24 Oct GroceryAid London to Paris Cycle Ride – 6th-9th September 2018
September 6, 2018 - September 9, 2018
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
We are delighted to work once again with GroceryAid in the delivery of their London to Paris cycle ride. The 2018 ride will be their 11th trip to Paris and promises to be bigger and better than ever!
Dates of Ride
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th September 2018
- Riding through the Surrey Hills
- Two route options for Day 2
- Finish at the Eiffel Tower
- Fantastic celebration meal in Paris, overlooking the Seine
Thursday 6th September – Esher to Portsmouth (106km)
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 safety briefing. Its then out onto the road for the ride to Portsmouth!
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 that we spend much of the afternoon cycling downhill as we make our way to the coast and final destination of Portsmouth.
Dinner & changing facilities will be provided, before transferring by coach for the overnight ferry to France. Accommodation will be provided in 2-berth en-suite cabins.
Friday 7th September – Caen / Le Havre to Vernon (170km / 144km)
Due to the ever increasing popularity of the ride, we have split the second day into two routes. The majority of cyclists will arrive into Caen, and a smaller group into Le Havre. In both instances, breakfast will be provided after we have disembarked the ferry.
Both routes will converge at the afternoon refreshment stop, before arriving into the town of Vernon and our second overnight stop. Dinner is taken in the hotel’s restaurant.
Saturday 8th September – Vernon to Paris (103km)
The final day! You’ll need little motivation to begin the final push towards Paris! Today is the shortest day of the trip, and 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 9th September – Travel Home
Free Day! You will have time to take in the famous Parisian atmosphere, before boarding one of our two Eurostar trains 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!
- pie bike guides at a ratio of 1 guide for every 10 cyclists. Our guides will be responsible for the navigation of their groups, along with providing mechanical assistance along the way.
- Full support crew working behind the scenes setting up regular refreshment stops, transferring luggage and dealing with hotels
- 2 x fully qualified medics
- All food from a light breakfast on the first day to breakfast on the Sunday
- Hotel / ferry accommodation x 3 nights (twin share)
- Bike transport back to the UK (St Pancras or Esher)
- Eurostar from Paris to the UK (two train options)
What’s Not Included
- Personal travel and bike insurance
- Single Supplement costs
- Drinks with evening meals
Testimonial from a previous rider
“The London to Paris bike ride is everything a good charity event should be. It’s very well organised and run, it’s challenging, a real test and as such it brings people together from across the industry and engenders a real camaraderie and fun. All bound by a common purpose – to raise money for our industry charity, GroceryAid ” (Jason Tarry, Chief Commercial Officer, Tesco plc).
GroceryAid is the trading name of the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund. The charity was founded in 1857 and currently looks after thousands of people in the grocery industry. For further information, please contact Kim at GroceryAid –Kim.Brimble@groceryaid.org.uk
Fundraising and Sponsorship
All fundraising and sponsorship enquiries should be directed to GroceryAid. There are opportunities to sponsor specific elements of the event, for example the celebration meal, cycle jerseys and refreshment stops.
Who are pie?
pie are unique in the industry offering only bespoke guided rides for companies, charities and groups of individuals.
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.
The London to Paris is a guided ride with groups being led by pie guides who help all abilities complete the challenge. In an age where independence rather than group cycling is heralded, those not familiar with the pie guiding system may be reluctant to follow rather than lead.
- We offer guided rides to make sure we offer the very best care to our cyclists
- All of our guides are experienced cyclists. They range from ex-professional racers to keen amateurs and all are very used to guiding groups of differing abilities, experience and skill
- All of our guides will navigate their small group of 8 – 10 cyclists, from start to finish
- They are on hand to do mechanical work so there is no waiting around for a mechanic’s van
- Many pie guides are first aid trained
- Cyclists can change groups (up or down) at any time during the day
We have set up a Strava “club” for the GroceryAid London to Paris and Coast to Coast bike rides. The link will be sent to you when you sign up. If you have already got a personal Strava account you can just log on using the link we will send, join the “club” and start your training with other GroceryAid cyclists. If you haven’t got a Strava account, simply enter your details in the “Sign Up for Free” section on Strava.
Don’t be daunted by the leader board and other people’s fast times! As the rides are guided, different groups will ride at different speeds, so there is something for everyone.
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Please contact Kim at GroceryAid prior to registering – Kim.Brimble@groceryaid.org.uk. You may then register for the ride by clicking on the button below.