Equipe Flamme Rouge  

EFR Island Circuit ~ 3* Corto Fondo

Who's it for?
This course caters for the rider who is confident on the roads, can climb a hill without stopping and is eager to undertake something a little more challenging before taking on the big bays and some of Jersey's classic climbs. If you've completed the 2* Randonee Ride, and want something to stretch you a little further, then this course is ideal for you.

Course Description
Starting at the Sugar Basin Slip, head west to the bottom of St Aubin and climb up Mont Le Vaux, the first of our six hills. Keep the Shell Garden on your right and ascend to the very top of the climb at Noirmont Corner Shop. Keep on the main road, go straight through Red Houses junction and head for La Moye Garage.

Go past the garage and take the first left to head for Corbiere Lighthouse. Dive in to the bay, be aware of the strong cross winds, and climb out the long sloping side. Carry on for 500 metres, turn right just before the garage and drop down La Pulente in to St Ouen's Bay where you clear the 10 km marker.

Ride all the way to the end of the bay and follow the road around, and up, Hydrangea Avenue. Halfway up this, the third climb, take the sharp hairpin left and head for the Battle of Flowers Museum. Pass the museum and head to the end of the road and the yellow line junction. Take a left turn and enter the "Bal Tab" circuit, where, half way around, you'll sail through the 20 km marker.

Follow the road around to the headland and take the cut through to head for Les Landes Race Course. Keep on this road all the way to the top of Greve de Lecq and drop down in to the bay. There's a long drag out of the bay which brings you all the way back to the St Mary's 20 mph lane and the Ecole Francaise, where we again pick pick up the Randonee Course.

From here, it's a straight road all the way to St John's Church, the 30 km marker and halfway around the lap. Keep going to Haute Croix, go over the junction, head to Trinity and ride around the back of the church. Take a right and a left and pick up the main road heading for Durrell Wildlife. But you turn off before you get there.

After the church you crest a rise, and as you drop down you take a tight left kink with a high wall alongside it and head for a sharp right. This is where you turn "left" down the short Rue du Becquet and head for the top of Rozel, and the Route des Cotes du Nord. If you miss it and go past the "zoo", take the next turn left and you'll get to Rozel that way.

Safely drop in to Rozel Harbour and take the short, steep, fifth, climb out of the bay. After the main climb ends there is a long drag of 300 metres, where the road turns sharp left. Follow this road and when it kicks up again, at the 40 km marker, take the left turn to head in to the dip for St Martin's Church. At the main road, turn left get and head for Ransoms. Keep going, drop down off the top of the island, in to Gorey.

It's now a "straight" run in, along the flat coast road, all the way back to town. As you pass La Roque Harbour, you hit the 50 km marker. Carry on all the way to Harve des Pas and head for the sixth and final climb of the day, the deceptively challenging Mount Bingham.

Drop down on to the sea front and pass the Old Harbour, heading for town. When you get to the Normans Building, just before the Steam Clock, you've reached your destination. Another fantastic ride, well done.

Course Profile
Six climbs; St Aubin's Hill, Corbiere, Battle of Flowers, Greve de Lecq, Rozel and Mount Bingham.

Distance and elevation; 57 kms long, 584 metres of altitude climbed.

What Next?
When you can comfortably tackle this rides 56 kilometres, you're ready to tackle the 4* Medio Fondo Ride. A little longer, a little hillier, a little harder; but you're ready.

What's a Fondo?
A Fondo is an Italian-style, organized, timed, cycling event. They're not just a bike ride, they're a way of life in Italy. The glorification of everything that makes being a cyclist one of the most rewarding pastimes, sports, lifestyles there is. The food, the people, the atmosphere make it a day you will never forget. Corto, is Italian for small.

Here's a selection of the European events we've taken part in over the last decade... The French and other European's call them cyclo-sportives.

Garmin Course Download...
Follow the link below and download the ride to your Garmin of choice and just follow the directions, couldn't be easier. But keep your eyes on the road at all times and keep safe...

How did I do?
Now you've ridden the circuit, why not open a Strava account and upload your results to their site and join Equipe Flamme Rouge, it's all free to compare your results to those of other riders in the island.

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