In September 2020 a team of novices, keen enthusiasts and seasoned cyclists aim to take on the challenging and epic ride from London to Paris, the inaugural run in anew annual event
The team will unify their energy to raise funds for Prost8 UK, in its quest to raise awareness of the fact that more than 8000 men each and every year with an early stage prostate cancer diagnosis will receive the same invasive treatments as those with advanced cancer. There are better less invasive treatments and Prost8 UK will champion enabling more men to access these.
The ride will start by passing through the beautiful Kent countryside before crossing the Channel to Calais. The route uses a mixture of small country back roads passing through traditional market towns and on to the busy city of Paris.
Over the course of four days, the team will cover an impressive 270miles (435kms) across England and France.
This trip takes you between two most iconic capital cities in the world, and between two of the most famous points: Greenwich Observatory in London, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The going is not as flat as many people think, but you do pass through classic countryside in Kent, and the Pas de Calais, Somme and Oise regions of France.
The road parts are done under your own pedal-power. The wet part goes via the most famous channel crossing: Dover to Calais. On your day in Paris, you could always round it off with a visit to Notre Dame. On a bike you feel the wind in your face, and get a real chance to explore some beautiful corners of England and France on the way. Once out of London, you pass through one of the harder sections of the route, as you go through Kent and the North Downs. The countryside is verdant, and remarkably much as it was in past centuries. From Calais you head inland and south. History will surround you on this ride – a stark reminder of the importance of these lands and of the wars that have been fought there. You’ll pass by battlefields from the Hundred Years’ War, see First World War cemeteries, You’ll also pass the spectacular Gothic cathedrals of Abbeville and Beauvais, with their extraordinary white limestone construction, full of tracery and flying buttresses.
You’ll stay one night each in Dover, Abbeville, Beauvais, and Paris. In Paris, if you want you can take time to soak up the atmosphere of one of the most romantic cities in the world: its restaurants, cafés, museums, and nightlife.
How to take part:
To do this challenge there is a non-refundable registration fee, payable to our organisers at the time of booking. You can then choose between the two different options below.
£899.00 then raise as much sponsorship as you can for Prost8 UK.
Pay a registration fee of £195.00 at the time of booking then the balance due 10-weeks before departure. With the self-funding option, you personally cover the full cost of the challenge. This option means that there is no minimum sponsorship target due, but we encourage you to raise as much money as you can for the charity.
Minimum Sponsorship Pledge
Pay registration fee of £195.00 then raise a minimum of £1500.00 in sponsorship and the balance of your trip will be covered by the charity. With the minimum sponsorship pledge option, you must submit 80% of your fundraising target to the charity 10 weeks before the departure date.
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Day 1 – London to Dover
Typically we meet at 6.30am at the Greenwich Observatory to start riding at 7am. The route takes in Greenwich Park, Shooters Hill and then follows the Thames corridor through to Dartford. From there we skirt Maidstone passing through Coxheath, Lenham and over the Kent Downs towards Folkestone. From Folkestone, the route follows the coast to Dover, where we stay the night.
80 miles (129km)
Day 2 – Calais to Abbeville
After an early start, grab breakfast on the cross-channel ferry to Calais, cycle through the old town centre and begin our route on minor roads crossing through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Boulonnais National Park. The road surfaces are generally good and the chances to stop at the roadside are plentiful. After this, the route heads out into the country passing through numerous small villages, the beautiful gardens and abbey of Valloires and past a very pretty windmill with crepe shop attached. We finish the day in the town of Abbeville.
75 miles (121km)
Day 3 – Abbeville to Beauvais
The day starts with a ride through the town centre, then out into open countryside. The roads used are in good condition, although narrow and single lane in places. We follow the River Somme for a small section and then cycle past open fields and through pretty French villages to Grand Villiers. The last section of the day runs along the D149 into the town of Beauvais. Despite the town having been severely damaged during the 2nd World War, the great Gothic cathedral is a must-see, especially its ornate Medieval clock.
63 miles (101km)
Day 4 – Beauvais to Paris
Leaving Beauvais the going is undulating as the route heads south past fields into the Vexin National Park and on to cross the River Oise at Méry sur Oise. Paris comes into sight and on entering the outskirts there are some steep, winding descents down to the River Seine, which we cycle beside to the Bois de Boulogne. From here we head to the Trocadero for fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower and take the final ride down beneath the Tower, along the Seine, then onto the Place de Concord and up the Champs Elysees with a victory lap for the brave ones around the Arc de Triomphe.
53 miles (86km)
Day 5 – Paris
There is a free morning in Paris for sightseeing before making our way home via Eurostar. Why not visit a museum or gallery before traveling back to the UK. Return times range between 12noon and 6pm.
- Reasonable distances on cycling days: 80-110km (60-80 miles)
- Hotel accommodation for four nights
- Four days of cycling
- Includes one night and a morning in Paris
- 278 miles (477 km) trip
- Professional cycle guiding during the event
- Support vehicle to provide luggage transfers and mechanical assistance
- Dover/Calais ferry crossing included
- Eurostar return included
- Return your bikes back to London for you to meet you at the Eurostar