FAQs

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?

It was awesome! Watch the video here and read the blog here.

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 5th March 2018, if you need to cancel for any reason we will provide you with a 50% refund on full price early bird tickets. After the 5th March unfortunately we cannot provide any refund. Until this date you can also transfer your entry to someone else with no admin fee. If you reserved your place by paying 50% deposit, unfortunately this is not refundable at any stage. Please contact sophie@challengesophie.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 7th May from midday to 6pm. 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 sophie@challengesophie.com

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?

Yes, you will need to provide your own travel insurance to cover you and your belongings on this event

What if I don’t know anyone else riding?

We welcome you into the family! One of the hardest parts about doing challenges like these can be finding people to do them with, which is exactly why we have created this event. We’re looking forward to bringing like minded people together and have no doubt you will be planning future cycling adventures together after completing this one.

Can I raise money for charity?

Yes, you will need to set up a charity fundraising page and let us know if we can help at all

Where will we be sleeping on the ferry?

We will be sleeping in the passenger lounges on the ferry. The seats are wide and comfortable and come as part of your reservation

Can I book a cabin on the ferry?

Yes, you can. You will need to contact LD Lines directly to arrange this but you will need to arrange your own booking for yourself and your bike as we cannot put individual cabins onto our group booking.

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:

  • jersey
  • shorts
  • cycling shoes (cleats and cycling shoes highly advised but not compulsory)
  • cycling overshoes (may not be necessary)
  • socks X2
  • helmet (compulsory)
  • neckwarmer/gaiter
  • thin hat/beanie
  • sunglasses
  • 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
  • passport
  • small saddle bag
  • spare inner tube and tyre levers
  • sports nutrition
  • phone
  • camera
  • 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

What happens if I puncture?

If you puncture, you can either fix the puncture or wait for our mechanics to arrive and help you fix it. Our fully kitted out mechanic vans will be able to facilitate most repairs on the spot. If you require any tubes or spare parts, all you need to do is sign for the items and we will collect the money for them at the end of the event. We advise everyone to carry a spare inner tube so you can fix the puncture in case the vans are busy with other riders and you don’t want to wait

Can I listen to music during the ride?

To ensure your own safety and the safety of other riders, we ask you not to listen to personal headsets whilst cycling on this event

Where can I stay the night before the ride?

We advise you to book a hotel or rent a room on Airbnb.com

Can I arrange a single person room supplement in Paris?

Yes, you can add this to your booking here for £40.

Can my friends and family meet me in Paris?

Yes, they are more than welcome to join the party and we have a partner supplement on our Eventbrite page if you wish for them to stay in the same hotel with you we can arrange this for you. If you wish to book seperately, we are staying at the Ibis

Do I need to arrange transport back to London?

Yes, you are responsible for arranging your own transport from Paris back to London.

Do I need to arrange bike transfer back to London?

No, included in the price of this event is us transferring your bike back to London. You do not need a bike box or bag for this

Still got a burning question to something we haven’t answered? Contact on sophie@challengesophie.com and one of our team will get back to you asap

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