This ride has become one of the great cycle challenges in Europe. Taking you from the city of London to Paris, the capital of France and the city of love and fashion. You ride through the lush rolling countryside of the South East of England before hopping on the ferry to France. Then, leaving the coast behind you, cycle through quiet French villages and towns on country roads, then progressing towards the city through the "banlieus". Finally we approach the centre of Paris, cycling down the unmistakably elegant boulevards built by Napoleon III's "prefet de Siene" M Haussman in the 1850's, before reaching the finishing line underneath that iconic and unmissable symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Despite the beauty of the cycle through what is perceived as the flat north of France, this remains a tough challenge with four long days on your bike and a few strenuous climbs along the way, but the energy and encouragement you will get from the rest of the group and support team will help you though this challenge. Trip Duration - Five days, four of which the cycling covers approximately 320 miles and one is a free morning in Paris and then travelling back to the U.K.Cycling days will be divided into four smaller sections with morning and afternoon water stops and a lunch stop. During the days there may be the opportunity to stop and enjoy local hospitality as well, depending on progress.On arrival at the hotels you will find your bag and room ready for you and a member of the team to help with any questions you may have either with your bike or yourself.
|Charity||Departure & Return||Duration||Registration Fee|
|14 September 201618 September 2016||5 days||£149 Minimum sponsorship £(charity dependant) Self funded £746 (plus £1000 sponsorship)|
- Ferry from UK to France
- Eurostar from France to UK
- 20 pax and receive 1 free rep place
- All meals except dinner on UK - France ferry and lunch in Paris on day 5
- Mechanical support on bike ride
- Full back up team
- Professionally edited highlights video of your trip!
- Bicycle and spare parts
- Personal equipment
- Personal spending money
- Alcoholic beverages
- Trip Insurance
- Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, room service, etc.
- Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals
London to Calais
We have an early start today to avoid the London traffic, but after departing from the London Eye you soon find yourself riding through the beautiful Kent countryside on small quiet roads. This is the only day with a deadline to meet the ferry for the crossing, but there is plenty of time allowance. We have a late afternoon ferry crossing on which we will have dinner (not included in the price) and once we arrive in France, there is a short ride to the hotel. Due to the time difference this is a reasonably long day.
Calais to Abbeville
After a good night’s sleep and a good European breakfast we start heading inland towards Paris. There is no ferry to chase so we start at a more sociable time and at a nice leisurely pace to get the legs going again. Today we cycle through rolling French farmland passing through sleepy villages. While on the bike it is a good time to get to know your fellow riders! This also helps the miles tick by.
Abbeville to Beauvais
As Paris gets ever closer spirits are high as we follow the river Somme out of Abbeville. Today we see a few more climbs on our ride, but still enjoying quiet roads and France’s friendly encouraging attitude towards cyclists.
Beauvais to Paris
Today is the day!! Paris here we come!! Today is a shorter day and we see ourselves back on busier roads having to concentrate. We will regroup a few miles away from the Eiffel Tower and ride in as a group, before starting the celebrations!! After a short time for photos and reflection we have a short ride to the hotel where you will say goodbye to your bikes (unless continuing on with us to Geneva!) and will have time to get yourself ready to celebrate with your fellow cyclists at the evening celebration meal.
Free morning to enjoy Paris
You will be booked on a mid-afternoon Eurostar back to London so there is a chance for you to have a relaxed morning and visit a few sites before heading to Gare du Nord. There will be a member of staff travelling with you and you will be reunited with your bike back in London.