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London to Paris Cycle


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25th - 27th August 2017
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22nd - 24th September 2017
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Cycle from one of London’s best known landmarks to the most romantic city in the world, Paris. This 190-mile bike ride adventure can be achieved in only three days, travelling through some of the most beautiful French countryside on smooth-as-silk roads.

With the summer weather and the camaraderie from other cyclists, this challenge really is a dream cycle ride into continental Europe.

The London to Paris Cycle Tour will put you to the test with three days of consecutive cycling with a handful of challenging hill-climbs – which makes that first sight of the Eiffel Tower even more rewarding.

The London to Paris Cycle Ride is supported by the Challenge Central team along the way. Our support vehicle is never far away, carrying your personal belongings all the way to Paris.

You also have the option to have your bikes and belongings transported back to the UK following the challenge – leaving you free to enjoy the sights and sounds of this magnificent city at your own pace.

Please note that the price of the challenge includes the overnight ferry on day one, accommodation in Beauvais on day two and food on both evenings but does not include accommodation in Paris or the return back to the UK.

There are no charity commitments for this bike ride so you are free to raise money for any charity of your choice, or simply take on The London to Paris Cycle for a personal challenge without a minimum fundraising obligation.

The London to Paris Cycle Ride is an epic weekend adventure and one of the most popular challenges with organise. As well as public dates throughout the summer we also offer bespoke cycle tours; whether that be charity cycle rides, corporate cycle challenges or groups of friends who want their own cycle tour supported, Challenge Central can cater for all.

We take customer service very seriously but don’t take our word for it, see our London to Paris Cycle Feedback from previous challengers.

We also have a London to Paris Cycle Photo Gallery with action snaps from the cycling tour. 

Day 1 - London to Newhaven – 65 Miles

The cycling challenge begins at Carlton House Terrace, London (SW1Y 5AH) at 9am. Here you will meet the Challenge Central team and of course your fellow cyclists! We will travel a short distance on foot to our starting point in Trafalgar Square, where we will depart at approximately 10 am.

We will head out of the capital towards Brighton, travelling through picturesque Sussex countryside – often described as the Garden of England due to its wealth of horticulture and beautiful woodland. Wherever possible we have opted to use quieter roads for our bike rides so you can expect to cycle through some wonderful countryside, as we meander our way south to the coast.

From Brighton, our cycle ride takes us east along the coastline towards Newhaven, with stunning sea views and flanked by the famous white cliffs. In the evening we will take you to Newhaven’s favourite pub situated across from the port, where you can rest your legs, enjoy a hearty meal and freshen-up before boarding the ferry.

 

Day 2 – Dieppe to Beauvais – 75 miles

Arriving early hours in Dieppe, we will begin the toughest part of the bike ride around 5am. We head along the Avenue Verte cycle track in the morning twilight towards Forges-les-Eaux, arriving just in time for a well-earned breakfast at a choice of enchanting local cafés.

From here we continue the cycle ride on fantastically smooth roads passing through several quaint French towns and villages, until we reach our destination in the early afternoon - Beauvais

With day two of the cycle tour complete,  the rest of the day is free to relax before the final push to Paris in the morning after some much-needed rest in our accommodation for the night.

 

Day 3 - Beauvais to Paris – 50 miles

The last day of the London to Paris bike ride finds us cycling right into the heart of Paris. For our hard efforts over the past three days, we are rewarded with simply gorgeous views of the Champs Élysées with the Arc de Triomphe standing proudly in the distance. As we approach France’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower, we will cycle past the beautiful Victor Hugo fountain through to the Trocadero. Here we will finish the cycle ride, presenting the perfect opportunity to capture photos with the Eiffel Tower displaying in the background.

With our bike ride coming to an end in the early afternoon, you can celebrate your cross-channel triumph in one of the many renowned Parisian bars and restaurants.

You have the option of your bike being transported back to Hertfordshire for collection during the week, allowing you the freedom to explore the beautiful capital city.

 

London to Paris Cycle Challenge Dates

25th - 27th August 2017

22nd - 24th September 2017

1st - 3rd June 2018

24th - 26th August 2018

21st - 23rd September 2018

 

London to Paris Cycle Group Photo

What’s included:

>> Support Vehicle

>> Cycle Leaders

>> Overnight Ferry on Day 1 (upgrades available for ferry cabins)

>> 2 star Accommodation on Day 2, based on twin occupancy (upgrades available for single occupancy or to a 3 star hotel)

>> Day 1 Evening Main Meal*

>> Day 2 Evening Hot Buffet Main Meal with unlimited Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks* 

>> Light Refreshments & Fluids

>> Souvenir Video Footage (FREE) 

>> London to Paris Finisher Medal

*Specific Restaurant Only

 

What’s not included:

>> Equipment

>> Personal Insurance

>> Food / Drink (aside from those mentioned in inclusions)

>> Transport back from Paris

 

The challenge cost is based on participants sharing a twinned room. Unless informed otherwise we will place partners and joint bookings together wherever possible. We will of course only pair together same sex participants.

