Cycle Crawley To Paris 3 day Picture 1
Cycle Crawley To Paris 3 day Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  200m

Dist:  230km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

Crawley To Paris Cycle Challenge

Bike Adventure

This grand 140 mile route from Crawley to Central Paris follows our tried and tested route to the French Capital, 3 days of pretty continental riding awaits! 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. A multi day ride with the added spice of all the beauty of northern French backroads, and Europe's most romantic city at the end.


Upon leaving Crawely in Sussex, it's a nice ride down to Newhaven as we pass through England’s delightful Sussex countryside to the Coast. We'll then catch an evening ferry to spend the night in the pretty port town of Dieppe. 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 small town of Neufchatel and then on to our our overnight in Beauvais! From Beauvais we have some awesome smooth roads down past Meru and on to Pontoise where we enter the amazing city of Paris. It’s along the Reine 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 Paris. The evening is then yours to enjoy; celebrate in this beautiful and culturally vibrant capital. You are accommodated in Paris; where the following day (aching legs permitted!) you may have some time to sample the delights of city before catching the Eurostar train / flight directly back to London. Your bike will have a head start on this journey and you will be brought back to Crawley. All in all an incredible experience, with just a little support from your selected charity and Adventure Café —well done!!

 

 

 


Itinerary

Pre-Event Meet at a designated location for pre-event briefing 10.00


Day 1, Crawley- Newhaven, apx 53 kms (33 miles).
An relaxed day setting off from Crawley, we'll travel south into the countryside past Lindfield and Lewes, then down to the Sussex coast and Newhaven. We shall stop for afternoon snacks en-route.
Afternoon ferry, dinner on board and then overnight in Dieppe.
Day 2, Dieppe - Beauvais, apx 99km (62miles)
After waking up in Dieppe, today we head through the pretty French countryside on quiet, undulating roads. We pass by the picturesque town of Saint-Saens. We continue through the postcard French countryside until we reach Beauvais. Here we talk over the day and get a good nights sleep at our accommodation.

Day 3, Beauvais - Paris, apx 80km (50miles)
Today is a stunning ride, through the stunning Vexin Francais Nature Park and into central Paris! We will pass by the town of Pontoise. From here we start to meet the city as we cycle through the busy suburbs. As we near the city centre you will be greeted by all of Paris’ famous sites such as the Arc De Triomph and the Eiffel Tower. Congratulations you have reached your destination!

Day 4
You will have some time in Paris to see a little of this wonderful city (the Sacre Coeaur isn't far from where we normally stay). You will then catch the Eurostar from Gare du Nord to London St Pancras. Your bike will be returned by van directly back to Crawley for you - and we shall unpack and reassemble for you. 

 

Route Map


Accommodation

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 2.0 Cycling Challenge Like?

Level 2 rides are designed to be suitable for riders progressing past their earliest cycling experiences, now gaining confidence, and looking for slightly longer rides. In your own time, you will be used to going on training rides of up to 3 hours, and covering distances of up to 40 miles, with a few small hills thrown in for good measure! Level 2 rides will get you out and exploring places you didn't expect to be able to get to on 2 wheels!

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.0 ‘Bike Ride’ ?

You must be active and with a moderate level of fitness. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of bike rides and a mixture of other activities (swimming / football / running etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country rides of up to 4 hours or 60 km in the lowland English countryside. Your training rides will encounter a few reasonable length hills.

 

Medical Issues

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 (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.

 

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, Picnic Style Lunches, Evening Dinners, Return journey to London on Eurostar, Easy transfer of bikes back to London / Crawley for collection.

 

Excluded From Trip

Transport to/from start points, If you opt to fly back from Paris, then you should arrange your own flight. 

 

Equipment Required

Kit lists specific to your trip dates and location will be issued upon enquiry...below is our guide advice to give an idea of what you should bring on a multi--day ride in Europe

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  Clothing
Padded Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, or Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes or sturdy traners suitable), 

Spare Shoes/Sandals for after ride

Casual Evening Wear - tracksuits, jeans, T shirts, fleece ...

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, chargers, EU plug adaptor, 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. It is advisable to check that your travel insurance covers the value of any expensive items of kit that you chose to bring along with you. 

A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure

 

Safety Information

You must stay in contact with your leader at each stage of the ride. Briefings will be made each morning. You must always wear your helmet. Your leader is First Aid Qualified - and will carry a full expedition first aid kit. There will also be a support vehicle available in case of emergency - but this is only useful if you are in contact with the vehicle / leader. You should make sure you have programmed your leader's phone number in your own phone. If you are stuck at the roadside - please make yourself safe. Also it is essential that you check your bicycle is in good working order before joining this event.

 

Weather

Although it will be summer, expect possible showers. It is wise to prepare for all weather types, you never know we may be pleasantly surprised! Hat and gloves are essential for this trip! Warm tracksuit trousers are recommended. It is advisable to bring suncream.

 

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! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.

 

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


To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events

 

 

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Price on Application

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


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