Your three-day route & accommodation guide…
Please click below to see our detailed route over the three days.
Once we have had our photo taken in front of Tower Bridge, we will walk to the North Embankment Superhighway and start our challenge by cycling out of the City. This route passes under many of the bridges before we turn left onto Westminster Bridge. After crossing Westminster Bridge we will turn right towards Vauxhall, then right towards Tooting before turning left after Colliers Wood Tube and heading down through Mitcham. After Mitcham we will wind our way through South London to Coulsdon and then turn right to Farthings Down. As we are cycling on busy roads, we will have some strict rules and be splitting into 3-4 groups. Each group will have guides and vehicles will be at the front and rear of the whole group. Please take care on the roads and look out for pedestrians crossing the cycle lanes.
Following on from our first rest stop we will then head towards Turners Hill and The Crown pub, our lunch stop. You will notice a complete change in the road, well the traffic, as it will be considerable reduced. The route takes you through some lovely north Sussex villages and pas some stunning scenery. Eventually you will arrive into Turners Hill, where there is a short sharp hill up to the Crown Pub.
After lunch we will head down through the South Downs and through some very quintessential English villages. The route in this section is mainly flat, with one uphill into Haywards Heath. After this hill you will turn off the main road and head through the Sussex farming region to Plumpton Green for our afternoon stop.
Now that the majority of Day 1's riding is complete, you will have small section to Newhaven. This again will be mainly on quiet lanes until we get near to Newhaven and re-join the main road. This is a rolling section with some shot sharp up and down hills. Traffic will become heavier as we get closer to Newhaven so please take care especially on the one-way system on entry to the town. Our stopping point for Day 1 is The Brewers Fayre restaurant, where we will have our evening meal. Please do also use the hotels rooms, we have booked in the hotel adjacent to the restaurant if you wish to freshen up, prior to boarding the ferry.
Once we have finished our breakfast we will leave Beauvais at approximately 9.00am. The ride out of Beauvais is a short climb before a long flat section on cycle paths and country roads to our morning stopping point, Balagny-sur-Therain. We will stop in the centre of Balagny-sur-Therain by a delightful little boulangerie. Another opportunity to take on hot and cold drinks, snacks or one of their local pastries they are definitely worth trying!
After the brief stop, we will push onto Villaines-sous-Bois. This section is all on quiet roads, but there are two steep hills. You will though have had more than two days of cycling behind you so you’ll be ready for the challenge and no doubt you will fly up the hills. As you arrive at the lunch stop you will notice that the volume of traffic has increased, signifying that we are now on the outskirts of Paris. For lunch on the final day we will be stopping at La Belle Oie. This café, bar, restaurant, pub has still not made its mind up to what it is, but one thing for sure it is a great place to eat lunch and get excited about the final leg of the cycle challenge, the ride to the Eiffel Tower. A selection of pasta, salad, breads, hot and cold drinks will be available for all us to enjoy. You’ll also be able to access your bags at this stop point if you wish to.
After lunch we will get back on our bikes and cycle to the finish line, The Eiffel Tower. The ride will now be on busy roads so please do take care. Our team will be on hand to support you and to manage the larger road junction/crossings. We will stop in Saint Dennis to allow everyone to regroup and take on any last minute snacks or change into a fresh t-shirt. After this brief stop, we will cycle to Bois de Boulogne. Again the roads will be busy with traffic, but there are cycle lanes which we will use. The group will be travelling at a slower overall pace and please do support each other at the junctions where you can. By now you may have seen the Eiffel Tower as you will only be one mile away! You will be feeling very excited about completing this challenge, but there is just one more busy road junction to cross before we reach our destination. We will regroup here and then ride to the Eiffel Tower as a group. Remember as you approach the Eiffel Tower we will have a photographer snapping away, so remember to smile! When you arrive you will be greeted with a glass of fizz and some treats. You’ll have plenty of time for photo’s or more fizz, before we cycle a short distance to the hotel. At this point we will take your bike back to the UK and you can collect from one of the collection points the following week. Later that evening we have booked a local restaurant for dinner and then drinks in a local bar, where you can really let your hair down!
Now that the challenge is completed you'll be ready for a celebration. Following all the photos and a few more glasses of fizz we will walk to the hotel, which is approximately 5mins away. Your bikes will be loaded up onto the vehicle and taken back to the Salesforce Tower. Later that evening we will all have a celebratory meal at a local restaurant and re-live some of the fantatsic memories, plus hand out some prizes!
Day two begins with an early start in the dark. You will need your lights for this section, today the majority of the ride is on the Avenue Verte, a traffic free cycle route. To start with we will have the route to ourselves, but as the locals begin to rise you will note a few more cyclists appearing on the route. The route is crosses small lanes regularly, which we need to take care when approaching. The route is flat, maybe a very gentle incline, but it is a lovely ride and when you arrive in Forges-les-Eaux you will have completed a large chunk of the days riding, all before breakfast!
This next section is our longest road section of the day. We will leave Forges-les-Eaux by cycling through the town and out on the road to Paris. You will notice considerable more traffic on this road, so ensure at all times that you are cycling towards the side of the road. This is a very straight up and down section and there are some longer hills. Eventually you will enter Gournay-en-Bray where we will all stop in the town square for a different challenge, Petanque!.
Following on from the Petanque Competition we will all get back on our bikes and re-join the Avenue Verte after a short section on the road. Once again we will enjoy approximately 16miles of traffic free cycling, before we arrive in Beauvais. The last mile is on local roads, with minimal traffic. This section is largely flat and we aim to arrive at approximately 1.30pm/2pm. Upon arrival at the Hotel a sandwich lunch will be provided and you will have the afternoon to relax and explore this hidden gem of a French town.
The evening meal is booked from 7pm at a local restaurant called Victor. It is approximately 5-10mins walk from the hotel. Please do make your menu selections on the 'Menu's' page.
All the hotels and cabins on the ferry have been booked. The hotel rooms are twins and triples and the cabins on the ferry are for four people. Full details can be found below, but if there are people you would like to share with, please do let Huw know by clicking below or emailing email@example.com.
NEWHAVEN to DIEPPE
The DFDS ferry crossing will be at 11pm on the Newhaven to Dieppe service. 4-Berth cabins will be provided for everyone, which are all ensuite. Please do let Huw know if there is someone you would like to share with. The ferry docks in Dieppe Harbour at 5am and there is a ferry-wide wake-up call at 4.30am.
After an early start you will have the opportunity to rest in the comfort at the Mercure Hotel, Beauvais. The hotel has great facilities and is within walking distance of the fantatsic Beauvais Cathedral. Rooms are twin rooms, so if there is someone you wish to share with please do let Huw know. The restaurant, Victor, for the evening meal is approximately 5mins walk.
After our celebration under the Eiffel Tower we will take a short walk (5mins) to our Hotel on Rue St Charles, Hotel France Eiffel. Like in Beauvais, all rooms will be for two people, so if there is someone you wish to share with please do let Huw know. The restaurant, Villa 15, for the evening meal is on the same road and approximately 5mins walk.