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London to Paris

Overview

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There are a number of organised charity challenges that cover the London to Paris bike ride.

Alternatively cycle independently and in your own time.  https://london2paris.co.uk/ has a range of routes covering 24 hour to 4 days routes.

Travel from one great European city to another, powered by your own cycling steam. Over the course of three days, cyclists will cover an impressive 283 miles/460 kms across England and France. Setting off from South London, the group will head towards Kent - 'The Garden of England' - then venture out to the countryside on relatively quiet roads towards the White Cliffs of Dover.A ferry transports the riders to Calais, where you will cycle to your hotel for the night.The French leg of the journey commences the next day where you will cycle through beautiful French countryside and pretty hamlets roll by as we head for the town of Amiens, where we spend the night. And then for the final push as we head towards Paris and ultimately the Eiffel Tower.


https://london2paris.co.uk/routes/


Where, When and How much?

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Charity Challenges allows you to raise money for a charity of your choice:-

Self funder :                

Pay a registration fee of £175.00 when you book. Then a balance of £858.00 (5 weeks before your challenge).                                 

Raise as much as you can for your nominated charity:                             
Minimum sponsorship :         Registration fee of £175.00 when you book. Raise a minimum of £1,750.00  for your nominated charity.             
Flexi:

Registration fee of £175.00  when you book. Then £175.00 towards challenge costs (5 weeks before your challenge). Raise a minimum of £1,395.00 for your nominated charity

https://www.charitychallenge.com/expedition/info/2755/London-to-Paris-Tour-de-France


Is it Hilly?

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The London to Paris bike ride is graded as moderate. This is the perfect challenge for participants who haven't experienced cycling abroad and who haven't experienced the feeling of consecutive days riding before. It is a strenuous challenge which will allow people to push themselves out of their comfort zone. On the London to Paris bike ride you will be:-

Cycling from around 8 hours each day.

Covering roughly 370km over 3 days of cycling. 

Ascending over 800m each day. Cycling into Paris around the iconic Arc de Triomphe and along the Champs Elyse.

https://www.charitychallenge.com/expedition/info/2755/London-to-Paris-Tour-de-France




Training Plan

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Cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours is a tough but achievable endurance challenge. This may not be for everyone but there is no doubting that an adventure like this would be an amazing and rewarding experience.

https://london2paris.co.uk/routes/24-hour-cycle-routes/

London to Paris by bike in 2 days is a tough challenge and one which will really put your fitness to the test. This isn't a ride for beginners and you will need to have trained hard well in advance of your trip, but this is a challenge that is both achievable and exciting.

https://london2paris.co.uk/routes/2-day-cycle-routes/


Cycling from London to Paris in 3 days is the most popular option. It remains a tough challenge and one which will really test your legs. Providing you train hard, well in advance of your trip this challenge really is achievable to everyone.

https://london2paris.co.uk/routes/3-day-cycle-routes/


Cycling from London to Paris in 4 days is a popular option. The challenge here is coupled with the chance to take your time a little more and see the sights along the way.  You will still need to train hard for your trip but the emphasis is on your ability to cycle medium distances over consecutive days rather long distances in fewer days. This option really is achievable to everyone, including those who are new to long distance cycling.

https://london2paris.co.uk/routes/4-day-cycle-routes/

https://london2paris.co.uk/training/18-week-training-plan/

Equipment Used

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Typically a good road bike is recommended for the challenge; however a hybrid and mountain bike would be suitable, but possibly make your life more difficult. A mountain bike may struggle to keep up with the same pace as some cyclists on a road bike because it will be heavy and the tyres are wider. We would recommend that the bike is serviced the week before your challenge to ensure that the brake and gear cables along with brake pads haven't been to worn out during your pre-challenge training.

https://london2paris.co.uk/equipment/


https://cdn.charitychallenge.com/pdf/London_to_Paris_Kit_List.pdf


TOMMYS RIDE

Overview

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Tommy’s Ride is superb ride in the Marlborough Downs and a perfect way to begin a historic memorial weekend. Based at St John’s College in Marlborough, ride out on a superb circuit of this historic corner of the British countryside in commemoration of the weekends historic events, and help us raise funds for one of our best established and most worthy charities.  £5 from every ride entry will be donated to the Royal British Legion, plus you can buy the limited edition event t shirt – with all profits from t-shirt sales (£10 per shirt) going to the charity too.!