If you prefer to stay in a room on your own, you can select the single occupancy option during your booking. You will also have the option to purchase an upgrade to a 3* hotel for Day 2 when you register for the event.

All Challenge Central events require a minimum participation level in order to operate. On very rare occasions if this level is not reached with 3 months to go, we may unfortunately have to cancel the challenge date. Bookings can either be refunded in full or transferred to another Challenge Central event within the next 18 months. 

Your London to Paris booking also cannot be 100% confirmed until we have secured your place on the ferry. If the situation arises whereby the ferry is full at the time we book, we will of course refund your deposit. We strongly suggest you therefore do not purchase your return journey until we have fully confirmed your place.

Please find our full Terms and Conditions here.

London to Paris Cycle Group Photo

Downloadable check list available here

Bike Clothing:

>> Bike Helmet (compulsory)

>> Bike Gloves

>> Padded Cycling Shorts

>> Cycling Tops / T-Shirts

>> Waterproof / Warm Cycling Clothing (having layers of clothing on will also help to keep you warm)

>> High Viz Vest / Clothing

>> Cycle Shoes and Socks

 

Other Clothing:

>> Casual Clothing (for when not cycling)

>> Shoes / Trainers

>> Towel

>> Light Blanket / Sleeping Bag / Roll Mat (for ferry unless you wish to upgrade and purchase a cabin bed/room)

 

Bike Kit:

>> Bike

>> Bell (legally required in France)

>> Bright Bike Lights / Head Torch (the mornings can be very dark)

>> Water Bottle / Camelbak (to be used while cycling)

>> Small Backpack or Bento Box (for accessible food)

>> Tyre Levers

>> Bike Tools and Pump

>> Spare Inner Tubes x4

>> Bike Lock

>> Puncture Repair Kit

>> High Quality Puncture Resistant Tyres (are strongly advised)

 

Luggage / Packing Equipment:

>> Holdall (for everything in the support vehicle)

>> Packing Sacks and Dry Sacks

>> Plastic Bag (for wet clothes)

 

Hygiene & Health:

>> Toiletries

>> Sun Protection

>> Baby Wipes (or similar)

>> Anti-Insect Spray

>> Anti-Chafe Cream

>> Anti-Nausea Tablets / Bands (for ferry crossing)

>> Prescribed Medication (if applicable)

>> Basic First Aid Kit (Guides will carry as well)

 

Nutrition (suggestions only):

Cycling nutrition:

>> Energy Bars, Nuts, Seeds, Dry Fruit

>> Malt Loaf, Banana Cake, Jelly Babies, Trex Bars

 

Post Cycling nutrition:

>> Protein Shake

>> Protein / Recovery Bars

 

Documentation / Other:

>> Passport

>> Return Travel Documents

>> Travel Insurance

>> Mobile Phone

>> European Plug Adapter

>> Currency

London to Paris Cycle Group Photo

Day 1 - London to Newhaven – 65 Miles

London to Paris Day 1 Route

Schedule (please view as a guide only)

Start: Trafalgar Square 10:00am
45 Minute Break: Carshalton Beeches (15 miles) 
45 Minute Break: Turners Hill (40 miles) 
Mini Break: Ditchling Beacon (50 miles) 
Finish: Newhaven (65 miles) 7:30pm (Board the ferry between 15 minutes and 1.5 hours before departure)

 

Day 2 – Dieppe to Beauvais – 75 miles

London to Paris Day 2 Route

 

Schedule (please view as a guide only)

Start: Dieppe 5:00am (depending on the tide)
Hour Break: Forges les Eaux (35 miles) 
Hour Break: St Germer de Fly (55 miles) 
Finish: Beauvais (75 miles) 3:00pm

 

Day 3 - Beauvais to Paris – 50 miles

London to Paris Day 3 Route

 

Schedule (please view as a guide only)

Start: Beauvais 6:00am
45 Minute Break: Pontoise (30 miles) 
Finish: Trocadero, Paris (50 miles) 12:00noon

Bike and Kit Transfer - Pre and Post Challenge

We understand travelling into London and back from Europe with your bike / kit can be challenging. We offer a transport service to take away the stress by bringing your belongings to London on Day 1 and transporting them back to Letchworth, Hertfordshire after the event for you to collect. 

