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Sept London to Paris


 

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 we 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. 

 

What’s included:

>> Fully led and supported challenge with Cycle Leaders & Support Vehicle to ensure a smooth, safe and successful challenge.

>> Leaders to accommodate different paces (13mph – 15mph – 17mph).

>> Ferry crossing on Day 1, late pm.

>> Accommodation on Day 1, after arriving in Dieppe.

>> Accommodation on Day 2 based on 3-star twin shared accommodation.

>> Evening meals on Day 1 and 2.

>> Refreshments, fluids and hot drinks.

>> Bike transportation from Hertfordshire to London start.

>> Bike return post-challenge to Hertfordshire.

>> Qualified First Aiders.

>> Challenge Completion Medal.

 

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 your accomdation on day 2 when you register for the event.

Please find our full Terms and Conditions here.

London to Paris Cycle Group Photo

Day 1 - London to Newhaven – 65 Miles

The cycling challenge begins at Carlton House Terrace, London (SW1Y 5AH) at 08:00. Here you will meet the Challenge Central team and rest of your cycle team. We will travel a short distance on foot to our starting point in Trafalgar Square, where we will depart at 08:30.

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.

Taking the late afternoon ferry, we will arrive in Dieppe around 23:00, where we will travel a short distance by foot to the overnight accommodation.

 

Day 2 – Dieppe to Beauvais – 75 miles

After breakfast, we will begin the next part of the bike ride around 09:00. We head along the gently inclined 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 late afternoon - Beauvais

 

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.

Day 1 - London to Newhaven – 65 Miles

London to Paris Day 1 Route

Schedule (please view as a guide only)

Start: Trafalgar Square 08:00
15 Minute Break: Carshalton (at 15 miles) 
Hour Break: Turners Hill (at 40 miles) 
Mini Break: Ditchling Beacon (at 50 miles) 
Finish: Newhaven (at 65 miles) 16:00 (Ferry leaves 17:30)

 

Day 2 – Dieppe to Beauvais – 75 miles

London to Paris Day 2 Route

 

Schedule (please view as a guide only)

Start: Dieppe 09:00
Hour Break: Forges les Eaux (at 35 miles) 
Hour Break: St Germer de Fly (at 55 miles) 
Finish: Beauvais (at 75 miles) 17:00

 

Day 3 - Beauvais to Paris – 50 miles

London to Paris Day 3 Route

 

Schedule (please view as a guide only)

Start: Beauvais 07:00
45 Minute Break: Pontoise (at 30 miles) 
Finish: Trocadero, Paris (at 50 miles) 14:00

Downloadable check list available here

Bike Clothing:

>> Bike Helmet (compulsory)

>> Bike Gloves

>> Padded Cycling Shorts*

>> Cycling Tops / T-Shirts*

>> Waterproof / Warm Cycling Clothing**

>> High Viz Vest / Reflective Clothing

>> Cycle Shoes and Socks

*You should aim for at least one cycling outfit per day and one extra for spares as the weather can be unpredictable.

**Warm cycling clothing should include jackets / gloves / arm & leg warmers. Often the weather is very cold when leaving the ferry on Day 2 and cycling early mornings. Having layers of clothing on will also help to keep you warm. 

 

Other Clothing:

>> Casual Clothing (for when not cycling) - Please ensure you have warm items of clothing for when waiting to board the ferry

>> Shoes / Trainers / Flip Flops

>> 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 (at least!)

>> 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 Bags (for wet clothes)

 

Hygiene & Health:

>> Toiletries

>> Sun Protection

>> Flannel / Hand Towel

>> Bath Towel

>> 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 Snacks

>> Fluid Replacements

 

Documentation / Other:

>> Passport 

>> Return Travel Documents

>> Travel Insurance (to cover you for cycling activities) and EHIC Card (if applicable to you)

>> Mobile Phone & Charger

>> European Plug Adapter

>> Power Bank Charger(s)

>> Currency

London to Paris Cycle Group Photo