The French Divide was created as a result of more and more cyclists who feel they don’t match the spirit of traditional cycling races anymore. The FD organizers noticed that many self-supported ultra-distance mountain-biking are appearing all over Europe.
With a field of 150 riders this year, the French Divide features more than 2,000km of bikepacking in 15 days, with no assistance, on what the race organizers proclaim is the most beautiful gravel and mountain bike roads in France. The race follows part of the mythical route of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, the legendary cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. The route will lead the racers though roads of Mons-en-Pévèle, Bersée, Orchies, Trench of Wallers-Arenberg that made the history of the Hell of the North.
In addition, the Fench Divide uses the Tourmalet, another legend in cycling adventures, that traverses the Pyrenees mountains. Almost every year Tour de France racers climb this road.
There are four checkpoints along the way: Reims, Massif du Morvan, Saint Médard, and Tourmalet.
The event will start Saturday, August the 6th at 6:24AM in Bray-Dunes (on the dyke), and finish Saturday, August 20th at 7PM in Mendionde.