Bike to Bayeux

A casual charity bike ride starting in Poundbury - Dorchester - to the town's twin of Bayeux. For the Air Ambulance.

Some casual bikers

Bike Bayeux is a charity cycle ride through the beautiful Normandy countryside to Bayeux; Dorchester’s twin town. It is a charity event and is a ride for people wanting to take a leisurely time through the wonderful countryside, with the charm of the French buildings, and small villages on the way.

The funds raised by the cyclists will be divided between a major beneficiary, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, and other Rotary charities.

The event will start on Thursday 20th June at 4pm with a gathering of the participants at the Café on the Green (Poundbury) to meet the Mayor of Dorchester for the official send off. The bikes are taken to the ferry on Friday (21st June) in the morning, together with the participants, and leave from Poole on the ferry, and bike transport on the ferry is organised. The ride will start and finish at Cherbourg. Luggage will be transported by van. The total cycling distance over the three days is around 135 miles and is mainly on country roads with little traffic. The route passes through many villages and small towns, and there will be opportunities to pause for food and drink. This is not a race, but a reasonable degree of fitness is encouraged. Bikes will obviously need to be well maintained, and it is expected that cycle technician will be travelling with the marshals. Instructions and detailed routes will be provided, and there will be a support crew with 3 vehicles. Hotel accommodation is being provided on a demi-pension basis in Ste-Mere-Eglise en route, and in Bayeux at the end of the run. A Civic Reception in Bayeux is planned, and this will be followed by a group dinner. The entry cost to cover transport, ferry, accommodation and the basics is £250, plus a charitable donation of a similar amount in sponsorship at least! Return to the port on Sunday, then ferry and home to Dorchester.