🇫🇷 Cognac to Bordeaux

13 Apr - 16 Apr 2023

Are you willing to take risks outside of work? Let’s cycle with TechBikers to find out!

Join 40+ TechBikers on 13 – 16th April 2023 in our quest to help kids all around the world get an education by raising money for Room to Read!

The ride

We’ll be cycling 250km over 3 days, from Cognac to Bordeaux, along a beautiful and varied route, for a challenging but fun and memorable adventure!

Book your agenda from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th of April.

The logistics

This ride will be supported by Rough Ride Guide, a UK organization represented by Max Darkins and Toby Powell.

The price is based on a shared room and includes:

  • Bike transfer from and returning to Paris
  • 2 nights (Friday & Saturday) accommodation
  • 3 (3-course) evening meals (Thu, Fri & Sat)
  • 2 Breakfast (Sat & Sun)
  • 3 lunches (Fri, Sat & Sun)
  • Cognac tasting (Thu afternoon)
  • Wine tasting (Sun afternoon)
  • Luggage transfer (from Cognac to Chateau D’Agassac)
  • Support vehicles - with supplies, emergency transport & day bags
  • Medical and bike mechanic support
  • Refreshments during the ride (water, fruit, savoury & energy)
  • Route GPX and route information and advice
  • Video, photos
  • 5* service for sure!

Not included:

  • Transfer to Cognac
  • Transfer back to your home from Bordeaux
  • Bike hire
  • 1st night accommodation & breakfast (Thursday)

Additional information can be found in this presentation document.

The Requirements

To join us on this trip, you need to contribute 500 € for the participation fee (which is actually half of the cost of the trip, the other half being covered by our sponsors), and raise at least 500 € for Room to Read.

The Charity

TechBikers’ selected charity is Room to Read. World change starts with educated children. In fact, if every child received an education, 171 million people would be lifted out of poverty. Room to Read is one of the foremost charities making this happen.


Do I have to be an expert cyclist?

Absolutely not. We want the group of riders to be as diverse as possible, and saying you’re a Lycra Goddess/God won’t make it any likelier that you’ll get accepted. What we care about is the TechBikers spirit, and that you’re excited about raising for Room to Read and connecting with likeminded folk.

How many cyclists can attend?

Up to 50 cyclists can join this ride. As part of our selection process, we’ll do our best to create the most diverse group. Original fundraising ideas will also be appreciated.

I don’t think I can raise €500, do I really have to?

Yes, you do. This is non-negotiable. It’s the whole reason for the ride, after all! But don’t worry, we have plenty of tips to help you raise this amount… from bake sales, to email templates and social media promotion. In the words of Bob the Builder(-ish): YES YOU CAN!

The ride contribution is expensive, can I just not pay it?

It’s a fully catered, fully organized weekend. Pretty much the only thing we don’t do for you is pedal. We really try to make it as affordable as possible, but it does cost money to get 40 people on the road safely, and ultimately, we want Room to Read to get as much money as possible. See it as an investment into your network or a somewhat expensive holiday (as if!).

Can I pay more than €500 to contribute to the ride?

Yes, you absolute gold star. The full cost per rider is about €1,050, so the closer you get to this amount, the more of the leftover money we can add to the pot for Room to Read. We love you. No seriously, we do. In a non-creepy way.

What if I can’t make it last minute?

If you cancel after you’ve signed up, we won’t be able to refund your contribution and we will require you to raise the €500 minimum donation for Room to Read regardless. If you find a replacement rider, that’s fine too, but this is your responsibility.

Any questions we forgot to answer?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to sdc@daphni.com.

Still hesitating? Watch these videos

We’ve been running TechBikers for a few years now. Here’s a video of our ride from Perpignan to Barcelona and another from Faro to Lisbon. Join us!

Terms & Conditions

  1. For this challenge TechBikers require a minimum registration fee of €500, and a maximum optional fee of €800. This will cover full costs, meaning more corporate sponsor money can go to Room to Read. Should you have to withdraw, there will be no refund payable to you as your sponsorship was raised for charitable purposes. You can nominate a replacement rider.
  2. Itineraries, schedules and accommodation may change and other alterations may occur which are beyond the control of TechBikers or Rough Ride Guide, the ground handlers for the event.
  3. TechBikers and our partners are unable to accept liability for any loss or damage; however arising (except for death or personal injury resulting from their own negligence), or for cancellation of the event for any reasons outside their control. In particular (but without limitation) TechBikers and our partners accept no responsibility for the loss of luggage carried for you in support vehicles, which should be adequately covered by your insurance.
  4. All of your sponsorship monies raised will go to Room to Read. The costs of your transport, accommodation, food, transfers, guides and back-up team will be paid to our ride organiser from corporate sponsorship and your registration fee.
  5. You must not suffer from alcohol or drug dependency. You must not have any prior criminal convictions. You must notify us if you are not in compliance with these conditions.
  6. You will be responsible for your own personal cycling equipment, for example your helmet, cycling kit, etc. It is a requirement that you must wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling on this challenge.
  7. You must have adequate travel documents, visas, and insurance that will cover you for the specific activities you will be undertaking.