London | Paris FAQs
What can I expect on the ride?
This event is for adventurous cyclists looking to take on a challenge. It's not a race but you will need to train for it! You can choose to ride with one of four speed groups depending on your ability. The slowest of these will be riding at an average speed of 20kph (12.5mph) and the fastest group will be riding at 32kph (20mph). All speed groups will receive the same support from our specialist crew.
How fit do I have to be?
The challenge will require a good level of fitness, a commitment to train for the ride ahead and a sense of adventure to match. If you have any worries about your health, please consult a doctor before signing up.
How much does the ride cost and when is the money due?
Each place on the ride costs £849, which includes travel, transfers, accommodation, bike transport, mechanical support, sports physios, your cycling kit, all meals, energy drinks and the celebratory gala dinner on the last night.
We understand that £849 can feel like a lot of money, so it’s possible to pay a £149 deposit to secure your place now, and then pay the remaining £700 by 31 July 2015. Please note this cannot be taken out of sponsorship money. After the payment deadline, the balance is non-refundable.
What do I need to bring?
You’ll need to bring your own bike of course, cycle helmet, base layers and shoes. Around one month before the event, we’ll send you a pack containing your branded cycle kit and a kit list of everything else required. In addition to a change of clothes for each evening, we would recommend bringing Euros with you, to spend at the bar!
What about luggage?
Your luggage will be transported between each stage by our support vehicles so you won’t need to carry it with you up those hills! Energy drinks, snacks and sunblock will be available at each stop, and anything else you need to carry can either go into your pockets or a small bag if you choose to carry one.
How do we get back to London?
You'll catch the Eurostar from the Gare du Nord on Monday 21 September. When you sign up you'll have the choice of trains: 10:13 or 16:13. The trains will return to King’s Cross St. Pancras in London at 11:39 and 17:39 respectively. Please note that it's your responsibility to get yourself from the hotel to the Gare du Nord.
How do I get to the Eurostar?
By metro/RER or taxi. It should be a straightforward journey although you should allow up to an hour to get across Paris in heavy traffic.
How does my bike get back to London?
Upon arrival at the finish point, your bike will be carefully wrapped and loaded onto the lorries and will be returned safely by road for you to collect from the British Library car park (a two minute walk from Kings Cross St Pancras) once you get off the Eurostar.
Can I stay in Paris after the event?
We need everyone to have collected their bikes from us by 19:00 on the day we return to London. If you can arrange for someone to collect your bike on your behalf, you're welcome to stay behind. However you will need to arrange and pay for this, and your return journey will be at your own cost.
Can my friends / family meet us in Paris?
Yes! Friends and family are very welcome to join us for the finish and gala dinner. You’ll receive an email in April containing an online form where you can book in additional guests for dinner and/or accommodation on the Sunday evening. It will also give info about where they should stand to see the ride finish. Please note we cannot book accommodation for guests on the Saturday night.