London to Paris Cycle
Passing through the picturesque Kent countryside, you cross the Channel and continue through small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France along to our finish line at the iconic Eiffel Tower!
After celebrating your achievements in this beautiful city, you can look forward to watching the finale of the Tour de France 2020 the following day. This is a London to Paris ride not to be missed!
Food, accommodation and Eurostar back to the UK are all provided; it is a fully supported ride.
Itinerary & Route
There are two ways of funding your place on this trip. For both options we require a non-refundable registration fee of £99.
Sponsorship option 1 - Minimum sponsorship
- you commit to raising a minimum sponsorship of £1,600 per person.
- £1,000 of this amount must be received by the charity by Wednesday 6 May 2020 and out of this we pay the balance of your trip costs.
- the rest of your sponsorship must be sent in no later than 6 weeks after your return.
Self funding option 2 - Self funder
You may prefer to cover all of the trip costs yourself. To do this you must contact our Customer Care Team on 0330 333 0804 by Wednesday 6 May 2020 to make a payment £850, from which we pay the balance of your trip costs.
Choosing this option means you pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £750 and will aim to send in as much as possible to us before the trip and no later than 6 weeks after your return.
What time is the Eurostar train and what time does it arrive back in London?
These will be booked nearer the date of the event but due to the grand finalé watching the Tour De France, we will have one late train. We will also have another train early afternoon for those that do not wish to watch the Tour. Please note if you do not take up the option of either train, you will have to arrange your own return travel.
Where are we staying in Paris and can you book a room for my partner?
The hotel details will be provided at a later date, closer to the event. Unfortunately we are unable to book rooms for anyone not on the ride but you can book this directly with the hotel.
Can my partner join us for the celebration drinks?
We cannot guarantee this until the hotel details have been confirmed but please note numbers will be limited and it will be on a first come first served basis.
I am staying on in France but don't want to take my bike with me. Can I have this taken back to the UK and returned to me?
The tour operator (Discover Adventure) offer a bike courier service. The cost will be confirmed closer to the event but as a guide this was £89 in 2019. A form will be sent to you to book this service.
What kind of people take part in this cycle challenge and how fit do I need to be?
A wide range of ages and cycling ability take part in this challenge year on year. You will need need to have a good level of fitness and follow a regular training regime to ensure you can cycle long distances over four consecutive days (approximately 110 - 160km per day).
Once registered, we will provide you with a training plan put together by the coaching experts at RunningwithUs and designed to help you achieve the required level of fitness for this challenge.
If you are over 65 years old, you will need to provide a medical certificate from your doctor confirming that you are fit and healthy to participate in the challenge.
How will Alzheimer's Society support me?
Before the trip:
We will support you in both the challenge of raising your sponsorship as well as the challenge of getting fit. We provide fundraising ideas, sponsorship forms and publicity tips. Our training plan will help you get fit and we'll keep in touch regularly to hear how you are getting on. We also organise a pre-event information day a few months before the trip, which is a great opportunity to find out more about the challenge, meet fellow participants and share fundraising and training tips.
On the trip:
You will be travelling with a tour leader and experienced support staff. All luggage is transported by vehicle en route. You should carry any items needed during the day in a bum bag, day sack or saddle bag. At the start of your trip you will be given a map and your route will be clearly marked. There will be a vehicle ahead and one behind with spares, and depending on numbers there may be an additional roving vehicle.
What will the weather be like in July?
It should be warm by day with a chance of showers on some days. Temperatures will range from 16 - 32 degrees centigrade. It may be windy in flatter areas.
What will the terrain be like?
The cycling is undulating with distances of 110 - 160km per day. We ride mainly on small country roads. Traffic is light on most of the roads but when we pass through large towns we go through as a group.
It is recommended that you ride a road/racing bike (rather than a mountain bike) for this trip due to the long distances involved on well-surfaced roads. Hybrid bikes can be hired for £15 per day. Helmets must be worn on this trip.
Do I need to bring any spares?
There will be a range of spares in the support vehicles along with a full tool kit. There will be a small nominal charge for any parts and accessories used. However it is impossible for us to carry spares for every eventuality so it is vital your bike is in a good condition before departure. You should carry a small puncture repair kit, spare inner tube/s and small pump.
What about luggage?
Your luggage will be transported between overnight stops in a support vehicle. Space is limited so please pack your luggage in a medium rucksack or soft kitbag. Please do not bring suitcases.
What is included in the trip and what else do I have to pay for?
All transport from London to Paris, including a ferry crossing from Dover to Dunkirk and return to London on the EuroStar
All accommodation (twin share)
Leader, guides, mechanics
All meals except three
£100 - £150 for personal expenses
Bike and helmet
*You must have travel insurance to take part in this trip but do make sure that your bike is insured under your house policy, as the tour operator's travel insurance (and most others) do not cover the full cost of replacement.
What is the accommodation like?
You will have four nights in two or three star hotels, all with en-suite facilities. Prices are based on two people sharing.
I need accommodation the night before the cycle ride begins. Where can I stay?
More details will be provided on where to stay the night before your challenge closer to the event.
Do I need any vaccinations?
You must have had a tetanus injection in the last ten years. You should also contact your GP or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice.
What happens if I am unable to take part for any reason?
If you are unable to take part, you can defer your place for a year or transfer to a similar open challenge with Discover Adventure Ltd. This is at our discretion.
If you are unable to take a place the following year, you will lose your registration fee which will be treated as a donation to Alzheimer's Society. Any sponsorship you have raised must be either sent to us or returned to sponsors if they wish to have it returned.
Is the target per person?
In order to cover the costs of the trip the fundraising target is per person. We do encourage teams to sign up but each individual team member will be required to hit the overall target.
Once you sign up you'll get access to our private London to Paris Facebook group, providing you a space to share top tips about training and fundraising.