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Voulez vous faire du vélo avec Women V Cancer? Our phenomenally successful Women V Cancer London to Paris Bike Ride is back for 2023 so more amazing ladies can live the Parisian dream!
In three spectacular days, we'll cycle from the outskirts of London to the bright lights of Paris in support of our three crucial charities, Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
Kicking off early on Thursday morning, we'll leave the London bustle for rural roads through the picturesque villages of the South Downs to Portsmouth. An overnight ferry later, we'll ride through rolling French hills and the quaint, traditional towns of Caen and Évreux, until we reach la belle Paris.
Our final stretch will see us cycle to the Eiffel Tower, one of the world's most iconic landmarks. Here, we'll celebrate with a glass of prosecco, a fantastic celebration dinner and a free day in Paris!
Handy resources for our WVC London to Paris Bike Ride Warriors
After an early morning briefing, we set off from our starting point in London (location to be confirmed at a later date).
We soon leave the hustle and bustle of London behind us as we cycle through rural villages, with quieter roads and a few hills. We stop for lunch in a picturesque village, before heading towards the city of Portsmouth for a well-earned dinner.
Finally, we cycle to the ferry for our overnight accommodation in 4 berth cabins to Caen, which signals the end of our first day’s cycling.
Today starts with an early breakfast on the ferry before we dock. Then we jump back in the saddle for a stunning day of cycling – remembering to cycle on the right!
Leaving Caen behind us, we cycle eastwards and head onto quieter roads in the direction of Évreux. We cycle through rolling French hills and quaint villages typical of the region.
Following lunch, we press on towards Évreux, where we stop for the night in twin rooms in local hotels. Tonight, you’re free to make your own dinner arrangements and enjoy the local culture.
Our final day in the saddle takes us east towards our goal, the majestic and beloved capital of Paris!
Leaving Évreux, we cycle through some charming, yet sleepy, traditional French towns and villages until we reach our lunch stop. We then have one last push as we head towards our finish line.
Our final stretch will see us cycle to an epic finish line at the Eiffel Tower, one of the world's most iconic landmarks. Here, we'll celebrate with a glass of prosecco and later on after checking into our hotel, we'll tuck into a fantastic celebration dinner!
Today is a free day in Paris to do as you wish. Why not visit some of the fascinating landmarks, like Notre Dame Cathedral and the beautiful Sacre Coeur, which offers stunning hill-top views from the outskirts of the city.
Enjoy lunch and a café au-lait at a local restaurant, tour some of the many museums and art galleries, or enjoy shopping the world-renowned Parisian style.
In the afternoon, you make your own way to the Gare du Nord to catch the Eurostar back to St Pancras. On reaching London, we reunite with our bikes.
Minimum sponsorship target
As with all our Women V Cancer challenges, this cycle is open to all women looking for motivation to get fit and make a difference for people facing cancer.
We welcome participants of all fitness levels to take part, but strongly advise that you train. Cycling from London to Paris in three days is no small feat. We'll be cycling long distances on undulating terrain for three days straight.
As soon as you register for the challenge, we'll send you a welcome pack to help you prepare, which includes a training plan to follow in the months leading up to the ride.
The Women V Cancer London to Paris Bike Ride is the perfect incentive to get fit, make friends, support three invaluable charities and have the experience of a lifetime.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Women V Cancer 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 Women V Cancer London to Paris Bike Ride 2023. 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 WVC warriors 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 Women V Cancer is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. Everyone over the age of 18 is welcome to take part in this challenge.
16 and 17-year-olds may also be able to join the ride, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their participation.
In addition to paying your registration fee (£149) and fundraising/donating your minimum sponsorship target (£1,700), you will need to budget for:
How you fund your challenge is entirely up to you. Some women will decide to pay their own challenge costs (£850) and then fundraise the remaining £850 (or more), so they can tell their sponsors that the donation they are making is going directly to support the work of the charities. Others will fundraise the full amount.
The money you raise funds the vital work of our three Women V Cancer charities who are raising awareness, providing support and funding research into breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.
If you’d like to know more about how each charity is making a difference for women affected by cancer, visit their websites below.
Breast Cancer Now
Registered charity no 1160558 (England and Wales) and SC045584 (Scotland) and 1200 (Isle of Man).
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Registered charity no. 1133542 (England and Wales) and SC041236 (Scotland)
Ovarian Cancer Action
Registered charity no. 1109743 (England and Wales) and SC043478 (Scotland)
No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team.
However, at the end of our challenge, you will need to travel back to the UK on the Eurostar with your own luggage, so you are advised to pack light. (Your Eurostar ticket is included in your challenge costs.)
You will need a bag to go on your bike or a waist bag for things like your phone/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.
Please bring your own bike. As this is a long-distance, on-road cycle, we advise you to use a road bike and electric bikes are also welcome. We'll have mechanical support throughout the challenge, but please also bring two spare inner tubes specific to your bike.
If you are planning to use a mountain bike, we recommend that you fit road tyres to your bike, so that you can enjoy a smoother ride.
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 in your welcome pack when you register.
If you don't reach your fundraising target you can either top up the additional funds yourself or opt to forfeit your place on the challenge and lose your registration fee.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay, please let us know at least 14 weeks before the challenge and we can arrange this for you. Simply email us at email@example.com or call us on 01590 646410 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).
You will 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.
We will have a group of around 80 Women V Cancer warriors on this challenge altogether. We will cycle in small groups of around 15-20 participants.
On the night of Day 1, we will sleep in shared cabins on-board our overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen.
On the nights of Days 2 and 3, we will sleep in comfortable local hotels on a twin-sharing basis.
To request who to share a room with, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your names once you're registered for the challenge.
Your non-refundable registration fee of £149 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the Eurostar and ferry.
Your challenge costs of £850 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target) cover: