DAY 1 - London to Newhaven, 65 miles
We’ll set off from Tower Bridge at the respectable hour of 9am. Your friends and family are welcome to come and wave you on your way. It won’t take too long for us to wind our way out of central London and onto quieter roads.
The route mainly follows National Cycle Network Routes 4, 20, 21 and 2 as it passes through London, Surrey, West Sussex and East Sussex.
First we will pass through South London, going via Crystal Palace, Beckenham and towards the M25. There are a few hills to tackle in the morning of Day 1, but they are short and sharp.
After the second snack stop, which is just over 25 miles you’ll be glad to know that you will have conquered the majority of the hills for Day 1, with just one major climb left for the afternoon part of Day 1’s ride.
After a morning in the saddle, we’ll then take a proper break for lunch as a group at a lovely little pub deep into the beautiful Sussex Country side.
Following on from lunch all of our eyes will be on Newhaven. We will wind our way through the Sussex countryside and head towards the coast, passing Brighton, avoiding Ditchling Beacon and the route includes some traffic-free cycling. Eventually you will spy the sea and the Port of Newhaven.
You’ll be glad to know that this will be the end of the cycling for Day 1 and you will have a few hours to rest, get a hot meal inside you and maybe a well earned drink, but not too many, it is only Day 1.
We will then have a quick debrief on the day before boarding the overnight ferry to Dieppe at 10pm. There will be washing and showering facilities on the ferry for everyone to use, plus if you have booked a cabin you will be able to get some rest.
If you have not there is a comfortable area for you to put your sleeping bag and roll mat down and get some well earned rest before we dock at 5am into Dieppe.
DAY 2 - Dieppe to Beauvais, 67 miles
Day 2 will start at 5am.
We know it’s early, but it’s well worth getting the miles under our belt as we set out on the gently inclining Avenue Verte cycle route, out of Dieppe.
This traffic free route will be a welcome start to all in the morning and after we have got a few hours of cycling under our belt we will stop for a French breakfast at a local café near Forges-les-Eaux.
There is a small commune in the Seine-Martime département in the Normandy region of northern France. The origins of its name came from when the former commune of Le Fosse was merged into Forges-les-Eaux.
After this great breakfast stop we will be on our way again on the Avenue Verte and you’ll be glad to know that you will have broken the back of Day 2 already!
You’ll be pleased to know that the rest of Day 2’s cycling is pretty flat. We’ll have snack stations again and a full lunch stop before reaching our destination in Beauvais in the early afternoon.
Once in Beauvais, we’ll check into our hotel and you can spend the afternoon exploring the town, soaking up the local atmosphere or getting some rest and a hot shower or bath!
Beauvais is a city and commune in northern France. It serves as the capital of the Oise département, in the Hauts-de-France region. Beauvais is located approximately 75 kilometres from Paris. The residents of the city are called Beauvaisiens.
After you have had time to rest and freshen up we’ll enjoy another meal together, probably a glass of wine or two, before you sink into bed ahead of our final day, the ride to Paris!!
DAY 3 - Beauvais to Paris, 58 miles
By now, your legs may be aching and fatigue may be setting in, so we won’t get you out of bed too early.
We’ll gather after a full breakfast and get off by 9am. There are a few hills to conquer on this leg, but by now you’ve done the hard work.
After a quick lunch stop, you’ll pretty soon have the Sacre Coeur and the Arc de Triomphe in your sights.
Savour that triumphant feeling as you cycle toward the Eiffel Tower where the fizz will be flowing.
You’re welcome to invite friends and family to join the team cheering you safely into Paris.
We’ve got a celebratory meal planned at a lovely restaurant not far from our hotel in the evening, and then the rest of the weekend is yours to enjoy.
We’ll make sure your bike is transported safely back to the UK, so you make the most of your time in this beautiful city.