Cycle London to Paris
Date: Various dates
Location: UK and France
Sponsorship amount: £1,450
Distance: 320 milesBook online now to take part
Join us for this once in a lifetime five day adventure trip, cycling 320 miles from London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris through rolling English countryside and quaint French villages.
Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great cycle experiences in Europe. Passing through picturesque Kent countryside, we cross the Channel and continue through the small villages and medieval market towns of northern France.
With long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill climbs, the sight of the Eiffel Tower, our finishing point, will evoke a real sense of achievement.
The final day in Paris allows us to explore the sights and soak up the romantic atmosphere of this majestic city!
Register now for 2016 & 2017!
Choose the date which best suits you:
- 8-12 June 2016
- 27-31 July 2016
- 31 August - 4 September 2016
- 7-11 June 2017
- 26-30 July 2017
- 30 August - 3 September 2017
What do I need to do?
You will need to pay Leonard Cheshire Disability a non-refundable deposit of £149 to sign up for the trip. You must also commit to raise £1,450 (£1,500 in 2017).
For more information, get in touch with the events team on 020 3242 0239 or send us a message.
Fancy a bigger challenge?
If this five day ride isn't challenge enough, you could combine it with our Cyle Paris to Geneva trip. Or if you have a real appetite for adventure, go for the full set with Cycle Geneva to Nice as well, a route that will take you 1,000 miles from London to Nice! For more information give us a call on 020 3242 0239 or send us a message.
Register your interest
If you're interested in the London to Paris cycle but aren't ready to fully register yet, please fill in our expression of interest form so we can keep you up-to-date with the latest news on the event.
If you would prefer to receive these FAQs, along with our full Enquiry Pack by post, please contact us on 020 3242 0365, or email us on email@example.com and we will be pleased to send you full details.
We hope that you will find this information helpful, but if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the events team and we'll be happy to help.
Is this fundraising challenge right for me?
Yes! If you love an adventure, are full of enthusiasm and determination, and you want to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people, while challenging yourself, forging lifelong friendships and seeing a beautiful part of the world, then Cycle London to Paris is absolutely right for you!
Who will be taking part?
People of all ages and backgrounds, groups and individuals, will be taking part. Everyone is welcome, and it is the variety of people taking part that will make it so much fun!
Are there any age restrictions?
The minimum age is 18, but there is no upper age limit. If you are over 65 you will need to have a medical form signed by your doctor.
How much money will I have to raise?
You will need to pay Leonard Cheshire Disability a non- refundable deposit of £149 to sign up for the trip. You will need to raise at least £1,450 for Leonard Cheshire Disability.
How will I raise the sponsorship?
We will support you from the minute you join the team. The tips on our fundraising page should give you some ideas on how to get started, and when you sign up, you’ll receive a whole host of fun ideas in our fundraising support pack. We’ll keep the ideas and encouragement coming right up until the event through our regular team newsletters, and the Events Team will be on hand to support you whenever you need any extra advice.
How do I convince sponsors that this is not a holiday?
This event is designed to be a huge personal challenge that requires a lot of hard work — not only during the event itself, but in all your preparation, training and fundraising.
What happens if I can’t raise the sponsorship money?
We do require your fundraising to be paid to us 8 weeks before the event, and you may forfeit your place if you are not able to do so. However, we are sure that with the help of our fundraising pack, you’ll have no trouble raising the target amount, and if you need any extra support, we are always on hand to provide new ideas.
What is included in the minimum sponsorship?
- Ferry travel from Dover to Calais.
- Eurostar travel from Paris to London.
- All accommodation during the challenge.
- Three meals per day on cycling days (some exclusions may apply).
- Drinking water on cycling days.
- All ground staff including tour leader, medical professional, support vehicle drivers, cycle engineer.
- Full back-up support including support vehicle, first aid supplies, repair kit, 24-hour emergency contact in the UK office.
- Luggage transfer throughout the challenge.
What is not included in the minimum sponsorship?
- Personal equipment, including your bike.
- Transfers to and from the UK departure point.
- Personal insurance.
- Any additional costs due to exiting from the group, e.g. through illness or injury.
- Personal spending money.
- Tips for the support team or hotel porterage.
- Entry visas (if applicable).
- Any vaccinations required.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Dinner on the ferry and possibly one other meal.
- Any costs incurred by friends and family coming to Paris to meet you, including their accommodation.
Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, full travel insurance is compulsory. We need a copy of each participant’s insurance details at least four weeks prior to departure. Our tour operator will provide details of their recommended insurer, but you can take any insurance that provides adequate cover.
How far is the challenge?
Over four days of cycling, you will cover approximately 320 miles. You may be cycling for to eight hours per day, covering up to 95 miles each day.
How fit will I need to be?
This challenge is designed to be demanding, and the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure, but you do not need to be super-fit or a seasoned cyclist to take part — the goal is to complete the challenge at your own pace. It is not a race and all abilities are welcome, as there is always one of the support team at the back of the group so no one will be left behind.
Will I need to train for my challenge?
