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Rides from Caen La Prairie on Sat 27 and Sun 28 April 2019

Saturday, 27 April 2019 - 9:00am

Now fully booked

Some options
Leave car in Portsmouth, overnight ferry 26 April (or come a day earlier for a more relaxed start to the weekend), leaving 22:45, arriving next morning at 6:45. An hour’s ride to Caen (17km), café breakfast and ready for a 9:00 (ish) start for the day ride. Staying in Caen overnight on Sunday seems to be more convenient than trying to catch a late ferry on Sunday evening.

Some members are planning to come earlier in the week to give time for sight seeing. Some may bring a car and stay for an extended holiday

As well as cycling, there’s plenty to see in Caen.
Or, francophiles click here 🙂

Getting to Caen
There’s an easy ride from the ferry at Ouistreham to the centre of Caen (17km), using the Velo Francette 43 (v43) which runs along the canal (Chemin de Halage). See map above and gpx file.

Provisional details
Saturday ride starts Quai de la Londe 9am. Sunday ride starts La Prairie 9:00am. Coffee and  lunch stops both days. Optional dinner Frid, Sat and Sun evenings (now booked). See gpx files for ride details.

Ferry and accommodation
As usual with Oxford City Cycling holidays, you will book your own ferry crossings and accommodation, depending how long you want to stay.

With both rides starting in Caen city centre, it will be convenient to book within reasonable distance of the centre.

Ride report

Skilfully guided by Marion, 2 lovely rides to the seaside resorts on the north coast, followed by the picturesque valley of the Odon to the south. With winds gusting close to 50 mph on Saturday, we decided to return from Dauville by train – itself a memorable experience. The combination of rides, restaurants and company will remain long in our memories.

Ride leaders

Role Name

Full ride leader

(To be arranged)

Ride venues and times

Venue Time Notes


Caen La Paririe 9:00am

Gpx files show precise meeting points. You will receive full details by email.


(To be arranged) 11:00am

For about half an hour.


(To be arranged) 1:00pm

For about an hour.


Caen La Paririe 4:30pm
All of the times (apart from the start time) are approximate only, as weather or punctures may affect them.

Ride options and attendance

Ride option Distance Pace Attendees

Full ride

Saturday shortened due to gusty conditions

165km 20kph

The pace listed above is the average pace we do, so in general when cycling along the flat we will go a bit faster than the average pace. Please be aware of this if you are wondering whether you will be able to keep up on the ride.

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