Cycle 200 miles between two of the world’s most chic capitals, London and Paris, in three days!
Journey through lovely English villages and into the stunning countryside of northern France. The view of the Eiffel Tower from the outskirts of city will be a sight that you will never forget. Join us on our cycle challenge and achieve something amazing!
- Dates: Friday 4th May – Monday 7th May 2018 (Monday is a bank holiday)
- Participation fee: £200
- Fundraising target per rider: £750
- Hotel accommodation, travel, support team and most meals included
- Total mileage to cycle – 212 miles
- Option to stay in Paris but have your bike taken back to the UK (extra cost)
- Bike Sat Navs provided with pre programmed route (one per group of 3)
- London to Paris in 3 days
- Fully supported by a team with full transport for riders, bikes and luggage
- Low traffic route into Paris from the West, following the Seine and taking in the Bois de Boulogne and Parc de St Cloud
- Enjoy a team celebratory meal on the last night in Paris (included in the price)
- A tough but hugely rewarding challenge that you won’t forget!
THE LOW DOWN
- Day 1 London – Newhaven
- Day 2 Dieppe to Gournay en Bray
- Day 3 Gournay en Bray – Paris
- Day 4 Paris – UK (by Van and Minibus)
We will leave Clapham Common, London on Friday morning and cycle south, initially heading for the M25 boundary – it is amazing how quickly you’re in to rolling countryside. The route uses low traffic roads through villages in Surrey and Sussex and then continues through the South Downs heading towards Newhaven.
We will take the morning Ferry to Dieppe on Day 2, arriving mid afternoon. That afternoon you will head south through Normandy. The first stretch of 20 miles is on dedicated cycle ways – along a paved disused railway track known as the Avenue Verte. You will cover around 50 miles arriving early evening at our hotel in Gournay en Bray.
Day 3 is the longest day. An early start, we hope to cover the 81 miles to be arriving into Paris late afternoon. The route takes us along a combination of road as we head south through Picardie and cycle tracks through forests close to Versailles. The tracks are suitable for road bikes. After an initial celebratory toast at the Eiffel Tower, it’s on to our hotel for the night and a celebratory meal (included) in a Paris restaurant.
We will travel back to the UK on the Monday morning by minibus leaving about 9.30am, and taking a lunch time crossing using the Eurotunnel. You are welcome to travel back to the UK in your own time and by faster means if you would prefer at your own expense.
What is and what is not included?
- All transport for you and your bike
- Three nights accommodation
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks on all days apart from the day we drive home. Drinks other than those consumed on the road (energy drinks etc) and meals in Newhaven and Gournay en Bray are not included.
Do I have to raise the amount stated?
We have priced the trip very carefully and have been running this event for a number of years so we know what this event costs to run. Your participation fee will cover a large portion of this, but not all. We try to keep our running costs to an absolute minimum without it having an impact on the quality of the event. We do this by completely staffing the event by the kindness of volunteers. Therefore, we do ask that you achieve the fundraising target of £750, to ensure that all our overheads are covered with the majority of your fundraising going to support our work in Nepal. If you start your fundraising early, this is normally very achievable. PHASE can support and provide ideas and information for your fundraising.
Do I need to be a proficient cyclist?
Please be aware that this is a big challenge it would help to have cycling experience but if you have plenty of time to train you could do it with limited previous experience. PHASE can help with training plans.
How many people will be cycling?
We hope to have about 15 riders with a support team of 5. The event is being organised by PHASE rather than using one of the national providers, meaning more money raised goes directly to charity.
What equipment do I need?
You will need your own bike – a good road bike would be best however many people complete this on a hybrid. You will also need a helmet (compulsory) plus a minimum of 3 inner tubes. We will provide a track pump, mechanic kit and oil. Your bike needs to be in good condition having had a recent service.
What support will I get on the way?
Our support team are amazing and will meet you at strategic points along the route providing you with a meals at lunchtime, and then at all other stops water and energy drinks/mix, energy bars and gels, snacks, hot drinks and of course some very important moral support and encouragement!!
How do I book a place?
A link to the registration form will be available very soon. On payment of your £200 participation fee, your place is reserved. Once the places have been filled we will open a reserve list.
Any other questions or to register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘We really enjoyed the London to Paris Cycle Challenge, much more than we expected! It was good fun having something to focus on in our training, and getting into some ‘serious’ cycling, which we had never done before. We discovered all sorts of lovely lanes and routes in our area during training.
I was dreading asking people for money, but actually this too was easier than expected. We emailed all our friends and relatives, many of whom were unexpectedly generous. We also had fundraising evenings at home, which was a fun and different way of entertaining.
“As for the actual bike ride – it was amazing! The camaraderie of the other riders and the fantastic support team was amazing. Our support team supplied us with wonderful French goodies while we cycled through France. Everything except the actual peddling was taken out of our hands, to make the whole thing a rewarding experience.’”
Dr Sarah Watson, London to Paris 2014