

Ascent on day:  3,904ft.

Total ascent:  12,798ft.

Balance to ascend:  13,337ft.

Strava est. moving time:  8Hrs:12Mins

By the end of this day, the team will have passed the half-way mark on their journey. Heading out from Dijon, the ride changes direction and heads south-south-west, riding past some of France's most famous vineyards and communes. Before arriving in Beaune, the riders will pass the likes of Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis, and Nuits-Saint-Georges. The team rides on to Chalon-sur-Saône, via Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Chagny. Cycling past the Château de Cormatin, the team heads on towards Cluny, and on to the city of Mâcon, before making the final push for the day towards the Château de Pizay.

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Wednesday 29th May 2019

Distance on day:  88.27miles / 142.05km

Total distance covered:  403.91miles / 650.03km

Balance to ride:  194.52miles / 313.05km

Ascent on day:  3,203ft.

Total ascent:  16,001ft.

Balance to ascend:  10,134ft.

Strava est. time:  6Hrs:52Mins

The fourth day starts with the team avoiding the ring-road surrounding Lyon, by being driven to one of the day's optional starting points of Valence or Montélimar. Leaving this town, the home of Nougat, the team cycles south from Montélimar towards Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, which was the start of stage 16 of the 2011 Tour De France, and stage 13 of the 2012 Tour de France. Cycling on, the team passes Suze-la-Rousse, before riding through the Roman city of Orange, then crossing the Rhône at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The ride finishes the day in the city of Avignon, which only became part of France, after papal rule, in 1791.

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Thursday 30th May 2019

Distance on day:  94.72miles / 152.43km

Total distance covered:  498.61miles / 802.43km

Balance to ride:  99.80miles / 160.61km

Ascent on day:  4,028ft.

Total ascent:  20,029ft.

Balance to ascend:  6,106ft.

Strava est. time:  7Hrs:18Mins

The penultimate day of the ride begins with the team heading south-east from Avignon via Châteaurenard, deep into Provence-Alpes-Côtes-d'Azur. The first pit-stop is within the old town of Salon-de-Provence, at the home of Nostradamus, who lived there in the sixteenth century. The following 25miles will take the team to Aix-en-Provence, founded in the year 123BC and home to Paul Cézanne at the turn of the last century. Heading east-south-east, the team is entering the final stage of the journey, passing through Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, and then on to Brignoles, the final stop for the day.

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Friday 31st May 2019

Distance on day:  99.80miles / 160.61km

Total distance:  598.43miles / 963.07km

Balance to ride: 0miles / 0km

Ascent on day:  6,106ft.

Total ascent:  26,135ft.

Balance to ascend: 0ft

Strava est. time:  7Hrs:18Mins

The final day, and last 100miles of the ride, avoids some of the inland mountain ranges, but still sees the cyclists facing the greatest daily cumulative ascent. Setting out from Brignoles, the team heads east-north-east towards Vidauban and Le Muy, before turning south-east towards Fréjus and a needed pit-stop before tackling the mountainous roads leading north-east to La Napoule and the Mediterranean. The team now hugs the coast road via Cannes, Golfe-Juan, and the International Yacht Harbour at Antibes. The final 25miles passes Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Eze, into Monaco, and up to the finish point at the Casino Monte-Carlo.  

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