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London to Paris Cycle

Event Date
5 June 2019
Location
London to Paris
Registration fee
£149
Minimum sponsorship
£1,600
London to Paris Cycle

Are you ready to push yourself to the limit with this iconic London to Paris cycle ride and help in the fight against muscle wasting conditions?

Join #TeamOrange and take on one of the great cycle experiences in Europe. We’ve teamed up with experienced challenge events company Discover Adventure to offer a fully supported, 5 day cycle challenge, to help raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Passing through picturesque Kent countryside, you will 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, your finishing point, will evoke a real sense of achievement.

Itinerary Overview:

Day 1: London – Dover – Dunkirk. An early start from Blackheath Common allows us to avoid the morning traffic as we pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads. It is not long before we are among the rolling fields and villages of rural Kent, passing orchards and traditional oast houses where hops are stored. We follow country roads across the hills of the North Downs to Dover and the coast. Taking the ferry to Dunkirk, we have dinner on board and cycle the short distance to our hotel. Night hotel. (Dinner on ferry not included) Cycle approx. 136km (85 miles)

Day 2: Dunkirk – Cambrai. We head south from Dunkirk, riding roughly parallel to the Belgian border. A long day in the saddle lies ahead, but the terrain is fairly flat as we pass through small villages and farmland, with some areas of shady woodland. A few hills midway through our morning stretch the legs a little! The area we pass through saw a great deal of action in WW1 and many road-names in towns and villages testify to the history. Our afternoon is predominantly flat as we ride southeast, though a few hills await us before Cambrai, a town which dates back to Roman times. Night hotel. Cycle approx. 161km (100 miles).

Day 3: Cambrai – Soissons. Today is shorter, but almost continually hilly, as we cross beautiful rolling landscapes, where fields of crops stretch for miles. For the first part of the day we pass small war cemeteries, reminding us of events a century ago. We have a great view of the River Somme, which we cross before our first water-stop. Narrow lanes lined with hedgerows take us through small villages with ancient crumbling buildings, and we follow wider boulevards through historic towns with striking churches and town halls. The last section of our route runs through an area involved in the WW1 Battles of the Aisne, with more cemeteries and memorials to the fallen. With roughly ten miles to go, the road climbs steeply out of the pretty village of Vauxaillon, winding through woodland and into open fields with wonderful views. A rewarding descent brings us to Soissons, an ancient town which lies on the River Aisne. Night hotel. Cycle approx. 114km (70 miles).

Day 4: Soissons – Paris. Our final day’s cycling takes us southwest, on yet more undulating roads through small villages and farmland. There are some short sharp climbs in the morning, before we reach busier roads. As we cycle through the Parisian streets we look out for distinctive landmarks, feeling excited at being this close to our goal! Then we sweep around the Arc de Triomphe and down the famed Champs-Elysées to our finish beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower. We head to our hotel and get ready for a final meal together as a group to mark our achievement. Night hotel. Cycle approx. 121km (75 miles)

Day 5: Paris – London. After breakfast you are free to explore the city; why not go up the Eiffel Tower or visit renowned attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre-Dame Cathedral. You are responsible for getting yourself and your bags to the Gare du Nord on time for your afternoon Eurostar train back to St Pancras, where you will be reunited with your bike. (Lunch & Dinner not included).

WHAT’S INCLUDED • All transport from London to Paris by return (by ferry and Eurostar) • All meals except where specified and accommodation on a twin share basis • Discover Adventure leaders, mechanics and drivers • Full vehicle support throughout the trip • Maps and route information

WHAT’S EXCLUDED • Any meals specified ‘not included’ in the itinerary • Travel insurance • Bicycle • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and water bottles • Optional Discover Adventure bike courier return service • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks • Transport around Paris on Day 5, and any optional sites, attractions or activities • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

Cost and Fundraising:

There are three different payment options to suit your budget and fundraising aspirations.

A) Fundraising Option – you pay a registration fee to Discover Adventure and MDUK cover the full cost of the trip. In return you commit to reaching the minimum fundraising target, of which 80% should be raised no less than 10 weeks before the trip.

  • Registration fee (payable now) £149
  • Fundraising minimum requirement £1,600

B) Part Payment Option – you pay a registration fee to Discover Adventure and a £250 contribution towards the cost of the trip. MDUK cover the remaining balance of the trip. In return you commit to reaching the minimum fundraising target, of which 80% should be raised no less than 10 weeks before the trip.

  • Registration fee (payable now) £149
  • Part Payment by you £250 (payable 10 weeks before the trip)
  • Fundraising minimum requirement £1,100

C) Full Payment Option – you pay a registration fee to Discover Adventure and cover the full cost of the trip. There is no minimum fundraising target but everything you raise will go to MDUK in our fight against muscle wasting conditions.

  • Registration fee (payable now) £149
  • Full Payment by you £800 (payable 10 weeks before the trip)

Please read the full trip details before committing to this challenge.

You can sign up to this challenge by clicking here!

For more information:

For more information on the London to Paris cycle challenge and how to get involved, please contact our Regional Development team.

 

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