Where, When and How much?

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Where: St John’s College  Granham Hill, Marlborough  SN8 4AX

When: Annual in  November to commemorate the anniversary of the Armistice, and help raise funds for the Royal British Legion.


Cost:50km Full Route  The full trail challenge, taking on the best and toughest riding in the area!   £28    


40km Mid Route  A great morning's hack, including the pick of the riding on the full route.   £27

25km Short Route  Shorter, sharp and fun, a terrific ride that avoids the hardest sections of the longer routes.   £25



 

Is it Hilly?

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Riding the Marlborough Downs  The Tommy’s Ride course offers something for everyone – taking you through, the open downland, forest tracks and riverside trails of this spectacular part of the south!  The open, rolling Wiltshire Downs, are bisected at Marlborough by the river Kennet, creating a variety of terrain and backdrops that are spectacular to ride and to see! From the wooded trails of Savernake Forest, you’ll ride tracks alongside the Kennet itself, before climbing out of the valley onto the downs, where the views and trails go on for miles! A last thrilling descent back through the folds of the hills into the valley takes you into West Wood and onto the finish. Classic English countryside, fitting for the occasion and stunning ride in it’s own right

On the Day

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Once you’re ready to start, report to the start / finish area with your timing chap strapped to your ankle. Listen to the short briefing and ride across the timing mat as directed. As you go around the route, you will find bright orange signs and ribbons to follow. At route divide points, you will find yellow signs showing you which way to go to follow the Full, Mid or Short routes. These should guide you around the whole route, but use your map if you think you have strayed off course or have a problem with the route navigation. There are also emergency contact numbers on the edge of your map. Ride safely at all times, and remember that you are on public rights of way and roads. This is not a race, so please ride appropriately, and be friendly and polite to other trail users you meet. At the end of the ride, pass over the timing mat once again, and hand in your timing chip.

Facilities

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 Hot and cold food and drink and snacks will be available to purchase from the event centre before and after the ride. (Including theever popular home made chilli!)



Equipment Used

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Which bike will be best or this ride? Tommy’s Ride is open to any rider, but is an off road focused event –  here’s our guide to which type of bike suits this course best (high numbers are better!).

MTB   90%  

Gravel/Adventure   80%   

CX Race Bike   70%  

Hybrid   70%    

Road   15%

 Warning: This ride contains off road sections and rough surfaces. Only use bikes that are capable of riding off road. DO NOT use any bike you do not want to expose to dirt and the risk scratches or some damage. Only use a bike with strong wheels and off road capable tyres. Remove mudguards prior to the ride.

GREAT YORKSHIRE BIKE RIDE

Overview- see full review above

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The Great Yorkshire Bike ride is an annual 70 mile charity cycle ride from Wetherby to Filey.     This is included in the beginner/intermediate/advanced rides. With 2000 cyclists of all abilities it offers something for everyone.     Fabulous all inclusive ride that takes in some wonderful scenery through the Howardian Hills and Yorkshire Wolds.     Open roads, well signposted and good support crews.     Follow this link to sign up and fundraise for great charities  inc Yorkshire Cancer Research     www.gybr.co.uk


Where, When and How much?

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Where: Wetherby Racecourse to Filey

When: Annual in June  ( normally second weekend)   

Cost: £22 (option for return transport additional £10) plus charity fundraising option



 

Is it Hilly?

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This was one of the easiest and one of the hardest rides I have done.  The majority of the ride is pleasurable, but there are two hills, and a few lumps and bumps along the way.      www.mapmyride shows the course and gradients and rates the two hills as a 3 and a 5 catogorised climb, with Cat 1 climb rated the most difficult.     The first hill, just before the lunch stop at Terrington is steep but not too long.     The second climb is Horse Course Bank, Settringtton and whilst longer isn't as steep.

Training and Top Tips

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Dont worry about the hills if you are a beginner. There are a lot of people walking up them and the rest of the route is fairly pleasant and straight forward.


We saw all sorts on the ride, from the seasoned professionals to people just out for a lesiurely trip to the beach.When we did this ride we had been faiarily regular cyclists and had already done some similar length sportives.fairlydistance

Facilities

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The ride starts at Wetherby Race course and due to the sheer volume of numbers taking part, the start line sets off in waves to control numbers onto the roads.

