Four days, two capital cities, one awesome adventure!

Challenge Highlights

  • Travel between two iconic capital cities by bike!
  • Pass by war memorials and through the Somme
  • Celebrate your achievement in style in Paris
  • Combine iconic landmarks and history with picturesque scenery

The Challenge

Cyclists riding through Paris

The London to Paris Bike Ride is an awesome cycling challenge and by far one of the best fundraising events in Europe, attracting hundreds of riders each year and raising thousands of pounds for charities nationwide.

You’ll spend 4 days in the saddle, cycling from capital to capital. The journey begins in London, with your route taking you through glorious English countryside as everyone cycles from Kent to Dover, before crossing the Channel and continuing through the rolling green fields of Northern France, where you’ll pass the war memorials and cemeteries of the Somme. A spectacular finish awaits as you reach the pièce de résistance, the Eiffel Tower, which marks the finish line.

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The Itinerary

Day 1

London to Calais

After registration you’ll set off early to avoid the main hustle and bustle of the London traffic. It’s not too long before you’re past the outskirts of London and hitting the countryside of Kent. It’s a long cycling day today but upon reaching the port of Dover and seeing the famous white cliffs, there’ll be a great sense of achievement. You’ll then board the ferry to Calais and have dinner whilst on-board. Upon reaching Calais, it’s just a very short push onto the hotel where you’ll have a well-deserved rest and get your head down for the night.

Cycling distance –approx. 86 miles

Day 2

Calais to Arras

Following breakfast at the hotel you’ll leave Calais behind. You’ll begin cycling on smooth, flat roads for approximately 10 miles, before you start to pull up towards your first water stop. The route then becomes more undulating as everyone cycles together through the French countryside up to the lunch stop. Some small climbs after lunch bring you to a gentle descent into the beautiful medieval town of Arras, one of the prettiest towns in northern France, where you’ll check into your hotel.

Cycling distance –approx. 82 miles

Day 3

Arras to Compiègne

After breakfast, you’ll continue with your 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, you’ll approach the 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

The final day of your European cycling adventure! Your last day in the saddle sees the team leaving Compiègne riding through the beautiful forest surrounding the town – it was in this forest that the 1918 Armistice was signed. The route then continues through pretty towns and villages towards the outskirts of Paris. Cycling is the national sport of France and it’s not uncommon to see locals cheering and waving everyone on. We cycle through the hustle and bustle of the Parisian streets until we reach the Louvre where you’ll stop to re-assemble. You’ll then ride as a group up the majestic Champs Elysées to the finish line at the Champ de Mars, looking back at the Eiffel Tower! In the evening you and your new friends will toast your achievements at a celebratory dinner.

Cycling distance –approx. 67 miles

Day 5

Paris to UK

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be free to enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris. Take a trip up the Tower, visit the renowned Arc de Triomphe or famous Notre Dame Cathedral, or simply soak up the atmosphere in one of the many cafés – the choices are endless. In the early afternoon, each participant will be responsible for getting themselves to Gare du Nord to catch the Eurostar back to England. Bicycles will be transported back to London by our crew in the support vehicles and will be waiting for you on arrival at the starting point, ready for you to continue your homeward journey.

(Please note, this is a complex itinerary and subject to change)

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