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London to Paris - The 24 Hour Challenge

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Event summary

Cycle from the Big Smoke to the City of Light in this 24 hour challenge from 16-18th July. Great for enthusiasts and newcomers alike, the ride winds to the Channel crossing, before hitting tranquil French country roads - topped off with the excitement of watching the finale of the Tour de France.

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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.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Sun Aug 16 2020

What's included:

  • Experienced ride leaders
  • Accompanying driver and mechanic
  • Support vehicle to transport your luggage
  • Refreshments throughout the ride
  • 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
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Frequently asked questions
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.… read more
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.… read more
How much is the London to Paris - The 24 Hour Challenge?
The challenge costs £695. There is a deposit of £175… read more
Route description
Route description

A classic challenge for all road bike aficionados bucket-list.

Friday: This 120km 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, where a well earned pub dinner awaits before you catch the ferry over to Dieppe.

Saturday: After a short sleep over the channel, the cycle continues from Dieppe with 174km and 1450m climbing until Paris. The second half of the challenge sees the riders join the well-renowned Avenue Verte cycle route for 35km of traffic-free riding. After here there are a final 124km to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Time for a drink.

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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Logistics and schedule


Day One

23:00 Ferry to Dieppe

Day Two

05:00 Arrive at Dieppe

Day Three

20:30 Eurostar back to London

Further information, including a clear itinerary will be sent out to those who have entered nearer the time.


Family or friends can meet the cyclists in Paris if they wish as well as cheering them off from London.


No volunteers are required for this event.

How to get there

Coca-Cola London Eye, South Bank, London SE1 7PB, UK

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