London to Paris - The 24 Hour Challenge
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This 24-hour cycle challenge from London to Paris is on every cyclists' bucket list. Incredible highlights of this 294k route include Ditchling Beacon, the famous Avenue Verte route, and the iconic Eiffel Tower. You'll end on a grand note as you catch the final stage of the 2022 Tour de France.
24 Hour Challenge
Fri, 22 Jul 2022
London, United Kingdom
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Coca-Cola London Eye, South Bank, London SE1 7PB, UK
Fri, 22 Jul 2022
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24 Hour Challenge
A classic challenge for all road bike aficionados bucket-list.
Friday: This 120k route takes you from London to Newhaven via Brighton with a 1500m ascent. Starting at the London Eye, you will wind down through Surrey's country roads, then pass the famous Ditchling Beacon before arriving on the coast at Brighton. From here you will make your way along the coastline to Newhaven to catch the ferry over to Dieppe.
Saturday: After a short sleep over the channel, the cycle continues from Dieppe with 174k and 1450m climbing until Paris. The second half of the challenge sees the riders join the well-renowned Avenue Verte cycle route for 35k of traffic-free riding. After that, riders take on the final 124k to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. There will be plenty of opportunity to take some souvenir photos with the group. Then, head to the 4-star hotel to relax, have a shower, drink and evening meal.
Sunday: After a celebratory Saturday night, Sunday will offer a much needed day out of the saddle. Nevertheless, cycling is still the centrepiece and the group will watch the final stage of the 2020 Tour de France, before catching the Eurostar back to London.
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- Experienced ride leaders
- Accompanying driver and mechanic
- Support vehicle to transport your luggage
- Refreshments throughout the ride
- 2 nights in a 4 star hotel in Paris
- Breakfast prior to the final stage of the Tour de France
- Outbound ferry
- Eurostar return
- Organised transport for your bicycle on return
How to get there
Coca-Cola London Eye, South Bank, London SE1 7PB, UKGet full directions
Further information regarding the starting point will be communicated once you have registered.
Event day logistics
23:00 Ferry to Dieppe
05:00 Arrive at Dieppe
Use this day to sightsee and watch the final stage of 2022 Tour de France.
13:03 Depart from Paris on the Eurostar back to London
*Further information, including a clear itinerary will be sent out to those who have entered nearer the time.
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all guests of Viva Velo Cycle Tours. It is a condition of your booking that you agree you will have obtained adequate and valid travel insurance for your booking by the date of departure.
On Monday 25th July, participants will ride back to London on the Eurostar. Viva Velo will transport everyone's bikes back to London.
You will pay a £175 deposit to confirm your place, and then pay the final £675 (plus any additional services) at a later date.
Single Room Occupancy
Please note that rooms in the hotel will be a shared 2 person room. If you require a single room, there will be an additional charge of £130.
If you wish to sleep on the ferry, you can sleep in a shared ferry berth (up to 4 people) for the additional cost of £35.
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Dyll Davies and Guy Apter, keen amateur cyclists, set up Viva Velo with one very clear idea in mind: to create a cycle tour company that had the ethos of a club and which specialised in the bespoke at a price that wouldn't break the bank. As a result our tours begin and end with your needs. This applies whether you’re participating in blue ribbon events like the Etape du Tour or the Maratona, taking advantage of our training camps in Mallorca, or perhaps enjoying a more leisurely approach on one of our cycle touring trips. Whatever your requirements you can be assured your group leaders will be keen cyclists themselves, and each ride and itinerary will have been designed to ensure you have the opportunity to experience the joy of riding through stunning scenery at a level to suit you and your party. And when we say ‘bespoke’ we mean bespoke. Each trip from training camp to a point to point adventure is tailored to your needs as far as is practically possible (we can’t find you 5 star hotels in the Atacama Desert!) Making sure you get what you want from each of our tours is what makes us different. And it seems that people are noticing the difference. The attention to detail and care for each and every cyclist who joins one of our trips marks Viva Velo out from the crowd. But don’t take our word for it, just take a look at our excellent customer feedback. For us cycling is a passion and we love what we are doing – and, it seems, people love what we are doing too. So much so they come back again and again! To find out what we can do for you, talk to us. Let us show you what ‘bespoke’ truly means.
