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London to Paris 2012 - Diamond Jubilee Challenge

  • Jun 2, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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London to Paris is another of the classic rides to tick off your list.

This ride is now fully booked. 

The Itinerary is as follows; (Mileage is approximate)

Saturday 2nd: We will start our epic voyage from Richmond Park and will ride to Brighton and then along the coast to Newhaven to catch our night ferry crossing to Dieppe. (70 miles) 

Sunday 3rd: An early start and riding on the Avenue Verte, away from busy roads and towards Paris! We should arrive by the evening and with the magical sight of the Eiffel Tower looming before us, we shall have reached our destination. An evening out on the town to celebrate with a glass or two of wine and rest our weary legs. (105 miles)

Monday 4th: We have a whole day to experience the joys that Paris has to offer. Treasures such as the Louvre, Centre Pompidou and Montmartre awaits. Or maybe a trip to the Palace of Versailles by bike and a picnic on the banks of the Grand Canal.

Tuesday 5th: Jubilee Day and our last day in Paris but with a late check out of 5pm we have some last minute sight seeing to do. After a bit of Al Fresco dining, we head back towards Dieppe. (105 miles)

Wednesday 6th: An Early Morning Ferry back across Le Channel and a train ride back to London and rest our weary heads. Where were you on Jubilee Day?

Please Note: The organisers reserve the right to change or amend the route and itinery without notice. 

The price for this ride is £169* per person. This price only covers the two ferry crossings, 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, secure storage for our bicycles and a late check 5pm check out and a train ticket back to London.

There will be 8 spaces available on a first come first served basis. Those who pay a deposit of £69 will be confirmed as going.

Deposits will be non-refundable as bookings are made at the earliest convenience to help keep costs down. The balance of payment (£100) will be required at least 4 weeks before the trip begins. 

You will need to ensure that you are fit enough to cover the miles stated and that you have a bicycle that is roadworthy. You must bring with you inner tubes, puncture kit and lights.

If you are unable to complete the journey at any stage, the organisers will do their best to ensure you are able to get back to London or towards Paris (any extra costs will be bourne by the rider)

This ride will go ahead regardless of the weather. You are also advised to take out travel insurance.

* Prices correct as of 4th April 2012 and maybe be subject to change.

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  • anna

    True:) and great video.We should do it again

    July 4, 2012

  • Wai

    The clip of Paris, the cobbles and the traffic brings back some fond memories!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmN4OF_6qMU

    July 4, 2012

  • Wai

    Wow - this really was an epic! Really lost for words, so many adventures and every leg of this trip was amazing! From riding around the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees to the midnight dash to the ferry on fast flat roads in the heavy downpour! L2P really has been the pinnacle of all my rides so far. Well done to everyone for all the fun and games on the road and to Joe for being our bank manager and Ebba for helping to navigate. Was indeed great times, now off for some more zzzzzzzzz !

    June 7, 2012

  • Queen C.

    great photos guys!!! now i am REALLY inspired to do it! :)

    June 7, 2012

  • anna

    Saddle up! Absolutely great time! Thanks to Wai and everyone else for your fantastic company!:) What a pleasure to ride on the roads in France,simply loved it:)Many great memories from that weekend and can't wait to see the photos:) I don't think though I'll have fish for a while Penny ;) Alehandro-quick recovery to you!!Well done to everyone and hope to see you all soon!

    June 7, 2012

  • Joe

    303 miles of easy pedalling. Again a fantastic RPCC holiday. France is so much better than UK (less noisy traffic). Each day seemed like two - we had so much adventure - even the denouement midnight dash in a downpour! Sleep hardly needed with such stress free days in excellent company.

    June 7, 2012

  • Daniela

    Wai did a fantastic job and made the trip very enjoyable and fun, being the friendly, inclusive and democratic leader he is :) Last leg Newhaven -> London was very enjoyable too! We discovered Reigate Hill - steeper than Ditchling! My highlight was definitely the beauty of Normandy' s countryside.. tiny little villages (Lierville, Neuf Chatel en Bray) and Rouen's Dome.. (possibly better to avoid cycling at night in future planning, as a bit dangerous) Overall top and great company! Thanks all!

    June 6, 2012

  • Joe

    FAO Cindy: Handlebar bags, saddle bags, rucsacs for those that don't. It is a pilgrimage of suffering! We will not be staying at Le Grand hotel as is my custom. - the one time I stayed in Paris!

    June 1, 2012

  • Queen C.

    hi guys i had a plan on cycling to Paris at the end of this month but had to postpone due to lack of money and (sadly..) training. i have been reading articles about people riding to Paris and most do it for charity so they have the luxury of having a chaser car, guide, and having all their stuff carried. since you all have the fancy posh fast road bikes, where will you put your panniers & stuff?

    May 30, 2012

  • Wai

    Hi Anna
    We've been training hard already and i'm planning some more long rides to prepare for L2P. We have an 80miler up our sleeves, still working on the route. :-)

    April 23, 2012

  • anna

    is everyone training very hard already...?:)

    April 12, 2012

  • Wai

    Hi Lofty, thanks for your interest. To answer your questions. 1) We will be staying at a hotel that will allow us to securely store our bikes with them. It is still advisable to bring locks as we plan daytime trips around Paris by bike.
    2) Yes, pannier/rucksacks as we will be in Paris for 3 nights.
    3) It is very tempting to go back via Eurostar, but where is the challenge in that? Ideally we ride as a group throughout the trip.

    1 · April 2, 2012

  • Lofty

    Wai, very interested in coming. A couple of practical questions.

    1) Overnight Bike security in Paris, what are arrangements with Paris Hotel on secure storage ? Should we be bringing Padlocks ?

    2) I assume it best to bring pannier on bike to carry changes of cloths and bathroom stuff ?

    Last but no means least I can get discounted Eurostar tickets for £29 + £25 for the bike per person for my self plus 3 other back to London. Any takers ?

    April 2, 2012

  • Daniela

    Altough I am 100% up for cycling back to Dieppe and just take a local UK train with a Group Saver to London, for those less "hard-core" ;-->> here is a link for the Eurostar, where you can check prices options: http://tinyurl.com/cp4pr49

    March 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Guys, sounds like the Paris ride will be great, unfortunately i cant attend. I would be keen on a ride to Holland!

    1 · March 29, 2012

  • Pete

    I accidentally clicked RSVP. I really hope to be able to make this but cannot confirm yet...

    March 29, 2012

  • alejandro

    I am up for the trip tho Holland too!!!!!!!

    March 29, 2012

  • Sofia

    Yes, please! Although I don't have any more holidays left from work for 2012, so I can either do the August Bank Holiday if 3 days is enough, ..or will have to wait for 2013 to do such a long ride :-(

    1 · March 29, 2012

  • Wai

    We will be doing scheduling a ride to Holland too - so will let you know if you're interested.

    1 · March 29, 2012

  • Sofia

    Wow, this sounds amazing,and really wanted to do this, but unfortunately will be away in Holland during that time. Enjoy the ride guys!

    March 29, 2012

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