International Tandem Rally 2014
Gouarec is a small town which grew up around a fortified castle of which nothing now remains. Many of the buildings are of the local Schist rock with slate roofs. The covered market has undergone a major overhaul which was completed last year. The town boasts a bar/restaurant, Créperie, pizzeria, café with wi-fi and a mini-golf course. There is a sizeable supermarket within walking distance of the camp site.
The Nantes-Brest canal, built between 1811 and 1842, brought prosperity until 1922 when a dam was built on Lake Guerledan, flooding several locks and stopping all water traffic.
You can still see traces of the metre gauge railway which linked the town with Loudéac and Carhaix from 1901 until 1971.
The nineteenth century church is noted for its fine set of stained glass windows from Pont Aven.
Camping Tost Aven is a quiet rural campsite alongside the Nantes-Brest canal. The camping is informal, garden style with no rigid pitch demarcation. 10 Amp. Electric hook ups available for many pitches although some have the polarity reversed. (See explanation from Venture Caravans) The toilets, showers and washing block have been recently refurbished. The site is just 68 miles from Roscoff or 85 from St. Malo. 975 Km. from Amsterdam or 777 Km. from Brussels.
While the cycling is not flat it cannot be described as difficult. The canal towpath, V6 (Camaret - Vitré) and the velodyssey, meet here giving a selection of good cycle routes.
This year's rally definitely has a 'family friendly' nature with lots of cyclepaths - a huge grassy campsite - no traffic and a selection of family friendly routes in addition to our usual range of rides.
You don’t even need to bring a tandem! They are available to hire on site from Breton Bikes. Their tandems are new Dawes Discovery Twins and Dawes Duet Twin models with added rear wheel disc brakes.
Breton Bikes are also agents for Brittany Ferries but you will need to book very early to guarantee a sailing in August.
You may book extra days before and after the rally if you wish to arrive early or stay on for a few days.
Please use the on-line booking form.
The closing date for bookings is Saturday 2nd August 2014.
We have a dedicated field for the rally which is part of the main site.
Four simple basic touring caravans approx, 5m. only available through the on-line booking. You will need your own bed linen/sleeping bags and pillows.
Gites: Please conact Breton Bikes for availability and booking.
|1||Sleeps 8-10||£800 (€1000) per week|
|2||Sleeps 4-6||£600 (€750) per week|
|3||Sleeps 6||£600 (€750) per week|
|4||Sleeps 6||£500 (€600) per week|
Gite d'etape - La Gare de Gouarec sleeps 14 @ £14.00/€12.00 per person per night. Dormitories 2 x 6 persons and 1 x 2 persons. Please make your own reservation for accommodation with them. Then book for the Rally and select 'Off-ste'.
All the route information is on our Routes page.
Map showing the location of Gouarec and camping Tost Aven
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Terms and Conditions.
Your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received in full and cleared which should be before the closing date for bookings. Dishonoured cheques will result in the cancellation of your booking.
U.K. Residents must be members of The Tandem Club (UK). Annual membership is £10.00 or €18 per year with membership for the first Joint Member or 'Family' member free. If you'd like to become a member of The Tandem Club, link to the Subscription Details page by clicking here. Non U.K. residents may be either members of the Tandem Club or their own regional club.
If you participate in any ride or event organised by the Tandem Club you do so entirely at your own risk. The Club, its officers and ride organizers accept no responsibility for loss, damage to property, accident, injury or death, that may occur, however caused, whether by negligence, deliberate act or otherwise.
Cancellations and refunds.
The rally fee will not be refunded after the closing date. Refund of other components will depend on what the Club can recover from the campsite and/or other suppliers. Members may wish to consider taking out Holiday Insurance to cover losses the Club cannot refund.
Photographs taken at the event may be published on the Tandem Club website, The Tandem Club Facebook pages and The Tandem Club Journal.