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London to Paris Cycle
Wed 24 Jul 2019 6:00 AT London - Paris
London to Paris is an iconic cycle route, comprising of 4 days cycling through breathtaking scenery before the ultimate finish; pedalling down the Champs-Élysées, cycling round the Arc de Triomphe and crossing the finish line on the Champ de Mars, overlooking the spectacular Eiffel Tower.
 


ITINERARY

Day 1 - London to Calais
After an early registration in Croydon we begin our epic ride. It’s not too long before we’re past the outskirts of London and hitting the countryside of Kent. It’s a long cycling day but upon reaching the port of Dover and seeing the famous white cliffs, there’ll be a great sense of achievement. We then board the ferry to Calais and have dinner whilst on board. Upon reaching Calais, it’s just a very short push onto our hotel where we have a well deserved rest and get our heads down for the night.
Cycling distance – approx. 86 miles

Day 2 - Calais to Arras
Following breakfast at our hotel we leave Calais behind us, remembering to stay on the right! We begin cycling on smooth, flat roads for approximately 10 miles, before we start to pull up towards our first water stop. The route then becomes more undulating as we cycle through the French countryside up to our lunch stop. Some small climbs after lunch bring us to a gentle descent into the beautiful mediaeval town of Arras, one of the prettiest towns in northern France, where we check into our hotel.
Cycling distance – approx. 82 miles
 
Day 3 - Arras to Compiègne
After breakfast, we continue with our cycle and head south through the Region of the Somme and its WWI battlefields - rolling, green meadows studded with the many war memorials and cemeteries of the First World War. Following traditionally French, tree-lined avenues, we approach our next overnight stop in Compiègne. Since 1968, Compiègne has been the starting place of the “Paris-Roubaix”, the most famous French cycling race after the Tour de France.
Cycling distance – approx. 76 miles
 
Day 4 - Compiègne to Paris
Our last day in the saddle sees us leaving Compiègne riding through the beautiful forest surrounding the town. Our route then continues through pretty towns and villages towards the outskirts of Paris. We cycle through the hustle and bustle of the Parisian streets until we reach the Louvre where we stop to re-assemble, then ride as a group up the majestic Champs-Elysées to our finish line at the Eiffel Tower! This evening we toast our achievements at a celebratory dinner.
Cycling distance – approx. 67 miles

Day 5 - Watch the finale of the Tour de France!
After breakfast at our hotel, we are free to enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris. The Tour de France will be reaching its climax today as it races through the streets of Paris, so ensure you grab your place on the Champs-Elysees to see some of the action. In the early evening each participant will be responsible for getting themselves to Gare du Nord in order to catch the Eurostar back to St Pancras.Bicycles will be transported back to London and upon our arrival back in the UK, we take a short transfer back to the starting point for farewell and goodbyes.


HOW MUCH DOES THIS CHALLENGE COST?

Registration Fee - £149
Challenge Cost - £800
Minimum Sponsorship - £600
 


WHAT'S INCLUDED?

The cost of this trip includes your outward ferry, hotel accomodation for 4 nights including breakfast, lunch and dinner, and return Eurostar journey.
Please note, breakfast is not provided on Day 1 of the challenge.
For more information on our London to Paris Cycle Challenge please contact the Fundraising Team on 01422 387121 or email fundraising@overagtehospice.nhs.uk
311 Miles
Meals Included
4 Day Challenge
See the Tour de France Finish