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Man with cycle in Paris

Four days, three hundred miles, two capital cities... one awesome ride - all for a worthwhile cause!

Your cycling challenge

This has to be one of the best fundraising cycle events available! Our 300 mile, 4 day bike ride takes us through the beautiful Kent countryside to Dover, before crossing the Channel and continuing through the rolling, green fields of Northern France, passing the war memorials and cemeteries of the Somme.

The pièce de résistance of this cycle challenge will be a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower, which marks our finish line in the centre of this famous city. The days will be long, but on reaching Paris our efforts will be rewarded when we celebrate our achievements Parisian style!

Paris cycle group

Your itinerary

Day 1 - London to Calais

After registration at the start point in Bexley, we set off early to avoid the main hustle and bustle of the London traffic. It’s not too long before we’re cycling to the outskirts of London and hitting the countryside of Kent. It’s a long cycling day today but upon reaching the port of Dover and seeing the famous white cliffs, there’ll be a great sense of achievement.

We then board the ferry to Calais and have dinner whilst on board. Upon reaching Calais, it’s just a very
short push onto our hotel where we have a well deserved rest and get our heads down for the night.

Cycling distance – approx. 73 miles

Day 2 - Calais to Arras

Following breakfast at our hotel we leave Calais behind us, remembering to stay on the right! We begin cycling on smooth, flat roads for approximately 10 miles, before we start to pull up towards our first water stop.

The route then becomes more undulating as we cycle through the French countryside up to our lunch stop. Some small climbs after lunch bring us to a gentle descent into the beautiful mediaeval town of Arras, one of the prettiest towns in northern France, where we check into our hotel.

Cycling distance – approx. 78 miles

Day 3 - Arras to Compiègne

After a hearty breakfast, we continue with our cycling and head south through the Region of the Somme and its WWI battlefields - rolling, green meadows studded with the many war memorials and cemeteries of the First World War.

Following traditionally French, tree-lined avenues, we approach our next overnight stop in Compiègne. Since 1968, Compiègne has been the starting place of the “Paris-Roubaix”, the most famous French cycling race after the Tour de France.

Cycling distance – approx. 75 miles

Day 4 - Compiègne to Paris

The final day of our European cycling adventure! Our last day in the saddle sees us leaving Compiègne riding through the beautiful forest surrounding the town - it was in this forest that the 1918 Armistice was signed. Our route then continues through pretty towns and villages towards the outskirts of Paris.

Cycling is the national sport of France and it’s not uncommon to see locals cheering and waving us on. We cycle through the hustle and bustle of the Parisian streets until we reach the Louvre where we stop to re-assemble, then ride as a group up the majestic Champs Elysées to our finish line at the Eiffel Tower! This evening we toast our achievements at a celebratory dinner.

Cycling distance - approx. 66 miles

Day 5 - Paris to UK

After breakfast at our hotel, you are free to enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris. Take a trip up the Tower, visit the renowned Arc de Triomphe or famous Notre Dame Cathedral, or simply soak up the atmosphere in one of the many cafés – the choices are endless! In the afternoon, each participant will be responsible for getting themselves to Gare du Nord in order to catch the Eurostar back to England.

Bicycles will be transported back to London by our crew in the support vehicles and will be waiting for you on arrival at the starting point, ready for you to continue your homeward journey.

(Please note, this is a complex itinerary and subject to change)

Cyclists in Paris

Challenge dates and costs

Wednesday 3 - Sunday 7 June 2015
Registration Fee £99 + Minimum Sponsorship £1430
Or Registration Fee £99 + Self-funded £715 + Sponsorship

Wednesday 22 - Sunday 26 July 2015 (Route Two)
Registration Fee £149 + Minimum Sponsorship £1380
Or Registration Fee £149 + Self-funded £690 + Sponsorship

Wednesday 16 - Sunday 20 September 2015
Registration Fee £99 + Minimum Sponsorship £1430
Or Registration Fee £99 + Self-funded £715 + Sponsorship

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Get involved

Whether you are an experienced cyclist or just looking for a rewarding challenge, we’ll help you get to the finish line. You’ll receive a fundraising pack, Age NI vest and 10% off bike parts and accessories from our cycle shop partner.

Raising money for Age NI will help us improve life for more older people in Northern Ireland - Set up your free fundraising page.

Register now

Download the registration form (PDF 586KB)

Complete the registration form with your details and send it to us with your registration fee to: Age NI Fundraising, 3 Lower Crescent, Belfast, BT7 1NR.

For more information, please contact Rosalind Cole:
Telephone: 028 9024 5729

Further information

For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729

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