Dittons Velo en Champagne: June 2015


The DV Champagne Tour 2015 was even better than the wine itself. The trip was full of flavour and fun. Never a dull moment, whether it was chatting in the bar after a ride or over breakfast the next day. The banter was good humoured and I never felt pressured to do anything I didn’t want to. The routes Nigel planned were varied and interesting through some wonderful countryside and even when we did go ‘Off piste’ it all seemed to be planned anyway. Great riding with some good long hills to get the legs working without killing ourselves as we can do on some of Surrey’s 20%+ gradients. Can’t wait for the next one!
8 is a good number, so if anyone else wants to arrange one, go ahead – it makes it all very cost effective and great fun.

In numbers:

A long weekend trip to Champagne, for eight Dittons Velo riders:

  • 11391328_10154386567928521_8637951243252311803_nTotal distance 300km (exactly!)
  • Total ascent 2295m
  • Total time 14:57hrs
  • Average speed 20kph


In the words of some of the DV huit:

The trip epitomised the friendliness & camaraderie of our club. Bowling along as a group of like-minded ‘veloistes’ on smooth, traffic-free roads through beautiful French countryside (vineyards) with a shout of ‘Social’ if anyone made a break for freedom to bring the mini-peloton back together again.
At times through challenging (hilly!), but otherwise gently rolling terrain, followed by well-earned & leisurely lunch stops, the miles rolled by almost effortlessly culminating in a refreshing glass (or two) of fizz back at ‘the garage’, all of us with grins as wide as La Manche ..!


A million laughs, thousands of calories (more eaten, than burnt), hundreds of cycling miles, tens of bottles of champagne but only one magnifique catastrophe (c/o Le Clewn)


One of the best weekends I’ve had in years. Great riding, great bunch of people, great weather, great wine, great food, no mishaps to speak of. Tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks at least once every day.


Fun long weekend with 7 others – based in Epernay – 3 x circa 60 mile rides – scenic routes – little traffic on mainly good road surfaces !!


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