Guided tour

Champagne Gastro-Tour with Merckx, Wiggins and Raymond Blanc

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Key Features

France

Country

Northern France

Region

guided

Trip Type

Intermediate

Difficulty

Road Cycling

Adventure type

5*

Accommodation

2

Nights

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Celebrate the heritage of cycling and gastronomy this October with a 3 day riding tour across the stunning vineyards of Champagne led by legends of the sport. Ride with the greatest rider to ever take to the bike, Eddy Merckx, 5 time Olympic champion and Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, and the Lion of Flanders, Johan Museeuw. This is luxury fully supported riding led by ex-pro riders, Aston Martin support cars, and team of mechanics and soigneurs. Once you've finished riding enjoy menus created by 2 Michelin star chef, Raymond Blanc OBE, and then relax in Europe's No 1 resort, The Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa, capping your evenings off with a unique fireside chats between Sir Brad and Eddy. This is certainly one for the scrapbook.

What's the plan

Itinerary

We split your three days in Champagne into 11 separate stages of world-class riding and Michelin standard feasting. Here's what's included:

Stage 1 - Friday Afternoon

PROLOGUE

A short warm-up spin to get to know the roads and your fellow guests

Stage 2 - Friday Evening

TIME & PLACE

A 5-course celebration of the culinary identity of Champagne by 3-Michelin star chef Ashley Palmer-Watts. Working with a selection of the regions best producers, he’ll showcase, course by course, the ingredients that make Champagne a world renowned culinary destination.

Stage 3 - Saturday Breakfast

FINE FUEL

A true breakfast of champions for the rides ahead. Created in collaboration between our team and a professional nutritionist, this is the first fine-dining fuelling of the weekend.

STAGE 4 - SAT MORNING

JOYRIDE

The ultimate pleasure ride across the rolling vineyards of Champagne, side by side with our team of cycling legends, and led by our Aston Martin guide cars. We have a ride for all abilities, with four distances ranging from 75km to 160km, we’ll also make a few stops along the way to taste some of the regions best producers.

Stage 5 - Saturday Afternoon

RECHARGE

Rest and relaxation, how the pros do it. Make the most of The Royal Champagne’s spa, grab a massage from our soigneurs, unwind with yoga, or just grab a drink and relax.

Stage 6 & 7 - Saturday Evening

TOUR DE FEAST

A 7-course homage to the one and only Eddy Merckx. A collaboration between Ashley Palmer-Watts and Raymond Blanc OBE, celebrating some of Eddy’s greatest moments on a plate. Includes accompanied pairings by Champagne Laurent Perrier’s master sommeliers.

TALES OF A YELLOW JERSEY

A fireside chat with two cycling greats, Eddy Merckx and Sir Bradley Wiggins. Unwind and enjoy stories from the tour, with accompanied whisky and wine tastings.

Stage 8 - Sunday Morning

FINE FUEL

Another fine dining fuelling to get you ready for the rides ahead, cooked by Ashley and our team of chefs at the Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa.

Stage 9 - Sunday Morning

THE 1988 TT

Clock your time against the legends on a 19.88km time trial. Inspired by Sean’s 1988 Tour de France TT win, this is your chance to test your speed or just enjoy Champagne’s most picturesque road in blissful solitude. And while you wait your turn, take a test ride in the brand new Aston Martin DBX.

Stage 10 - Sunday Morning

CAFE CULTURA

Idle home weaving through the vineyards with our pros on a relaxed ride celebrating coffee culture in cycling, with brews from the expert baristas at Workshop Coffee.

Stage 11 - Sunday Afternoon

THE FINISH DINE

The ultimate after the finish line feast, created by Ashley Palmer-Watts, Jean-Denis Rieubland and the rest of the team. Our final celebration back at the Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa.

Other key

Highlights

  • Ride with cycling legends Eddy Merckx, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Johan Museeuw
  • All-inclusive dining from Michelin starred chefs Raymond Blanc and Ashley Palmer-Watts
  • Fully supported riding led by ex-pro riders, Aston Martin support cars, and team of mechanics and soigneurs
  • Relax at Europe's No 1 luxury resort - The Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa

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