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Cycle London To Paris 24 hour Corporate
This is a very special London to Paris Cycle Challenge - leaving from Canary Wharf - and reaching the Arc de Triomphe - all within one incredible day! And it is for a very worthy cause - Great Ormond Street Hospital.
This grand 175 mile route from central London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris is a classic, and has been tailor made for Morgan Stanley and Great Ormond Street Hospital for 2016.
Starting from Bank Street Morgan Stanley Offices in Canary Wharf, on the strike of 2pm your leader will guide you south through the city and out into the countryside past Oxted, East Grinstead and Lewes, before down to the Sussex coast arriving at Newhaven for a pub buffet dinner, and then on to the late night ferry to the french port 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 Gournay 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. From one capital to the other…. 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 London. Your bike will have a head start on this journey and you will be reunited back in London.
Stage 1 - London to Newhaven (apx 60 miles)
11:00 - Drop Bikes Off for Bike Checking & Registration at Bank Street Morgan Stanley Offices
13:00 - Final checks - Load Support Vans + Briefing - Photos & Big Send Off
13:45 - Final Countdown & Big Send Off
14:00 - We're off... we travel south into the countryside past Oxted, East Grinstead and Lewes, then down to the Sussex coast arriving at Newhaven for 19:30.
19:30 - Evening meal in Newhaven - Buffet Style in Pub on edge of Newhaven
23:00 - Ferry departs from Newhaven for Dieppe (approx crossing time 4 hours)
04:00 - Arrive in Dieppe (local time)
Stage 2 - Dieppe to Paris (approx 115 miles)
Now the challenge is on... from the depths of the small hours we break through the darkness into the new day on the saddle and with Paris looming on the horizon - no time for admiring the countryside! We have to make the most of the open roads before entering the outer reaches of the city and of course the Paris traffic. As we near the city centre you will be greeted by all of Paris's famous sites such as the Arc De Triomph and the Eiffel Tower. Congratulations you have reached your destination!
15:00 - Our deadline in Paris - Celebrations at Eiffel Tower and Morgan Stanley Offices. Your bikes will be packed up for you. Shuttle Buses will return you to the hotel to get showered and changed.
Next Day - Travel back to London
10:00 - Checkout of hotel and a brief couple of hours enjoying Paris.
12:00 - Assemble at Gare du Nord Intl Rail Station to return by Eurostar**
14:30 - Arrive at St Pancras rail station (Local Time) - Bikes will be available in the evening or following day for collection at Morgan Stanley.
**Special Note - The time of departure by Eurostar to London is subject to availability, however, Adventure Café will endeavour to make convenient travel times for riders. All riders returning to London will be offered one standard time to return.
1 night accommodation in Paris
We will be staying in Twin or Triple rooms at our accommodation. This accommodation is being arranged for you by Morgan Stanley - and will, in keeping with this being a fundraising challenge, be clean and comfortable 3 star accommodation.
What is a Level 4.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 10 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and terrain (think hilly!).
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for 2 to 2.5 hours, around 23 - 25 km/hr. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 60 or 70 miles, and you should have done a few like this. You should be getting out on your bike most weekends in the run up to your event.
You need to be in good physical health and excellent fitness to complete this ride. If you are in any doubt - please speak with your GP.
Whilst we have endeavoured to arrange cabin accommodation for the crossing, this has simply proved impossible. As a result, we recommend that you take a small blanket and travel pillow to ensure that you get the best rest possible. Please note, that this event is ONLY suitable for experienced riders with good cycling skills. You will be riding at night, and you will be tired on reaching Paris - so you should be confident to be able to do this safely.
Visas / Redtape
You should check if you are a non UK Citizen or a non EU Citizen whether you require a visa to travel to France.
Included In Trip
Experienced Cycle Leader, Qualified First Aider, Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanics, Pre-event briefing, Ferry Crossing to Dieppe, Paris accommodation*, Roadside Feed Station Breakfast in France, Return journey to London on Eurostar*, Transfer of bikes back to London for collection, Feed Stations approximately once per 30 miles. Dinner in Newhaven.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to/from London start/finish points, Pre Event Accommodation in London.
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. 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.
Expect warm weather but possibly rainshowers. Expect cool temperatures riding through the small hours into the morning.
Plan for these conditions, and if we encounter anything more benign, then that will be a bonus for us!
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!
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