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London 2 Paris Cycle Ride 2020

03 June - 07 June 2020

8:00 - 20:00

London2Paris Rainbows

Use your pedal power to help brighten short lives, by taking part in the 'wheelie' amazing cycling challenge that is London2Paris 2020.

Use your pedal power to help brighten short lives, by taking part in the 'wheelie' amazing cycling challenge that is London2Paris 2020.

Attracting hundreds of riders each year, this four-day cycling event is a must for any cyclist, no matter your experience. The challenge will see you saddle up and travel between two iconic capital cities on two wheels, passing war memorials and through the Somme, along quaint countryside and past iconic landmarks and history with picturesque scenery. There really is no bike ride like this!

As your challenge comes to an end, you'll cycle as a group up the majestic Champs Elysées to your finish line at the Champ de Mars, looking back at the Eiffel Tower. To toast your achievements, your group will then get to join us for a celebratory dinner.

We hope you're just as 'pumped' about this challenge as we are, and we cannot wait to see you and your bike in London for what promises to be a magnificent four days.

What you can expect from the challenge:

Day 1: After registration we head off early to avoid the main hustle and bustle of London traffic. It's a long cycling day, which will take you through the Kent countryside and to the white cliffs of Dover. Once in Calais, there's a short ride to the hotel where we'll stop for the night.
Day 2: After breakfast, we saddle up and begin cycling on smooth, flat roads for approximately 10 miles. As the day continues, the ride become more undulating, with some small climbs as we make our way through northern France - including one of the prettiest towns, Arras.
Day 3: During the day we'll see some sights of significant importance, including the WW1 battlefields in the Region of the Somme - rolling, green meadows stdded with many war memorials.
Day 4: The final day of this European adventure, and it begins with a beautiful cycle through a forest before reaching the villages on the outskirts of Paris. As we make our way into the capital, don't be surprised to see locals cheering and waving us on. We'll cycle through the hustle and bustle of Paris, making our way to the majestic finish line, where we'll celebrate in-front of one of the most iconic sites... the Eiffel Tower.
Day 5: Leave the bike to one side and enjoy a bit of free time to take in the sights and sounds of Paris, before heading back home.

How much does it cost?

Registration Fee: £125

Then there are two options when it comes to funding the challenge:

  • Option A - Minimum Sponsorship: £1,600 (half goes to Rainbows, the rest covers the cost of the challenge and goes to our partners, Global Adventure)
     
  • Option B - Self-Funded: £800

What you'll get from Rainbows for taking part:

By taking part in this challenge, you're helping us continue to be there for local children and young people with life-limiting conditions. We know we couldn't do the work we do without your support, this is why by taking part in this challenge you'll get from us:

  • a Rainbows technical t-shirt to wear as you cycle
  • a dedicated Fundraising Pack full of amazing ideas on how to increase your fundraising efforts
  • full support from the Rainbows team

We'd also love to see your photos as you take part, so make sure you tag us in any posts you put on social. We'll be sure to shout about your fantastic achievements in helping us brighten short lives!

You can find out more about the challenge, by contacting our Fundraising Assistant, Neil, via email. Simply click here.

Before signing up to take part in the event, please read our Event Terms and Conditions.

FAQ's

FAQs
What's included?
  • One way ferry crossing from Dover to Calais
  • One way Eurostar ticket from Paris to London
  • Lunch on day 1, breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 2, 3 and 4, and breakfast on day 5
  • All accommodation with the exception of the evening prior to the start of the challenge
  • Refreshment stops including water, fruit, and a variety of snacks/energy bars/cereal bars every 15-20 miles cycled approx.
  • Vehicles for back up and support
  • Route markers or cycle guides
  • English-speaking guides
  • Global Adventure Challenges Event Crew
  • Mechanic support. Basic spare bike parts will be taken but please note, we cannot cater for every eventuality, therefore it is vital that participants ensure that their bike is in full working order and in good condition. You will be billed for any spare parts used in repairing your bike.
What's not included?
  • Breakfast and dinner on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 5
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Bicycle hire – each participant must bring their own recently serviced bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
Is this event for me?

This challenge is suitable for all ages with the correct training. The minimum age for this cycle is 18 years old (14-17 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). The one thing everyone will have in common is a great sense of adventure and a desire to help a charity. Whether you are taking part as an individual or as a team with friends, team spirit will be flying high on the challenge.

How fit do I need to be?

The challenge is designed to be challenging but achievable by anyone - as long as you fitness train beforehand. Remember, you are cycling for 4 consecutive days, covering approximately 300 miles so expect to be in the saddle for about 7-8 hrs per day – the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy this challenge. 

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