The legendary Bourges-Sancerre® hike is back for its 71st year! We give you all the information and advice to be prepared on D-Day.

But what is Bourges-Sancerre®?

If you don't know about this event, we'll explain it to you.
This legendary race is initially a bit of a crazy bet. THE 26th November 1951, more than 1500 people came to witness the departure of around thirty adventurers, determined to connect Bourges to Sancerre on foot. More than 57 kilometers, starting by night et in the heart of winter : you had to want it.
Initiated by the Berruyers Cycling Tourist Club, the race which has lasted for more than 70 years, today brings together nearly 3 000 participants, who set off to face the elements, to reach the Piton Sancerrois.

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Course of the race

3 courses

The Bourges-Sancerre® is a walk by night with a departure at midnight, Sunday February 18, Bourges Cathedral and an arrival at Piton de Sancerre. 3 routes are offered with delayed departures and varying distances:

  • €1 reduction for FFRandonnée licensees upon presentation of their license or a photocopy for Bourges-Sancerre® and Morogues-Sancerre.
  • Cancellation of registration possible before February 12, 2024 inclusive. 3€ will be retained for processing fees.

Different refreshment points are available throughout the routes. You will find something to eat and drink there, but also something to take a break if you wish.
List of refueling points :

  • Saint-Michel-de-Volangis
  • Aix-d'Angillon
  • Humbligny
  • Neuvy-Deux-Cochers
  • Boa

Register for Bourges-Sancerre®

Before leaving

Saint-Doulchard Decathlon
Wednesday February 7 from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Saturday February 10 from 11 a.m. to 18:30 a.m.
Friday February 16 from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.

Bourges Town Hall Hall
Tuesday February 13 from 16 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Wednesday February 14 from 16 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Thursday February 15 from 16 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.

The day of departure

Bourges Town Hall Hall
Saturday February 17 from 18 p.m. to 20 p.m. for all hikes
Saturday February 17 from 20 p.m. to 23:30 p.m. for Bourges-Sancerre®

Morogues village hall
Sunday February 18 from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. for Morogues-Sancerre
F. Leca College of Sancerre
Sunday February 18 for Petite Sancerroise

By mail

You can download the 2024 registration form, complete it and attach payment by check payable to CTB (Berruyers Cyclotourists Club).

Send mail to:
18001 Bourges Cedex
before February 12, 2024.

Contact : 06 33 35 89 04 (from 17 p.m. to 20 p.m.)

Equip yourself well

Such a hike cannot be improvised, you need good equipment and certain elements are required.

Mandatory equipment
  • A yellow vest to be clearly visible at night.
  • A lamp (frontal or pocket) to see where you are putting your feet.
Our advice

The shoes
Don't leave with your city shoes or sneakers, take good hiking shoes that fit you and in which you feel good.
If you have just bought them, remember to “do them” by training yourself to walk a few kilometers or by wearing them at home, in the office… so that on the day they are real slippers.

They are also important for good foot support and to avoid blisters! Take them reinforced and quite thick and solid.

Check the weather carefully before leaving, mid-February, it may not be very warm in the middle of the night. Cover yourself but don't weigh yourself down unnecessarily. A neck warmer, a hat, gloves, a fleece, rain gear... be prepared.

Le sac
Small backpack or even fanny pack, consider taking a “hands-free kit” container to put a bottle of water, a snack, tissues, bandages, your gloves if you are too hot, etc.