- Fully signed route
- Catered feed stations
- Lead Cyclist
- GPX route files
- Mechanical support
- Luggage transfer
- Newhaven to Dieppe ferry crossing
- Finisher’s medal
- Celebratory dinner in Paris
- Hotel and breakfast in Paris (Sunday night)
- Bike transfer from Paris to London
- Broom wagon
- Raise money for the charity of your choice if you want to
- Unlimited bragging rights!!!
Entries are limited, sign up now to avoid missing out. Early Bird price available.
Without the hassle of navigation, you will be free to experience the joys of riding in a peloton and can focus on the challenge ahead.
Additional Expenses: Return transport from Paris to London, single room supplement in Paris (if required) and drinks.
The annual London to Paris Sportive is running for the 3rd year in a row. Over 150 people have successfully made it to the Eiffel Tower within 24 hours. Watch the video to see what it was like!
London to Paris Sportive 2016 is proudly sponsored by Pukka and #PoweredByMatcha
London to Newhaven, Stage One: 105 km
Saturday 29th April 2017
The route starts from Greenwich Observatory at 4pm and rides out of London towards Surrey. Once past the M25, it follows quiet country lanes, weaving through beautiful English countryside and rolling hills, taking on the North Downs. As the sun is setting, you will climb over the South Downs and enjoy a long descent past Lewes and into Newhaven where the ferry awaits.
Newhaven to Dieppe, Overnight Ferry Crossing: 4 hours
After a hearty refuel at our feed stop in Newhaven and the chance to put on more layers from your kit bags, you will board the ferry and find somewhere to rest your head for a few hours. The ferry departs from Newhaven, UK at 23:00 and arrives in Dieppe, France four hours later at 04:00am. Note: France is one hour ahead of UK time.
There are options to purchase food and drink in the restaurants on the ferry and also to upgrade to a cabin if required, please contact LD lines directly to book a cabin.
Dieppe to Paris, Stage Two: 195 km
Sunday 30th April
This is where the adventure begins! Arriving in France at 4am, it will be straight on your bike and making tracks towards Paris. Cycling through the night along quiet roads in France is an experience you will never forget. As the first rays of dawn peak over the horizon, the sunrise will illuminate everything and bring a new day in which you will complete this epic challenge. You will experience the world waking up around you whilst you cruise through Northern France on route to Paris. The team will do all they can to ensure you arrive in Paris within 24 hours, this is very possible for anyone with cycling experience and a thirst for adventure.
By 4pm, riders will be arriving in Paris at the Eiffel Tower to receive their finishers medal and congratulations from fellow riders, our crew and friends and family.
Once checked into the hotel, you can bask in the glory of your achievement and celebrate. Included in the price of your ticket will be a celebration meal in an authentic French restaurant. Prizes, goody bags, drinks, high fives and the best sleep you’ve ever had.
Monday 1st May
Our crew will transport your bike back to London to a depot one minute walk away from Kings Cross station, all you have to do is make your own way there and collect your bike. You are responsible for your own transport from Paris to London. You can pick your bike up from 2pm to 6pm.
Why enter this sportive?
Are you looking for a challenge to make 2017 a year you’ll never forget? If so, this event is for you. Calling everyday cyclists, club cyclists, commuters, weekend warriors and those looking to take their cycling to the next level. This iconic and truly epic cycling challenge will stretch you, yet it is totally achievable.
- Challenge yourself
- Ride with likeminded people
- Achieve something extraordinary
Few things are as iconic and impressive as cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours on your weekend.
For ultimate braggings rights, SIGN UP HERE and join the adventure.Join now!
To reseve a place you need to submit your details and pay £395 by clicking on the form below. It will take you through to Eventbrite where we can manage your booking.
If for any reason you can’t attend the event, you can request a 50% refund until 4th March 2017 or find someone to take your place with NO admin fee until 15th April. It is mandatory for you to have insurance, if cancellation is due to illness or factors outside your control you should be able to claim loss through insurance. For any cancellation requests, please email email@example.com
After the 4th March unfortunately no refund can be given.Join now!
Sophie Radcliffe, aka Challenge Sophie is the puppetmaster behind this event. She’s cycled London to Paris in 24 hours numerous times and has led cycling tours supporting and motivating people to achieve this challenge. Her award winning blog helps hundreds of people every year to complete this challenge and inspired her to organise this event. Her aim is to bring together people who want to achieve something extraordinary and provide them with the support, motivation and companionship to make it possible. After last year’s event, she can’t wait to meet and ride with you all.
This is your chance to challenge yourself, set new limits and have the adventure of a lifetime with a brilliant group of people..
