Riding from London to Paris is one of the best bike rides Europe has to offer. Take on this challenge for a truly inspirational adventure!
Beginning in London, our 4-day, 300 mile route leads us across stunning English countryside, through the beautiful South Downs and on to board a ferry from the white cliffs of Dover to Calais. On arrival in France, we continue cycling along remote French country lanes, passing through medieval market towns with fantastic views of the rolling French hills. The tarmac roads in France are excellent, and cycling is the country's favourite sport. Don't be surprised if locals make way and cheer you on!
The route takes in many war memorials and monuments, bringing home sobering thoughts. The highlight of this challenge is the magnificent view of the stunning 324m Eiffel Tower, marking our finish line. The days of cycling will be long, but when we reach Paris and have chance to celebrate our impressive achievements in this amazing capital city, the saddle soreness will quickly wear off!
London to Paris Bike Ride – April and September 2014 Route
Day 1 – Registration for challenge early morning and start cycling at 7am through Kent to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Distance – 80 miles
Day 2 – Cycle to Arras through charming villages and along quiet country lanes. Distance – 78 miles
Day 3 – Cycle to Compiegne passing numerous WWI memorials and monuments through the Region of the Somme. Distance – 73 miles
Day 4 – Cycle to Paris and finish overlooking the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Gardens. Celebratory meal. Distance – 66 miles
Day 5 – Free morning in Paris, before catching the Eurostar to London where you are re-united with your bicycle.
This is an open challenge which means you can take part and raise funds for any of the charities listed. The payment options are explained below.
Minimum sponsorship option
This option requires you to pay the above registration fee at the time of booking and pledge to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship for your nominated charity. The charity will then cover the full cost of the challenge out of the sponsorship you raise. The amount retained by the charity varies between challenges - full details are included in the challenge information pack.
Self funder option
This option requires you to pay a registration fee at the time of booking and pay the final balance to cover the full cost of the challenge before your departure. As you have covered the full cost of the challenge yourself, 100% of any fundraising is kept by the charity - full details are included in the challenge information pack.
Full details of all funding options are included in the challenge information pack we'll send you - just select a charity and complete the request form.
London to Paris Bike Ride is an open challenge which means you can take part and raise funds for any of the charities listed. To get started, just select a charity and complete the request form to get full details about the challenge and payment options.
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