Yes! The more you put into preparing for the event, the more you will get out of it. When you sign up for the event you will receive a full training support pack to help you prepare for the challenge to come. You’ll also receive regular newsletters to help you stay motivated right up until the event.
What is a typical day?
We start with an early breakfast before loading our luggage onto the support vehicle. After we set out, we make regular stops before and after lunch. Each time we reach a larger town we regroup and cycle through together. We cycle for around eight hours per day. Our evening meal is followed by a briefing from the tour leader, with information on the next day’s cycle, including departure time and any safety points.
What will the accommodation be like?
Accommodation will generally be in 3-star hotels, and based on a twin/triple share basis, unless otherwise requested at the time of booking.
Can I share with a friend/partner?
Yes, you can request to share with a particular participant when you are registering. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.
What will the food and drink be like?
We will provide drinking water and three meals a day on cycling days. Please inform us of any dietary requirements well in advance.
What kit will I need to provide?
You will need to provide your own bike, which should be suitable for the demands of the challenge, as no spare bikes will be taken. You should also bring your own spare inner tubes, as although emergency repair equipment will be available, spares will not be carried for all participants or to fit all bikes. You will need to provide your own helmet, cycling shoes, clothes and gloves. We will provide a comprehensive kit list when you sign up for the challenge.
Will I have to carry my luggage?
No, while you are cycling your luggage will be transported in the support vehicle — you will just need to carry a small pack for any essentials such as a camera, sunscreen, waterproofs, and any snacks you may need between meal stops.
What if I can’t keep up with the group?
We will have participants of all abilities, and our aim is for everyone to complete the challenge at their own pace. Usually, the medic will be at the back of the group, to provide medical support to anyone who needs it. If you are unable to continue, then we can transport you by support vehicle to the next overnight accommodation.
What if I need to leave the cycle?
If a participant has to leave the challenge, for example through illness or injury, they would usually be transferred by road to the next accommodation point, escorted by a member of the ground crew. In more serious cases they may be evacuated to medical facilities. Any extra costs incurred must be paid by you, and all bills settled before the event finishes. Your insurance should cover such eventualities.
What back-up support is provided?
Discover Adventure, who specialise in these challenge events, are organising Cycle London to Paris for Leonard Cheshire Disability. They will provide English-speaking guides, qualified medical professionals, as well as a support vehicle to accompany the group. All staff members will be in contact by two-way radio and there will be a 24-hour emergency contact available at the UK office at all times during the challenge.
Can I extend my stay after the challenge?
Yes, we are happy for you to do so in most cases and we will try to accommodate your requests, but as travel is booked far in advance, please make sure you inform us as early as possible, so that there is time to amend the booking. Extensions are subject to availability and all requests are dealt with on a first come, first served basis.
To receive an itinerary by post, along with the full enquiry pack, please contact us on 0870 420 4301, or email us and we will be pleased to send you the details.
Should you have any further questions, please contact the events team and we'll be happy to help.
Day 1: Wednesday
We meet early on the outskirts of London, to avoid the morning traffic and get straight onto quieter roads. Before long we are among the rolling fields and rural villages of Kent, following the country roads accross the hills of the North Downs to Dover and the coast. We take the ferry crossing to Calais having dinner on board and bed down for some rest in our hotel in Calais.
Distance: 85 miles / 135 km
Day 2: Thursday
After a hearty breakfast, we head south through beautiful French countryside, along small, quiet roads, passing old battlefields and war cemeteries — a reminder of the history of this region. Starting out flat, the route becomes more undulating as we head further south and we will reach our hotel in Arras exhausted but exhilarated and ready for some dinner and an early night!
Distance: 95 miles / 145 km
Day 3: Friday
Arras - Compiegne
After a good night's sleep we continue south along the quiet, undulating French roads passing through quaint and pretty villages before we reach the more forested region around Compiegne. On the banks of the river Oise, Compeigne is where we will stop overnight to regather our strengh for the final push the next day.
Distance: 80 miles / 125 km
Day 4: Saturday
Compiegne - Paris
Our final day of cycling takes us through scenic woodland, heading south west to the outskirts of Paris! The traffic increases but we don't mind as the end is in sight and we circle the Arc de Triumph before reaching our final destination - the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower! We will celebrate in style with dinner in Paris and will spend the night having a well deserved rest.
Distance: 57 miles / 90 km
Day 5: Sunday
The final day is free for you to explore Paris or simply have a lovely lie-in after your celebrations the night before! We will take an early evening Eurostar from Gare Du Nord back to London St Pancras, where we will be met by our faithful support team who will bring the bikes back on a lorry.
How we'll support you
We will give you a fundraising pack full of original ideas on how to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability. You will also receive a free t-shirt, sponsorship forms and information on how to order collection tins, balloons and other useful materials.
Every month you will receive an e-newsletter brimming with fundraising ideas and training advice as well as up to date information about the exciting trip ahead.
We will give you all the necessary info to set up your very own online sponsorship account. You will receive a unique website address which you can forward onto friends, family, colleagues, customers or suppliers so they can easily and securely sponsor you online. Other events participants have raised thousands online and all it takes is a few moments of your time to set up.
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