Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|10 September - 13 September 2020||On Sale|
Cycle from London to Paris in three days on this stunning 389km bike ride for a charity of your choice.
Meeting in London, we’ll follow a stunning route to Portsmouth for our overnight ferry and on to la belle Paris!
Riding on windy, country roads lined with autumnal trees turning the colour of fire, we’ll pass through rolling French hills and quaint, chocolate-box towns – the perfect scenery to soothe our aching legs!
Our enchanting challenge ends in the colourful evening lights of the iconic Eiffel Tower, with a free day in Paris to follow.
Paris, of course, speaks for itself. As one of the most beautiful and iconic cities on our planet, there’s something here for everyone. Whether you’re an art lover, shopaholic, foodie, history-buff or you simply appreciate a beautiful place and a jolly good glass of wine, it’s the perfect finish to an incredible charity cycle.
The best part of this bucket-list bike ride is that it’s all for the cause closest to your heart. Whether you choose to self fund with a bit of additional fundraising/personal donation or commit to a minimum sponsorship target, it’s a beautiful way to support the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary that means the most to you.
Worried about fundraising? Don’t be!
The London to Paris Bike Ride 2020 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.
You can self fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.
It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice or a national charity. It's completely up to you.
Meeting bright and early in London (location to be confirmed), our awesome, experienced challenge leader will give us a briefing of the ride. Then we’re off! Leaving the bright lights of London behind, we’ll pedal into the countryside and onto quieter roads.
Tackling some hills, we’ll be rewarded with some gorgeous autumnal scenery and we soon stop for lunch in a pretty village. This afternoon sees us cycling the remainder of our route in the UK, until we reach Portsmouth for a well-earned dinner.
We then quickly board our overnight ferry and arrive in the north-western French city of Caen in the morning. Tonight, we’ll sleep in cabins on a twin sharing basis, where you can also freshen up after our long day’s ride, as we’ll have en-suite showers.
Bienvenue en France! Waking up on the ferry, we’ll meet for breakfast on the boat before we dock. We then jump onto bikes in Caen for our first day in France! Are you ready to ride on the right side of the road?
Riding first through the north-western coastal city of Caen, we’ll make our way East through wonderful rolling hills and traditional, rural villages, so quaint they could be in the movie Chocolat.
Stopping for lunch en route, we’ll continue through the exquisite countryside, until we reach our hotel in the beautiful cathedral town of Évreux.
Tonight is yours to do as you wish and make your own dinner arrangements in this charming town – a fantastic opportunity to taste that authentic French cuisine and wine!
Paris, here we come! After breakfast in Évreux, we’ll spend our last day in the saddle cycling through yet more of northern France’s traditional villages and towns before stopping for lunch.
Then it’s our last push to Paris! Once we reach the city, we reunite and cycle in large groups, each led by one of our experienced challenge guides, towards the world-famous Eiffel Tower.
We find our finish line in the pretty park right by the tower, where you collect your medals and toast your amazing achievement with a glass of prosecco and a big Bravo!
Today is yours to spend as you wish in Paris and amble the pretty streets to your heart content, taking in the picture-perfect Parisian architecture and, of course, the famous sites.
Walk up to the stunning Sacre Coeur, get your Da Vinci fix at the Louvre, spend some euros in the designer shops of the Champs-Elysees or simply chill in one of the gorgeous gardens and enjoy a café au lait overlooking the River Seine.
In the afternoon, you make your own way to the Gare du Nord to catch the Eurostar back to St Pancras.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and the challenge costs yourself; then choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay the challenge cost yourself
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.
Minimum Sponsorship Target
Many of the lovely people who take part in this type of event are not regular cyclists, so it's imperative that everyone follows a reasonably serious course of training before the challenge.
We'll send you a free, realistic and achievable training plan when you register for the challenge, which builds up gradually as the event gets closer.
The London to Paris Bike Ride is a perfect motivation to get fit and support the cause you care most about in a big way - and have the experience of a lifetime!
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the incomparable camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the London to Paris Bike Ride 2020. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow cyclists on your training and fundraising.
You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge date is more than welcome to join this awesome challenge.
No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our fab support team. Each participant, however, will travel back to the UK on the Eurostar with their own luggage, so we recommend you pack light.
You'll need a bag to go on your bike or a waist bag for things like your camera, sun cream, tissues etc. Any extra items you may need during the day can be carried on the support vehicle, which you will have access to at the snack stops and lunch.
You need to bring your own bike. As this is a long distance, on-road cycle, we advise using a touring/road bike. If you're planning to use a mountain bike, we recommend having road tyres fitted for the challenge, which will make it easier for you.
A cycle helmet is essential and must be worn at all times. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system.
We'll send you a kit list for the challenge when you register, with everything you'll need to bring with you.
We'll also have a bicycle mechanic with the group; but you'll be expected to bring two spare inner tubes for your own bike.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in Paris, you will need to come out of our group travel arrangements (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee when you sign up and either self funding your challenge or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target ten weeks before the challenge, you'll also need to budget for your accommodation the night before the challenge starts if you plan to stay in the area, your breakfast on Day 1, dinner on Day 2 in Évreux and lunch on the free day in Paris (Day 4).
You'll need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. We have a recommended policy and will send you the details when you register. We also recommend that you have insurance to cover loss or damage to your bike.
Currently, UK citizens aren't required to have a visa for France, but we'll let you know if this changes before the challenge.