Sarah Greene Tribute Fund for Breast Cancer Now presents

Rhone Cycle Randonnée Challenge 2019

The Rhone valley is one of the most defining features of the economic, social and cultural shape of France.

These three stages illustrate all of these aspects beautifully. From the numerous, world-famous vineyards to the rice-fields and salt ‘pans’ of the Camargue region ; from Roman ruins to contemporary colourful graffiti and mural art, and with signs pointing us along the Via Rhona and the Route Touristique des Cotes du Rhone, we are spoilt for distraction from the cycling itself.

As well as providing three very contrasting days on the bike, this route provides us with a unique impression of both the busy, grandeur of the Rhone valley and wild, deserted spaces that link one wine-area to the next. The route crosses the Rhone a total of six times over the three days and visits the ‘departments’ of Haute Loire, Ardeche, Auvergne/Rhone-Alps, Drome, Vaucluse, Gard, Bouches-du-Rhone, and the Languedoc-Rousillon. All this with barely a stretch of main road and as many quiet back-roads as it has been possible to include, as well as a total of nearly 60km of traffic-free cycle path.

The first day is the toughest challenge of the event. Although the gradients never touch 10%, this stage alone will require genuine training if you do not wish to suffer too much ! Days two and three have noticeably less climbing but will have their own challenges, which could well include a nasty wind if Mr Mistral is around ! But none of this will deter from the enjoyment of exploring the beautiful French countryside and the equally charming villages all along our route, complete with irrestible café terraces on picture-postcard Provencale village squares. In brief, another stellar SGBT route that you might well regret not being part of!

It’s very important that we remember the main aim of the ride is to raise money for this extremely worthwhile cause – we’re aiming to beat the last total of £250,000 so we definitely need all of your help to do it! Please invite your friends and family to join us on this amazing challenge to raise funds for our cause.