Drop-Off Dates Pre Challenge are:

The Saturday before the challenge - Morning

The Wednesday before the challenge - Evening

Collection Dates Post Challenge are:

The first Wednesday after the challenge - Evening

The first Saturday after the challenge - Morning

If you would like to arrange an alternative drop-off or collection, please contact us directly with your preference and we will check staff availability. 

£15.00 per transfer for Hertfordshire (each way)

We can also offer a customised pick up / drop off service in London and other major cities in England. Please contact us to get a price for this personalised service.

 

Bike MOT

To ensure your bike is in the best condition possible for your cycle challenge, our qualified mechanic will undertake a MOT on the bike for you. Bringing the bike to us in Hertfordshire at an allocated time, the mechanic will make checks including the Wheels, Brakes, Gears, Chain, Nuts and Bolts. If anything is of concern, we will inform you of the details and ask you if you would like the work carried out before continuing (just like a MOT).

£20.00 (Excluding the parts or labour costs should the MOT highlight any concerns which need rectifying).

 

Ferry Cabin - Newhaven to Dieppe

Although the ferry crossing is only 4 hours, you may wish to freshen up and sleep in a cabin. All cabins are 4-birth.

You are able to upgrade your booking to a bed within a cabin that is shared with other participants of the sex or you can purchase one for yourself / your group (up to 4 people per cabin).

Please note cabins are subject to availability and should you purchase a bed or cabin and one not be available, we will of course refund the cost in full.

£40.00 per bed / £100.00 per cabin

 

Accommodation - Beauvais

The accommodation on Day 2 is based on two participants sharing and split by male / female or couples if you have booked together. If you would like the comfort of having your own room, you can upgrade to single occupancy within the same 2* accommodation or upgrade to a nearby 3* hotel.

£75.00 2* Single Occupancy / £90.00 3* Single Occupancy / £95.00 3* Twin or Double based on two sharing

 

Cycling Jersey

Wear your London to Paris Cycle jersey with pride as you cycle from the UK to France - the ultimate challenge memento! An image of the top can be found on our clothing page and available in Black or Red / Ladies or Mens.

Product Information:

YKK Excella® Zip Tri-section Pocket

Front 1/4 Zip

London To Paris and Challenge Central Logo 

Sizing Guide

Please note the tops are designed to be fitted and therefore if you would prefer some extra room in them, we would recommend going one size bigger than you normally would purchase.  

Cycle Jersey - Mens

Cycle Jersey - Ladies

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XS

S

M

L

XL

38"

40"

42"

44''

46''

8

10

12

14

16

£55.00

 

Sports Massage

After a tough day of cycling, treat your aching limbs to a Sports Massage. Subject to availability, we will always aim to have a Sports Massage Therapist on our challenges. Experienced in dealing with muscular problems that arise whilst cycling, they will be waiting for you at the end of each day to provide you with a 15 minute leg massage covering quads, hamstrings and calf muscles. The advantages of having a massage post cycling are best felt the following morning when you get up and realise, with great joy (!) that your legs feel good and are able to cope with another day in the saddle!

Bookings can be made during the challenge direct with the sports therapist.

From £10.00

 

If you would like to purchase any of our challenge extras, you can add them at the time of booking or by logging onto your booking profile and adding the extras. If you have any questions, please contact us.

London to Paris Cycle Group Photo

We strongly recommend anyone who has a medical condition should seek approval from their GP / Consultant before signing up to a challenge. When registering for the event, you are agreeing to be fit and healthy enough to take part.

The Health and safety of all participants and members of staff are paramount to us. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, we may require a letter from a medical professional stating that you are fit enough to undergo the activity. Please refer to 6.6 in our Terms & Conditions.

Three days of consecutive cycling between 55 and 75 miles (around 7 hours each day at an average pace of 13mph) is no easy task but certainly possible with the right training and positive mental attitude. None of our events are organised for just elite cyclists, we much prefer to work collectively as a team to overcome the challenge.

Relevance training is always key when planning for any challenge. In this case, you are cycling quite a long way so your first point of training should be out on your bike. We do recommend you also practice riding in groups as this will help you prepare for cycling with others on the challenge.

If the glorious UK weather does not allow any outdoor cycling then a turbo trainer, which uses your own bike would be a suitable replacement. This means you can get used to your own bike whilst cycling in the comfort of your home.

