Cornwall Hospice Care Events

Mont-Saint-Michel Cycle 2023

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Event Details

Date:
2nd October 2023
Event type:
Cornwall Hospice Care Events
Difficulty:
Moderate - Training Required
Fees and sponsorship requirements:
Fundraising Option - Registration fee £99 + Minimum sponsorship £1,600
Own Target Option - Registration fee £99 + Self funding £800 + own fundraising target
Contact details:
Jane Appleton & Oliver Hoare 01726 66868 (opt 3) jappleton@cornwallhospice.co.uk & ohoare@cornwallhospice.co.uk.
Location:
Mont-Saint-Michel, 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel, Le Mont-Saint-Michel,
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Are you up for an extraordinary adventure? Join us on our fully supported and bespoke cycle from Cornwall to Mont-Saint-Michel, France and enjoy the unique opportunity to fund your local adult hospice nurses.

A truly amazing experience; you’ll make lifelong friends, go beyond what you thought you could do, but most of all make unforgettable memories.

Our Mont-Saint-Michel Cycle is an incredible cycling challenge and will be the third bespoke overseas cycle for our charity.

You’ll spend 4 days in the saddle, cycling 278 miles from Cornwall. Your journey begins on the gorgeous Roseland Heritage Coast, where once underway you will snake along the coast, via Mount Edgcumbe Hospice to Plymouth to catch the overnight Ferry. The next morning our French adventure begins as we cycle 3 days through quiet French country lanes, through traditional market towns all whilst hugging the coastline and enjoying the views of gorgeous sandy beaches.

On Day 4 the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site Mont-Saint-Michel will grow on the horizon before welcoming you to your finale and across the finish line. The pride, comradery and sense of achievement will make all the days in the saddle worth it as you soak in your magnificent achievement.

Key Points

Challenge duration – 5 days
Days in the saddle – 4 days
Distance – 278 miles (approx.)
Difficulty – Moderate. A good level of fitness is required for this challenge. You will need to train, however remember that although the distances are larger, you have all day to do it!
Accommodation – Overnight ferry and hotels (twin room occupancy)

Entry Options

Fundraising Option: Registration Fee £99 (non-refundable) + Minimum Sponsorship £1,600

This option means the cost of your challenge is met through raising a minimum sponsorship. The cost of this challenge is £850 per cyclist, so you will raise £850 to fund our care, and anything over the minimum target helps to fund our nurses!

We expect that 80% of your minimum sponsorship (£1,280) is received by the 24th July 2023 (10 weeks prior to departure). We ask for this, as it is at this point we pay final balances for accommodation.

Own Target Option: Registration Fee £99 (non-refundable) + Self Funding £800 + Own Fundraising Target

This option means you can choose how much you wish to fundraise, by paying for the cost of your challenge yourself. This way, you are in control of your target.

On the 10th July 2023 (12 weeks before departure), you will receive an invoice to pay the £800 challenge. There is also the option to setup a Direct Debit from the point of booking until this date if you wish to make monthly payments (please discuss this with one of our Team prior to booking).

Your challenge balance must be paid in full by the 24th July 2023, otherwise your place may be at risk.

5 Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Registration for cycle will be early morning in St Mawes before departure at 7:30AM, travelling up through the Roseland, into Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and along into Plymouth. Distance – 66 Miles / 5,659ft elevation gain.

Route Map Day 1 – St Mawes to Plymouth.

Day 2 – Departing from the overnight ferry out of Roscoff, you start to travel East through Morlaix, again hugging the coastline, before arrival in Guingamp. Distance – 75 miles / 4,364ft elevation gain.

Route Map Day 2 – Roscoff to Guingamp.

Day 3 – You will cycle from Guingamp, around Saint-Brieuc and via harbour villages. You then begin to head inland, passing the ruins of Château de la Hunaudaye and then on to finish in the medieval town of Dinan. Distance – 76 miles / 4,150ft elevation gain.

Route Map Day 3 – Guingamp to Dinan.

Day 4 – Your final day in the saddle! You head North, picking up the coastline with your first glimpse of our finish. After lunch, just a handful of miles remain until the finish at the iconic Mont-Saint-Michel. Here, your cycle ends and we enjoy our celebratory meal together. Distance – 61 miles / 2,752ft elevation gain.

Route Map Day 4 – Dinan to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Day 5 – You have a free morning to visit the Mont, before boarding the coach back to Roscoff. Here you board the ferry as a foot passenger, with your bike stored safely in a Cornwall Hospice Care van. Upon arrival back in Plymouth, you will again transfer by coach back to Cornwall and arrival at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice for late evening.

Please note – exact distances and elevation gains may adjust marginally from the above specific detail and the itinerary is subject to change as required.

What Will it be Like?

The best way to answer that is to show you:

In 2017 we delivered a similar event. Darren Uren, one of our cyclists penned this detailed blog about his experiences.

What Happens Next?

We’ll be with you every step of the way in your preparation for your Challenge. In just a few simple steps you can join our team and support Cornwall Hospice Care.

