Join the adventure!

Be part of this unique challenge in our 40th anniversary year. Starting at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne and finishing under the gaze of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, this 5-day cycling challenge will be the adventure of a lifetime.

When?

12th-16th May 2021

What's the cost?

£149 registration fee + £1,600 minimum sponsorship

What's included?

4 nights hotel accommodation (based on twin share with private facilities) Ferry crossing (Dover to Calais)
Bike transfer from Paris to London
Two water and refreshment stops per day
All meals (excluding breakfast and dinner on Day 1 and lunch in Paris on Day 5) Tour leader and first aid trained crew
Tour mechanic
Tour catering team
Minimum of 3 support vehicles
Fully risk assessed and signed route
Celebration meal at the finish on Day 4
Return travel by Eurostar to St Pancras
Coach transfer back to St Wilfrid’s, Eastbourne
Dedicated St Wilfrid’s Event Manager
Bespoke Wilfride Cycle Top

What's not included?

Bike and personal kit
Personal travel insurance
Bike insurance
Personal spending money (additional soft and alcoholic drinks, souvenirs etc) Garmin hire (available via Skyline for £25)

What kind of support will I get?

Dedicated event manager before, during and after the challenge. Comprehensive support including training and fundraising advice and regular pre-event meetings.

Who is the challenge for?

Everyone can do this challenge! Whether you describe yourself as an experienced cyclist; a keen fairweather cyclist; a never-ridden-more-than 20 miles cyclist and even the cyclist who would love to take on this challenge but would need to buy a bike because you haven’t ridden for years …this is absolutely a challenge that anyone can do and enjoy. For those that need it, there will be training plans available. On the challenge itself, every participant is supported whatever their pace. Cyclists can ride at their own pace following a fully signed route and however long each stage takes you we will be with you.

Itinerary

Day 1 - St Wilfrid’s to Calais
The challenge begins bright and early at the Hospice. After a fantastic send-off, we’ll head east staying close to the coastline wherever possible. After some challenging hills, we descend to Dover where we board an early evening ferry taking us to Calais where we will spend our first night. Approx 75miles cycling.

Day 2 - Calais to Abbeville
La belle France! Stunning picturesque countryside awaits us in northern France as we travel south from Calais to Desvre, a small market town known for its ceramics. We then follow river valleys before finally arriving in Abbeville, a town steeped in history from the war which despite extensive damage in just one night has retained its beautiful Gothic church. Approx 75 miles cycling.

Day 3 - Abbeville to Beauvais
Our route this morning follows the river Somme out of Abbeville. Though the famous battle likely comes to mind first, the name Somme actually derives from the Celtic word of ‘tranquillity’ which fully encapsulates the feeling of the day as you cycle through this beautiful region. We finish the day in Beauvais whose market square is a true highlight with several of the buildings dating from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries. Approx 70 miles cycling.

Day 4 - Beauvais to Paris
Our final day of cycling and the big push to Paris! We are still treated to some stunning countryside all the way up to our lunch spot by the River Seine. After lunch, we follow the river down through the suburbs until we reach the Bois de Boulogne – the largest park in Paris. We then have a short ride along the famous wide boulevards of Paris before reaching our finishing point at the Eiffel Tower! Approx 60 miles cycling.

Day 5 - Paris to London on the Eurostar
The day is yours to soak up the Parisian way of life and explore the city and visit the landmarks only yesterday you were cycling by. We will meet you in the afternoon at the Gare du Nord to catch the Eurostar home arriving at St Pancras, where you will be met by coaches to transport you and your bikes back to St Wilfrid’s.

For more information or to book

If you have any questions then please call Sarah Marsh on 01323 434284 or email [email protected]

If you would like to book your spot on this amazing event please click the button below. You will be redirected to Skyline Events webpage (our booking agent for this event) who will enable you to make your registration and take your fee.

Thank you for your support.

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