Looking for a legendary season ending gran fondo?  How about riding 100-miles on completely closed roads retracing Stage 3 of the 2014 Tour de France?

You bet!

Then plan to be in Chelmsford, United Kingdom on Sunday, September 20 for Vélo Essex.


The 100-mile Tour de France  route (they also offer a 50-miler) rolls through spectacular countryside, historic towns and villages on relatively flat, +1200m, terrain.

Without much climbing, sprinters are likely to have a great day.  In 2014 Marcel Kittel sprinted to stage victory ahead of Peter Sagan and Mark Renshaw.

2019 Tour de France rider and Essex resident Alex Dowsett is host ambassador for the event and will ride alongside participants.

“I can’t wait for everyone else to see all that Essex has to offer,” he said.

Pre-registration is now available if you want a chance to get a starting slot.  Even with 15,000 slots available the event is sure to sell out as cyclists from the UK and abroad will be eager to ride on completely traffic-free roads across Essex County’s iconic roads and lanes.

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