Wiggle French Revolution
Wiggle / UKCE currently run three day trip French sportives – I’ve done two of them, Revolution and Classique. Great (but very long) days out…….
“Escaping Britain’s shores if only just for a day is enough to make this event sell out each time it has been held. Built on the foundations of France’s celebrated love of cycling, the Wiggle French Revolution is a teasing taster of what life is like riding on the other side of the English Channel”
“Upon arrival in Calais, you’ll head out along the cliff-top coast roads that test the legs straight away – you’ll climb to a vantage point that, on a good day, you can see back to England set against a backdrop of the ever-busy to-and-fro of boats and ships sailing on the Channel. Before long, up turns to down, and you’ll be employing your best descending technique to drop into Escalles – but don’t forget this steep hill as it’ll be the last thing you have to conquer before reaching the finish line later in the day.
Dropping into the Parc naturel régional des Caps et Marais d’Opale, a counter-clockwise loop ensues as you ride through pretty and sleepy French villages like Caffiers, Fiennes and Bazinghen. Many of the back roads that connect these communes are littered with grape fields and small farms – but best of all, nearly no cars – at no point will you forget you’re in France”
Above: Route Profile French Revolution (Standard Route 2016)
Le Classique Français
“The course has everything you could want from a French cycling experience, from Camembert to cobbles! Run on predominantly fast, flat roads with few testing climbs expect high average speeds. Stunning waterways, villages and windmills feature along the way as you weave your way southeast from Calais. The first of two feed stations come after 27 miles in the village of Millam, after which the Standard riders will start to loop back to Calais, while the Epic riders head off to the route’s pièce de résistance… a 1.5-mile cobbled switchback climb to the historic town of Cassel — a little taste of one of the one-day Classics, your very own Paris-Roubaix”
Above: Route Profiles for the French Cassique