09 Jan GroceryAid London to Paris Bike Ride, September 14th-17th 2017
September 14, 2017 - September 17, 2017
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
We are delighted to work once again with GroceryAid in the delivery of their London to Paris cycle ride. The 2017 ride will be bigger and better than ever! Three days riding covering over 350km including the South Downs and beautiful rural France in the cooler temperatures of mid September.
- Challenge Type: Road Cycling
- Challenge Name: London to Paris Bike Ride
- Destination: France-UK, Europe
- Dates: 14th to 17th September 2017
- Grade: Moderate
- Accommodation: Hotels and ferry cabin (twin share)
Itinerary (subject to change!)
Thursday 14th September – Esher to Hayling Island (100km / 160km)
We meet early on Thursday morning at Dairy Crest HQ in Esher. You’ll have a chance to register with the pie team and meet your guide, before the welcome speech and briefing. Its then out onto the road for the ride to Hayling Island!
Our route takes us straight into the Surrey Hills, and the first stop of the day follows in a charming village hall, offering the opportunity to spend a few minutes off the saddle and to reward yourself with a slice of cake (or two)!
We pass through some wonderful scenery as we continue our journey south towards Portsmouth, stopping for lunch and again later on for another slice of cake! Today is the hilliest day, as we pass over the North and South Downs, but the good news is we spend much of the afternoon cycling downhill as we make our way to the coast and our final destination of Hayling Island.
Dinner, changing and massage facilities are provided in a local hotel, before transferring by coach to the overnight ferry to France. Accommodation will be provided in 2-berth en-suite cabins.
Friday 15th September – Caen to Evreux (141km)
We arrive early into France, before disembarking the ferry and having breakfast in a nearby café. Following a short safety briefing, we’re back on the road, initially on a cycle track along the estuary, but then into the wonderful French countryside as we make our way to the first refreshment stop.
Much of the day is spent cycling along quiet country lanes, through tiny hamlets and “Villes Fleuries”, before the descent into the town of Evreux and our second overnight stop. Dinner is taken in a local restaurant. You will have time to explore the town, with its grand cathedral and wonderful town square.
Saturday 16th September – Evreux to Paris (109km)
The final day! You’ll need little motivation to begin the final push towards Paris! Today is the shortest day of the trip, but you will have time to reflect on the achievements of the past few days as we pass fields of sunflowers and corn. Our final refreshment stop is at the magnificent Palace of Versailles before we enter the Parisian suburbs and make our way to the Eiffel Tower!
That evening you will have the opportunity to toast your success at the celebration meal in a wonderful local restaurant, along with friends, family and of course, your fellow cyclists.
Sunday 17th September – Travel Home
Free Day! You will have time to take in the famous Parisian atmosphere, before boarding one of our two Eurostar train options back to London. Don’t worry about your bikes – we will transport them back to London for you in time for your arrival into St Pancras. For those heading back to Dairy Crest, there will be coaches ready and waiting to take you back to Esher, and of course, your bikes will be there for you to collect also!
For further information, please contact Natalie at GroceryAid – Natalie.Grundie@groceryaid.org.uk
Looking After You
The event is fully supported with guides at a ratio of one guide to 10 cyclists, support vehicles, tour leaders and medics. Each day you will receive breakfast at the hotel before setting off, morning and afternoon refreshment stops while on the ride, a substantial lunch plus dinner and twin room accommodation each night.