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London to Paris 2016

Posted on 31 March 2016

The Hyde Group is hosting its first cycling challenge fundraiser in 2016.

Cycling enthusiasts are being invited to ride from London to Paris, to raise money for Hyde's Charitable Trust, dedicated to combatting poverty and disadvantage.

Through practical advice, training and grants, Hyde's Charitable Trust provides life-changing activities and help for vulnerable residents, families and communities.

Cycling over 250 miles, from Friday 20 May - Monday 23 May, through beautiful English villages and the stunning French countryside, the Hyde Group, along with its generous supporters and participants, aims to raise over £50,000.

Sponsors

This event is only possible with the generosity of all our sponsors and supporters.

A huge thank you goes to the Chartway Group, our main event sponsor, along with all our other sponsors: Phillip Pank Partnership, Martin Arnold, Bugler, Buxton, Calford Seaden, Rydon, BPM, Mulalley, Devonshires, Mount Anvil, PTEA and Alan Camp.

Get involved

If you would like to become an event sponsor, please contact the Project Manager, George Rudman by email george.rudman@hyde-housing.co.uk. He will be able to answer any questions you have about the different sponsorship packages and details about the event.

Route

The group of 20 cyclists will cycle approximately 279 miles and climb 11,114ft.

  • Day 1: 88.7 miles, Ft Climbed: 4453
  • Day 2: 100.7 miles, Ft Climbed: 3893
  • Day 3: 89.6 miles, Ft Climbed: 2768

Itinerary

Day 1, London to Calais, Friday 20 May

The event will begin at 9am on Friday 20 May. The cyclists will roll out as a group for the first few miles. Once everyone is warmed up and comfortable on their bikes, the faster group will push on at the slightly faster speed of 18mph. There will be three designated check points where everyone will be met by the support vehicle and have a rest.

The support vehicle will provide food and drink before pushing on to the next check point and finally the finish.

Arrival at Dover is expected at 5pm, ready to board the ferry which will depart at  Our Ferry will depart at 6.25pm arriving for 9pm. On arrival at Calais the group will go to the hotel, which is less than 1km away. 

Day 2, Calais to Amiens, Saturday 21 May

After a night's sleep and breakfast riders will depart at 9.30am.  Again the group will cycle together for the  first few miles, before the faster group pushes on again. There will be the opportunity for a number of sprint on the quieter roads, with a prize for the best sprinter. As on day one, there will be three stops, which will help break up the long cycle and to pace the estimated 90 miles of cycling. The group is due to arrive in Amiens, in the early evening, for dinner in a local restaurant. 

Day 3, Amiens to Paris, Sunday 22 May

The final day of cycling will be the hardest as heavy, tired legs will want to give in. Starting at 8.45am,  the group will roll out together with the faster group again pushing on after a few miles. Once again there will be three rest stops at designated check points. On the arrival at Paris the groups will meet at the Arc De Triomphe for photos. Everyone will then cycle to the hotel, just 4km away. Dinner will again be provided in a local restaurant.

Day 4, Paris to London, Monday 23 May

After breakfast, the group will travel home by Euro Star. Bicycles will either be loaded onto the Eurostar or returned home in the support vehicles and returned to Park Street. The group will arrive back into London at around 1pm with a Celebration Event back at Hyde's Head Office on Park Street.

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