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Motolegends Ladies Ride 3rd June 2020: Ballot deposit for place on trip

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The 2020 Motolegends overseas ladies ride! It was back in 2018 that we undertook our very first overseas ladies' ride. It was a huge success and, even now, some 18 months later, the WhatsApp group is still going strong. Last year, we stayed closer to home, and a hundred ladies rode with us down to Bruton in Somerset. Well this year we're planning another excursion across the channel. Four days. 1,000 miles. 24 ladies. Oh - and Elspeth Beard to boot, of course. If you don't know who Elspeth Beard, look her up on Google. She's an inspirational figure. We feel privileged that we've once again secured her services. She's a lot of fun, and great to ride with. On Wednesday 3rd June, 25 of us will meet up in Ashford at around 8.30am to catch le train sous la Manche. Those who prefer can ride with us from Guildford, departing a couple of hours earlier.

After the crossing, we'll ride about 200 miles down to Epernay stopping for lunch on the way. We will probably do the early part of the journey on the Autoroute or a good A road. Our normal routine, by the way is to ride for about 50 miles and the stop for a tea/coffee break. Epernay, our first day's destination, is just south of Reims. We will be visiting a Champagne house this evening for a tasting followed by a meal in a local bistro. On Thursday we head east a little towards Strasbourg, before dropping down through the Vosges forest to our overnight stop in Belfort. The afternoon riding promises some great twisties and panoramic vistas. Again, there will be a lunch stop and breaks as required on the way. This evening, at our evening hostelry, Elspeth will give a 45 minute talk about her round-the-world trip.

On the Friday, we have a short ride to the Corbusier chapel in Ronchamp. This is a famous chapel that, apparently, all architects should visit and that, for many years, Elspeth has wanted to visit. Did we not mention that Elspeth is also an award-winning architect? We will be arranging a guided tour of the chapel. The tour will be over by mid-morning, and we will then put in a couple of hundred miles to reach our overnight stop at Auserre. We have yet to complete our recce., but nothing gets left to chance on a Motolegends tour. We will find a good hotel and a convenient hostelry for our evening repast. The following day, Saturday, we will cover the last 300 miles north, back to Ouistreham, where we will get the overnight ferry to Portsmouth. The ferry does not leave until around 10.30pm so we have plenty of time to cover the miles on the great French back roads. This will be our longest day in the saddle. We may well crunch out a hundred miles on the Autoroute, and this should mean that we can take it easier for the rest of the day's ride. We will stop for dinner fairly near the port before we get on the ferry.

We arrive in Portsmouth at around 7.00am on Sunday morning, and as was the case after our last trip we would aim to have a homecoming breakfast at the Plucky Pheasant up at Newlands Corner. In total, we will cover around a thousand miles in France but, given that we will be taking four days to do so, we have plenty of time. We will be travelling mainly on B roads. In France, these are usually in great condition with good visibility. We will ride in two or three groups. We will make sure everyone knows where they are going, and we will run a system where there will be a back-marker who is on a sat nav so no-one gets left behind. All the routes will be provided in advance, and can be downloaded on to sat navs. before we go. Graham will be driving the backup van and following the predetermined route so he can provide help if required. He can also carry all the luggage and extra outfits as necessary! There will be plenty of time for relaxed lunches, coffee and tea stops and we will arrive at the evening stops well in time for our evening entertainment.

Many of the ladies who came on our last trip had never ridden overseas before. Some had never ridden more than a hundred miles in a day. But ladies' trips are always extremely supportive. If you are confident enough to ride on your own in the UK, you will not have any problem completing this trip. But we do need to cover reasonable distances. Our initial view would be that you probably need to be riding a bike of at least 400cc.; preferably something even a bit bigger than this. Many of the ladies on our previous trip had not ridden abroad before; we can assure you that this was not their last trip either as many have since been back enjoying the roads of the continent. We have not yet done a definitive costing for the four days, but we estimate that for the crossings, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner one can estimate around £600. Obviously, fuel, coffees and other expenses will not necessarily be covered by this amount. Last time round, we simply set up a kitty for such extras.

Now we suspect that this trip may well be over-subscribed. Which is why we are going to hold a ballot for places. If you want to join us, please purchase your £25 registration charge here. If your name is not drawn, your £25 will be refunded. The ballot will be held at the end of February. If there's somebody you particularly want to ride with, then you can purchase more than one entry into the ballot. If you are selected, we will ask you to pay a further £200 non-refundable deposit within a week. The final amount will be payable no less than two weeks before our departure. Anyway, this is the rough outline of our trip. In the coming weeks, we will be conducting a thorough recce to search out the best hotels, lunch spots and so on; and of course, to finalise the route. We will come back to everybody in due course as the arrangements are buttoned down more firmly.

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