Challenge type: Bike in support of Diabetes UK
Destination: France, United Kingdom
Runs from : 14th September 2018 to 16th September 2018
The iconic London to Paris cycle challenge with a twist! Ride from London to Paris in just 24 hours; take it on solo or as part of a relay team.
Ferry Newhaven - Dieppe, Eurostar Paris - London, accommodation in Paris, transfers, full medical support, experienced guides, support staff, water & food.
Bicycle, travel insurance, food on Eurostar return home, gratuities & spending money.
To sign up for this challenge you will need to pay a registration fee and pick from one of the following two payment options:
Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £99 registration fee and agree to raise the £1,450 sponsorship.
Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £99 registration fee, plus pay the £429* tour cost yourself. You will be invoiced for the remaining tour cost approx. 10 weeks prior to departure.
All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change
EARLY BIRD OFFER:
Registration fee just £49 before 28 February and £99 from 1 March onwards.
Just enter code CYCLE24 at check out!
Fundraising Option 1
Pay the registration fee and then raise £1450 minimum sponsorship.
Fundraising Option 2
Pay the registration fee then pay the outstanding £429* and raise as much as possible for Diabetes UK.
*Please note if the group size falls below 30 participants a small group surcharge may be added to the overall tour cost.
13:00 - Assemble at registration in South London - final checks - briefing
14:00 – Depart
20:00 - Evening meal in Newhaven
22:30 - Ferry departs from Newhaven for Dieppe (approx crossing time 5 hours) - cabins optional
05:00 (french time) - Arrive in Dieppe
Now the challenge starts.
15:00 - Our deadline in Paris - Celebrations at Eiffel Tower then ride to accommodation for the evening
10:00 - Checkout of hotel and a brief couple of hours enjoying Paris
12:00 – Coach transfer to \Gare du Nord Intl Rail Station to return by Eurostar**
15:30 - Arrive at St Pancras rail station - collect bikes
**Special Note - The time of departure by Eurostar to London is subject to availability
Set off from Crystal Palace Park through the streets of south-east London, continuing down through Godstone and Outwood. Roads will be busy so we’ll cycle slowly and keep close together. As we head south, our surroundings become less built up and less congested. We enjoy an undulating section of the route including a couple of steep uphill and steep downhill stretches. Long before we reach the M25 and as we continue into the leafy lanes of Surrey, the scenery is very pretty and rural. We pass the South of England show ground, on the approach to Lewes. Watch out for a steep climb here, but you can look forward to the reward of fantastic views of the South Downs once through town. We soon see the “Welcome to Newhaven” sign and we head for the ferry terminal for our crossing to Dieppe.
Set off through the ancient port of Dieppe. We head straight into the Normandy countryside, dotted with elegant old farmhouses, quaint villages and verdant meadows. The picturesque surroundings start to become more urban as we approach the suburbs of Paris. We enter the heart of the city via the famous Bois de Boulogne. We re-group inside the park for the final stretch of cycling. From there the excitement starts to mount as we cycle along the wide Parisian boulevards towards our final destination. We cross the Seine to finish beneath the Eiffel Tower, Paris’ most iconic landmark.