Extra Mile Challenge, 22nd – 26th September

Discover La France Profonde on two wheels and raise money for Willen Hospice.

Extra Mile Challenges (EMC) is excited to get cyclists back on the road with their unforgettable Dijon & Beaune multi-day cycling challenge.

EMC organises channel crossings, hotels, meals (including their fabulous end-of-Challenge gala dinner) and arrowed cycle routes which open up the hidden France few tourists see. EMC’s experienced course marshals are there to keep you safe and on track

Who can enter?

  • The challenge is suitable for experienced and amateur cyclists.
  • Enter in teams of four, and ride in relay, on mostly quiet minor roads.
  • Each cyclist needs to be prepared to cycle around 45 miles a day, typically in 4 or 5 stages
  • Ride at your own pace, but get back for dinner!

Get sponsored

Willen Hospice gets 100% of what you raise. We only ask each cyclist to raise a minimum of £300 in sponsorship (£1,200/team).

Have fun

Teams return year after year to enjoy the superb camaraderie. Whether supporting each other out on the road or swapping stories over dinner, you’ll love the Extra Mile experience.

Where we are going

You will cross the channel on Thursday 22 September and drive to the hotel in Dijon, famed for its mustard, where we stay for 2 nights.

Day 1 – Friday 23rd (170 Miles): The Challenge begins with a circular route, heading north into the Pays de Langres. Here, in the Parc National de Forêts, look out for wild cats and the black stork which adorns the park’s emblem. The route returns us to our hotel, where dinner awaits.

Day 2 – Saturday 24th (170 Miles): We say “adieu” to Dijon and ride east towards Besançon and the Swiss border before turning west into the heart of Burgundy’s famous vineyards and our home for the next 2 nights: Beaune.

Day 3 – Sunday 25th (160 Miles): Today we test ourselves in the Morvan hills. The Parc National Regional du Morvan is a land of crystal clear waters, striking granite landscapes and traditional villages. The route returns us to our hotel, where the Challenge ends. That evening, we celebrate our achievements at a gala dinner in the Hospices de Beaune, one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments and wine estates.

What you’ll need

A support vehicle capable of carrying up to four bikes and four team members. A saloon or estate car with cycle racks works well. Larger vehicles may be subject to extra charge.

Bikes that can go the distance. Road bikes are fastest and best, but hybrids and mountain bikes are sometimes used. We’re relaxed about electrically-assisted bikes – you still have to pedal!

To enter

The team entry fee is amazing value at just £475 per person (£1,900 per team) which covers:

  • Channel crossings for team members, support vehicle and cycles.
  • Four nights’ hotel accommodation in twin rooms, including breakfast.
  • Four nights’ dinner, including gala dinner on last night.
  • Route directions, arrowed junctions, course marshals, brilliant cycling on mostly empty roads.
In a typical year...
£9
our cost, per minute
11,000
phone calls to patients at home
600
fabulous volunteers
700
patients cared for at home
3,200
home visits
300
patients at the hospice
18,000
of cups of tea
290
counselling sessions
We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.