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March 29, 2015 at 11:47 #752MartinGuest
A group of us are doing the London paris this June via Dieppe and the avenue vert. A number of us are doing it on road bikes. My question is what is the road/path surface like and would it be suitable for the delicate skinny tyres of a road bike?
Also if anyone could name some worthwhile towns en route to stay that would be much appreciated. (3 day route)
MartinJune 7, 2015 at 12:29 #758Hillary VipondGuest
I have the exact same question! We’re going in December, with a large group, so finding out if it’s all tarmacked is pretty essential for us. Did you ever find an answer to this question?
HillaryJune 14, 2015 at 14:59 #759Mal strattonGuest
Myself and a group of 7 done the London to Paris 24 hrs route in October last year. We all used road bikes on skinny tyres. I fitted new tyres before I went but not realising that fixed rim tyres we’re going to be so hard to remove. So definitely rimless are the future.
Between us we had approx 18 punctures and at least 3 tyres required. I think we were desperately unlucky. Only two of the group did not puncture and they both had
Continental Grand Prix 4000S II Folding Road Tyre Fitted.
The weather was atrocious with strong winds and rain which meant a lot of debris on the route. We did use the avenue verte for a little bit but we got more punctures on it due to the debris.
It is all tarmacced – the only issue with the section we were on was that it always had a slight incline so never got any respite for freewheeling etc. As we were doing the 24 hr challenge we were up against the clock all the time.
From doing a bit of research I believed the route was going to be much easier to navigate than it turned out to be. We didn’t use the gps routes- every now and again you would be faced with a motorway and had to divert round it.
I still have some GPx files of the routes if required. Or if you have any further questions feel free to ask.April 25, 2016 at 01:58 #814Alexandra TersoglioGuest
I can´t believe so many punctures. Could you pass me the GP files I am planning to do it in June of this year with my daughterMay 9, 2016 at 15:10 #816kamGuest
Is Kam from London. I can help you when all punctures sorted out and you get safe here. banderx outlook com