Family or friends can meet the cyclists in Paris if they wish as well as cheering them off from London.
Entrants must provide their own road bike in good working order. Helmets are mandatory.
It is strongly recommended that you have good quality road cycling gear.
How many Ride Leaders will there be at the London to Paris - The 24 Hour Challenge?
Viva Velo provides one ride leader per every 5/6 participants. Additionally, at least one of these ride leaders will be a qualified first aider.
How fit do I need to be for the London to Paris - The 24 Hour Challenge?
The cycle has been designed and broken into stages that should allow anyone with a reasonable level of fitness to take part. It is recommended, however, that entrants should be able to cycle at an average of 14mph.
How much is the London to Paris - The 24 Hour Challenge?
The challenge costs £695. There is a deposit of £175
Me and my friend Henry took on the L2P24 challenge in 2018 alongside the VivaVelo team on behalf of Barnado’s Charity, for which we were raising money towards. Having never cycled with a group before, it wouldn’t be wrong to say we (or maybe even just I) were/was slightly nervous, as I knew the standard would be a lot higher than what we had trained for. But in no way was there any lack of patience or effort provided by the wonderful VivaVelo team. There was a fantastic amount of encouragement, especially going up the tough Ditchling Beacon before the long descent to Brighton.Not only was there the individual support for myself, but there was also a well appreciated education along the way on cycling that has stuck with me today. From correct lane positions to helpful timings for gear change/brake pressure and general bike maintenance, I learned a lot on the ride that has helped me become a far better cyclist today, and made me not afraid of hills at last.The welcome stop points were both helpful for energy restoration but a delightful look at the beautiful French countryside, stopping in gorgeous towns and villages along our way to Paris. The van full of sugary snacks to boost our energy was a lifeline at points, too.The organisation of the whole event was impeccable. Every checkpoint was met very punctually, all arrangements for food, rest, travel and accommodation also followed suit, and the leadership team themselves provided complete confidence and assurance in how they looked after the group.My only advice for others would be to train a lot more than I did! Get some good incline practice in before you embark on the ride, as there are some challenging hills on the ascent to Brighton and then later on the way to Paris. Make sure you bring a good amount of energy gels or other similar supplements, they really helped me get through some tough periods. And bring two pairs of cycling shorts, one pair for the England section and one for the French section. Also, preferably wear them the correct way (I had them on back to front for the last 100k)! It’s a challenge, but so worthwhile when it’s completed. In conclusion, the L2P24 is an experience I’ll never forget. Although it’s the toughest physical challenge I’ve done yet, it was made even remotely possible by having such a professional, encouraging and guiding team as VivaVelo to help me along the way. I still rep my VivaVelo water bottle on my rides as a badge of pride on rides today (although it’s looking a little worse for wear after many rides since).A huge thank you again for the team if they see this.
Did the race in 2018
Really well organised ride.Thoroughly enjoyable albeit challenging in parts. Be great if ferry company would allow cabin/bed reservations.
Did the race in 2017
The entire experience was fantastic. Not only were the ride leaders great at looking after us, but incredibly friendly as well. The whole atmosphere was really fun, and did not have the "clique" element that so many group rides can have. Dyll was remarkable at keeping everything and everyone organised. I would certainly look to book with them again for another challenge.
Did the race in 2017
I decided to do London to Paris with Viva Velo in 2018 and highly recommends it. It was an incredible experience, with an amazing team and arriving in Paris for the final stage of the TdF is such a wonderful idea. It is challenging, but the team is there to help and the joy at the end is worth it.
Did the race in 2018
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