Calais to Ventoux: Day 3

22 Jun 2014

Day 3 route - click to enlarge

Day 3 route – click to enlarge

It was a mammoth day for the team yesterday, with the seven riders all safely completing the 211 kilometres from Saint Quentin to Troyes.

The team are reporting that the weather is steadily getting hotter as they make it further South and, as you can see from the below video, it’s certainly making the French landscape look extremely picturesque.

Progress though has been slightly slower because of the heat, with yesterday’s ride taking around 12 hours. Setting off early in the morning did, however, mean that the team were safely at their Troyes base for early evening, giving the opportunity for some much-needed downtime.

Today’s riding gives the group the chance to take things slightly easier, with the longest day in the saddle now behind them. There is still some 150 kilometres to cover though, with the team starting the day following the route of the Seine river out of Troyes to the South-East. They will pass through several of the little towns that dot the Seine, marking the halfway point at Châtillon-sur-Seine. From there on there is a long run to the city of Dijon, where the team will spend the evening tonight.

The Calais to Ventoux riders, including Jepson Holt chairman Philip Jepson, are covering 600 miles and a 6,273 ft mountain climb to raise money for The Walton Centre, the only specialist neuroscience trust in the country. If you feel able to donate, you can support them on Just Giving here. Missed their journey so far? Catch up on Day 1 here and Day 2 here.