There are four drink stops and a fantastic lunch stop, where you are given a plastic bag which you fill with sandwiches, crips, fruit, chocolate and drinks.  There is also a hot lunch option. The food/water stops are well renowned and whilst we passed on the first stop bacon butties the cake was not to be missed and appreciated later on.

Equipment Used

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 Open road sportive and whilst the majority of participants were on road bikes, there were old and young doing the ride on mountain bikes, hybrids and shoppers!


 I bought the Giant Avail entry level road bike made and designed for women. I paid £400 from Tredz and bought last season stock in sale. Great bike. Also used Shimano SPD road shoes and pedals. Both from Tredz.      www.tredz.co.uk  www.liv-cycling.com     Water bottles and energy tablets from High5 . I buy mutli packs to include gels and protein drinks from Wiggle.  www.wiggle.co.uk    

FAT LAD AT THE BACK (UP NORTH) SPORTIVE

Overview- see full review above

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Three distances : 25 miles, 50 miles and 75 miles.


The 75 mile option  has a diifculty rating of 4/5 according to FLAB website.  Provides a good challenging ride with some tough climbs. 

Roads whilst open are generally quieter country lanes. Gets busy around Bolton Abbey and one section on busy A59 at beginning and end     "Flambasdors" cycle route along with riders in timed waves.  Good support crew. 

Stunning sportive and very friendly and inclusive.

Our favourite sportive so far and one we keep coming back to. Great food stops!




Where, When and How much?

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Where: Ilkley Rugby Club

When: Annual in May  ( normally second weekend)   

Cost: £35 

To register follow this link:  https://fatladattheback.com/sportive/up-north-sportive  


 

Is it Hilly?

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Some tough Yorkshire hill climbing including Greenhow Hill.


http://RIDEWITHGPS.COM/ROUTES/11051139

Training and Top Tips

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Regular bike riders , and suggest you go hill hunting to get the most of this one . 

Facilities

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Starts and finishes from Ilkey Rugby club so somewhere to leave bags and toilet facilities.     Usually refreshments available at end. (2018 had pulled pork sandwiches and veggie burgers free to riders)       On the 50 miler there are two water stops . The first is at Grassington, then Arncliffe with lunch (and plenty to eat )on the beautiful Burnsall banks.  Timed event and fininshing line for family to cheer you over.

Equipment Used

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 Open road sportive and majority of participants were on road bikes. I bought the Giant Avail entry level road bike made and designed for women. I paid £400 from Tredz and bought last season stock in sale. Great bike. Also used Shimano SPD road shoes and pedals. Both from Tredz.      www.tredz.co.uk  www.liv-cycling.com     Water bottles and energy tablets from High5 . I buy mutli packs to include gels and protein drinks from Wiggle.  www.wiggle.co.uk    

RIPON ROTARY BIKE RIDE (ACORN)

Overview- see full review above

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The Ripon Rotary ride is an annual 100k circular charity  ride around north Yorkshire.     This is included in the beginner/intermediate/advanced rides. Fabulous all inclusive ride that takes in some wonderful scenery    Open roads, well signposted and good support crews.     Follow this link to sign up and fundraise for great charities     www.riponrotarybikeride.org


Where, When and How much?

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Where: Circular route from Bishop Monkton Village Hall

When: Annual in May 

Cost: £30 advance 

£40 on day but limited plus charity fundraising 

Is it Hilly?

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The 100k route is not too hilly and if taken at a steady pace can be done by all levels . The route is circular with plenty of comfort breaks

Facilities

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The ride starts at  Bishop Monkton Village Hall and takes in Roecliffe, Boroughbridge, Brafferton to Easingwold. Lunch is at Sheriff Hutton Village Hall. After lunch the route heads south west to Sutton Forest, Huby and Tollerton, with last part through Staveley and Copgrove and back to Bishop Monkton for tea and home made cakes. 

Equipment Used

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 Open road sportive 


 I bought the Giant Avail entry level road bike made and designed for women. I paid £400 from Tredz and bought last season stock in sale. Great bike. Also used Shimano SPD road shoes and pedals. Both from Tredz.      www.tredz.co.uk  www.liv-cycling.com     Water bottles and energy tablets from High5 . I buy mutli packs to include gels and protein drinks from Wiggle.  www.wiggle.co.uk    

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