FAQ’s – London to Paris Cycle ride

Is this trip for me?
ABSOLUTELY! This bike ride is suitable for people of all ages (minimum 18 years old). The one thing everyone will have in common is a great sense of adventure and the desire to help their favourite charity. Most people will sign up as individuals meaning you will all be in the same situation!

How fit do I need to be?
This cycle ride has been designed to be challenging, but achievable by anyone as long as you fitness train before hand. Remember, you are cycling for 4 consecutive days, covering approximately 300 miles so expect to be in the saddle for about 7-8 hrs per day – the fitter you are the more you will enjoy this challenge. Cycling training tips can be found on the Global Adventure Challenge website to point you in the right direction.

Where will we stay?
We will stay in local hotels en-route, from 2*-3* – remember, this is a challenge! All accommodation has washing facilities available. Rooms are normally twin share, but there may be the use of some triple rooms too.

Do I need specialist kit?
We will supply you with a kit list of what to take once you register to take part. Each participant will need to bring their own bicycle for this challenge and items such as cycling shorts, cycling helmet and cycling gloves – other than this, you do not need any specialist kit.

Do I have to carry my own luggage?
No. All luggage will be transported from accommodation to accommodation by our vehicles. You will need a small day pack/bum bag/‘camel bak’ while cycling to carry items such as camera, sun-screen, energy snacks, etc.

Food matters…
All meals will be provided with the exception of breakfast on day 1, the evening meal on the Ferry crossing from Dover to Calais and lunch and dinner on day 5. Lunches will be open air buffets. We cater for all dietary requirements so long as we know in advance – just fill in the appropriate section on your registration form.

What’s included?
Ferry crossing from Dover to Calais, Eurostar ticket from Paris to London, all accommodation with the exception of the evening prior to the start of the challenge, meals as detailed above, water/snack stops, support vehicles, route markers, English speaking guides, mechanic and medical support, transfer of bicycles back to start venue in London, transfer back to start venue from St Pancras. Basic spare bike parts will be taken but please note, we cannot cater for every eventuality, therefore it is vital that participants ensure that their bike is in full working order and in good condition. You will be billed for any spare parts used in repairing your bike.

What’s not included?
Alcoholic drinks and tips, bicycle hire – it is requested that all participants bring their own bike – road bikes are highly recommended, bicycle insurance, travel insurance.

Can I stay in Paris after the challenge?
Yes. We are able to offer you an extension package to return the following day and this will enable you to see the entire finish of the Tour de France. Alternatively you can of course make your own arrangements to return at your convenience and stay in Paris as long as you wish, but remember you will need to keep your bicycle with you too.

What sort of back-up is there?
There will be a strong support team with professional Global Adventure Challenges leaders from the UK. Full,
comprehensive medical kits will be taken and we are never too far away from hospitals if needed. A support vehicle with first aider and mechanic will follow the group providing support if needed.

What happens if I get tired?
There will be regular rest stops for drinks and snacks after approximately every 20 miles of cycling – there is no problem if you need to take more rest stops. A support vehicle will be bringing up the rear of the group on the cycle ride ensuring no-one is left alone – remember though, this is not a race!

How do I go about raising the sponsorship?
Once you have signed up you will receive a fundraising pack from your chosen charity in order to make your fundraising as easy as possible. You will also receive a few tips and ideas from Global Adventure Challenges to help you on your way.

Is my trip financially protected?
Global Adventure Challenges are committed to consumer financial protection and in accordance with Package Travel Regulations we ensure that monies paid for non-flight packages are also protected, as well as repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements in the unlikely event of our insolvency. This cover has been arranged with MGA Cover Services Limited.

I’m interested… what do I do now?
Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis, so try to register as soon as you can! You can register online – all costs and payment options are explained on the main page. Once your registration is received, Global Adventure Challenges will write to you, sending you further information on what to expect from this awesome adventure! Your charity will also be in contact with you to discuss your fundraising.

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