From 15/07/2020 to 19/07/2020
The London to Paris Cycling Challenge isn't just one of Europe’s most iconic bike rides, it's a once in a lifetime experience.
You'll cover approximately 300 miles in just four days, taking on strenuous hill-climbs as well as some serious hours in the saddle, before reaching our Eiffel Tower finishing point where you can reflect upon what you've achieved.
At Teenage Cancer Trust, we understand what it takes to raise funds, train and then take on such a challenge. That's why our team will be there for you from the beginning, providing you with advice on both fundraising and training.
Along the way you'll be pushed to the limit, make new friends and take in some stunning scenery, safe in the knowledge that your challenge will help more young people with cancer.
I need a place
Places cost just £125 and we ask that you raise a minimum of £1,650 in sponsorship to help young people with cancer.
If you raise 80% of this 12 weeks before the event (that's £1,320), we'll pay for the cost of your challenge.
Alternatively, if you would like to self fund and pay the challenge costs yourself (£825), select this option when you register.
If you choose this option, a £125 registration fee is required to secure your place. No minimum sponsorship target is set - we just ask you raise as much a possible to support young people with cancer.
So what does it involve?
Here's a brief taste of each day of the challenge;
Day 1: London to Calais
Our challenge begins bright and early from Crystal Palace heading south towards the coast. Today’s route winds through the beautiful Kent countryside before we reach the famous White Cliffs of Dover. From here we catch the ferry to Calais for our first overnight stop. (approx 95 miles)
Day 2: Calais to Abbeville
La belle France! Stunning picturesque countryside awaits us in northern France as we travel south from Calais to Desvre, a small market town known for its ceramics. We then follow river valleys before finally arriving in Abbeville, a town steeped in history from the war which despite extensive damage in just one night has retained its beautiful Gothic church. 75 miles cycling (approx)
Day 3: Abbeville to Beauvais
Our route this morning follows the river Somme out of Abbeville. Though the famous battle likely comes to mind first, the name Somme actually derives from the Celtic word for 'tranquility' which fully encapsulates the feeling of the day as you cycle through this beautiful region. We finish the day in Beauvais whose market square is a true highlight with several of the buildings dating from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries. 70 miles cycling (approx)
Day 4: Beauvais to Paris
Our final day of cycling and the big push to Paris! We are still treated to some stunning countryside all the way up to our lunch spot by the River Seine. After lunch we follow the river down through the suburbs until we reach the Bois de Boulogne - the largest park in Paris. We then have a short ride along the famous wide boulevards of Paris before reaching our finishing point at the Eiffel Tower! 60 miles cycling (approx)
Day 5: Paris to London
The day is yours to soak up the Parisian way of life and explore the city and visit the landmarks only yesterday you were cycling by. We will meet you in the afternoon at the Gare du Nord to catch the Eurostar home arriving at St Pancras, where you will be reunited with your bike which will have been transported for you overnight
5 reasons to cycle with us
We could go on all day about why you should join our team but that would be boring, so we'll keep it short. Here are our top 5 reasons:
- You'll help young people with cancer.
- You'll receive an exclusive Teenage Cancer Trust cycle jersey.
- You'll have access to training advice from the event providers, Skyline.
- You'll get all the fundraising help you need to reach your goal.
- You can talk to us. We’re here to support you.
How you can help young people
- £950 could pay for a young person to attend our Find Your Sense of Tumour weekend, where young people with cancer get guidance for the challenges of treatment, relax and meet other young people going through the same experiences.
- £1,000 could pay for the cost of all the care and support we offer to young people with cancer for a hour.
- £2,000 could pay for the professional education and development for one of our staff members so they can continue to provide world-leading expert care for young people with cancer.
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