21 February 2020

Cycle London to Paris in 24 hours

February 3, 2015

Fancy a new challenge? Instead of ambling to Paris in three days, this new fully supported event helps you cycle the 320km in just 24hours – amazing!


The London to Paris sportive is the inaugural endurance cycling challenge between two of the world’s most iconic cities and is aimed at everyday cyclists, club cyclists, commuters, weekend warriors and those looking to take their cycling to the next level.

Sophie Radcliffe, AKA Challenge Sophie is the brains behind this event. She’s cycled London to Paris in 24 hours six times and has led numerous 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.

Sophie has teamed up with Cycle Friendly who have years of experience organising mass particpation cycling events all over the world. The team, 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.

London to Newhaven, Stage One: 70 miles – Saturday 2nd May

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.

Dieppe to Paris, Stage Two: 129 miles -Sunday 3rd May

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. 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 5pm, 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.

Sound like your kind of challenge? Click here for more information


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