Brittany Ferries has seen a significant rise in the number of people taking advantage of excellent cycle routes in France and Spain.
In four years, the number of individual bikes carried by the cross-channel service grew 30% to 20,024. The number of passengers travelling by car with bike racks attached to their vehicles has also soared, from 26,626 to 39,537, a rise of 50%.
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“We’ve seen a strong increase in demand from cyclists in recent years, and we’re expecting that to continue,” said Mike Bevens, Brittany Ferries group commercial director. “In the next couple of months, the global spotlight will turn to Normandy and the Grand Départ of the Tour de France at the Mont St Michel. Our services to Cherbourg, St Malo and Caen are filling up fast, so cycling fans will need to move as quickly as the peloton to book a crossing and experience this magnificent spectacle.”
Regular sailings to Cherbourg from Poole and Portsmouth, and departures to St Malo and Caen, are already busy. But on 3 July, Brittany Ferries’ fast-ferry Normandie Express and Bretagne which sails to St Malo have been re-scheduled to provide a full day trip experience. Barfleur’s evening departure from Cherbourg has also been extended, which allows more opportunity for a mix and match of routes, for example for those arriving in St Malo and departing Cherbourg.