Spinning classes are another excellent way of preparing you for the London to Paris cycle although the intensity vs time will be different to the challenge. A spinning class is normally a high intensity blast of 45 minutes whereas the event will see you cycling all day at a much lower intensity. When cycling, you should be aiming to cycle at average pace of 13mph.

The gym can also be used to help strengthen muscles required for cycling. Exercises such as squats, leg extensions, hamstring curls and calf raises will all help to increase leg strength.

We encourage in the build up to the challenge, participants undertake physical activity for at least 3 months. All challengers will receive a training plan to help support with their training.

If you are cycling with cleats/SPD's, you will need to be able to clip in/out with ease so please ensure you are comfortable with these shoes/pedals ahead of the challenge.

This can be found on the route tab of the event page however if you require any further details about the route please contact us.

Other than the included evening meal on Day 1 & 2, please note that you are responsible for your own food for this challenge. There will be plenty of opportunities to purchase food / snacks throughout the challenge at breaks / stops.

For your evening meal on Day 1, you will have a choice of 4 dishes. On day 2, your evening meal will be a hot buffet.

You will need a steady supply of energy whilst you are cycling so keeping fast releasing sources of energy such as bananas, energy bars, gels, sweets and nuts with you on the bike is essential.

We recommend that you bring packed lunches with you consisting of non-perishable foods for Day 1 and 2. They can be left in your rucksack and stored in the support vehicle. We carry large canisters of water on the support vans (tap water in large containers) so it is not essential that you bring lots of bottles of water / drinks with you. There will be places on route to purchase additional fluids if required.

The crossing journey takes approximately 4 hours with the ferry departing between 22:00 and 00:00 (depending on the tide).

For those wishing to take advanatage of the ferry cabins where you can access a shower and sleep in a bed, there is an option to purchase a cabin bed (sharing a room with other participants of the same sex) or a cabin of your own.

If you do not wish to purchase a cabin, we recommend sleeping on the recliner chairs onboard or bringing a small roll up mat & light sleeping bag / blanket with you if you are going to sleep on the ferry floor.

 

Of course not, no one will be left behind.

There will be Challenge Central leaders at the front and back of the group who will ensure that the group regularly re-groups and that no one is left behind.

We suggest purchasing puncture resistant tyres or using inner tubes with special gel inside, which help to seal the puncture. Failing that, you should have the kit with you to fix punctures and our leaders will always be there to assist if there is a problem.

You can, however we do recommend using road or at least a hybrid bike.

Mountain bikes are heavy and can make the challenge tougher than it needs to be.

If you are going to use a mountain bike, we suggest using a set of slick tyres to help decrease friction and increase speed.

The maximum number of bikes on a train/per journey is 8. If the train reached its capacity, the bike would be put on an earlier or later train and will be stored securely for you to collect for up to 2 weeks free of charge by Eurostar at their London train station.

This information has been provided by Eurostar October 2015. Please check their website for the most up to date information.

Before the challenge, Challenge Central can store your bike (and kit if required) in Hertfordshire and transport it to London for you on Day 1.

We can also bring your belongings back from France with us on Day three for you to collect at a pre-arranged time on your return.

For £15 each way, you can travel to London and / or back from Paris without the hassle of commuting with your bike.

If you would like to purchase any of our challenge extras, you can add them at the time of booking or by logging onto your booking profile and adding the extras. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Please note your booking will not be 100% confirmed until we have secured your place on the ferry. We aim to book the ferry as soon as the event has reached minimum participant level or 3 months before the challenge commences.

We strongly suggest you therefore do not purchase your return journey until we have fully confirmed your place with you.

You must have your valid passport with you for the ferry.

Please ensure you state your full name as per your passport when registering for the challenge with us. You can manage your booking information here.

There is always a Challenge Central leader at both the front and back of the group. Depending on the group size, there may also be additional leaders interspersed within the group.

No the support vehicle will carry anything that you do not need with you whilst you are cycling.

The support vehicle cannot be with us at all times as some of the route cannot be accessed such as when we are on cycle tracks.

There are designated points where we will meet up with the support vehicle throughout the route but the vehicle is never more than approx. 30mins away if required in certain circumstances.

The remaining balance is due three calendar months before the event start date. A member of the Challenge Central team will be in contact around this time to advise on the payment options.

The 2* accommodation will vary according to availability and it will be in the standard range. Rooms are based on participants sharing twin rooms on a male / female split or in couples if booked together.

You do have the option to upgrade to single occupancy in the same hotel or to a nearby 3* hotel.

If you would like to purchase any of our challenge extras, you can add them at the time of booking or by logging onto your booking profile and adding the extras. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Before the cycle event, Challenge Central can store your bike (and kit if required) in Hertfordshire and transport it to London for you on Day 1. We can also bring your bike and belongings back from France with us on Day 3 for you to collect at a pre-arranged time within two weeks of your return.

