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3 March 2019

Andy Webb.

There are still spaces available for Albion in the Community’s Calais to Antwerp European Cycle Challenge this Summer.

Over the past five years, cyclists have ridden all over Europe in aid of AITC, raising vital funds towards all of the great schemes the club’s charity arm run every year, and riders of all abilities are encouraged to join in.

The event takes place between Thursday 6 June and Sunday 9 June 2019 and will include 170 miles of cycling between the French port and the finish line in Antwerp.


Cyclists will meet at the Amex on 6 June before travelling by coach and ferry to Calais, with the cycling getting underway the following morning.


AITC's Emma Brockhurst organises the cycle challenge every year and has urged supporters to give the ride a go.


"This is always more than just a bike ride. People have made life-long friends out of these trips as they really inspire great camaraderie. 


"Even if you haven't been on a bike for years, this challenge really suits all standards. There are always those who want to go at a blistering pace and then others who go at a more leisurely one. 


"It is all about enjoying the experience, not about racing to the finish, and more importantly, every penny raised is of enormous benefit to us here at Albion in the Community." 

Stage one takes in 77 miles of rural French countryside, the beautiful historic towns of Watten and Cassell and some of the region’s historic battlefields. The day finishes in the medieval town of Lille, one of northern France’s hidden gems, where cyclists will enjoy a relaxing evening and a well-earned rest.


Stage two takes place on the third day and covers the 93 miles between Lille and Antwerp. Riders will pass through the outskirts of Roubaix, home of the famous Roubaix bike race, before crossing the border into Belgium and travelling through scenic countryside, towns and villages. Once over the finish line, cyclists will enjoy a glass of Champagne and a celebratory meal.


The following morning is free for people to explore Antwerp, before meeting for coach transfer back to the UK.


Everyone who takes part will receive a limited edition Brighton & Hove Albion cycle jersey, full ride support, meals, three nights’ accommodation, and transfers between destinations.


Entry is £299, with a minimum fundraising target of £850.


For more information, or to book your place now, email:

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