London to Paris Bike Ride – Tour de France edition
The UCI has changed the date of the Tour de France 2021 to give the pro cyclists enough time to prepare for the rearranged Tokyo Olympics.
Support Genesis Research Trust and join the Peloton to Paris!
Cycle 315 miles from London to Paris on this 5-day challenge and raise vital funds for our research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature birth.
This challenging cycle takes in the beautiful Kent countryside to Dover, before crossing the Channel to Calais. Ride along quiet French country lanes, through traditional market towns, and pass the war memorials and cemeteries of the Somme. The pièce de résistance of this incredible challenge will be the final cycle along the Champs-Élysées, following in the tyre tracks of the greats before seeing them cycle the route the next day in the finale of the Tour de France!
Day 1: London to Calais
Cycling distance – approx. 90 miles
After early registration, we begin our epic ride. It’s not too long before we’re past the outskirts of London and hitting the countryside of Kent. It’s a long cycling day but when we reach Dover and the famous white cliffs, there’ll be a great sense of achievement. We then board the ferry to Calais and have dinner whilst on board.
Upon reaching Calais, it’s just a very short push onto our hotel where we have a well-deserved rest and get our heads down for the night.
Day 2: Calais to Arras
Cycling distance – approx. 77 miles
Following breakfast at our hotel we leave Calais behind us, remembering to stay on the right! We cycle on flat roads before we start to approach our first water stop. The route then becomes more undulating as we cycle through the French countryside on to our lunch stop. Some small climbs after lunch bring us to a gentle descent into the beautiful medieval town of Arras, one of the prettiest towns in northern France, where we check into our hotel.
Day 3: Arras to Compiègne
Cycling distance – approx. 75 miles
We continue with our cycle and head south through the Region of the Somme and its WWI battlefields – rolling, green meadows studded with the many war memorials and cemeteries of the First World War. Following traditional French, tree-lined avenues, we approach our next overnight stop in Compiègne.
Since 1968, Compiègne has been the starting place of the “Paris-Roubaix”, the most famous French cycling race after the Tour de France.
Day 4: Compiègne to Paris
Cycling distance – approx. 70 miles
Our last day in the saddle sees us leaving Compiègne and riding through the beautiful forest surrounding the town. Our route then continues through pretty towns and villages towards the outskirts of Paris. We cycle through the hustle and bustle of the Parisian streets until we reach the Louis Vuitton Foundation, where we stop to re-assemble then ride as a group along the majestic Champs Elysées to our finish line at the Champ de Mars, looking back at the Eiffel Tower! This evening we toast our achievements at a celebratory dinner.
Day 5: Paris
This is a free day to enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris. The Tour de France will be reaching its climax today as it races through the streets of Paris, so ensure you grab your place on the Champs-Élysées to see some of the action. In the early evening, each participant will be responsible for getting themselves to Gare du Nord in order to catch the Eurostar back to St Pancras. Bicycles will be transported back to London and upon our arrival back in the UK, we take a short transfer back to the starting point for farewell and goodbyes. Alternatively, participants are free to travel home directly from St Pancras and we can arrange for your bicycle to meet you there.
Fundraising Registration Fee: £125
Option 1: Fundraising Pledge: £1,640
Option 2: Pay £820 tour costs yourself, and fundraise as much as you can for Genesis