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Best Time of Year: April - September
Bike Frankfurt to Paris Cycle Challenge
Get ready for classic European Bike Adventure - crossing borders, enjoying the best continental cuisine, and riding through some historic towns and cities, as well as through beautiful countryside - but be ready for an epic challenge too! This route covers over 600km in 3 days, and is certainly only for resilient well trained riders.
Our ride begins by leaving the centre of Continental European Finance, Frankfurt, and riding beside the River Main, before joining the mighty Rhine, and then towards the Moselle Valley, and the hilly section of the ride. Our day 1 concludes on the tri-nation border, just outside Luxembourg. We traverse the southern extremities of the Ardennes, and then we head towards the Champagne Region of France. By midway in day 2 the altitude profile settles down (thankfully!) and we then make our final approach via the Marne Valley, and finally we find the confluence with the Seine, and into the most beautiful city in Europe (it will be when we see it!)
N.B You will need to drop your bike off in London by 18:00 on the evening before if you wish your bike to be transported to Frankfurt for you. Your bike should be protected with pipe insulators if you wish to avoid scratches. Or you may wish to put it in a soft bike case.
Day 1 - Meet at Joining Hotel in Frankfurt - by 20:00
Evening Briefing - Assemble Bicycles - Test - Prepare - Dinner
Day 2 - (Cycle 244km) Frankfurt > Perl
Breakfast 06:00 - Assemble with bags packed @ 06:45 - Pack Support Van 07:15 Depart Frankfurt Hourly Progress to be Carefully Monitored versus schedule. Key Distance Checkpoints to be Set Out. If a rider does not hit scheduled waypoint on latest schedule then they will need to join the support vehicle. 20:00 Expected Latest Arrival
Day 3 - (Cycle 210km) Perl > Reims
06:30 - Breakfast 07:00 - Assemble and Pack Vehicle
07:30 - Departure from Perl Hotel
Day 4 - (Cycle 165km) Reims to Paris
07:30 Depart - Flatter Route should give us some respite for our tired legs.
16:30 ETA Central Paris @ Nomura HQ - Avenue Kleber - Evening of limited physical capability to ensue - with muted celebrations, and over heightened expectation of ability to consume celebratory alcohol ! Enjoy pleasant meal in Paris !
Day 5 - Return Eurostar Bikes to be returned to UK by Adventure Cafe and delivered to meet with returning riders.
4 nights accommodation. Each evening we shall use accommodation as we are able to find it, in each location at the end of our day's ride. Sometimes this may be small gite style accommodation, other times a more normal small hotel.
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.
We shall have 2 team staff - one bicycle mounted, and one in support vehicle. If the group size permits, we shall incorporate a second cycle leader.
Please note this is an exceedingly tough itinerary - not one designed for the intermittent leisure rider. It is designed for keen cyclists, who are committed to putting in plenty of training miles. Please ensure thaqt if you are going to sign up, that you get the training in.
Visas / Redtape
None required for this trip (if you are an EU citizen). If from further afield you will need to check requirements.
Included In Trip
Leader (experienced with first aid qualification, and experienced mechanic), Support Vehicle with driver, Transfers for bikes from London to Paris and all accommodation B&B basis.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to and from event. Lunches, dinners. Bike Hire. Final transfer into Munich and to the airport. Return transfer of bikes to London.
Road Bike (with Puncture Resistant Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of tyre on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles - 2 bottles minimum
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
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 (Spokes for your bike), Pump
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Wicking Material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes, Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear, 1 Pair Cotton Trousers
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone & Plastic Wallet, 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
You must stay in contact with your leader at each stage of the ride. Briefings will be made each day on the directions, and routecards issued - however, you should never go further ahead than one stop. 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.
Mild warm and sunny weather. Be prepared for hot and sunny conditions - so be prepared to protect against the sun. Equally however, we could get unlucky! So pack rain jackets and warmer clothes too! Just in case!
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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