We’re delighted to announce that we have a true rugby legend taking part in this event – Neil Back MBE. An integral part of the 2003 World Cup winning squad, Neil is an England, British & Irish Lions and Leicester Tigers all-time great.
Neil was capped 66 times by England – captaining his country on 4 occasions, is the oldest British & Irish Lion in history following 3 tours and 5 caps. In his club career, he spent 18 years as a player and then coach at Leicester Tigers, amounting 339 appearances and 125 tries!
This incredible cycle connects two of the world’s most chic capital cities! You will make your way through beautiful English villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France, passing historical landmarks and famous battlefields until you reach Paris – which is undoubtedly one of the most magical places on earth – and you will have the opportunity to soak up the Tour de France atmosphere on the Champs Elysees before returning back to London! What an experience!
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- 15th July 2020
- 19th July 2020
- London, UK / Paris, France
- Trip duration:
London to Calais
Our challenge begins bright and early from Crystal Palace heading south towards the coast. Today's 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 cycling (approx)
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. We then follow river valleys before finally arriving in Abbeville, a town steeped in history from the war which despite extensive damage in just one night has retained its beautiful Gothic church. 75 miles cycling (approx)
Abbeville to Beauvais
Our route this morning crosses the river Somme Our route this morning follows the river Somme out of Abbeville. Though the famous battle likely comes to mind first, the name Somme actually derives from the Celtic word for 'tranquility' which fully encapsulates the feeling of the day as you cycle through this beautiful region. We finish the day in Beauvais whose market square is a true highlight with several of the buildings dating from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries. 70 miles cycling (approx)
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. We then have a short ride along the famous wide boulevards of Paris before reaching our finishing point at the Eiffel Tower! 60 miles cycling (approx)
Paris to London
You will have ridden over 300 miles from capital to capital, crossed the sea and conquered the cobbles the day before the pros! We know the Tour is a major draw for this event, so we're pleased to offer 2 separate options for your journey home, to ensure we give you the experience you desire. Please refer to the event FAQs for more information about these options.
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Non-refundable booking fee to secure your place on the challenge
Optional extra night in Paris
This is an optional extra to allow you to see the arrival of the Tour de France. If you do not purchase this you will catch the Eurostar at 17:33 on Sunday and most likely NOT see the arrival of the Tour
The amount you pledge to raise for your chosen charity
The amount you pay if you would prefer to cover your tour costs yourself
Is this trip for me?
Definitely! These trips are all fantastic challenges for anyone wanting to do something amazing for a great cause! There will be lots of like-minded people taking part who’re just as passionate about cycling as you are, 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 lifelong friends.
Will I meet Neil Back?
Yes! Neil will be cycling the entire route with you, so whether it be on the road or at dinner in the hotel you will have the chance to speak to the Rugby World Cup winner.
Return travel options
We are pleased to offer 2 separate options for your journey home, enabling you to tailor your experience. Upon booking, please select from one of the following:
- An afternoon Eurostar, departing from Paris at 17:33, where you will be reunited with your bike which will have been transported overnight (this option means missing the arrival of the Tour de France).
- Accommodation in Paris on the Sunday night, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the conclusion of the Tour, followed by a Eurostar return the following afternoon. The skyline crew will meet you upon arrival in London to return your bike. This option involves an additional charge of £150.
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?
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 is the registration amount?
Can I extend my trip?
Unfortunately, the Eurostar return we book is non-transferable. If you wish to stay longer we would just ask you to make your own arrangements and let us know if you do so in advance.
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!
Do you offer vaccination advice?
As we’re not medically trained we suggest you contact your GP or local travel clinic for the latest travel health advice. You can keep informed on current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad by visiting the NHS Fit for Travel website (www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk).
Do you offer visa and general travel advice?
At present those travelling on a British passport to France don’t require a visa but any other nationalities should check the requirements for travelling beforehand. We strongly recommend you check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for your destination country before travel as this has up-to-date advice on staying safe abroad (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) and for more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information we suggest checking on https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk.
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 from Dover to Calais and lunch and dinner on your final day in Paris). We can, of course, cater for vegetarians and other requirements – as long as you let us know in advance!
What do I need to bring?
We’ll provide you with a full kit list when you sign up to your challenge. You’ll need a bike and helmet to take part but no other specialist kit is required, 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.
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 will I follow the route?
You will need a GPS device to follow the route for this trip, we will provide downloadable GPX files ahead of the event. If you don’t have a Garmin you are able to use your phone to follow the route, you will just need to download the Strava app. Just remember to bring a portable charging device with you to keep your phone charged throughout the day.
If you don’t already have one, we advise purchasing a device as soon as you sign up so that you can train with your device prior to the ride. This will help with your preparation and confidence when it comes to the challenge.
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.
How does my bike get back from Paris/Amsterdam?
Your bike will be securely packed into one of our vans and driven back to meet you once you get off the Eurostar at St Pancras, if you wish to extend your stay please let us know what you would like to do with your bike. Your bike can be collected from St Pancras by somebody on your behalf, you will just need to provide us with their contact details. You can also keep your bike with you after the cycle, you just need to let us know in advance.
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.
Do i need to have insurance?
Yes, everyone is required to have travel insurance in place before they depart for a challenge. We highly recommend you take a policy out as soon as you sign up in case of any unforeseen circumstances that require you to cancel. If you already have an annual policy or cover with your bank you should check you are happy with the level of cover, repatriation is essential. You will need to provide us with your policy number, emergency contact number and the start and expiry date of your insurance.
How do I book my place?
Places are extremely limited and get snapped up quickly so to avoid disappointment Sign Up today and don’t miss out!
Location: France and England
Registration Fee: £149.00
Sponsorship Level: £1,450
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