London to Paris - 2018
KIDNEYS FOR LIFE – LONDON TO PARIS 2018
REGISTRATION FEE: £100 (non-refundable)
MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP: £1,600 (£1,000 by the 30 June 2018)
Day 1 - Mon, 27 Aug - arrive in London ready for the cycle ride the following day.
Day 2 - Tue, 28 Aug - London to Calais: - Approximate cycling distance 130km (80 miles)
Your challenge begins, after registration, with an early start from the Marriott Bexleyheath, as you head out through the outskirts of London on to the quieter roads and the stunning villages of Ivy Hatch, Dunks Green, Mockbeggar & Kingsnorth, to mention just a few, as you take in the striking countryside of rural Kent. This is a fairly long cycling day but upon reaching the port of Dover and the famous white cliffs you will feel great with what you have achieved. We then board the ferry to Calais where you will relax and have something to eat. Once disembarked, we have a short ride to our hotel, your base for the evening for some well-earned rest.
Day 3 - Wed, 29 Aug - Calais to Arras: - Approximate cycling distance 127km (79 miles)
After a hearty breakfast, we head out of Calais remembering to ride on the right-hand side of the road! Taking on the smooth, relatively ﬂat roads we next encounter a few undulations as we pedal our way through the stunning French countryside and rolling landscapes of Northern France, sampling WWI memorials along the route. After cycling through tranquil French villages, the day ﬁnishes with a beautiful, gentle descent into the splendid medieval town of Arras, famous for its two striking squares, dating from the 17th & 18th centuries; and our home for the evening.
Day 4 - Thu, 30 Aug - Arras to Compiegne: - Approximate cycling distance 143km (89 miles)
Our route this morning heads south through the Somme region, which is perhaps most famous for its battles but the name is also a Celtic word meaning tranquillity... totally summing up the feeling of the day as we cycle through this superb place. First water stop is located at a WW1 memorial, before continuing along the tree lined country lanes and stunning meadows for a hearty Chapeau Catering lunch on the stunning River Somme. Our bed for the evening is in the picturesque Compiegne, the starting place of the “Paris-Roubaix”, the most famous cycling race in France, after the Tour de France.
Day 5 - Fri 31 Aug - Compiegne to Paris: - Approximate cycling distance 104km (65 miles)
We leave the hotel on our ﬁnal day of cycling riding through the exquisite forest that surrounds Compiegne. It was here that the 1918 Armistice was signed and still resides in a small museum. We continue on our way riding through quiet quaint villages before reaching the outskirts of Paris. Here we will start to spot familiar sights and famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. As we cycle through the sometimes crowded Parisian streets, with car horns sounding our arrival, we cycle up the Champs Elysees and on to our grand ﬁnish at the Eiffel Tower...a truly ﬁtting end to a challenging journey before heading back to our hotel for our celebration dinner!
Day 6 - Sat, 1 Sep - Departure Day
After a leisurely breakfast, the event comes to an end. Your bikes will be safely transported back to the UK leaving you hassle free to continue with your onward arrangements, whether homeward bound or enjoying the romantic delights that Paris has to offer. The organisers, Chapeau Events, reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
- Full bike transport to route start in London and from route ﬁnish in Paris – if required
- All accommodation except as stated in FAQs below
- All meals starting from breakfast on day two to breakfast on day ﬁve
- Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
- Full trip support including mechanics, ﬁrst aid, drivers and full route support
- Water stops
- Celebration meal in Paris at the end of your ride.
- Personal transport to route start in London and from route ﬁnish in Paris
- A bicycle
- Personal travel insurance
- Drinks, personal items or entry to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit.
- Remember to allow extra for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and other personal expenses.
- We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
When registering for this event you will need to confirm that you have read the Terms & Conditions of Cycle Events which are available on this registration site and also that you are aware that £1,000 of the minimum sponsorship needs to be raised by 30 June 2018.
How will I get my bike back from Paris?
When you arrive at your hotel in Paris your bikes will be loaded onto transport and taken safely back to the UK for you. There will be pre-arranged drop-off points in Manchester or another location to be determined. This will give you a lot more ﬂexibility for your return travel. We will also arrange a service to transport bikes from Manchester to the start of the event if required, free of charge.
Will I have to carry my kit?
No, your bags will be transported each day from hotel to hotel, so all you need to carry is what you need for that day’s ride.
What is not included?
Travel to the Marriott, Bexleyheath immediately before the event is not included and you will need to arrange independently if you are traveling from outside London, as it is an early start on Tuesday morning. The event will end in Paris, after your evening celebrations and includes overnight in Paris, so you will also be responsible for your own return travel from Sat, 1 Sept. This gives you the freedom to extend your stay in Paris if you choose to.
Is food included?
As part of the event package, you will receive 3 meals a day plus 2 ‘water stops’ on the ride, which include water and high energy drinks and snacks. Lunch is provided by Chapeau Catering and includes hot and cold buffet along with arguably the best homemade cakes!
What about insurance?
It is a pre-requisite of event participation that you have adequate travel insurance to cover any medical costs and your personal possessions for the duration of the ride. This is not included in the event price and will need to be arranged independently as soon as you have registered.
How will I know where I’m going?
This is a fully supported ride and as such you will have a dedicated event crew at your service throughout the event. They will mark the route with ﬂorescent arrows, provide you with refreshments, ﬁx any mechanical problems with your bike, offer ﬁrst aid and lots and lots of encouragement!
Please ensure you have read the Terms & Conditons of participating in KFL Events which can be found on this webpage or www.kidneysforlife.org/events