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Hotchillee London - Paris by Tour de France

1 race scheduled · 350 participants · 2021-07-15 · East Molesey
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About this event

The ultimate ride for any Tour de France junkies, riders will spend 4 days cycling over 500k from London to Paris, finishing with an epic ride on the closed course of the Champs-Élysées mere hours before the pros. Come for the finish-line photo and a legendary experience.

Raceday details
How to enter

Tickets available until Mon Jul 22 2019

What's included:

  • 4 day / 4 night event entry
  • Champs-Élysées lap under official Tour de France race escort
  • Tour de France finish line photo
  • Access to track side seating for Tour de France Pro race
  • Four nights accommodation (twin sharing – upgrades available)
  • All meals*
  • Celebration Party in Paris
  • Full Service Corps technical support
  • Medical support
  • Rolling road closures and motorbike outriders
  • Exclusive Tour de France London-Paris cycling jersey
  • Secure car parking for the duration of the event
  • Baggage forwarding
  • Bike return from finish line to the UK (if required)
  • Access to and use of digital photos and film
  • Timing chip (Group 1 only)
  • Epic Event t-shirt
  • Event massages
  • Water, tea and coffee
  • Musette
  • Monthly supported group rides from registration to the event (COVID-19/ British Cycling guidelines dependent)
  • Free membership of Hotchillee with access to The LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France channel on the Hotchillee App.

Not included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Return travel
  • Alcohol
  • *Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch and dinner
London - Paris
7:00am Thu 15th Jul 2021

Bike 522km

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Frequently asked questions
Is the accommodation included for the stay the night before the race for the Hotchillee London - Paris by Tour de France?
No, all riders will be responsible for their own accommodation on the Wednesday night. If possible, it's recommended you book a hotel close or in Esher to maximise your lie in on the day!… read more
How do I get back to the start line after the Hotchillee London - Paris by Tour de France?
Your bike will be returned to the start point at Imber Court from Paris unless you've asked to have your bike box transported to Paris. Your return travel is not included as many of the riders are international and not returning to the UK, so riders will be responsible for their own travel back. … read more
Can I sign in on the first day of racing for the Hotchillee London - Paris by Tour de France?
No, all riders must sign in on Wednesday between 2pm and 5pm at the Imber Court Sports Club. There is a race briefing at 5pm that riders must be present for.… read more
Route description
Route description

Split across 4 days from the 15th - 18th of July, cyclists will be taken past iconic sights and stunning views on this Tour de France inspired event.

Riders will be allocated groups based on their speeds, which can be seen just below:

  • Group 1: 30+ km/h (Racing Group)
  • Group 2: 28 – 29 km/h
  • Group 3: 26 -27 km/h
  • Group 4: 24 – 25 km/h
  • Group 5: 23 – 24 km/h

Stage 1: Hampton Court to Folkestone
Distance:
175kElevation: 2007m

The first stage of the race couldn't be more English. Riders will cycle past iconic landmarks such as Henry VIII’s palace and the London 2012 Olympic Road Race course, before jetting off to beautiful countryside in the Garden of England and the White Cliffs.

Riders will finish their first day in the saddle by crossing the channel and filling up on some delicious french cuisine for dinner.

Stage 2: Calais to Amiens
Distance:
164kElevation: 1626m

On your second leg of the journey, and your shortest day of riding, you'll see beautiful French scenes of poppy fields as you glide along pristine tarmac conditions. Oh, and don't forget to grab a baguette along the way to get the full French experience!

Stage 3: Amiens to Paris
Distance:
183kElevation: 1548m

If you've ever dreamt about being a Tour de France Pro before, this last leg will be your favourite part of the journey. There's nothing more iconic in cycling than the Champs Élysées finish line, which you get to cross along with your London to Paris comrades just hours before the pros do it for real.

Logistics and schedule

Itinerary

Pre-Event:

14:00 – 17:00: Sign-In at the Start Village just minutes from Hampton Court Palace.

Riders will get to meet the Hotchillee team, join the Rider Briefing and make sure you and your bike are ready for an early start the next morning.

Day 1:
Hampton Court to Folkestone
Distance: 175km
Elevation: 2007m

You'll start your adventure with an early morning on Day 1 with each group setting off individually alongside your Hotchillee Ride Captains who will be in comms with the lead car, mechanic’s van and paramedics the whole way.

Lunch will be in a quintessential traditional country pub where sports therapists will be on hand to help with any niggles before we push on to Folkestone and you clock up your first century.

