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ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great cycle experiences in Europe. Passing through picturesque Kent
countryside, we 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, our finishing point, will
evoke a real sense of achievement. Our last day in Paris allows us to explore the sights and soak up the romantic
atmosphere of this majestic city!
LONDON TO PARIS CYCLE • 5 DAYS
Day 1: London – Dover – Dunkirk
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An early start 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 Calais, 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.
For the July departure date, you can enjoy the huge spectacle that is the Tour de France! We don’t have a set area to
gather, but the 71m-wide Champs-Elysées is by far the best place to watch the laps before the final sprint; head over with
your new cycling buddies, pick a spot and enjoy the incredible atmosphere. Spectators gather early to watch the world’s
most famous cycling event arrive home, and if you want a good view you are advised to get there many hours before the
peloton! You are responsible for getting yourself and your bags to the Gare du Nord in time for your evening Eurostar
train back to St Pancras, where you will be reunited with your bike. If you would rather see the whole Tour de France
finale, we would suggest that you stay in Paris for an extra night and make your own travel arrangements back to the UK
(at your own cost). If you intend on doing this, you will need to inform us prior to the confirmed deadline, so that we may
cancel your return ticket and reduce your trip cost accordingly.
(Lunch & Dinner not included)
Please note that this trip does not start and finish in the same location.
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