The Grand Depart Classic 2016

What is the Grand Depart Classic?

The Grand Depart Classic is your opportunity to cycle the first stage of the Tour de France, just one week before the pros.

Registrations for the 2017 ride are now closed, though the event will return in 2018 when it takes place in the Vendée region of France.

What happened in 2016?

On Friday 24 June, 75 cyclists completed the first stage of the 2016 Tour de France from Mont Saint Michel to Utah Beach, just eight days before the pros. It was the adventure of a lifetime, with cyclists coming from all walks of life: young and not so young, seasoned veterans and some who'd picked up a bike for the first time since childhood to take on the challenge.

Many had been inspired by the Tour de France, many had had their lives touched by prostate cancer and all had their personal reasons for taking part. To date, over £70,000 has been raised to help stop men dying of prostate cancer.

Probably the most amazing thing I've ever done!!! What a buzz, lovely to meet so many genuinely amazing people and can't wait till next Saturday to see it on TV...

- Andrew Kydd, 2016 rider

Jersey competition

In the spirit of the Tour de France's four jerseys, we've been inspired to create our very own Grand Depart Classic jersey competition.

We've created four jerseys and they will each be awarded on the eve of next year's event.

grand depart classic jersey competition winners

  • The Yellow Jersey will be awarded to the overall top fundraiser at midday on Thursday 22 June.
  • The Polka Jersey will be awarded to the leading fundraiser at midday on Saturday 1 April.
  • The Green Jersey will be awarded to the first person to raise over £1,100 in sponsorship.
  • The White Jersey will be awarded to the top fundraiser at midday on Thursday 22 June who is under the age of 36.

Check out the Jersey competition from the 2017 ride.