Grand Départ Classic 2020

Take on the the first stage of the 2020 Tour de France

Cycle like a pro and help stop prostate cancer being a killer! The Grand Départ Classic is your chance to cycle the first stage of the 2020 Tour de France from 19-21 June 2020.

Register your Interest

Taking place in Nice, this three day event (one day of riding) is your opportunity to ride on roads freshly paved for the pros, one week ahead of the Tour. Prove your prowess in the peleton, ace the route, ascend through the ranks of the fundraising leaderboard and make a real difference to the lives of men with prostate cancer.

Registrations for next year's event aren't yet open but you can register your interest in the meantime and be the first to hear about our plans.

It's a fabulous experience, with an amazing cast of characters that participate and support your participation. Great camaraderie, great ride, great times...

- David Lundholm, 2018 rider


On Saturday 29 June 2019, 237 cyclists took on the first stage of the 2019 Tour de France on a circular route in Brussels, just one week 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 £700,000 has been raised to help stop men dying of prostate cancer.

The 2020 route

The 1st stage is a hilly out-and-back race in Nice, totalling 170km.

The Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2020 will mark the second time that the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department will have hosted the Grand Départ with the last time being in 1981. It was indeed in 1906, during the 4th edition that the Tour visited Nice for the first time. 

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. Our four jerseys will each be awarded on the eve of the ride:

grand depart classic jersey competition winners

  • Yellow jersey: overall top fundraiser on the day before the ride
  • Polka jersey: leading fundraiser two months before the ride
  • Green jersey: first person to raise over £1,000 in sponsorship
  • White jersey: top fundraiser under the age of 36
  • Team Classification awards (those in a team of four or more): top fundraising team

Check out the Jersey competition final standings from this year's ride.