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london to paris - 25-27 september 2019


London to Paris cycle ride - 25-27 September 2019

What does the London to Paris cycle ride cost?
Everyone who takes part must pay a £99.00 deposit (+booking fee). If you are riding for a charity, then you will have agreed to a fundraising commitment. If you are self funding the cycle ride then the costs in addition to the £99.00 deposit (+booking fee) £601.00 is due to be paid to TFA six weeks before the event. Please refer to our Terms & conditions for further details.

Where does the challenge start from and finish at?
The London to Paris cycle ride starts from Tower Bridge and finishes at the Eiffel Tower

What level of fitness do I need to have for this challenge?
This i not an easy cycle ride, but don’t let that put you off. You will be in the saddle for three consecutive cycling between 50-80 miles from 5-7 hours each day. If you give yourself enough time to train and get used to your bike it is a challenge that can be overcome by everyone. Get in touch with our Event Manager, who’d be happy to chat with you more about the challenge - or 0333 4441189.

I have a medical condition, what should I do?
We strongly recommend anyone who has a medical condition should seek approval from their GP / Consultant before signing up to a challenge. When registering for the event, you are agreeing to be fit and healthy enough to take part. The Health and safety of all participants and members of staff are paramount to us. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, we may require a letter from a medical professional stating that you are fit enough to undergo the activity. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for further details.

What training do I need to do?
As you will be cycling for a long time for three consecutive days getting comfortable to your bike, shoes, helmet and clothing is essential. We all have busy lives, but try and get out on your bike at least 2-3 time a week and if you can practice riding in groups. We will be setting up a London to Paris forum if you want to chate, meet or even ride with others before the challenge. Also if you are a member of a local gym sign up to a spinning class, as they are great ways to prepare. We encourage you to build up to the challenge and our team are on hand to help you with any advice you may need.

Which route will we be taking?
Please see our route page for distance and elevation guide. Full details on our route - available here

How will each day of cycling work?
Each day’s cycling will be broken down into 4-5 shorter cycling sections, usually between 13-20miles long. After each section there will be ‘Stop Points’ where you can take on snacks and drinks, rest your legs and catch up with your fellow challengers. We have a number of support vehicles travelling with the group so if you need to stop or want to ride in one of the support vehicles for part of a section thats absolutely fine.

Will food and accommodation be provided?
Which ever package you sign up for, charity place or self funded place all your meals and accommodation will be provided. We do not provide breakfast on Day 1. Accommodation will be in 2* hotels, which are more than comfortable, but if you wish to upgrade on Day 3 we can arrange for you, but there will be an additional charge, depending on the level of upgrade you want. On day 1 we will be travelling on the overnight ferry. We advise you to bring a sleeping bag and carry mat or for an additional charge we can book you a cabin. All the additional booking are subject to availability.

What type of bike do I need?
Above all, one that you feel comfortable riding for 3-consecutive days. We would recommend a road bike or hybrid, but if you have another type of bike and your are comfortable riding it for 3-consecutive days thats fine. Do feel free to talk ti us in advance, especially if you plan to buy a new bike.

What happens if I experience problems with my bike?
Don’t worry we have a bike mechanic with us on the support team, who will be able to provide any quick roadside repairs to get you going again. If the repairs are more expensive, you have the choice of riding one of our reserve bikes or travelling in the support vehicle. We will in this case try to get your bike fixed at the next rest stop town.

How long is the ferry crossing?
We cross the channel from Newhaven to Dieppe. The ferry is the overnight ferry and we depart at 10pm and arrive at approximately 5am.

What happens if i get injured?
We will do allow can and have carefully planned out this challenge to try and make sure at all coats no one gets injured. Unfortunately the due to nature of group cycling over 3-days on public roads, their maybe injuries. To support you we have a Qualified Doctor in the group and support vehicles if you need to be taken for additional medical attention. It is though your responsibility to make sure you have adequate medical insurance, an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Additional costs for medical support maybe incurred, which will need to be covered entirely by yourself.

Do I need travel insurance?
You are required to have your own travel insurance and it will need to cover you for cycling activities. If you have travel insurance already, we recommend you contact your provider and inform them of your challenge to see if you require further cover. Visit British Cycling website for extra support and information on this topic.

What other documents do I need?
You need to have the follwoing documents to take part:

  • Valid passport which is valid until 27 March 2020. If non UK passport it is your responsibility to get the relevant visa if needed. Unfortunately we can’t help if you are refused entry at passport control.

  • Health Insurance - You must bring a copy of your health insurance with you or health insurance card

  • Travel Insurance - Please ensure you have travel insurance for your personal items and your bike, it will need to cover you for cycling activities. Visit British Cycling website for extra support and information on this topic.

How will I get back from Paris?
Everyone is booked on a luxury coach leaving Paris at 12.30pm on Saturday 28 September. Refreshments will be provided on the coach. You can change this, just let us know and we will arrange to when you want to come back via the Eurostar. There maybe an additional charge.

Can I extend my stay?
Yes absolutely! Just let us know when we speak to you after booking and we will help you wit return trains and accommodation booking where we can.

What will happen to my bike after the challenge?
We will repatriate your bike back to London St Pancras station after the challenge. It will need to be collected between 5pm-8pm on Sat 28 September or Sun 29 September. If you wish to collect it at another time or have it repatriated to another address, we can do that, but there will be additional charges. We can agree this with you once we know the address of where it needs to go to and on what date.

If i cancel my place, what happens?
Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.