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Vire Trip – 7-10 May 2020

Join us for a long weekend of cycling, eating, drinking and fun on our trip to visit our sister club, Vélo Club du Bocage de Vire


This is a great chance to cycle the lovely Normandy roads via the Normandy Landing Beaches and spend a weekend enjoying French culture.


The MDCC has been twinned for over 40 years with VCB in Vire. MDCC members and their families have enjoyed many exchange visits especially the parties we have had with him. Our annual Totnes-Vire Road Race was established because of this inter-club twinning. The VCB reciprocated with their Prix du Jumelage. This race, with up to 140 riders, gave many of our members the chance to taste racing in France. It has been the springboard for many of our most successful riders.


In recent years the focus of VCB has switched from racing to more social riding. This trip is a chance to establish links at this kind of level. 


This trip is mainly aimed at G riders and above, with John Scanlon leading one group and Ken Robertson leading another.    Liz Butler has kindly agreed to lead a group of stronger social riders.  Please note that the route back to Cherbourg will be between 75 to 80 miles so Social Riders will need to be able to cover this distance. 


The weekend programme is as follows:-


Thursday 7th May: - Car share to Portsmouth to arrive before 9 p.m. Parking is available at the ferry port.    One car will be going over on the ferry as a support vehicle. Passengers will need to carry their own bags onto the ship and they will be loaded into the vehicle the following morning


The ferry sails at 10.45 pm to arrive in (Ouistreham) Caen the following morning at 6.45 am. Two berth cabins have been booked with ensuite shower and toilet. Breakfast can be bought in the ship's restaurant.


Vélo Club du Bocage have booked our accommodation and obtained an amazing deal at L’Étape en Forêt in Saint-Sever. Here is the link if you would like to see where we are staying.



We are not asking for dietary requirements other than if you are vegetarian.  Most restaurants will have something suitable for vegetarians, although the choice may be limited.  Any more specific requirements may require you to bring some of your own food along and store it in the car.


Day 1(Friday 8th May):- Ride from Caen to St Sever (Vire) – Approximately 55 miles, via the Normandy Landing Beaches (UK & Canadian). Dinner will be at the accommodation (cost is included in the package)


Day 2 (Saturday 9th May): - Rides through the Bocage area with members of the VCB. Rides will be organised for varying abilities. We will be dining in the evening with VCB (cost is included in the package)


Day 3 (Sunday 10th May): - Return ride to Cherbourg for 5 pm sailing to Portsmouth. with various route options. Most direct route is 75 miles. Longer routes can take in the Normandy Landing Beaches (US). A stop will be pre-booked in Carentan.


Return express ferry has no cabins. It leaves Cherbourg at 5.00 pm on Sunday 12th May to arrive back in Portsmouth at 7.00 pm


The total cost of the trip is £180 per person to include ferry fares and cabins, dinner bed & breakfast at the accommodation, and the party organised by VCB. Breakfast on the ferry is not included.   Please note the cost does not include travel insurance, drinks or any meals bought en route.


If you are successful in getting a place, payment will be required by 31 January 2020.  Details of how to pay will be emailed to you.


If for any reason you are unable to make the trip after booking and paying, it will be up to you to find somebody to take your place.


This is going to be a great weekend away. It’s worth noting that Vire is in the department of Calvados, famous for its apple brandy!


Ken (Route Navigator Group 1) and John (Route Navigator Group 2) and Michele (Support Car Driver)



Do you have questions about MDCC Vire Trip 2020? Contact Michele Radant

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