10 Feb ‘VEGAS AFTER PARTY 2’ JULY 7TH – 10TH 2022
‘VEGAS AFTER PARTY 2’ JULY 7TH – 10TH 2022
July 7, 2022 - July 10, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are delighted to be hosting the Vegas After Party 2 (VAP 2), the fundraising bike ride for Leukaemia research at UCLH
Dates: July 7th – 10th 2022
In July 2019, over 50 riders completed VAP 1, Paris-London over 3 days, and raised £185,000 for Haematology Cancer Care. On 1st December 2021, the research project got underway into leukaemia, and specifically how the CAR-T treatment that had given us so much hope for Elias, can be improved. Every £ raised by our riders 3 years ago went directly to the charity with £35,000 spent on a critical apheresis machine at UCLH, and the bulk of the money raised ring-fenced for funding a PhD student for the next 3 years. A cheque for £150,000 was recently handed to the research staff to fund the project in Eliasʼ name, and it’s beyond inspiring to see this work underway to help so many others in their fight ahead against this disease.
In July 2022 we are going again, taking to the roads of France for VAP 2, Paris-Poitiers, 270Km over 3 days of cycling, to continue our journey in Eliasʼ name. We aim to take the total fundraising over the £250,000 mark by the time we fly home from Poitiers on July 10th this year.
As last time, the ride will be packed with challenges and thrilling adventure, with everything taken care of on our riders’ behalf – all we ask is for you to get back on your bike for us, in Eliasʼ memory, and ride again. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or an elite rider, everyone is a key member of our team and we guarantee you’ll love every moment alongside us and create some wonderful memories!
Estimated Distances and Elevations:
Prior to the ride
Before the ride, you will need to take your bike to a central point (probably Radlett) where pie (our ride organiser) will collect them, and transport them to the start of the ride in Chartres.
7th July – Cycle Chartres to Beaugency
Option A 95k & 404m elevation, or Option B 111k & 578m elevation
Eurostar tickets will be provided, departing London St Pancras on the 07.55 train arriving in Paris Gare du Nord at 11.17. A coach will take us to our start point in Chartres where you will be reunited with your bikes. After lunch and getting changed, we will head off to Beaugency, a ride of approximately 90k.
Dinner and accommodation in the Grand Hotel d’Abbaye, Beaugency.
July 8th – Cycle Beaugency to Chenonceaux
94k and 603 elevation (a longer route option will be available)
After breakfast at the hotel, we head towards Chenonceaux. The route passes several châteaux and the village of Châteaudun on the way to Chenonceaux, including the beautiful Chateau Chenonceaux below. Dinner and accomodation at the Hotel Roserai, Chenonceaux.
July 9th – Cycle Chenonceaux to Saumur
129k and 848m elevation (a longer route option will be available)
After breakfast in the hotel, we head off on the final leg to Saumur. Our route passes several châteaux (Chambord and Grotteaux) and follows sections of the 2021 Tour de France.
Amongst the most important monuments of Saumur are the great Château de Saumur itself, which stands high above the town, and the nearby Château de Beaulieu which stands just 200 metres from the south bank of the Loire River.
Houses in Saumur are constructed almost exclusively of the Tuffeau stone. The caves dug to excavate the stone have become tunnels and have been used by the local vineyards as locations to store their wines. Local “domains” produce white, red, rosé and sparkling wines. Here we will end our journey and celebrate!
Celebratory dinner and accommodation will be at the Hotel Les Terrasse, Saumur.
July 10th – Return home
There will be a coach transfer provided from the hotel to Poitiers airport for the one flight a day to Stansted. Your bikes will be taken back to the UK to the same pick-up point (Radlett) where you dropped your bikes off. The Ryanair flight leaves Poitiers at 17.15 arriving into London Stansted at 17.40.
Note – travel back to the UK is NOT included in your package price. The flight back to the UK is your responsibility to book
Cost of the ride
The cost covers the guides, accommodation, return bike transfer, preparation and training advice, vehicle support, coach transfers from Paris to Chartres and from Saumur to Poitiers, all food throughout the event from lunch on the 7th July to breakfast on the 10th July.
To register, please click on the button below. This will take you to our TicketTailor registration page.
The charity – UCLH Haematology Cancer Care
Fundraising – Leukaemia research in memory of Elias Taylor
Bike transport to the start and back from the finish of the event is included in the cost of the trip.. More details will be supplied closer to the time. pie will collect your bike from an agreed drop off point and return it there at an agreed time.
Due to the change in trade agreements since Brexit, there are a number of restrictions which will directly affect our events and in particular this service.
We are now required to account for everything in our vans in each direction – UK<-> EU & EU <->UK – including bikes. From now on we will only be able to take bikes across the Channel in our vans which will also be coming back from the EU in our vans. If you are not taking us up on the pie bike transfer service then you need not worry – this is not relevant to you. If you are flying back with your bike you may need to fly out to the start with your bike.
In due course (about 6-8 weeks before the event) we will be sending out a link to a form, which each individual whose bike we are taking out to Europe and bringing back will need to complete. The form asks for such things as bike weight, place of manufacture, make and model, value, etc. If you do not complete this form, we will not be able to take your bike in our vehicles across the Channel. This form identifies your bike and once completed you will not be able to change your bike.
We will be mindful of the regulations and our part in reducing the spread of the virus at all times.
- We ask you not to attend the trip if you feel unwell.
- We ask if you have not had a vaccine, that you get a PCR test to reduce transmission.
- Although we will spend most of the day outdoors, indoors it may still be the law to wear a face mask while inside. Please bring a mask to wear while at the refreshment stops during the day and in the communal areas of the hotels.
- Where possible wash your hands. Where not possible there will be plenty of hand sanitiser gel in our vans, at the stops and in the hotel so please use them liberally.
Insurance – travel and bike
- pie has Public Liability Insurance to cover the actual event, but this does not cover your personal travel or bike insurance.
- You must arrange personal travel insurance as you will not be able to join the ride without this in place. It is your responsibility to ensure this insurance provides adequate cover for the challenge you are participating in in the event of an accident, and that it will also provide repatriation to your home. The cover provided should be what is important to you personally, for example loss of earnings or cancellation cover. It is important that your insurer also knows you are not participating in a race.
- Bike insurance is optional, but recommended.
- pie is delighted to be an approved partner of Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance. Get 10% off using the code pieevents10.
Testimonial from a Previous Rider
“I’ve ridden many time on pie events over the years, and I can say without fear of contradiction they are superb. And that word applies to all the essential components of a great trip – the organisation, accommodation, food, guiding, support, location and routing. Oh – I left out the craic and camaraderie as well!”
Dermot Murnaghan, Sky News Reader
If your bike looks like this after lockdown:
….You may want to start some training!
The VAP 2 event is a guided ride, with each group being led by pie guides who help all abilities complete the challenge. For those not familiar with the pie guiding system:
- We offer guided rides to make sure we offer the very best care to our guests
- All of our guides are experienced cyclists and all are very used to guiding groups of differing abilities, experience and skills
- All of our guides will navigate their small group of 8 – 10 cyclists from start to finish
- Bike guides 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
- On most days, cyclists can change groups (up or down) at any time during the day
- We make the ride suitable for most standards (bar complete beginners) – check the daily distances and elevations to make sure you are happy with your level of fitness vs the challenge ahead, and then start some training to minimise the gap!
- Meet the team!
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We look forward to seeing you on the ride!