The London to Paris cycle event is a major challenge and undertaking, and can be a great way to raise a substantial amount of cash for charity while pushing yourself to the limit. If you’re a novice cyclist then you may wish to take part in another event first, because cycling 480km over the space of four days and up some difficult hill climbs is a challenge that can beat some of the more novice cyclists.
The London to Paris cycle takes place over 4 days starting from Crystal Palace in London and ending at St Pancras station five days later. It takes in beautiful countryside and incredible surroundings, and it even enables you to finish the challenge with a day spent in incredible Paris before enjoying a more leisurely journey home by train. It will require a lot of training for this event as it is designed with those of an average fitness level in mind.
You are required to make a deposit of £99 before gaining a minimum sponsorship amount. This amount can vary depending on the charity that you choose to cycle for, but homeless shelter and homeless charity St Mungo’s accept a sponsorship pledge of £1,400 in order for you to take part in what will be one of the most memorable journeys you’ll ever make.
One the first day of the route you will cycle from London to Calais ready to board the Eurostar. Day 2 will see you travel from Calais to Abbeville and you will enjoy the highlights of stunning Northern France during your bike trek. Day 3′s journey follows the river Somme as you head for Beauvais and day 4 sees the final push to Paris where you will spend the night. Day 5 is yours to enjoy as you like in the incredible French capital before heading back to St Pancreas by train.
Training is essential for this bike trek. If you are of medium fitness then it is achievable but you should, at the very least, ensure that you’re comfortable sat in a saddle for 4 days of nearly continuous bike riding. Ideally you should also take on some fairly strenuous, shorter trips first to prepare yourself.
Homeless charity St Mungo’s provides assistance and support to all of its runners ensuring that they are prepared and able to raise the most money when they take part in the London to Paris cycle.