Dieppe Raid Cycling
Organised annually since 1972

 

Event Details 24th June - 26th June 2017









Any type of roadworthy bicycle is suitable for this event. British riders select their preferred means of travel to Dieppe. It is recommended that visitors attending for the first time travel to Dieppe on the Saturday morning using the Transmanche ferry service from Newhaven. Cars can be left in the car park at the Newhaven ferry terminal. Group travel rates are available for return tickets departing from Newhaven on the Friday or Saturday - there are 2 sailings on both days. There are 2 options for the return journey on the Monday or a Wednesday evening option. On arrival at Dieppe port you will only have a short cycle or walk to the town centre. It is less than a mile so a back pack will normally be adequate.

Alternative suitable ferry crossings include Portsmouth - Le Havre (approx. 100km from Dieppe) from which, subject to ferry timetables, Dieppe can be reached by bicycle as well as car.
Additionally, Dover - Calais (approx. 200km from Dieppe) has an excellent motorway link. The cost of this crossing compares very favourably with Newhaven - Dieppe for those travelling by car. Many participants have used both of these crossings regularly with shared costs for a full vehicle.

Your visit to Dieppe can also be used to form part of an extended break to this region of Normandy.

Generally we all meet up at a reception in the Town Hall at 5pm so that the dignitaries from Dieppe and CC Dieppe can welcome the UK contingent. This is hosted by a member of the Mayor's office and CC Dieppe and is followed by a glass of wine.

Prior to the ride on Sunday you will receive route sheets for your chosen distance, all of which are covered on local maps. Suitable maps include: 304 (Local 1/175,000 series), 513 (Regional 1/275,000 series) or the old Michelin map 52 (now out of print). CC Dieppe mark out the route with paint but so do lots of other clubs, so it is advisable to carry a map to prevent any navigation errors. Riders may travel in groups or ride alone. The entry fee of £6 includes mid-way refreshments served at a cabin on the Green Way just south of St. Aubin le Cauf.

There are generally 2 walks which start from the event HQ at 9 am. The shorter one is around the centre of Dieppe but the second longer walk takes in the surrounding countryside and is just under 10 miles.

Immediately following the rides there is a prize presentation where some prizes normally come our way. There are many awards for the children who participate so it can be a real family occasion. Other awards are for clubs with a large number of participants or covering a large distance.

On Sunday evening a meal is arranged in the Windsor Hotel on the seafront for the first 120 to apply. This is always popular. A 4-course meal with welcome drink and wine costs £30 per head.

The majority of people return home on the Monday. Occasionally cyclists have returned on the Sunday evening but this means missing the presentation. The presentation generally completes around 6 - 6.30pm.