The most popular bike ride

19-23 July (Tour de France Route 2), deposit £125, sponsorship £1,560
27 September – 1 October, deposit £99, sponsorship £1,560
16-20 May 2018, deposit £125, sponsorship £1,600

Connect two of the world’s most chic capital cities as you embark on the charity bike ride challenge of a lifetime.

Itinerary

Our route takes us the 300 miles from Crystal Palace in southeast London to the Eiffel Tower in the heart of Paris. Cycling through stunning countryside and quiet country roads the following gives you a breakdown of the days, routes and distances:

  • Day 1: London to Calais
    Our challenge begins bright and early from Crystal Palace heading south en route to the coast. Our route winds through the beautiful Kent countryside before we reach the famous white cliffs of Dover. From here we catch the ferry to Calais for our first overnight stop
    95 miles (approx.)
  • Day 2: Calais to Abbeville
    La belle France! Stunning picturesque countryside awaits us in northern France as we travel south from Calais to Desvre, a small market town known for its ceramics. From here we follow river valleys before finally arriving in Abbeville – steeped in history from the war but despite being destroyed in one night it has managed to retain its beautiful gothic church
    75 miles (approx.)
  • Day 3: Abbeville to Beauvais
    Our route this morning follows the river Somme out of Abbeville. The Somme is perhaps most famous for its battles but it is also a Celtic word for ‘tranquility’, summing up the feeling of the day as you cycle through this beautiful region. We finish the day in Beauvais where the market square is a true highlight with several of the buildings dating from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries
    70 miles (approx.)
  • Day 4: Beauvais to Paris
    Our final day of cycling and the big push to Paris! We are still treated to some stunning countryside all the way up to our lunch spot by the River Seine. After lunch we follow the river down through the suburbs until we reach the Bois de Boulogne – the largest park in Paris. From here it’s a short ride along the famous wide boulevards of Paris before reaching our finishing point at the Eiffel Tower!
    60 miles (approx.)
  • Day 5: Paris to London on the Eurostar
    The day is yours to soak up the Parisian way of life and explore the city and visit the landmarks only yesterday you were cycling by. We will meet you in the afternoon at the Gare du Nord to catch the Eurostar home arriving at St Pancras where you will be reunited with your bike which will have been transported for you overnight.

How to book

Call 0161 830 2010 or click here

Further information

  • Is this trip for me?
    Definitely! These trip is a fantastic challenge for anyone wanting to do something amazing for a great cause! There will be lots of like minded people taking part, all looking for the challenge of a lifetime and of course to meet new friends. Some people come with friends or family but most people come on their own so what are you waiting for? Sign up today for a fantastic experience and the opportunity to make life long friends.
  • How fit do I need to be?
    You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to do this challenge. The majority of people on the trip will be just like you and will not necessarily have done anything like this before. However to get maximum enjoyment from the challenge training is vital and we will provide you with a detailed training plan which we strongly recommend you stick to. We will also be on hand every step of the way to provide training advice.
  • How much do I have to raise?
    £1,470
  • Will I be able to raise the sponsorship level?
    YES! Once you have started you will find that raising the minimum sponsorship is easy and most importantly fun! We will provide you with a breakdown of examples of how to raise the sponsorship money in an enjoyable way and we will of course be available every day to help you with more ideas! You are doing something quite simply amazing so make sure you tell everyone you know, and before you know it you will be racing towards your fundraising target!
  • What deposit do I have to pay?
    £99
  • Can I extend my trip?
    No. Unfortunately due to Eurostar restrictions we are unable to change any tickets.
  • Will you help me?
    YES! One of our highly experienced tour reps will be on hand to help you in the lead up to the event. You will be sent a full confirmation pack shortly after you register on the event which will give you all the information you need but we are always here to make the event as enjoyable and hassle free as possible! And there will even be the opportunity to meet your fellow participants at a special gathering before the event!
  • What is the food like?
    Lots of familiar European dishes will be on the menu! Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided throughout the trip except for 3 meals (dinner on the ferry on the way out to France and lunch and dinner in Paris on our last night). We can of course cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements – as long as you let us know in advance!
  • What do I need to bring?
    No specialist kit is required although we strongly recommend that you use your own bike for both your training and the event itself. You will also need to bring your own cycle helmet. We will send you a full packing list for the trip you are going on once you have registered.
  • What will happen to my luggage during cycling days?
    There will be support vehicles with the group at all times which means your luggage will be transported in one of these vehicles for you. You will just need to carry a bum bag for any essentials like a camera and sun tan lotion
  • How many people can take part?
    The average group size is about 70 people although this does vary considerably from trip to trip
  • What type of accommodation will I be staying in?
    We will be staying in minimum three star hotels throughout the trip
  • What’s included in the cost?
    Travel by ferry to France and return travel to London on Eurostar, accommodation, all meals (excluding dinner on the ferry on day 1 and lunch and dinner on day 5), mechanics, guides and medical support
  • Is there an age restriction?
    You will need to be over 18 but there is no upper age limit. If you are over 65 will just need to get a medical form signed by your doctor.
  • What about insurance?
    You must have travel insurance cover in order to participate in this challenge. You can either arrange this yourself (as long as your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event) or we can help you arrange this.
  • This trip is organised by Skyline, who are acting as agents for the tour operator, ATOL 10069

Fundraise online

There are lots of ways you can raise funds online, at no cost to yourself! Set up an online sponsor form with VirginMoneyGiving, raise a commission for After Adoption every time you shop or search online with Savoo (plus they have discount vouchers), buy games from Humble Bundle, sell unwanted items at ebay, and shop online with Give as you Live.

    

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