Cycle London To Paris 24hr Express Picture 1
Cycle London To Paris 24hr Express Picture 1

Next departure:  25/08/2018

Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  200

Dist:  175 mi

Min age:  18

Duration:  3

Cycle London To Paris 24hr Express

Bike Adventure

Come with us on a whirlwind ride on this classic tour in just 24hrs!
That's right! 24hrs to get to Paris from London - this is not for the faint hearted. If you've already completed the standard tour or if this is a box you need to tick off you can be certain of an experience of a lifetime (plus bragging rights).
This grand 175 mile route from central London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris is a classic, with an Adventure Café twist. Ride from one exciting European capital to another in just two days!


Starting from the iconic London landmark that is Big Ben on the strike of 2pm your leader will guide you south through the city and out into the countryside past Sevenoaks, Crowborough and Lewes, before down to the Sussex coast arriving at Newhaven from where we will catch 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.

 


Itinerary

Stage 1 - London to Newhaven (apx 60 miles)
13:00 - Assemble at Jubilee Garden, London - final checks - briefing
14:00 - Depart ride on the chime of 2pm from Big Ben, We're off... we travel south into the countryside past Sevenoaks, Crowborough and Lewes, then down to the Sussex coast arriving at Newhaven for 19:30.
20:00 - Evening meal in Newhaven
22:30 - Ferry departs from Newhaven for Dieppe (approx crossing time 5 hours) - cabins optional
05:00 (french time) - Arrive in Dieppe
Stage 2 - Dieppe to Paris (apx 115 miles)
Now the challenge is on, after a quick breakfast, we breakthrough the darkness into the new day on the saddle and with Paris looming on the horizon - try to take in the beautiful countryside as we blast towards the French Capital! We have to make the most of the open roads before entering the outer reaches of the city and of course the Paris traffic. We will stop for lunch on the outskirts of the city. 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!
15:00 - Our deadline in Paris - Celebrations at Eiffel Tower then ride to accommodation for the evening
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 - collect bikes
**Special Note - The time of departure by Eurostar to London is subject to availability, however, Adventure Café will endevour to meet necessary travel requirements for the trip.

 

Route Map


Accommodation

1 night accommodation in Paris

We will be staying in Twin or Triple rooms at our accommodation. If you require a single room please contact us for the single room supplementary fee for your trip. 

 

Cabins on board the ferry are optional and can be arranged for £25 per person - please let us know at the time of booking if you would like a cabin.

 

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 (stops included), 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, seeking out longer climbs to improve your climbing fitness for the event.

 

Included In Trip

Experienced Cycle Leader, Qualified First Aider, Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic, Pre-event briefing, Ferry Crossing to Dieppe, Paris accommodation, Picnic Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Return journey to London on Eurostar, Transfer of bikes back to London for collection,

 

Excluded From Trip

Transport to/from London start/finish points, Lunches and dinners. Pre Event Accommodation in London.

Ferry Cabins - £25 per person

 

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

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.

 

Weather

Expect warm weather but possibly rainshowers. Expect cool temeratures 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! 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.

 

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

£499

Difficulty
Info

 

Trip dates


Start Date
End Date
Duration
25/08/2018
27/08/2018
2

 

Event Location


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Our Challengers Said...
slick organisation from start to finish - quite an achievement when herding 150 riders over 260kms
James (Morgan Stanley)   15-Sep-2016
thank you to you both and all of the Adventure Café team for making this so successful!
Will Il   23-Sep-2016