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  • The Challenge

    London to Paris 2014
    London to Paris 2014
    London to Paris 2014
    London to Paris 2014
    London to Paris 2014

    FOUR DAYS

    500 KILOMETRES

    TAKE THE CHALLENGE

    BE UNSTOPPABLE

     

    Want to be part of one of the most incredible journeys you can have on two wheels?

    London | Paris is a four day endurance ride, covering the varied landscapes of Kent and northern France. It's one of the only London to Paris rides to offer rolling road closures throughout France, full mechanical back up, experienced ride captains, sports physios and motorcycle outriders as part of the sign up price. And it's the only ride where all the money you raise goes directly towards improving the lives of blood cancer patients.

    You'll ride as part of a peloton with time trial and timed hill climb sections, so you can test your ability and find out where you rank against the rest of the riders: it's the nearest thing to being in a professional road race. You’ll be blown away by the stunning ride to the Arc De Triomphe alongside a team of newfound friends, under closed road conditions, cheered on by our support crew and locals.

    London | Paris: it's one of the most rewarding and challenging events around. Sign up now!

    Dates: 17 - 21 September 2015
    Entry fee: £849
    (plus a commitment to raising £1000 in sponsorship)

    Check out this video to find out how our 2014 riders felt arriving in Paris after four amazing, exhausting days of cycling.

     


  • The adventure

    From London to Paris in four epic days


    Day One

    London to Calais

    17 September 2015: You'll gather in the iconic Greenwich Park to register, before setting off on the challenge of a lifetime. You'll have the chance to test your competitive spirit with a timed hill climb and time trial section. All riders will set off as one big peloton, as you begin this most epic of journeys ...

    “It's a great feeling as you move from the hustle and bustle of a busy city out into the Kent countryside!”
    Day Two

    Calais to Abbeville

    18 September 2015: After a hearty breakfast, it’s back in the saddle for the second day of the challenge. Heading through Pas de Calais and the Somme, you'll take on the rolling hills of Northern France with the expert help of our team of ride captains who'll offer advice and tips on how to improve your ride. You'll be supported throughout the day by our dedicated motorcycle outriders, who'll keep your ride smooth and free of traffic.

    “Northern France is surprisingly hilly but every cyclist likes a few challenges on any bike ride and riding these hills in such a large group makes the time fly by.”
    Day Three

    Abbeville to Beauvais

    19 September 2015: Half way through the challenge and one of the toughest days on the ride. You'll experience another timed hill climb and time trial section that will test both competitive natures and riding ability! The day will finish with a reception in Beauvais before bed reckons, ready for the big one.

    “Setting off on day three you really hit the French countryside, with rolling roads and green fields the order of the day.”
    Day Four

    Beauvais to Paris

    20 September 2015: The finish is in sight and the final day of the ride is set to be the most exciting. Riders set off in their groups, before joining together after lunch to form one huge peloton for the arrival into Paris. With full rolling road closures up to the Arc de Triomphe and then on to the Eiffel Tower, this is the bit where the tears start to flow and celebrations can begin.

    After a well-earned drink you'll return to your hotel. That evening, you’ll be treated to a champagne reception and a spectacular gala dinner where we'll relive your efforts over the last four days, toast the achievements, exaggerate the hills and promise to return with bells on in 2016.

    Celebrations typically go on well into the night so save some energy for this final hurrah with your new found friends!

    “On the approach to Paris the feeling of excitement within the cyclists is enough to increase your heart rate on it's own.”
    Day Five

    Paris to London

    21 September 2015: You'll return to London via Eurostar, probably a bit sore but triumphant, victorious and safe in the knowledge that you've not only completed an epic cycling challenge but that you did it to help the 38,000 people diagnosed with blood cancer each year, and made a difference to blood cancer patients throughout the UK. Your bike will be transported by road and will be ready for collection in London when you arrive.

  • Gallery

    Videos from London | Paris 2014 - click on 'playlist' to see videos from all days

     

     

     


  • London Paris 2015 FAQ

    London | Paris FAQs

    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 7504 2200 or email at londonparis@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk


    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.

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