For £15 each way, you can travel to London and / or back from Paris without the hassle of commuting with your bike.

You can purchase this extra at the time of booking or by logging onto your booking profile and adding the extra.

All challengers must be over the age of 18 (or 15 and over if accompanied by an adult taking part who will have full responsibility of the child during the trip).

You should carry enough food and drink to last you whilst cycling (30 miles max). We advise that all challengers have water bottles, small backpack or a bento box (this is attached to your cross bar) whilst riding with sweets / snacks /gels to keep your energy / fluid levels maintained.

We ask that all challengers carry two spare inner tubes at all times throughout the challenge. Extras can be left in the support vehicle, which should be re-stocked at our designated stops.

A puncture repair kit including a pump should also be carried with you just in case you have already used your spare inner tubes and another repair is required.

We also suggest you carry a lightweight windjammer in case it suddenly turns cold or for an emergency.

Unfortunately, we cannot predict the weather however we do advise you to have layers of cycling clothing as you can increase/decrease your layers as the challenge (and weather) progresses! Items can be left/picked up when the van meets you at rest stops. The mornings can be often cooler.

You are required to have your own travel insurance and it will need to cover you for cycling activities.If you have travel insurance already, we recommend you contact your provider and inform them of your challenge to see if you require further cover.

Visit British Cycling website for extra support and information on this topic.

There are no showers or changing rooms available at the pub where we eat before boarding the ferry however there are wash basins and space in the toilets to freshen up and get changed.

Unless you have purchased a cabin / a bed in a cabin, there is one public shower on the ferry (Deck 7 at the very end of the boat by the bar) which is available for you to use. Alternatively again there are wash basins and space in the toilets for you to get ready.

As a foot passenger, you are able to take on a hand luggage size holdall. If your bag is bigger than this, you may be asked to leave items behind at Newhaven so please only take onto the ferry what you need overnight if your holdall is much bigger than hand luggage.

Anything you do not need of course can be left on the support vehicle.

As with any major city, there is an absolutely huge range of accommodation available in Paris.

Below are some our recommendations of accommodation close to the finish point at Trocadéro or near the Eiffel Tower.

St Christopers Hostels Paris - Discount code available - please contact us.

Best Western Au Trocadéro 3*

Citadines Trocadéro Paris 3*

Mercure Paris Central Eiffel Tower Hotel 4*

The challenge cost is based on participants sharing a twinned room. If you are joining the challenge as an individual or in a group with an odd number, you will be subject to a single supplement charge unless another participant of the same sex signs up in the same situation. In this instance, we will place you both together in a twinned room. If you have a preference to stay in a room of your own or another person of the same sex doesn’t sign up on their own / in an odd group number, you can purchase a single occupancy room at the time of registering for the challenge.

Prices are based on a Monday – Friday delivery between 10am & 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Anything outside of this will need to be quoted separately:

Pricing Structure

1-3 Bikes/Kit Combo

4-8 Bikes/Kit Combo

From SG6 Postcode to one location (excluding London)

£2.70 per mile

(minimum charge £74.50)

£3.30 per mile

(minimum charge £101.50)

From SG6 Postcode to one location within London*

£132.00

£250.00

Additional Drop Off Locations in London

£43.00 each

£43.00 each

 

*London Postcodes include: E / EC / EN / HA / IG / N / NW / RM / SE / SW / TW / UB / W / WC / WD

Please note if the delivery driver is left waiting, a fee of £35 per hour (minimum of 1 hour) will be required.

Any lost property can be collected from our HQ in Letchworth, Hertfordshire or we can post the belongings out to you. If posted, please note you will be charged P&P plus a £10 admin fee in advance of the items being delivered. Please refer to 6.5 in our Terms & Conditions.

Time before start of the challenge Deposit refund
More than 3 Months 50% Refund of Price Paid
(excluding challenge deposit)
OR
Transfer to Another Event within 18 months
(excluding challenge deposit)
Between 1-3 Months 0% Refund
HOWEVER
Transfer to Another Event within 18 months
(excluding challenge deposit)
Less than 1 Month 0% Refund
AND
No Transfer

Please refer to section 9 of our Terms & Conditions for full details.

Yes, Challenge Central have both public and employer liability cover from our Tour Operator insurance. This covers us for the costs of legal fees resulting from claims of negligence against Challenge Central. If you would like to view a copy, please get in contact.

Our insurance does not cover participants personally if Challenge Central is not at fault.