The afternoon will see riders swapping their bikes for their suitcase as you board a mid-afternoon coach to cross the channel. Once arrived at your hotel, there will be plenty of time for a beautiful French dinner with your new cycling friends.

Day 2:
Calais to Amiens
Distance: 164km
Elevation: 1626m

Your first ride on French soil, and no early morning required, riders will spend the day cycling past beautiful scenes. To get that professional feeling, French motor-outriders will be stopping traffic entirely to ensure a smooth, pot-hole free day of riding.

No lunch is more suitable than baguettes and apple tart in Frevent, before heading to the finish just outside of Amiens. Here, riders will have plenty of time to relax before dinner, take an evening stroll around the cathedral, and get an early night (or a late one socialising with your new friends!) in before getting ready for day 3.

Day 3:
Amiens to Paris

Distance: 183km
Elevation: 1548m

Here riders excitement will start to rise as they go over Parisian cobbles and cross the Seine for the first time. The only other cycling event of this size to close roads this weekend is the Tour de France, so riders will feel like pros.

Whether you’re a gunning it in Group 1 or a newbie in Group 5 you’ll cross the closed Arc de Triomphe and roll towards the Eiffel Tower with a lump in your throat.

Friends and family welcome riders at the finish, where medals will be handed out, bikes are stored and inevitably the hotel bar will be busy.

Your hard few days of cycling will be rounded off with a celebration party for the ages, a jersey presentation, and (inevitably) one too many beers, making it the perfect preparation for the following days Tour de France finale.

Day 4:
Paris
A new addition to the event, Day 4 is the icing on the cake for the Tour de France junkies!

After a breakfast in the official Tour de France team hotel, and hopefully some celebrity spotting, riders will head to the Champs-Élysées. There'll be a slot allocated to the team for everyone to ride a Boucle of the close course under official Tour de France race escort followed by a finish line photo.

Everyone will want to be photographed crossing the line in their official LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France jersey, so don't forget it!

From here it’s a short ride back to the hotel where your bikes are loaded on the DHL lorries and transported back to the UK (unless otherwise arranged).

A quick change of clothes and it’s back to the course where you can watch the pro’s do it for real! There’s access to trackside seating for all riders, with those selecting to upgrade to VIP finish line packages enjoying a free flowing bar and buffet dinner.

How to get there

Imber Court Sports Club, Ember Ln, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 0BT, UK

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Accommodation

Accommodation is included within the cost of the trip, and includes stays in Calais, Amiens, and Paris.

For Calais and Amiens, riders will be split across multiple minimum 3* hotels where dinner will be served either within your hotel or just a short walk away.

For the final two nights in Paris, riders will all stay in the same 4* hotel. An official Tour de France team hotel, riders can expect to see some cycling royalty over breakfast.

Any groups will try to be put in the same hotel, and at registration participants will be asked if there's someone you'd like to share your twin room with.

All the hotels will be the perfect opportunity for a relaxing stroll around the local area to stretch your legs after long, exhilarating days in the saddle.

Riders can opt for single-occupancy rooms and can purchase travel back to the UK from Paris, for an additional cost.

  • For single occupancy for the entire trip, it's an additional £500
  • For single occupancy only in Paris, it's an additional £300
  • Travel back to the UK: TBC

Bike Hire

Bikes are available to hire from Sigma Sports for this event. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Is the accommodation included for the stay the night before the race for the Hotchillee London - Paris by Tour de France?
No, all riders will be responsible for their own accommodation on the Wednesday night. If possible, it's recommended you book a hotel close or in Esher to maximise your lie in on the day!
FAQ
How do I get back to the start line after the Hotchillee London - Paris by Tour de France?
Your bike will be returned to the start point at Imber Court from Paris unless you've asked to have your bike box transported to Paris. Your return travel is not included as many of the riders are international and not returning to the UK, so riders will be responsible for their own travel back.
FAQ
Can I sign in on the first day of racing for the Hotchillee London - Paris by Tour de France?
No, all riders must sign in on Wednesday between 2pm and 5pm at the Imber Court Sports Club. There is a race briefing at 5pm that riders must be present for.
FAQ
What kind of bike can I ride at the Hotchillee London - Paris by Tour de France?
This event is restricted to roadworthy road bicycles or E-Bikes only. If you are in any doubt then contact the organisers whose decision is final. Please note that no bicycle is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, and cow bars.
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