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 East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
Starting in London, covering just over 300 miles, this 4 day route takes us through some glorious undulating countryside on route to the ferry from Dover to Calais. Once ‘French side’, we cycle along quiet country 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 long but upon reaching Paris and celebrating our achievements in this fabulous capital, the saddle soreness soon wears off!
Dates and Prices
Date of Event
1 – 5 Sep 2021
5 Days (4 cycling)
Day 1 – London to Calais
Approximate cycling distance 130km (81 miles)
Your challenge begins, after registration, with an early start from Bexley, as you head out through the outskirts of London on to the quieter roads and the stunning villages of Ivy Hatch, Dunks Green, Mockbeggar & Kingsnorth, to mention just a few, as you take in the striking countryside of rural Kent. This is a fairly long cycling day but upon reaching the port of Dover and the famous white cliffs you will feel great with what you have achieved. We then board the ferry to Calais where you will 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.
Day 2 – Calais to Arras
Approximate cycling distance 127km (79 miles)
After a hearty breakfast we head out of Calais remembering to ride on the right hand side of the road! As we take on the smooth, relatively flat, roads we next come across a few undulations as we pedal our way through the stunning French countryside and rolling landscapes of Northern France to Bomy. After a delicious Chapeau lunch we take on a few more undulations finishing with a beautiful gentle decent into the splendid medieval town of Arras, famous for its two striking squares, made by many houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. This is where we find our hotel for the evening.
Day 3 – Arras to Compiegne
Approximate cycling distance 143km (89 miles)
Our route this morning heads south through the region of the Somme, which is perhaps most famous for its battles but the name is also a Celtic word meaning tranquility…totally summing up the feeling of the day as we cycle through this superb place. You will see the battlefields of WW1, many war memorials and cemeteries as we cycle along the tree lined country lanes and stunning meadows, before reaching our next hotel stop in Compiegne. Since 1968, this town has been the starting place of the “Paris-Roubaix”, the, most famous cycling race in France, after the Tour de France.
Day 4 – Compiegne to Paris
Approximate cycling distance 109km (68 miles)
We leave the hotel on our final day of cycling, riding through the exquisite forest that surrounds Compiegne. It was here that the 1918 Armistice was signed and still resides in a small museum.
We continue on our way riding through quiet quaint villages before reaching the outskirts of Paris where we will start to spot familiar sights and infamous landmarks of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. As we cycle through the sometimes crowded Parisian streets, with car horns sounding our arrival, we pedal up the Champs Elysees and on to our grand finish at the Eiffel Tower…a truly fitting end to a challenging journey!
Day 5 – 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.
Chapeau Events reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
• Full bike transport from route finish in Paris – if required
• All accommodation except for accommodation at Bexley immediately before the event; you will need to arrange independently if you are travelling from outside London, as it is an early start on Wednesday morning.
• As part of the event package you will receive 3 meals a day plus 2 ‘water stops’ on the ride, which include water and high energy drinks and snacks. Lunch is provided by Chapeau Catering apart from day 2, and includes hot and cold buffet along with arguably the best homemade cakes!
• Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
• Full trip support including mechanics, first aid, drivers and full route support
• Celebration meal in Paris at the end of your ride.
• Personal transport to route start in London
• Personal transport from Paris after event finish
• 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.
What food is included and does it cater for all diets?
Breakfast, lunch, and evening meal will be provided as part of the event package, starting with lunch on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on day 5. Evening meals and breakfasts will be provided at the hotels, apart from the evening of day 1 where due to timings and logistics this will be taken on the ferry. Lunch is provided by Chapeau Catering apart from day 2, and includes hot and cold buffet along with arguably the best homemade cakes to keep you going! In addition, we will provide refreshments at each cycle checkpoint of which there will be 2 each day, in addition to lunch of course and consisting of water, juices and high-energy snacks – 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. 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 rode/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 challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. You will be in the saddle for upward of 70 miles a day for 4 consecutive days, so you should ensure, as a minimum that you are comfortable riding a 60-70 mile day and have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. The profile on some days can be hilly, so you should include some hilly rides in your training. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace; this is not a race. We have rated this event as a 3/8 difficulty – which is moderate challenge with longer days of saddle time and occasional steep descents/ascents. 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 bag, cabin bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag of no more than 15kgs.
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 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 from the event finish if required, allowing you the freedom for free time in Paris.
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.