  1. On the link above sign up today and choose your preferred option of either Fundraising Option or Own Target Option
  2. You will receive an automated confirmation of your booking and shortly afterwards, we will call you to welcome you to the team and will then send your event pack.
  3. We will send you regular updates with fundraising information, training guides etc.
  4. Any fundraising support you need, we will be on hand to help either in person, over the phone or on email.
  5. We will invite you to join us on our Coast and Clay Sportive 2023, on June 25th, with a complimentary place on the distance of your choice.
  6. We will hold a late Summer 2023 tech evening for the cycle, to learn how to maintain your bike on the road, i.e. punctures and loose handlebars etc. and to talk long distance nutrition.
  7. Before your departure you will need to provide insurance information and complete a medical questionnaire, this information will be held securely by Cornwall Hospice Care and used solely for the purpose of keeping you safe on the challenge.
  8. Nearer challenge date and once any adjustments to the route have been finalised, we will provide rough estimates if friends and family wish to cheer you on from certain points.
  9. Finally enjoy the challenge!
Cornwall Hospice Care Event Experience

The Cornwall Hospice Care event team are well versed at event delivery, having hosted the Run Falmouth Half Marathon for a decade, the Coast and Clay Cycling Sportive since 2020, our own Domestic Treks and places in the London Marathon. In 2017 and 2019 we delivered an overseas French cycle via a third party. You will be in safe hands.

Downloads
Itinerary

Information on locations and distances planned.

What's Included

Information on what's included and what's not.

Kit List

Details on mandatory and optional kit.

Terms and Conditions

The Challenge Terms and Conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How fit do I need to be?

Some training is certainly required and although the distances are large, remember, all you are doing across the whole day is cycling. Typically we have an early morning start, 8am for example, and ride until mid afternoon. This is broken up with a morning and afternoon break and a decent lunch break.

People tend to group with others of similar speeds and no one is left behind. It’s not a race and all abilities are encouraged.


Will there be a training plan?

Yes, we will work with you to understand your fitness and will provide a training plan to match your current ability.

Is there an age limit to take part?

All Participants must be aged 18 or over by the 1st October 2023.

Is there an option to have my own room?

Yes! You can upgrade to a single occupancy for £295 (this is payable by the individual and cannot be covered under your fundraising). Contact us on the details above and we can process this payment with you. Please be aware, requests past 24th July 2023 (10 weeks prior to departure), may not be able to be catered for.

What is the food like?

Typically breakfast is your usual hotel cuisine, eggs, toast, pastries etc. Lunch is a local restaurant en route and usually hearty and carb dense for maximum energy. The evening meal is much the same.

The water stops have sweets, cereal bars and high energy bars available too.


How will the course be marked?

Each rider is offered a GPS device, which is pre-programmed with the route. It uses visual and audio cues to instruct you. These are highly accurate and easy to use.

These are offered to each rider with no damage deposit, Cornwall Hospice Care covers this, however if a riders looses or breaks theirs, they will be required to pay for it so our charity is not charged.


What support is there en-route?

There are three vehicles that make up our support team:

x1 Support Car – First Aid cover and basic bike mechanical support. The car is floating to help with any issue that may arise.

x2 Support Vans, carrying you day and overnight bag. The vans run the logistics of the breaks and lunch stops.


What bicycles are allowed?

Road bikes are the most suitable bikes, although , hybrid bikes or mountain bikes can be used. We do advise that the longer distances will be more challenging on a mountain bike.

Electric bikes are also welcome, although any form of e-bike with a twist and go style throttle is not permitted. If using an electric bike, it will be your responsibility to ensure the battery is charged.


Can I raise more than the minimum sponsorship?

Yes! Any sponsorship above the minimum will fund the essential work of our charity.

Can I raise money as a team?

Yes, for those who are concerned about raising the minimum sponsorship we are happy to have a team share the target. For each person, the team’s sponsorship minimum will grow by £1,600 to cover their place and the care we are asking them to fund i.e. two riders together will need to raise £3,200 and three riders £4,800.

As a team if one person raises £3,000 and the other x2 team member £900, they still meet the target.

If you wish to enter a team please advise us on our contact details above, before or shortly after registering.


What fundraising support is there beforehand?

We will provide all Participants with a Fundraising Pack. We can also provide at your request collection buckets, tins, banners, etc. to support your efforts. You will also received a letter of authority to help if approaching businesses for prizes for a raffle for example.

In your Fundraising Pack we will also have information on online sponsorship pages and can offer advice on raffles, matched funding etc.

Essentially, if you need us, we can help with ideas to make your fundraising a success.


Is this not a costly event?

This challenge does have a higher cost base than other events we do, however all the logistics of the event are covered including most of your meals and all en-route travel and accommodation – please see the ‘Itinerary’ download for exact information.

We know from experience that when we cover these logistical costs and ask people to raise more as a result, participants are more successful and raise more funds towards are care.

Each rider, when meeting the minimum sponsorship only, will fund over a week’s worth of nursing care. You can see how this will build with 30 cyclists…. and of course, you can raise more!