Thursday 25th July 2019
Crystal Palace Park: Anerley Hill, London, United Kingdom
This long-weekend challenge links two great European cities, London and Paris (Eiffel Tower) covering nearly 380km in just three days. Heading south to Portsmouth we cross the channel & continue through the sleepy Normandy villages to the urban surroundings of Paris where we finish at the city’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower. Day four is free for you to explore the sights of Paris or just unwind, before boarding the Eurostar for a relaxing journey back to London.
Do all this and fundraise for the charity of your choice or just tick this ride off your bucketlist!
Our starting point is central London. We set off through the bustle of the city and head to the leafy suburbs of west London.
We set off on gently undulating terrain towards Portsmouth. Before long we find ourselves in the glorious countryside and the challenge of the South Downs with plenty of uphill challenges. Once over these beautiful hills we will have Portsmouth well and truly in our sights. We arrive at Portsmouth at approx. 19:30 and enjoy dinner together. Our ferry departs at approx. 22:00 for the overnight crossing to France. We will be in quad share cabins.
This morning we arrive by ferry in Caen having had breakfast on board. We are reunited with our bikes and set off through historical Normandy. Caen is the capital of Basse Normandie, the location of the D-Day landings in June 1944.
Much of the morning is spent cycling through small towns and villages. The terrain will be mostly flat roads and we stop for a break & refreshments every 20km or so. After approx. 85km we break for lunch in a typical Normandy restaurant.
This afternoon we continue through the villages of Barc and Parville towards Evreux, our overnight stop. Evreux is situated in the pleasant valley of the river Iton, and its cathedral is one of the largest and finest in France. This evening we are bound to celebrate today's achievement over a glass or two of French wine in these picturesque surroundings!
This morning we leave Evreux in an easterly direction bound for Paris and a beautiful days' cycling. Normandy is known for its bocage, farmland criss-crossed with hedges and trees and we are soon cycling amongst this type of rural landscape. The terrain is hillier today and we are soon tackling some steep uphills on our approach to Paris. As we progress through the day, our surroundings start to change and we enter the suburbs of Paris, stopping for lunch after around 80km.
We enter the centre of Paris and the excitement builds as we approach the final stages of our challenge. Continuing along the wide boulevards of Paris we find ourselves in front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris’ most impressive & recognisable landmark and the finishing point for our bike ride. After crossing the finish line we continue to our hotel & tonight we enjoy a well-deserved celebratory meal.
This morning is free to explore Paris - Notre Dame, the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Sacré Coeur, Musée d’Orsay - there is so much to see and do. This afternoon watch the grand finale of the iconic Tour de France as it sweeps into Paris – a fitting end to this amazing challenge. Then catch the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.
Please Note: This is a complex itinerary which may be subject to change
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