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MCCC London to Paris Cycle Challenge 2018

Challenge type: Bike in support of Marie Curie

Destination: France

Runs from : 13th September 2018 to 16th September 2018

A beautiful long weekend charity challenge from London to Paris, covering 300km in 3 days.  This exciting event guarantees you the cycling experience of a lifetime! Cycle from Crystal Palace towards Newhaven with sweeping views of the South Downs on our approach. Then set sail to France for two more action-packed days of cycling.  Encounter historic towns, sleepy villages and rolling countryside en-route.   Experience the thrill of riding along wide boulevards and crossing the Seine to finish at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The next day have free time in Paris before taking the Eurostar back to London.  Join this fantastic London to Paris cycle challenge and raise much needed funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Highlights

Action-packed long weekend ride to Paris

Beautiful tree-lined route through historic towns and villages

Spectacular finish beneath the Eiffel Tower

Explore the sights of the French Capital

What's Included

Ferry Dover - Calais, Eurostar Paris - London, accommodation, transfers, full meidcal support, experinced guides, support staff, water and all meals except lunch and dinner on day 4 &5.  

What's Not Included

Bicycle, travel insurance, lunch and dinner on day 4 & 5, optional tours, gratuities and spending money

Itinerary

Day 1 : London to Dover

Ferry crossing Dover to Calais - Transfer Calais to Dieppe - Our starting point is the borough of Bexley. It's an early start, cycling slowly through south-east London and north Kent. After 26km we reach the city of Rochester with its 1,000 year-old Norman castle, historic cathedral and strong links to former local resident Charles Dickens. From Rochester the route becomes more peaceful, cycling through small towns and villages along the edge of the North Downs.

After lunch we continue cycling along the cliff tops with views of the English Channel and, on a clear day, we may even see France. We continue to cycle along the coast all the way to Dover where we catch the evening ferry to Calais with dinner on board. In Calais we board the coach which will take us to the hotel in Dieppe where we'll spend the night.

Approx. 116km

Day 2 : Dieppe to Gourney-en-Bray

After a hearty breakfast, we set off through Dieppe, an old-fashioned port town nestled between two limestone cliffs. The streets are likely to be crowded with people shopping at the traditional Saturday street market.

In less than 2.5km we're cycling in the pretty Normandy countryside. The route to our first stop in the village of Torcy-le-Grand is gently undulating. The terrain is similar for the next stretch to the centre of Saint-Saens. From there we encounter a few uphill sections, some longer and more challenging than others. From Bosque Eveline, we experience a long sweeping descent until we reach the quiet village of Argueil and lunch in the square opposite the 16th century church of St. Maurice. The last stretch of cycling is another succession of sleepy villages along quiet roads, with an uphill stretch that affords beautiful views of Saint-Aubert and Ons-en-Bray.

We'll spend the night in the picturesque town of Gournay-en-Bray.

Approx. 88km

Day 3 : Gourney-en-Bray to the Eiffel Tower

We leave Gournay-en-Bray in a south-easterly direction bound for Paris and a beautiful day of cycling through rural Normandy. As we progress through the day, our surroundings start to change as we enter the suburbs of Paris.

After lunch we enter a forested area known as Le Parc aux Etoiles for about 3km. From there, it’s a steep descent towards the River Seine. We cross the river twice before regrouping inside the Bois de Boulogne park for the final stretch of cycling. We exit this pretty expanse of greenery together at Place de la Porte de Passy. From there the excitement starts to mount as we cycle along the wide Parisian boulevards towards our final destination.

We cross the Pont d’Iéna and finish the challenge.

Approx. 107km

Day 4 : Paris to London

This morning we transfer from the hotel to the Eurostar terminal for our train back to London, along with some amazing memories of the challenge.

This is a complex itinerary and is be subject to change.

Take the challenge…

Registration Fee:

£200

You will be required to raise a minimum of £1750 for your chosen charity.

 

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