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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 a special twist. Ride from one exciting European capital to another in just twenty four hours!

Starting from the iconic London city centre on the stroke of 2pm your leaders will guide you south through the city and out into the countryside past Biggin Hill, East Grinstead and Lewes, and 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 around 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 permitting!) 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.



Stage 1 - London to Newhaven (apx 60 miles)

We’ll meet you at the London Eye at 1pm and after a safety briefing from the Adventure Café team we’ll head to Big Ben for the chime of 2pm … & we’re off!! Your leaders will guide you south through the city and out into the countryside past Biggin Hill, East Grinstead and Lewes, then finally  to the Sussex coast arriving at Newhaven. We’ll have time for our evening meal at the local Brewers Fayre before boarding the overnight crossing to Dieppe. 

Stage 2 - Dieppe to Paris (apx 115 miles)

After a quick roadside breakfast we are back on the road, following the Avenue Vert through beautiful French countryside, all the way to Gournay en Bray. We will stop at cafes or the support vehicle for snacks and breakfast top ups along the way. Our ride becomes more undulating as we leave Gourney en Bray before dropping down to the river Seine at Pontoise. From here we loosely follow the course of the river into central Paris, lapping the Arc d’Triomphe before arriving at our final destination the Eiffel Tower.

Next Day - Travel back to London
10:00 - Checkout of hotel and a brief couple of hours enjoying Paris.
Timings tbc - Assemble at Gare du Nord Intl Rail Station to return by Eurostar**
Timings tbc - 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 endeavour to meet necessary travel requirements for the trip.


Route Map


1 night accommodation in Paris

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


Cabins on board the ferry are generally in very short supply and difficult to pre-reserve. Although reclining seats, if you bring a small travel pillow and blanket can suffice for the purposes of this challenge.


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.


Visas / Redtape

Please ensure you have organised a visa , should you require one.


Included In Trip


Pre-event Planning & Communications
Ferry Crossing & Cabin (Newhaven to Dieppe)

(cabin subject to availability)

Paris Hotel Accommodation
Eurostar Travel Paris to London
Roadside Dieppe Breakfast
Ride Snacks & Picnic Lunches
Support Vehicle & Driver
Ride Leader
Bike Transfer (Paris – London)



Excluded From Trip


Excluded / Optional Extra:

London 2 Paris 24



Bike Hire

(Aluminium road bikes from £65)


Dinners (Newhaven & Paris)

(Set Menu)

Pre event accommodation London



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


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

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

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

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.



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! You should plan to carry a shower jacket with you.


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



Guide price

£Price on enquiry



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

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   23-Sep-2016