London to Paris by bike in 24 hours is a challenging yet totally epic ride, on the wish list of almost every cyclist. It’s a real adventure and an opportunity to push yourself against the clock.
Imagine setting off from Trafalgar Square on a Friday afternoon and 180 miles later being at the Eiffel Tower on a Saturday afternoon, cycling across 2 countries in under 24 hours. What a sense of achievement you will have at the finish as we take the obligatory champagne pictures before heading back to our hotel for a night of celebrations….”A votre sante”
Dates and Prices
Date of Event
12 – 14 July 2019
3 Days (2 cycling in 24hrs)
Day 1 – London to Dieppe
Approximate cycling distance 96km (60 miles)
Starting from Central London at 1530hrs, around Trafalgar Square, the busy streets soon give way to the beautiful Kent countryside. You will travel onwards, along the edge of the North Downs – a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Using all available daylight, we head for the coast and a hearty meal before boarding the ferry.
As daylight fades we will cross on the overnight ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe and riders will be able to gain some valuable sleep, cabins being an option. A four hour crossing will give time to recharge the battery.
Day 2 – Dieppe to Paris
Approximate cycling distance 192km (120 miles)
After leaving the ferry in Dieppe, you can clock some miles up through sleepy French towns before dawn breaks and the sun rises for breakfast with our chapeau caterers. Riding on roads before the local’s rise will give this part of the challenge a tranquil edge to the start of the day. After a hearty breakfast the rest of your journey takes you through the picturesque Normandy countryside, with quaint villages and beautiful scenery.
The rolling hills of northern France continue on as we push ever closer to the magical city of Paris with lunch being provided on the banks of the River Seine.
The final section of the event will take you across the Seine to finish your incredible challenge before 1630 hours local time underneath Paris’ most iconic landmark – the Eiffel Tower.
Day 3 – 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.
Chapeau Events reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
• GPX Routes and information
• Mechanical Support.
• Support crew with water stops
• Food for the evening at Newhaven, along with Chapeau breakfast and lunch in France.
• Full bike transport to route start in London and from route finish in Paris – if required
• Hotel and Breakfast in Paris.
• Celebration Dinner in Paris
• Newhaven to Dieppe Ferry Crossing
• Luggage Transfer
• Personal transport to route start in London and from route finish in Paris
• Personal travel insurance
• We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
What can I expect from your accommodation?
Accommodation in Paris is included and is in 3-4* hotels, picked for their proximity to our route. All the hotels we choose are excellent with en-suite facilities, offering exceptional value for money; standards however may vary between the hotels. The price of this trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own don’t worry, we will pair you up with somebody in a similar position. You can also opt for a single room, but this will incur a supplementary charge.
What food is included and does it cater for all diets?
You will receive an evening meal in Newhaven, along with a Chapeau breakfast and lunch in France. You will also have a celebration meal in Paris, provided by the hotel or local restaurant. Chapeau can cater for all special dietary requirements provided you let us know well in advance of the trip, However if you have unique dietary requirements, we recommend that you bring along some of your favourite snacks during cycling as variety can be limited in European countries.
What’s unique about Chapeau…why should I choose you?
Our events are tailored to you…our team have physically driven and assessed every mile of the route to ensure the safest and best possible route for your challenge, so rest assured you are in the safest hands. All our routes are specifically tailored with you in mind.
How fit do I need to be?
Chapeau events attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this endurance challenge. You will be in the saddle for upward of 120 miles on day 2, so you should ensure, as a minimum that you are comfortable riding a 80-100 mile day and have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. The profile at times will include climbs and is made more challenging as we aim to complete this in 24hrs. By cycling at an average speed of 12-15 mph, this will give you a great chance of achieving the course in the allotted time. Please note, this event is not a race. For further information regarding how we rate our challenges click here
Who will be there to support me during the event?
Your trip will be led by experienced Chapeau Events crew. Our crew are selected for their experience in cycling events around the world, their friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Our crew leaders are also trained in expedition first-aid. You are in very safe hands with the Chapeau Events crew.
The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, ensuring your route is well-marked, sorting out any mechanical problems or giving you a lift in our back vehicle – our “Love bus”. At Chapeau Events we pride ourselves on our high crew: cyclist ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
Will I be safe?
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with emergency mobile phones, first-aid kits and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.
What happens to my luggage each day?
Our support vehicles are with the group all of the time. All luggage and spares will be carried in them as we travel to Paris. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kit-bag weighing up to 15kg.
What insurance will I require?
It is a requirement of entry that you have adequate insurance to cover your participation on the event. We will require a copy of valid insurance before travel. We also recommend that you apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), as the NHS will cover most medical care when travelling in Europe. You can apply for an EHIC at your local post office or online.
Is travel, to start of route in London and from end of route in Paris, included?
No…you are responsible for your own travel arrangements to the start of the event in London and return travel from Paris back to UK. Chapeau will, however ensure your bike is safely transport to and from the event if required, allowing you the freedom for free time in either fabulous capitals. Perhaps a relaxing spa day in London before you embark on your challenge or exploring the wonderful sights Paris has to offer, the choice is yours.
Chapeau events will of course provide advice on best travel options and further accommodation requirements should you require.
Will I receive further information?
Yes…a full detailed information pack will be issued following registration and before you set off for your event. In addition, pre-event support is always available, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.