Cycle London to Paris Le Havre Edition Picture 1
Cycle London to Paris Le Havre Edition Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  200

Dist:  365km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

Cycle London to Paris 3 Day Le Havre

Bike Adventure

This grand 225 mile route from London to Central Paris is a classic, with an Adventure Cafe twist. Ride from one exciting European capital to another—in just three days! We are sure this unique Adventure Cafe event will inspire and enthuse those who are new to the sport, as well as the experienced cyclists out there who want an unforgettable challenge. A multi-day ride with the added spice of all the beauty of northern French back-roads, and Europe's most romantic city at the end.


Upon leaving the familiar sights of London, with fantastic views from Richmond Park, we pass through England’s delightful Surrey and Hampshire countryside, on our way to Portsmouth for our overnight ferry. Our ride through France takes us through the attractive French countryside and along reclaimed railway lines through poppy fields and charming French villages. We cycle on through the historic town of Eveux then on to our approach to Paris. It’s downhill into Central Paris and we’ll eventually pass right around the impressive Arc de Triomphe to the Place du Trocadero before swooping 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 / flight directly back to London. Your bike will have a head start on this journey in our support van and you will be reunited back in London. All in a day’s work for you, your selected charity and Adventure Cafe —well done!

 


Itinerary

Pre-Event Meet at designated team hotel in London for pre-event briefing and dinner - 18:00. Stay overnight at hotel - optional, not included.

Day 1, London - Portsmouth, 125km.
Early departure from our start location. Travel south via Richmond Park into the countryside past Woking and Farnham, then down through the edge of the South Downs and into Portsmouth. We shall stop for lunch en-route. We will have dinner in Portsmouth before catching an overnight ferry to Le Havre.

Day 2, Le Havre - Evreux, 110km
After our overnight ferry crossing, today we head through the pretty French countryside on quiet, undulating roads and paved ex-railway line cycle paths. We pass through the Seine valley, continuing through the postcard-French countryside until we reach the historic town of Evreux. Here we talk over the day and get a good nights sleep at our accommodation.

Day 3, Evreux - Paris, 110km
Today we have more beautiful French countryside and quiet roads. We will approach Versailles and its famous palace before starting 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 before catching the Eurostar from Gare du Nord or a flight directly back to London and retrieve your bike.

 

Route Map


Accommodation

The first night will be spent on the Portsmouth to Le Havre ferry, in cabins with beds. The two other nights will be in simple hotels (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!)

 

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.

 

Included In Trip

Experienced Cycle Leader

Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic

Pre-event briefing

Ferry Crossing to Le Havre

Bed and Breakfast accommodation en route and Paris accommodation

Full buffet breakfasts every day 

Return journey to London on Eurostar

Easy transfer of bikes back to London for collection.

 

Excluded From Trip

Transport to London at start

Dinners*

Lunches*

 

*See optional extras

 

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 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!

 

Optional Extras

It is possible to include lunches and/or dinners for an additional charge.

Single rooms are available for an extra charge.

 

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

£609

Difficulty
Info

 

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


 

Event Location


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