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Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  250m

Dist:  252 mi

Min age:  18

Duration:  5

Cycle Bristol to Paris

Bike Adventure

A unique and slightly more exclusive ride than the well known London to Paris, this ride crosses the fringes of the West Country, via the fantastic Bristol to Bradford on Avon Cyclepath network, and Salisbury Plain before crossing the channel. On the French side we shall enjoy the beautiful Seine Valley, with its chalk cliffs, scenic villages, and amazingly quiet roads. And of course - we have the splendour of the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees. Get ready to ride!


4 days of riding, including 4 nights, covering some fantastic scenery and quiet roads. The Bath cycle path, through the all new tunnels to Bradford on Avon, before turning south to Salisbury Plain and the historic Cathedral city of Salisbury. We continue down to the fringes of the New Forest, before a middle of the day crossing of the channel on day 2. We shall have a leisurely short ride in the late afternoon to reach our accommodation just outside Le Havre. Day 3 will see us ride on down the Seine via some scenic country routes - and including a stunning crossing of the River at Tancarville. The countryside is very special and Day 4 certainly doesn't disappoint, with undulating, winding and fast roads leading us through a procession of tiny villages, each perfectly equipped with 'un café' et 'une patisserie' - pain au chocolat anyone?

 


Itinerary

Day 1 - 07:30 - Assemble at Departure Location (Central Bristol - or as specified by your group)
08:00 - Following Briefing & Bike Checks and loading Van - depart towards Bath Ride to Fareham / Or Romsey - 92 miles (approx)
17:30 - Arrive Fareham / Romsey
19:00 - Dinner

Day 2
07:00 - Breakfast
08:00 - Start ride to the ferry port (10 - 20 miles)
- Ferry Crossing to Le Havre
- Arrive Le Havre (timings subject to ferry availability)
Ride to Hotel approx 10 miles
17:30 - Latest arrival hotel
19:00 - Dinner

Day 3
07:00 - Breakfast
08:30 - Depart hotel
Ride Le Havre Outskirts to Evreux approx. 65 miles.
17:30 - Latest arrival hotel
19:00 - Dinner

Day 4 Ride Approx 70 miles
07:00 - Breakfast
08:30 - Depart hotel
15:30 - Arrive Eiffel Tower - Celebrations
17:00 - Arrive at hotel
20:00 - Dinner

Day 5 - Return to UK (Via Eurostar and First Great Western)
12:15 - Arrive Paris Gard du Nord
13:13 - Paris Gard du Nord Eurostar departure
14:39 - Arrive St Pancras Intl Station, London.
Recommend underground to Paddington from St Pancras (Hammersmith City Line)
16:30 - Train from Paddington to Temple Meads, Bristol
18:14 - ETA Temple Meads, Bristol
Adventure Cafe team will return bikes to Bristol for you, either on the same afternoon - or the next morning/ PLEASE NOTE: You must check-in at least 60 mins before departure at Paris Gard du Nord. The Gare du Nord is not the easiest station to navigate - make sure you arrive in good time!!

 

Route Map


Accommodation

2-3 star clean good quality hotels - including buffet breakfasts.

 

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!)

 

Medical Issues

You should be in good health to participate in this challenge. If you have any medical conditions, you must consult your doctor and ensure that you are OK to participate. All medical conditions and recent operations, as well as allergies must be disclosed on your booking form. You should be used to cycling - and you should also be used to taking exercise.

 

Included In Trip

4 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
Bike Leader
Support Vehicle (with First Aid & Mechanical Support)
Ferry
Eurostar Return to London
First Aid Supplies
Full Cycling Toolkit
Spare Bikes
Snacks and Drinks at Intermediate Stops

 

Excluded From Trip

Packed Lunches
Dinners
Return Train from London to Bristol - can be arranged as required

 

Equipment Required

Bike Items
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)

Helmet (compulsory)
Personal Medikit  Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Washkit

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

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in

Other
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

Important
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

 

Safety Information

You will receive thorough safety briefing, both in Joining Instruction Documents. This will be revisited in the event briefing. You are expected and requested to ride safely during the event

 

Weather

This itinerary can run from April through to October - weather can vary from chilly through to very hot in mid summer. We need to prepare for the full spectrum of possible weather conditions.

 

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


Guide price

Price on Application

Difficulty
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This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


 

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