The Royal Marsden London to Paris Cycle
Thu 20 - Sun 23 Jun 2024 London, UK

The Royal Marsden London to Paris Cycle

Join Team Marsden for an iconic cycle ride to Paris, the City of Lights, through scenic Sussex countryside, medieval market towns of Northern France and a picture-perfect finale at the Eiffel Tower!

  • Thu 20 - Sun 23 Jun 2024
East London, London > Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Royal Marsden London to Paris Cycle



Age 18 & over

  • 180 miles road cycling


Join Team Marsden for a wonderful adventure and tick the iconic London to Paris Cycle Ride off your bucket list.

This is one of the greatest cycling experiences in Europe, made even greater by your efforts to make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.


With long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs, the sight of the Eiffel Tower, the finishing point, will evoke a real sense of achievement. The last day in Paris allows you to explore the sights and soak up the romantic atmosphere of this majestic city!


  • One of Europe's greatest cycling experiences
  • Grand finale at the Eiffel Tower itself
  • Carefully curated route designed by experts
  • Quiet country lanes and pretty villages
  • Join the Team Marsden community
  • Raise funds for people affected by cancer

Fitness level

You don’t need to be a super fit athlete to take on this challenge, but the age-old phrase ‘the fitter you are the more enjoyable it will be’ rings true. Once you’ve booked on to your challenge you will get help on how to start your training.


There are several guides to help you prepare including:

  • Kit list
  • How to prepare for a cycle challenge
  • How to fit and size your bike
  • How to safety check your bike
  • What to wear on a cycle challenge


Bike type

Road bike or standard hybrid.


  • Coast
  • Rural
  • Urban

Event HQ

East London
Greater London

  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Point to point
  • Return transport
  • Single start
  • Sleeping facilities
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Undulating
  • Water stations

Route highlights

  • Pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads
  • Ride through beautiful rolling Surrey and Sussex countryside
  • Descend into the harbour town of Newhaven
  • Board the ferry to Dieppe
  • Pass through the beautiful scenery of North France, towards the renowned Beauvais
  • Finally, ride through the suburbs of Paris
  • Finish at the iconic Eiffel Tower!


  • Day 1 | London - Newhaven - Dieppe (98km/60 miles)

    An early start allows the group to avoid the morning traffic and pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads. Continue south towards Croydon, riding through beautiful rolling Surrey countryside and small, quiet villages. Heading further south a long climb takes the group into Sussex; then follow rolling roads up and over the beautiful chalk downs and descend into the harbour town of Newhaven. Board the ferry and have dinner en-route to Dieppe. Night hotel. (Dinner on ferry not included).

  • Day 2 | Dieppe - Beauvais (114km/70 miles)

    Leave the busy port behind, heading south east and quickly emerge into typical French countryside. Passing a few small villages, ride through the small, 12th-century town of Neufchatel-en-Bray and continue on small roads through farmland and pockets of woodland. Most of the route rolls along through this beautiful rural scenery, though there are a few longer climbs. The day ends at Beauvais, a town renowned for its large Gothic cathedral. Night hotel.

  • Day 3 | Beauvais - Paris (80km/50 miles)

    The final day’s cycling takes the group south of Beauvais towards the great capital city. Following small country roads head towards the small town of Meru and continue south through beautiful countryside, with a few steep climbs to test the legs. From the suburbs of Paris enjoy a flat run-in, looking out for the distinctive landmarks of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré Coeur standing out on the skyline. After finishing beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower, head to the hotel and get ready for an evening of celebrations to mark the achievement. Night hotel.

  • Day 4 | Paris - London

    After breakfast head off to the Gare du Nord for the Eurostar train back to St Pancras, where you will be reunited with your bike. Say our farewells and head for home. (Lunch and dinner not included).

  • Public transport links
  • Sustainability policy


Take only photos, leave only footprints.

This challenge believes in the familiar phrase of 'take only photos, leave only footprints', cares for the planet and wants to make sure that actions benefit future generations of all species for years to come - human, animal, plant or otherwise.


  • All transport from London to Paris return (by ferry and Eurostar)
  • Most meals
  • Accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Leaders, mechanics and drivers
  • Full vehicle support throughout the trip
  • Welcome pack sent prior to the challenge
  • Your very own Royal Marsden Cancer Charity cycling jersey
  • Fundraising support and advice from a dedicated member of staff at The Royal Marsden
  • Access to the supportive Royal Marsden cyclists Facebook group
  • Route information

Optional extra

  • Bike courier return service

Not Included

  • Some meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle
  • Cycle helmet (compulsory)
  • Water bottles
  • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
  • Any applicable surcharges

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Raising vital funds to help cancer patients across the UK and around the world.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity raises money solely to support the world-leading cancer centre. From funding state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research, to creating the very best patient environments, the charity never stops looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

The fundraising is part of the challenge!

The difference you make

Julie has taken on the London to Paris Cycle Challenge in 2022 and 2023 as a way to say thank you to The Royal Marsden and raise awareness towards thyroid cancer treatments in the future.


I decided to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity because the research that is carried out at The Royal Marsden is going to benefit all of us – and not just patients now, but patients in the future too. By fundraising for The Royal Marsden, you are giving a future without cancer the very best chance of success.

Thanks to supporters like you, the charity continues to be there for everyone who needs it, making sure the nurses, doctors and research teams at The Royal Marsden can provide the very best care and develop life-saving treatments, which are used across the UK and around the world.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
  • Fundraising required
  • Race pack by post

Self fund option

  • Pay a registration fee of £150 when you book.
  • Then a balance of £899 (8 weeks before your challenge).
  • Raise as much as you can for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.


Part-payment option

  • Pay a registration fee of £150 when you book.
  • Then a balance of £250 (10 weeks before your challenge).
  • Raise £1,300 for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.


Entry fees

Registration fee


Minimum sponsorship


This challenge is not to be taken lightly as it’s all about the ups and downs. But the spirit of the group is what makes this adventure one of a kind. The crew are truly amazing and will do anything and everything they can to make you feel great throughout. Even if you feel out of place, no-one is turned away but welcomed as family. Steven

A truly enjoyable, demanding and exhilarating challenge...and yes, it is a challenge. But worth it! Thank you. Stuart

The other participants doing the ride, as well as the crew were great and really kind. It was such an amazing experience, and the people made it more so. Alex

I was somewhat anxious about this challenge, as at 72 I thought it may be one step too far! However, I started training early in February using the training guide provided. I completed 5600 training miles over 28 weeks, which stood me in good stead. This was certainly an excellent challenge, well organised and managed. Alan

What an incredible event! It was super organised and so helpful, all we had to do was cycle and the rest was done for us! There was so much support from the start. Now just researching Paris to Geneva... Nicola

Picture postcard cycling, with fantastic support and food en route. Daniel

I went out of my comfort zone and signed up for this trip alone. Everyone was great and I had the best time. Yes, it was hard, but if it was easy, I wouldn’t have signed up! The food was fantastic, with plenty of choice and the mechanics were brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge, and I'm looking forward to the next one! Nik

I signed up as a solo cyclist and had the best experience. The crew were amazing, so lovely and welcoming and everyone else on the trip just made the whole experience. The organisation was incredible, I didn’t have to worry about anything other than cycling! Would 100% recommend to anyone! Poppy