London to Paris On-Road               Supported by Santander
Bike Ride

Saturday 6 September - Tuesday 9 September 2014

London to Paris bike ride

Update: Places are limited so sign up now for 2014!

All the blood, sweat and tears are well worth it when you realise that the money you have raised is helping to save lives

Become part of a simply amazing cycling event in 2014. You’ll cycle 250 miles over three days through some of the very best English and French countryside. It's definitely a tough challenge - but that’s what makes it worth it.

Whether you’re part of a team or cycling as an individual you’ll have an unforgettable few days in the saddle, supported all the way by the most enthusiastic and friendly events team you're ever likely to meet.

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 London to Paris on-road event information

Join us in September for a unique overseas challenge as you cycle on our beautiful bespoke route to the French capital. And because we organise and support our London to Paris Bike Ride, every penny you raise in sponsorship will go directly to beating heart disease; your entry fee covers your costs. Sign up today  or if you’d like to have a chat about taking part, we’d love to hear from you. Call event organisers Kate Glover on 07793 595574  or call Martin Mears on 01424 852364 or email him mearsm@bhf.org.uk

The Route

Day one:  Download GPX file
Your ride begins at Chelsfield Lakes Golf Club Orpington and then it's 70 miles through Kent country side to Hythe before we head over to France for a well deserved night’s sleep.

Day two: Download GPX file
We depart from Marquise and head down towards Vallee de la Course before the final push towards the gothic grandeur of Amiens Cathedral - approx 84 miles.

Day three:  Download GPX file
90 miles of riding takes you south through Marines, Orgeval and finally to the finish line at the Palace of Versailles. Then it’s time to celebrate at our fabulous end of ride dinner.

How it works
We provide a fully signed route with daily briefings to keep you on track. Your entry fee covers your Eurotunnel or Ferry crossing as well as the end of ride dinner.

It’s your experience

You pick your team, and you can either cycle the whole route or do it relay style, whatever suits you! Teams of friends, families, work mates, team mates, you name it, you can cycle it.

Teams need to include a support driver and a vehicle capable of transporting all cyclists and bikes. They’ll be able to supply you with food and drink along the route, mechanical support and the all important hugs and encouragement!

Although accommodation is not included in your entry fee, whether you want 5 star luxury or camper van chic, we can point you in the right direction.

Want even more information?

Don't forget to download our essential London to Paris on-road information guide

Registration and fees

Places are limted so sign up today.

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Entry fees Adult
Rider entry - Team challenge £99.00   Sign up button
Support driver entry - Team challenge £35.00   Sign up button
Rider entry - Individual challenge £199.00 Sign up button


Age requirements

Riders aged 16 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over throughout the event.

Your entry fee covers the cost of running the event; it’s your sponsorship money that will help save lives.  

Take part as a team

Online registration – Each team member can register and pay individually online using the links above, making sure to record the Team name and Team leader's name where requested.

Pay for your whole team – Online registration is quick and easy, but if you'd like to register and pay collectively, you can call us 0845 1308663 or email us events@bhf.org for a form.

Go to the top

Your London to Paris Bike Ride entry includes:

  • GPX route download for each day: day one, day two, day three
  • Route map
  • Eurotunnel for your vehicle and passengers (teams only)
  • Eurotunnel crossing only (individuals)
  • End of ride meal on Monday evening
  • A medal for all finishers
  • Medical support
  • Full route signage
  • Mechanical support
  • Extensive training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • A welcome pack containing information about accommodation, the route, travel documents and sponsorship form
  • Water and snacks (for individuals) will be available en route and at the start and finish

Location and transport

New start location for 2014

The event starts at Chelsfield Lakes Golf Club, Court Rd, Orpington, Kent BR6 9BX and finishes at the Palace of Versailles, France.

Team transport

Your support vehicle should be able to carry all of your bikes, equipment and team members. This is essential when crossing on the Eurotunnel, as they don't allow foot passengers. We’re more than happy for you to take more than one vehicle (e.g. a van for bikes and equipment and a car for the cyclists), but we do ask that you cover the extra vehicle charge for the Eurotunnel.

Individual transport

We will use a mixture of coaches and minibuses depending on numbers. The advantage of having a minibus available means that we can transport smaller groups of people when they finish, which means you shouldn’t have to wait around for too long for everybody to reach the finish line. Bikes will be transported by BHF vans.

Accommodation

So you can have maximum flexibility over your trip (you might want to camp, you may want the Ritz!) we don't include accommodation in the entry costs. It's up to you to arrange. Please contact Kate Glover- gloverk@bhf.org.uk for a list of accommodation options. He will give you lots of help and advice on hotels and B&Bs once you sign up.

As a rough guide, an Ibis Hotel room (similar to a Holiday Inn) which has a decent bed and shower, will be about Euro100 per night. Obviously, you can reduce the cost if you share a twin room. So when putting your team together, you might want to think about having an even number of people, and don’t forget to factor in your support driver.

Fundraising

We ask all riders to pledge a minimum of £500 in sponsorship. However, to help us save lives we urge you to raise as much sponsorship money as possible. Don't foget you might be able to get match funding from your employer too!

Fundraising funds research that saves lives. In 1961 the number of children born with a heart defect who survived to their first birthday was around only 20 per cent. Today that figure is 80 per cent, thanks to procedures such as valve replacement that help them lead improved lives.

For all our success, there's a lot still to be done. Heart disease is still the UK's single biggest killer. Surgery techniques can still be improved. And there are exciting developments in genetics and stem cell technology.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event; so join the fight for every heartbeat by raising funds. Your fundraising will help us continue funding research to ensure hearts keep beating.

Event times

Event starts Saturday 6 September 2014
Event finishes Monday 8 September 2014
Return home Tuesday 9 September 2014

 Equipment and what to wear

Please see the kit list for recommended equipment. Remember to rock up in red to show your support for the fight against heart disease. And don't forget to wear a helmet.

This is a long distance bike ride, and remember that although this event takes place in the late summer, the weather can be changeable so please make sure you also have the right clothing. It's also good idea to pack some smart/casual clothes for our celebratory end of ride meal in Paris.

Bike Hire

Order in advance and collect on the day. Once you have finished your ride you just leave it at the finish. 

Find out more at British Bike Hire.

Training

For expert tips, training schedules and advice, visit the training zone. Remember the golden rules of exercise: start gently, build up gradually and do it regularly. Make sure you set achievable goals, which help you to monitor your fitness and boost your confidence when you achieve them. Always wear appropriate gear, and if you have any medical condition or health concerns that may affect you on the day, speak to your doctor about it prior to the event.


Facilities

Because of the nature of this event facilities vary en route.  Where possible, check points will be based near local amenities and essential facilities such as toilets and in some cases showers.

Keeping you safe

Six marshal cars, a medical vehicle and bike mechanics will be out on the course each day.  Other vehicles will travel up and down the route throughout the day or be at designated stop points.

Spectators, pets and volunteers

Friends and family are very welcome to come along and support you at the start or on the ride. If you'd like to volunteer at this event, check out the opportunities available and register your interest today.

Contact us

For general event enquiries, please check the frequently asked questions section. If you have any further questions, please call the events team Mon – Fri, 9:00am - 5:00pm on 0845 130 8663 or email events@bhf.org.uk.

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