4 days, 295 miles, 2 capitals… Ready to ride?
Your cycle challenge…
Running 19th Jul 2017 – 23rd Jul 2017, this 295 mile, 4 day bike ride run by Global Adventure Challenges takes you through the beautiful Kent countryside to Dover, before crossing the Channel to Calais. The route takes you along quiet French country lanes, through traditional market towns with views of the rolling, green fields of northern France, passing the war memorials and cemeteries of the Somme. The pièce de résistance of this cycle challenge will be the final cycle up the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe, following in the tyre tracks of the cycling greats, before watching them cycle the same route the next day in the finale of the Tour de France! Read on for more info, contact us or book your place today!
London to Calais
After an early registration you begin your epic ride. It’s not too long before you’re past the outskirts of London and hitting the countryside of Kent. You push on to Rochester, where you join some of the 2007 Tour De France route – you’ll feel like a cycling champion as you tackle the rolling hills, following in the tyre tracks of the giants! It’s a long cycling day today but upon reaching the port of Dover and seeing the famous white cliffs, there’ll be a great sense of achievement. You then board the ferry to Calais and have dinner whilst on board. Upon reaching Calais, it’s just a very short push onto your hotel where you will have a well deserved rest and get your heads down for the night.
Cycling distance – approx. 73 miles
Calais to Arras
Following breakfast at the hotel you leave Calais behind you, remembering to stay on the right! You begin cycling on smooth, flat roads for approximately 10 miles, before you start to pull up towards the first water stop. The route then becomes more undulating as you cycle through the French countryside up to the lunch stop. Some small climbs after lunch bring you to a gentle descent into the beautiful mediaeval town of Arras, one of the prettiest towns in northern France, where you check into the hotel.
Cycling distance – approx. 79 miles
Arras to Creil
After breakfast, you continue with the cycle and head south through the region of the Somme and the World War I battlefields – rolling, green meadows studded with the many war memorials and cemeteries of the First World War. Following a steep climb up Mont César you soon reach the overnight stop in Creil, situated
in the Picardy region. One of the most significant historical events to occur in Picardy was the series of battles fought along the Somme during the First World War.
Cycling distance – approx. 88 miles
Creil to Paris
The final day of our European cycling adventure! Leaving Creil behind you, you will venture towards the majestic capital of Paris. Cycling is the national sport of France and it’s normal to see locals cheering and waving you on. You will stop at the Louvre for the group to re-assemble before reaching the Champs-Elysees, then ride through as a group finishing the challenge beneath the most famous landmark of Paris – the Eiffel Tower. This evening you celebrate your achievements at the celebratory dinner.
Cycling distance – approx. 55 miles
Watch the finale of the Tour de France!
After breakfast at our hotel, you are free to enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris. The Tour de France will be reaching its climax today as it races through the streets of Paris, so ensure you grab your place on the
Champs-Elysees to see some of the action. In the early evening each participant will be responsible
for getting themselves to Gare du Nord in order to catch the Eurostar back to St Pancras. Bicycles will be transported back to London and upon arrival back in the UK, there will be a short transfer back to the
starting point for farewell and goodbyes. Alternatively, participants are free to travel home directly from St Pancras and it can be arranged for your bicycle to meet you there.
Option A – Raising a Minimum Sponsorship
- Participant pays Registration Fee of £125 to Global Adventure Challenges and then raises the minimum sponsorship of £1500 for PaP.
- Participant sends 80% of the minimum sponsorship and pledges for the remaining 20% to People against Poverty at least 11 weeks prior to the departure date of the Challenge. All outstanding sponsorship MUST be sent to us within six weeks of completing the Challenge.
- People against Poverty will be invoiced by Global Adventure Challenges for the balance of the Challenge 10 weeks prior to departure. Click here to book your place or contact us for more info!
Option B – Self-Funding Option
- Participant sends Registration Form to Global Adventure Challenges, together with the Registration Fee.
- 11 weeks prior to departure, an invoice will be sent to the participant for the cost of the Challenge.
- Although there is no minimum sponsorship required, we ask you to raise as much as you can for People against Poverty. Any sponsorship collected MUST be sent to the Charity. Contact us if you wish to self fund your Challenge.