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MS Trust – London to Paris Cycle Ride (June 2012)
June 13, 2012 - June 17, 2012
London to Paris cycle rides are held regularly from May to September, but we’re hoping to attract lots of MS Trust supporters to the June ride and make it one of our major fundraising events in Olympic year!
Join our team and connect two of the world’s most chic capital cities as you embark on the cycle challenge of a lifetime for charity. Cycling through beautiful English villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France you’ll pass historical landmarks and famous battlefields from World War I until you reach Paris, undoubtedly one of the most magical places on earth.
Take part in this fantastic charity bike ride from London to Paris and raise much-needed funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Book now to give yourself lots of time to fundraise, and we’ll support you all the way!
Costs and sponsorship
- Non refundable registration fee: £99
- Minimum fundraising target £1,400
Day 1 – Wednesday
London to Calais – approx 150 km
Our challenge begins bright and early from Crystal Palace heading south en route to the coast. Our long journey today takes us through rural Kent – the garden of England. Our path winds through traditional British countryside, along the North Downs way before we reach the white cliffs of Dover. The ferry takes us across to Calais and our first night’s resting place.
Day 2 – Thursday
Calais to Abbeville – approx 120 km
La belle France! Stunning picturesque countryside awaits us in northern France as we travel south through some beautiful quaint villages – do not be surprised to be greeted with a Bonjour Monsieur/Madame as you cycle through! Cycle through Desvres, a market town known for its ceramics and continue with the windy roads along the valley of the Canche River. The Artois region is amazing with the Spanish influenced town of Hesdin and its tremendous architecture and close proximity to the battle of Agincourt. We spend the night in Abbeville – steeped in history from the war and despite being destroyed in just one night it has managed to retain its beautiful gothic church.
Day 3 – Friday
Abbeville to Beauvais – approx 110 km
Our route this morning follows the river Somme out of Abbeville. The Somme is perhaps most famous for its battles and you cannot fail to be reminded of the thousands who lost their lives in the war. But Somme is also a Celtic word meaning tranquility … so summing up the feeling of the day as you cycle through this superb region. After lunch you can enjoy the countryside with a little less ‘undulations’ than the previous days. We finish the day in Beauvais where the market square, Place de l’Hotel de Ville, is a true highlight. Several of the houses close to the Cathedral date back from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.
Day 4 – Saturday
Beauvais to Paris – approx 95 km
Our final day of cycling and the big push to Paris, our final destination. We are still treated to some stunning countryside including a lovely lunchtime in a wooded area next to the River Oise. After lunch we near the outskirts of Paris and you will start to spot the familiar sights of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. We rendezvous in a park just north of Paris before joining together to cycle the last miles along some of the famous boulevards. Our finish point can be seen for miles above the Paris skyline and on arrival the celebration can begin!
Day 5 – Sunday
Paris to London
The day is yours to soak up the Parisian way of life, explore the city and visit the landmarks that only yesterday you were cycling by. We will meet in the afternoon in the Gare du Nord to catch our Eurostar home, arriving in St Pancras where you will be reunited with your bike and commence your onward journey.
For further details on this London to Paris Cycle Ride please visit the MS Trust.
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