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Best Time of Year: April - October
Brighton To Paris Cycle Challenge
We are sure this unique Adventure Café event will inspire and enthuse experienced cyclists out there, as well as those who are new to the sport, but want an unforgettable challenge.
This short and direct 132 mile route from Brighton to central Paris is a carefully thought out route, utilising a mixture of good fast direct roads, and small country back roads. We have taken time to consider our route into Paris to make the ride as enjoyable and pain free as possible!
Once off the ferry in Dieppe and away from the familiar sights of the Sussex coastline, our ride through France takes us through the attractive French countryside. We’ll glimpse poppy fields and charming French villages. We cycle on through the historic town of Rouen and then on to our approach to Paris, here we really get going! It’s downhill into Central Paris and we’ll eventually pass right beside the impressive Arc de Triomphe and swoop along the grand Champs Elysees to our finish point bang in the middle of the excitement of Paris.
The evening is then yours to enjoy; celebrate in this beautiful and culturally vibrant capital. You are accommodated in Paris and the following day (aching legs permitted!) you are free to sample the delights of city before catching the Eurostar train directly back to Ashdown and coach to Brighton. Your bike will have a head start on this journey and you will be reunited back in Brighton.
DAY 1 - 22 miles
08:30 Newhaven Ferry
09:30 Depart Newhaven
13:45 LUNCH Dieppe
14:45 Depart Dieppe
16:00 Longueville-sur-Scie, France
DAY 2 - 58 miles
09:30 Depart Longueville-sur-Scie
13:00 LUNCH Rouen
14:00 Depart Rouen
DAY 3 - 52 miles
09:30 Depart Étrépagny
12:30 LUNCH Boissy l'Aillerie
13:30 Depart Boissy l'Aillerie
16:00 Eiffel Tower, Paris
Morning in Paris
Afternoon return to Brighton
15:04 Paris Gare du Nord - Eurostar
16:06 Ashford Intl
17:40 Brighton - Coach
Will be in a simple hotel for 3 x nights (including buffet breakfasts) You will be sharing in twins or triples. If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a small supplement will be payable). Upgrades are also available for an extra charge if required.
What is a Level 3.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
These rides are typically multi day rides, with medium distances and undulating terrain. Level 3 rides suit riders who ride regularly, and are looking for something challenging but manageable. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 8 hours of cycling with breaks. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect a slightly lower daily duration - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You should be a competent rider, with regular training outings - both at the weekend and ideally with another session during the week. A 10 week training programme is available for our 3 star rides.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long bike rides in the countryside of 5 hours + and distances of between 45 - 55 miles . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training (at least twice per week in the run up to the event). Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be around 21-23 km/hr on flat and gently undulating terrain, and you should be able to cycle at higher speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km (on a road bike). You may also blend in other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website
Included In Trip
Experienced Cycle Leader, Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic, Pre-event briefing, Ferry Crossing to Dieppe, Bed and Breakfast accommodation en route, Paris accommodation, Full buffet breakfasts every day, Return journey to Ashford on Eurostar then coach to Brighton Easy transfer of bikes back to Brighton for collection
Excluded From Trip
Transport to/from Brighton start/finish points, Lunches and dinners. Pre Event Accommodation in Brighton.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
The weather is obviously dependent upon the time of year - but typically from April to September when we run these rides, you can expect reasonable weather. If we prepare for all conditions then we may be pleasantly surprised!
You should prepare for both the possibility of hot and cold weather - as it can be fairly unpredictable.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions
By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.
Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions
- For all types of event