Cycle Paris to London 2 day Picture 1
Cycle Paris to London 2 day Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  200m

Dist:  280km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

Cycle Paris To London 3 day

Bike Adventure

Are you ready to take on the classic 175 mile route in reverse?! An Adventure Cafe twist on this brilliant ride, be one of the few to take it on in the other direction, as we leave the French capital behind and ride all the way home. Enjoy the sights of Paris, and then the quiet roads of Picardie and the South Downs.


After a brief ride through Parisian culture, we'll head north to escape the cobbles and traffic heading along the Seine and into the French Countryside. After the hustle and bustle we're onto quiet roads, classic villages and good coffee as we meander along on our way to Gisors for the first nights accomodation. Day 2 is dominated by the use of the beautiful Avenue Verte, an ex trainline now dedicated tarmac cycle path where we can cruise along traffic free! In the late afternoon we'll arrive into Dieppe and catch the ferry to Newhaven for our final overnight. The final day sees us through some quaint villages in the South Downs before heading through Surrey and into the outskirts of London. Crossing Richmond park and across the Thames marks the end of our fantastic journey with a celebratory photo and a tipple in your chosen finishing location in London.

 


Itinerary

Meet at Gare du Nord in Paris for event briefing and to collect bicycles. Eurostar train travel from London to Paris is included.

Day 1, Eurostar - Paris - Gisors, apx 75 kms (47 miles).
Eurostar from London to Paris, and meet your event crew just close by to Gare du Nord. We ride up the Champs Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe (and via Eiffel Tower if time permits)! The sleepy town of Gisors awaits, home of one of the company favourite restaurants!


Day 2, Gisors to Dieppe then on to Newhaven, apx 105km (67miles)
After an early start, we're cracking on down the Avenue Verte, miles of dead easy riding and smooth tarmac await! The after lunch in the pretty village of Forge Les Eaux we're heading for the coast, so enjoy the last few kms of french countryside before we hop on the ferry and head for Blighty. After our relaxing ferry crossing we shall make the one mile ride to the hotel, in time maybe for a small nightcap - ready for the final ride up to London.


Day 3, Newhaven to London, apx 96km (61miles)
Today is the final stretch, we'll head through the South Downs on the way towards East Grinstead, we've chosen a great route across the South Downs and the North Downs. The afternoon sees us head beside the Thames, and after crossing France and England, its just a short blast to the finish.

 

Route Map


Accommodation

Will be in a simple hotel for 2 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 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.

 

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. You must have personal travel insurance.

 

Included In Trip

Experienced Cycle Leader, Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic, Pre-event briefing, Ferry Crossing to Newhaven, Bed and Breakfast accommodation en route in Newhaven and Gisors, Full buffet breakfasts x 2, Picnic Style Lunches,  Outbound journey to Paris on Eurostar, Bike transfer beforehand from Hammersmith to Paris.

 

Excluded From Trip

Transport at the end of the event. Transport to St Pancras. Bike Hire.

 

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


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