La Pierre Le Bigaut

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La Pierre Le Bigaut – Huge Annual Charity Cycling Event Callac – Brittany – France – 25th June 2016

Europe’s 3rd largest cycling event starts every year from the Place du Centre in Callac. The Pierre le Bigaut event draws up to 7000 cyclists
from all over Europe and is essentially a charity event to raise money for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

The event is named after a former professional cyclist who won stages in the Tour de France and is arranged in such a way to give everyone a
chance to compete or have a workout on their bicycle.

The Pierre le Bigaut event is run over a few distances from 25k to 160k and the winner is research into cystic fibrosis. The event was
started by Daniel Bercot in memory of his son who succumbed to the disease in 2000 and in the past 3 years has contributed more than 500000 euros to
research.

The whole town of Callac is taken over by the event and all the local people (the Callacois) join together to decorate the town and arrange
catering and amenities for the event.

The start of the Pierre le Bigaut is a lengthy affair and it can take up to 15 minutes for all the cyclists to cross the start line and leave the
Place du Centre, Callac

The evening in Callac, after the event has ended, is a great social affair celebrated with a fete de crepe in the local gymnasium which, in turn, has
been transformed into an enormous dining room with crepe stations along the entire length of the building. Freshly made crepes and cider are the
order of the day and a great time is generally had by all.

Information available on http://www.laplbmuco.org/en/

Guest post by @bjh

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One Comment

  1. Heard about this through my French friends at Cyclotourisme Langastien. I will definitely be riding it this year along with some guests from the UK. Great to see it advertised here. :good:

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