Sophie has teamed up with Cycle Friendly who have years of experience organising mass particpation cycling events all over the world. Our crew, run by Head Honcho Jonathan Friend, will include mechanics, support cyclists, first aid support, drivers and caterers. They will be on hand to tend to your needs and support you in completing this challenge.
Sophie has recently become Patron of Team Right to Play, championing participation in their challenge events to raise funds and awareness for their play based activities helping 1,000,000 children around the world every week. We would welcome any donations to this fantastic cause. Would welcome any donations here https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/rtp/Challenge-Sophie
Please contact our team firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Fire away!Join now!
Do I need to bring my own bike?
Yes, you do need your own bike and we advise that you have it serviced before this challenge. We also recommend a professional bike fit as this can make a huge difference to your comfort whilst riding long distances.
What kind of bike can I ride?
In order to complete this challenge, only road bikes are permitted. We ask you to ensure the bikes do not have aero bars or the like fitted, if they do we will ask you to remove these before setting off.
What was last year’s event like?
How long will it take me?
We estimate that the lead peleton will arrive in Paris from 1pm onwards. We hope everyone will finish within 24 hours, by 4pm.
Photo ID at registration?
We require photo ID at registration, this can either be a valid drivers license or a passport but we suggest a passport as you will need this to travel abroad.
What if I need to cancel my entry?
Until 4th March 2017, if you need to cancel for any reason we will provide you with a 50% refund. After the 4th March unfortunately we cannot provide any refund. Until this date you can also transfer your entry to someone else with no admin fee until 15th April. Please contact email@example.com if you wish to request a refund.
What time and where is bike pick up in London?
Bike pick up will be at a storage centre in Kings Cross on Monday 2nd May from midday to 10pm. If you wish to stay longer in Paris or would like to pick up your bike outside of these times the best option is for you to take your bike on the Eurostar. You can book a place for your bike here: http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-information/travel-planning/luggage/travelling-with-your-bike-eurostar, you don’t need a bike bag or box.
Do I need lights?
Before departing, our team will check each bike to ensure you have working front and back lights and a helmet. It is imperative that you have this as you will be cycling in the dark during stages one and two. Please invest in good quality lights that will light up country lanes, if you use your lights for commuting in a city, you may want to strongly consider upgrading these.
What level of fitness do I need?
We advise that you have cycled 100 miles in one day prior to this ride. If at the point of signing up you have not yet cycled this distance, you have plenty of time to use this as a target in your training plan. Getting used to time in the saddle is important so any long distance rides you do will help you complete this challenge. This is a challenging event and it will require you to really dig deep, but it’s worth working for. Please contact us if you have any questions, we’d be happy to advise you.
Do you have a training plan I can work on?
Check out my blog here packed with training tips on completing this challenge
Do I need a Garmin?
You do not need a Garmin as the route will be fully sign posted. Our team will also be on hand to lead you throughout the sportive. We will be issuing the GPX files prior to the event so if you do have a Garmin, we advise you to bring it.
Will I have to navigate the course?
No, the route is fully sign posted.
How can I familiarise myself with the route?
Before the start of the event, we will provide you with route cards and maps, please use these to familiarise yourself with the route.
What food and nutrition will you be providing on route?
The sportive will have fully catered feed stations serving a range of hot and cold food and beverages. All food is included and will be designed to fuel endurance cycling. For any dietary requirements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to bring my own food?
If you have any specific requirements for cycling such as energy drinks, gels, supplements or protein shakes, we advise you to bring these
Will I have access to my kit bags during the event?
Yes, you will have access to your kit bags at designated rest stops
Is the event insured?
Yes, the event has public liability insurance. It is compulsory for you to have your own insurance, please see next question
Do I need my own insurance?
What if I don’t know anyone else riding?
Can I raise money for charity?
Where will we be sleeping on the ferry?
Can I book a cabin on the ferry?
What kit do I need to bring?
The kit list will vary depending on what the weather looks like in the days leading up to the event, but here’s what you should think about bringing to get you started:
- cycling shoes (cleats and cycling shoes highly advised but not compulsory)
- cycling overshoes (may not be necessary)
- socks X2
- helmet (compulsory)
- thin hat/beanie
- arm warmers
- waterproof cycling jacket (small enough to pack into a jersey pocket)
- base layer (merino wool or Helly Hansen style)
- good, strong lights front and back (compulsory)
- water bottles X2
- small saddle bag
- spare inner tube and tyre levers
- sports nutrition
- portable battery pack to charge electronics during the ride
- small rucksack with spare clothes and warm layers to put on during the ferry
- personal items for arrival in Paris and journey home