Cycling from London to Paris is by far one of the best of bike rides in Europe, so why not join us for a truly inspirational experience and help raise valuable funds and awareness for your chosen charity.
Starting in London, covering just over 180 miles, this 3 day route takes us through some glorious undulating countryside on route to the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe. Once ‘French side’, we cycle along quiet country cycle lanes, through traditional market towns with views of the rolling green hills of Northern France. Get ready for a fantastic ride – the tarmac in France is superb, and cycling is the nation’s favourite sport, so don’t be surprised if the locals cheer you on!
Whether you are a regular cyclist or simply a novice, as long as you are willing to train, then this event is perfect for you as Chapeau Events cater for all levels of ability.
The pièce de résistance is ultimately the spectacular view of the 324 metre Eiffel Tower, marking the rides overwhelming finish and certainly evoking a huge sense of achievement, not to mention those unforgettable memories. The days in the saddle are bearable and upon reaching Paris and celebrating our achievements in this fabulous capital, any saddle soreness soon wears off!
Dates and Prices
Date of Event
18-21 June 2020
4 Days (3 cycling)
Ride Day 1 – London area to Dieppe
Approximate cycling distance 100km (63 miles)
Your challenge begins from an early start, after registration and bike checks from our experienced mechanic(s), as you head out of London south towards Newhaven.
Once through the outskirts of London we pass through quaint villages and towns; Chipstead, Nutfield, Smallfield and over Turner’s Hill to Ardingly and Haywards Heath before finally reaching our destination and onward ferry crossing at Newhaven, where we can relax and have something to eat.
Once disembarked, we have a short ride to our hotel, your base for the evening for some well earned rest!
Ride Day 2 – Dieppe to Beauvais
Approximate cycling distance 104km (65 miles)
After a hearty breakfast we head out of Dieppe remembering to ride on the right hand side of the road. After a smooth, relatively flat start along the ‘Avenue Verte’ we then encounter a few undulations as we pedal our way through the stunning French countryside and rolling landscapes of Northern France. After passing through some typical French villages we welcome a delicious Chapeau lunch.
Once re-fuelled, our journey continues as we ride through the charming towns of Serqueux and Songeons before reaching our final destination for the night in Beauvais; extensively damaged in WW11, yet remains a town of beauty with a stunning castle, cathedral and wonderful chateaus.
Ride Day 3 – Beauvais to Paris
Approximate cycling distance 96km (60 miles)
After a good night’s rest, we leave the hotel for our final day of cycling, heading south through beautiful undulating terrain passing through village after village in rural France.
We continue south towards the tranquillity setting of the Natural Regional Park Oise, a natural beauty spot boasting three forests. Cycling on through more quiet quaint villages we soon reach the outskirts of Paris where we will start to spot the familiar sight and infamous landmark of the Eiffel Tower.
As we cycle through the sometimes crowded Parisian streets, with car horns sounding our arrival, we pedal passed the Arc de Triomphe, up the Champs Elysees and on to our grand finish at the base of the Eiffel Tower…a truly fitting end to a challenging journey!
Day 4 – Paris – Departure Day
Following last night’s celebrations and 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 remain in Paris for the rest of the day enjoying the romantic delights the city is famous for.
Chapeau Events reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
• Full bike transport from Paris back to the UK if required
• All hotel accommodation based on twin share for 3 nights. Single accommodation is available at a supplement of £55 per night
• Ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe.
• Breakfast, lunch and evening meals during the event starting from lunch on ride day one to breakfast on departure day.
• Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
• Full trip support including mechanics, first aid, drivers and full route support
• Two water stops per cycling day including snacks.
• GPS Route information with detailed itinerary cards
• Celebration meal in Paris at the end of your ride.
• Personal transport to route start in London and from route finish in Paris
• A bicycle
• Personal travel insurance
• Drinks, personal items or entry to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit.
• Remember to allow extra for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and other personal expenses.
• We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
What can I expect from your accommodation?
Accommodation 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 (£165 for 3 nights).
What food is included and does it cater for all diets?
Breakfast, lunch, and evening meals will be provided as part of the event package, starting with lunch on day one and finishing with breakfast on day four. Evening meals and breakfasts will mostly be provided at the hotels. Lunches are provided by Chapeau Catering and are a generous buffet-style (hot and cold) with plenty of energy food to keep you going! In addition, we will provide refreshments at each cycle checkpoint of which there will be up to 2 each day, consisting of water, juices and high-energy snacks. Chapeau can cater for all special dietary requirements provided you let us know well in advance of the trip.
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?
This event is completely achievable for all levels of experience, whether you are a novice, intermediate or experienced cyclist, as long as you are committed to putting in the relevant training needed depending on your level. Chapeau rates this event a difficulty level 3 out of 8, which we class as “moderate” with longer days of saddle time and occasional steep descents/ascents on day one. You will be in the saddle for upward of 60 miles a day for 3 consecutive days, so you should ensure, as a minimum that you are comfortable riding a 50 mile day and have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. The profile on ride days mainly flat but undulating on occassions, so you will need to include some hilly rides in your training, especially if you are a novice cyclist. Please contact us on the email below if you would have any questions regarding training tips. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace; this 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 each destination. On reaching our hotels, at the end of each day, you will hand over your bike for safe overnight keeping and collect your luggage. Each morning, you will hand over your luggage and collect your bike. Obviously space is limited so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft sailing bag, cabin case, rucksack or expedition kitbag, weighing up to 15kg max.
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.
Is travel, to start of route in London and from end 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 cities. Perhaps a relaxing day in London before you embark on your adventure 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.