||Tour of France & Flanders
||August 2019 (date to TBA)
||France and Belgium
||Bob Stock & Mike Morgan
||- Email Mike below to register interest for further details when the event dates are known
Every year the club organises an Annual Tour of Belgium/France, this takes place in August and lasts for 5 days. It always runs from a Tuesday night returning on Sunday, we meet at the Premier Inn at Dover, so we can catch the early ferry on the following day.
The following days have very organised rides and we stay in good quality hotels, often in the village Ooustduinkerke, Belgium, in 2018 we even stayed in a Chateau in St. Omer! The trip then takes rides out from the hotel, eg Brugge, Ypres etc on organised rides with lunch at half-way points.
Evening meals are at very good quality pre-arranged venues. The party is restricted to 34 people and the event starts booking in early Feb for that coming year, it fills up VERY quickly and we start collecting monthly instalments from Feb onwards, the trip has to be paid for in advance as we have so many places we have to book in advance and pay deposits etc. The cost covers ALL expenses: Ferry, Van ins, Petrol, Accommodation, Meals, Drinks etc - In fact it is possible to turn up in Dover and you would not have to have any other money with you if you did not want to.
Recommendations for this trip can be easily had from many club members, there is also a traditional contingent of riders that are 'old members' or very good friends that also come - and they are always welcomed on the trip. The trip is open to all and we would positively encourage women to come, on the 2018 trip there are 7 ladies!
The trip is by invitation only to make sure that the format and feel of the trip remains the same which has taken over 30 years to perfect, please contact Mike Morgan by email here before the end of Jan - the cost of the trip will be decided in Jan and I will inform the riders going of the monthly collection cost.
Keep an eye out for information in the club monthly e-blast