Calais to Ventoux: Day 4

23 Jun 2014


Day 4 route – click to enlarge

Day 4 has been a very different day for the team compared to those which preceded it, with the group reporting heavy rain on the slick black roads making for difficult going. Around lunchtime today there were a couple of falls in the town of Chalon-sur-Saône but the riders are all reportedly OK and up and moving again to their destination of Villefranche-sur-Saône.

Once there, the team will have covered 170km today, as they ride through Burgundy, some 100km or so East of the Loire Valley region. By tonight they will have cleared the region completely, as they reach their overnight stop, a few kilometres North of Lyon. In total the team will have covered around 720 kilometres (447 miles), since setting off from Calais on Friday.

They’ll be hoping for some better weather for tomorrow’s ride, as the route takes them through the major centre of Lyon, before they carry on due South, through the town of Vienne and on to Valence. The team will cycle for a few miles after Valence (taking the day’s total to 167 kilometres) to reach the smaller centre of Livron-sur-Drôme, where they will stop overnight.

At least throughout the rain they can keep their fingers crossed that the weather returns to the climate of day 3, which produced the below great set of snapshots, on the route from Troyes to Dijon.


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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, Day 2 here and Day 3 here.