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London to Paris Cycle Challenge - Mid June
Cycle from London to Paris in this summer ride. Perfect for riders of all abilities, this weekend will be full of fun, festivities, and friends. This fully-supported ride will ensure you have nothing to worry about except making memories as you tackle 200 miles of riding.
London to Paris
Thu 16th Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Crystal Palace, London SE19, UK
London to Paris:9:30am
Day 1 - London to Newhaven
Distance: 65 miles
Distance: 65 miles
Starting the event from Crystal Palace, the first day will be a great way to ease into the ride. It won't be long before you find yourself winding through the Kent and Sussex countryside along a bit of a hilly route. But don't worry, this morning section has often been described as the toughest part of the whole event.
After a few regular stops to recharge, you'll stop for lunch at a lovely country pub.
Next, your journey continues to Newhaven with a predominantly downhill route. With a couple of quick snack stops by Haywards Heath & Plumpton Green to keep you going, you'll arrive in Newhaven after completing the toughest day of cycling.
The final section of the day is the ferry, which you will take at 10pm. After boarding, you will have access to all the facilities onboard, including a 4-berth cabin. Lastly, you'll get off the ferry around 5am ready for another day of riding, so grab some sleep where you can!
Day 2 - Dieppe to Beauvais
Distance: 68 miles
Distance: 68 miles
A much flatter day in the saddle awaits with this mostly traffic-free route. You'll start bright and early off the ferry at 5:30am with a quick 5 mile stint to the Avenue Verte, a gently inclining and traffic-free route. With a couple of small stops along the way, you'll break for breakfast in a delightful french cafe after 35 miles of riding.
After breakfast, there will be a 12 mile stretch to Gournay-en-Bray and then its back to the Avenue Verte for the next 18 miles to Beauvais.
It's in Beauvais where you'll rest for the night, after exploring the town and its stunning Cathedral.
Day 3 - Beauvais to Paris
Distance: 63 miles
Distance: 63 miles
After a filling breakfast getting you ready for the day, you'll head off for the final day of cycling. After tackling a couple of hills you'll have earned your lunch.
From here, Paris is in your sights as you head towards the Eiffel where the finish line awaits.
For one final hoorah, the whole team will enjoy a celebration meal before returning home to St Pancreas on the train the next day, where your bike will meet you.
- Three nights accommodation
- Food & drink Thursday - Saturday, plus breakfast on Sunday
- Overnight Ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe on Thursday
- 24/7 support from our team
- Bicycle roadside repairs not including parts (Available at additional cost)
- Return to London from Paris
- Transport of your bike back to London
How to get there
Crystal Palace, London SE19, UKGet full directions
Night 1's accommodation will be en-suite cabins on the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe. These are 4-berth cabins, so please do let us know if you would like to share with anyone. The ferry arrives at 5am, wake-up call at 4.30am. If you want your own cabin, these are available but subject to availability.
Night 2's accommodation will stay in a hotel in Beauvais. The restaurant for the evening meal is approximately 10mins walk, and the town boasts the stunning Beauvais Cathedral.
The final night of accommodation will be in the centre, and after a fun celebration under the Eiffel Tower, you'll cycle a quick 10 minutes to the hotel. The evening meal restaurant is close by approximately a 10mins walk and following the meal, there are plenty of bars to keep celebrating in!
Event day logistics
09:30 Day 1 starts
05:30 Day 2 starts
09:30 Day 3 starts
Everyone who takes part must pay a £99.00 deposit (+booking fee) plus agree to a fundraising commitment of £1500 or other amount agreed by your chosen charity.
Your bike will be transported back to London after the event to a designated collection point the next day.
If you'd like it to be sent to a specific location or for the organisers to store your bike for longer, this can be arranged, but additional costs may apply.
Recommended Kit List
- A bike that has been serviced in the last six months
- Working front and rear lights
- Front and rear reflectors
- Water bottle and bottle cage fitted to the bike
- Four spare inner-tubes or we can provide - from £10-15 per inner-tube
- Bike bag or saddle pack (not essential)
- Comfortable cycling shoes
- Padded Cycling shorts
- Cycling gloves
Cycling & Personal Clothing
- Comfortable cycling tops/t-shirts (one per day)
- Waterproof & warm cycling clothing (start of day 2 can be cold)
- Warm hat
- Warm socks
- Change clothing for three days away (when not cycling)
- Shoes/Trainers/Flip Flops
- Small Hand Towel
- Main bag for all you luggage
- Day pack for essentials
- Prescribed medicine (please let us know in advance)
- Mobile phone, tablet, laptop
- Phone or laptop charger
- Camera (though we do have a photographer)
- Sun Protection
- A good book!
- Facemask & hand sanitiser
- Passport (must be valid until 26th December 2022)
- Travel Insurance which includes your bike
- Medical Insurance - You should also ensure that you have cover for all medical treatment and emergencies you may need, evacuation, and repatriation back to the UK or your home country
- European Health Insurance Card if applicable
- Travel VISA (if needed), you can check by clicking here
- Credit or Debit card
- Other photo identification - Driving License/ID Card
Friends and family are more than welcome to join the team at the finish line to help celebrate your mammoth effort.
To get specific details on where to meet the event, please contact the organisers [email protected].
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What level of fitness do I need to have for this challenge?
This is not an easy cycle ride, but don’t let that put you off. You will be in the saddle for three consecutive days, cycling between 60-70 miles from 6-7 hours each day. If you give yourself enough time to train and get used to your bike it is a challenge that can be overcome by everyone.
What training do I need to do?
As you will be cycling for a long time for three consecutive days getting comfortable with your bike, shoes, helmet, and clothing is essential. It is recommended that you try and get out on your bike at least 2-3 times a week, and if you can practice riding in groups. It is encouraged that you to build up to the challenge and the team is on hand to help you with any advice you may need.
How will each day of cycling work?
Each day’s cycling will be broken down into 4-5 shorter cycling sections, usually between 10-20miles long. After each section, there will be ‘stop points’ where you can take on snacks and drinks, rest your legs and catch up with your fellow challengers. There will be a number of support vehicles traveling with the group so if you need to stop or want to ride in one of the support vehicles for part of a section that’s absolutely fine.
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Hi Tom, there is no age limit for this event we just ask that anyone taking part is fir and healthy. This is not an easy cycle ride, but don’t let that put you off. You will be in the saddle for three consecutive days, cycling between 55-70 miles from 5-7 hours each day. If you give yourself enough time to train and get used to your bike it is a challenge that can be overcome by everyone. Get in touch with our Event Manager, who’d be happy to chat with you more about the challenge - [email protected] or 0333 4441189.