An important update regarding your event registration for the Champagne Tour on May 20th 2017.
I just want to be pre-emptive and remind everyone that this tour is not rated "easy". It is rated moderate, so getting in shape and riding ahead of time is important. Last years Danube ride was an "Easy" tour. Moderate doesn't mean you won't be able to handle it, it means you will need to practice riding at least for a couple of months, which I strongly suggest anyway. In the event you feel a day will be too difficult for you then you can always stay on board the boat. I have taken a day off myself to stay on the boat and thoroughly enjoyed it. We have even had people stay on the boat for 4 or 5 days and only ride for 1 or 2 days. This is a vacation and you should enjoy it in your own way. We have all day to complete the distance so it should be easily doable. I will be organizing several weekend bike rides come Springtime when the weather warms up. Yes Winter is going to hook it's thorny claws into us one of these days. In the meantime you can go to the gym or get a stationary bike to put in front of the TV and make TV watching more productive. Diane and I bought a real nice used one for $50. Check Craigslist or Cape Cod Virtual Yardsales on Facebook for deals.
If you have any questions feel free to call me. 774-392-2567 Michael
Here is the official description.
This is a moderate level tour that is at times challenging with hilly terrain and varied country roads. It is for experienced bikers in good physical condition. The tour is fully guided and every day you will cycle along small country roads (short distances on unmade or semi-paved roads and tracks) that go up and down the hills adjacent to the river valley and through Champagne vineyards. Cycling distances vary from 30–50 km (19–35 miles) per day. You can also cycle self-guided for short stretches if you prefer.
PARIS TO EPERNAY
Day 1: Arrival in Paris
Day 2: Full day excursion in Paris
Day 3: Paris – Lagny-sur-Marne | Lagny-sur-Marne - Meaux, 21 miles (35 km)
Day 4: Meaux – La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, 22 to 25 miles (35 to 40 km)
Day 5: La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Château-Thierry, 32 miles (50 km)
Day 6: Château-Thierry – Dormans – Epernay, 19 to 35 miles (30 to 50 km)
Day 7: Epernay round tour, 16 miles (25 km); visit Epernay and Champagne houses
Day 8: Departure from Epernay
*All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. If you do not feel like cycling one or more days, you can always relax on board while cruising to the next town. Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
Complete daily descriptions can be found here. Itinerary - Paris to Epernay