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The Champagne Tour 2022

Ziggurat

Ziggurat - The Champagne Tour – London to Reims

14 - 18 September 2022

Riders at the finish

Key Information

Date: 14 - 18 September 2022

Location: The Champagne Tour – London to Reims

Distance: 311 miles

Registration Fee: £25

Fundraising: £1850

In the Saddle: 4 days

The bike ride for the construction and built environment sector

Ziggurat - the annual adventure for folk from the constructions and built environment sector who share a passion for cycling and may not be averse to doing a bit of networking from the saddle.

Our 5th Annual cycling networking tour will see around 60 riders going from London to Reims on a fully supported 4 day ride from the Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking to the Champagne region of France. The route will take in beautiful countryside, stunning architecture and lovely quiet roads.

Designed and delivered by the highly experienced Action Medical Research cycling team, Ziggurat will ensure you have the chance to network on a cycling challenge that will bring you and your riders memories for life!

We are looking for partners now. If you want a slice of the action, contact Sarah Stevenson on sarahs@action.org.uk and be part of this unique industry ride.

Ziggurat Partners

Finning is the UK and Ireland's largest Cat dealer. Specialising in Caterpillar Heavy Equipment, Machinery, Power Generation and more.

Grafton Group plc is an international distributor of building materials to trade customers who are primarily engaged in residential repair, maintenance and improvement projects and house building.

Brett Group has over 51 locations across the South East of England and is the largest independent construction and building materials group in the UK

Find out more about becoming a Ziggurat Partner

Technology Partner

Ziggurat Riders Celebrating

Route details

Our exciting cycle challenge takes us from London to Reims on a fully supported 4 day ride from the Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking to the Champagne region of France.

By starting in Dorking at the Denbies Wine Estate the trip is bookended by sparkling wine. The route is undulating and quiet with lovely rural roads and lovely open views. We then head off from the coast to the Cathedral city of Evreux. The last 30 miles are all completely traffic free along a section of French cycle path.The route heads past Evreux Cathedral before some rolling valleys as it heads North to skirt round Paris before finishing in Chantilly near the grounds of the Majestic Chateau.The final day sees riders head east towards the Champagne region of France. We will celebrate with some bubbles in a Champagne House before the evening in Reims.

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Route Info - Downloads

2021 details for example purposes only - 2022 downloads coming soon

Itinerary

Itinerary

Route Profiles

Route Profiles

Kit list

Kit list

What's Included

  • Expertly signed route
  • A chunky Ziggurat medal
  • Breakfast in hotels
  • Snack and fluid stops
  • Great lunch stops
  • Medical staff
  • Support vehicles
  • Baggage transport
  • Talented bike mechanics available
  • Maps and GPX files available
  • Ferry and Eurostar transport
  • Training support and advice
  • Celebration 3 course gala dinner in Reims
  • Accommodation - 3-4* twin share (single supplement available)

Training Guide

Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race.

The Jersey

2022 Jersey Coming Soon

The Exclusive Ziggurat 2021 Jersey

FAQs

How much do I have to raise?

There is a £25 entry fee for Ziggurat and you will need to commit to raising a minimum of £1,850. This amount of £1,850 does include your trip cost.

What is the start point?

Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

https://www.denbies.co.uk/

What is my route?

Dorking - Portsmouth - Ouistreham - Evreux - Chantilly - Reims

Can I leave my car at the hotel for the duration of the trip?

You will be able to leave your car at the start venue (Denbies Wine Estate). A portion of the car park has been reserved for the duration of the trip.

What time do we need to register on the day and when do we leave?

Registration time will be from 10:00 on Wednesday 14 September 2022. 

Where will we be staying?

Accommodation en route is in 3-4 star hotels, picked for their proximity to the route. The accommodation will be twin share with washing facilities unless you have requested a single room supplement when booking.

Can I request a single room on the trip instead of being in twin share accommodation?

Yes – please speak to our event delivery partner WMP who deal with the logistics and operational elements of the trip. Please email sports@wmpcreative.com and they will be happy to arrange a single supplement with you.  

Can you book additional accommodation for my friends or family?

Unfortunately not. If you have family and friends looking to join you at the finish in Reims you will need to book separate accommodation for them.

What happens on the final night in Reims?

We will celebrate your achievements with a celebratory 3-course gala dinner. Afterwards you’ll have time to sample the delights of Reims with your new found friends. Friends and Family are welcome to join you. To arrange this please email sports@wmpcreative.com

How does my bike get back to the UK?

The bikes will be transported in trucks back to the UK on Sunday 18 September 2022. It will either meet you back at the start venue in Dorking. If you want to arrange a courier to send you your bike post-event then you can do so by emailing sports@wmpcreative.com

Can you take my bike back to the UK if I decide to stay on in France for a day or so?

We are more than happy to take your bike back to the UK for you but you will then have to pick it up from the WMP Sports London office post-event or have your bike couriered back to your home address for an additional cost. This option is limited and will work on a first come first serve basis. To book the bike courier service please email sports@wmpcreative.com

Can you tell me which Eurostar train I will be on for the return trip to London?

Not just yet, as the train times haven't be released yet. Arrival time into London St Pancras from Paris will be on the 18 September 2022.

Please note that we are only able to book for participants taking part in the trip. Any additional bookings must be booked by yourself and under a separate name.

When will I receive my Eurostar tickets?

Just before you travel. We will hand you your return Eurostar ticket on Saturday 25 September 2021 at your hotel in Reims.

When do I need to have raised and banked my sponsorship money by?

To secure your place on the Ziggurat we need you to have raised and banked a minimum of £1,275 by the 31 July 2022. This amount pays for your transport, accommodation and food throughout your trip. You will need to raise and bank the remainder of your sponsorship, by the 31 October 2022.

How do I know where to ride?

The route will be fully signed and you will be given a briefing each morning about what to expect. We will also share GPX routes with all riders who have technology with them. There is a sweep vehicle bringing up the and back marker riders. You will also have a control number to call should you lose your way.

What kind of bike do I need?

We recommend a road bike which is fully serviced and in good working order. Some riders use hybrid bikes and replace the tyres with thin tyres. We would not recommend a mountain bike for these kinds of distances.

What kind of rider takes part?

This event is open to everyone from beginner to hobby rider to enthusiast. The riding speeds vary from 10mph to 20mph so you will always find someone to ride with regardless of your speed.

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Action Medical Research is a community of passionate individuals who are committed to fighting for children’s lives. We fight for some of the toughest fights our children face. We know through medical research we can stop the devastation caused by premature birth.