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Best Time of Year: April - October
London Paris Roubaix Triple City Ride
Get your cycling legs ready! On your marks! Paris team ready? London team ready? Let's go! Two teams of cyclists setting forth on a carefully constructed ride from London and from Paris, and racing against each other as teams towards Roubaix on the French/Belgian border. This promises to be an epic cycle challenge, over 2 days, each team regularly updating their position via the web to colleagues back in the offices. Teams will need to ride together to get safely to their goal, the end at Roubaix, in time for a celebratory dinner.
The two teams will convene at pre-agreed locations, London at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Paris team at the Porte Maillot, ready to head straight out of the city, and off into the countryside, of their respective countries. With overnight stops in Arras and Calais, under your belts, you will continue on and to the journey's end at Roubaix, where with luck your team will prevail, arriving earlier than the competition. In any case, you must work as a team, helping one another to your destination, and helping your designated charity along the way. Adventure Café will look after you with experienced mechanics, first aid provision, short wave radios where appropriate, maps, and even a spare bike on board your support vehicle. Everything is lined up to make this a journey to remember. All you have to do is to put in the training, and ride to Roubaix!
Team 1 - London to Roubaix
You will set off from Greenwich early on morning 1 (Around 08:00) - and cycle over Blackheath, Shooters Hill, and away. Our first stop will be historic Rochester, with a bit of luck with time for a cup of tea and snack beside the cathedral and within sight of the Castle. Next its on over the North Downs, and continuing on to Canterbury, another famous and historic city. Here we shall break for lunch, in the pretty high street pedestrianised area. Finally we shall tackle some undulating terrain en route to Dover. Straight on to the ferry, taking dinner on board, and then pulling into Calais with 4 miles to cycle to our overnight hotel. On day 2 we shall set off once again 'de-bonne heure' and make our way via easy cycling countryside and a brief foray into Belgium will follow, before we reach Roubaix - the famous cycling city. Here we shall meet with the Paris team, for a special dinner.
We shall be staying in simple accommodation in Calais / Amiens - depending upon which route you will be following. This will be good clean and simple accommodation - 2-3 stars. Breakfast and dinner will be included. 2 packed lunches will also be included as a part of this challenge.
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!)
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
Support Vehicle, Cycling Leader, Provision of spare cycle parts (strategic spares), full tool kit on board support vehicle, return transport to London / Paris, route maps, first aid kit on board each support vehicle, 1 overnight stay, 1 evening meal, 1 breakfast, 2 packed lunches.
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
This trip normally runs in late spring or summer. Hence we should be able to expect fairly warm temperatures, and pleasant conditions. However, we would strongly recommend that you prepare for all conditions, as rain and poor conditions are always a possibility.
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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