Take the ultimate scenic route between two of Europe’s great cities. It could be the ride of your life!

3 Sep 2014 | London to Paris

When: 3 to 7 September 2014

Where: London and Paris

Distance: 300 miles

Registration fee: Registration for 2014 is closed. 2015 dates will be released shortly please send us an email to be notified. 

Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great cycle experiences in Europe. Passing through picturesque Kent countryside, we cross the Channel and continue through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France, passing the famous battlefields of the Somme and Agincourt. 

With long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs, the sight of the Eiffel Tower, our finishing point, will evoke a real sense of achievement. Our last day in Paris allows us to explore the streets of Paris and soak up the romantic atmosphere of this majestic city!

Itinerary:

You can download the London to Paris itinerary here

Support
From the minute you sign up, we’re on hand to offer you advice and support including:

  • A WaterAid technical cycling top
  • A fundraising pack to help you meet your targets
  • Expert training tips for all levels
  • Fundraising and event resources including balloons, collecting tins and banners
  • Regular newsletters and emails to keep you updated
  • Support and advice from a dedicated member of the WaterAid events team

Above all, we love hearing from you! If you have a question or just want to chat about your training, get in touch.
Who can take part?
People of all ages and from all walks of life. You can sign up as an individual or as part of a group – by the time you’ve finished the trip you’ll have made friendships that will last a lifetime!

How fit do I need to be?
This event is designed to be a challenge so it’s important that you train in advance. With the right preparation anyone can complete the ride and enjoy themselves while doing it.

What’s a typical day like?
We get up early, have breakfast and are on our bikes by 8am. We cycle between 40 and 50 miles to lunch, before covering the remaining miles and arriving at our hotel in the late afternoon. In the evening we relax at the hotel and have a breifing about the day ahead.

What’s the terrain like?
The cycling is mainly on undulating roads. Distances are fairly long, varying from 90-125km per day. The first day is particularly strenuous with some tough climbs. We ride mainly on small country roads. Traffic is light on most of the roads but when we pass through busy areas we do so as a group.

What will the food be like?
The food will be good and there will be plenty of it. It’s designed to provide you with the energy you need to complete the challenge. Lunches are generous buffet-style, and dinners will be eaten in our hotels.

Where will we be staying?
We will be staying on clean, basic hotel accommodation (2-3*) along the route. The hotels are comfortable with en-suite facilities. Rooms will be twin share.

Do I need any specialist equipment?
Yes, a bike! We recommend that you ride a road or hybrid bike; mountain bikes are not suitable. Your bike should be in good order; although a range of spares are carried, we cannot carry spares for every eventuality. You will also need to bring your own helmet and will not be allowed to ride unless you’re wearing it.

What’s included?
All transport, including the ferry from England to France and one-way Eurostar from Paris to London, baggage and bike transfers where necessary to complete the trip, accommodation (twin-share), all food (except on the ferry and in free time in Paris), UK guide, bike mechanics, support driver and support vehicle.

What’s not included? Travel to/from start and finish points, travel insurance, alcoholic drinks, food on the ferry and on your free day in Paris.

Who is organising the event?
The event is being organised by Discover Adventure (ATOL 5636).
Click here to download the itinerary

Day 1: London to Calais (80 miles)
Cycle through the outskirts of London and Kent before crossing the North Downs and reaching Dover to catch the ferry over to Calais. After dinner on board, we arrive in Calais and cycle a short distance to our hotel for the night.

Day 2: Calais to Arras (80 miles)
After breakfast we depart Calais and begin our journey through the French countryside. We pass war cemeteries at Noordpeene and Gauchin on our way to Arras where we’ll spend the night.

Day 3: Arras to Compiegne (80 miles)

We continue through small picturesque villages, along quiet roads to Compiegne for our overnight stay.

Day 4: Compiegne to Paris (60 miles)

Our final day of cycling takes us through the outskirts of Paris, sweeping past the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs-Elysees to our finish point below the Eiffel Tower.

Day 5: Paris to London
A free day to explore Paris before catching the Eurostar back to London in the late afternoon.

London to Paris Itinerary
Sponsorship details
How to send sponsorship in 

If you've set up a fundraising webpage, the monies donated on-line should be transferred to WaterAid automatically. However, if you've raised money off-line, here is how to get it sent to us: 

It is more efficient and cost effective for us to process sponsorship in batches, which saves funds that can instead be used to help some of the world's poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. We therefore ask that you collect as much sponsorship as possible before sending it to:

The Events team
WaterAid
47- 49 Durham Street
London SE11 5JD

Please remember to include the following information when sending in your sponsorship:
  • Your name 
  • What the sponsorship is for  
  • Sponsor form with names/addresses of the sponsors and whether they would like to apply Gift Aid 
We strongly recommend that you send your sponsorship via recorded delivery so that you can track and hopefully retrieve your envelope if it goes missing. Sponsorship does go missing in the post from time to time, and it's hugely disappointing for both cyclists and the charity, so recorded delivery is always worth the extra effort.