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Fri 09 Sep - Mon 12 Sep 2016

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Day 1, Fri 09 Sep 2016

London to Portsmouth (approximately 77 miles/125kms)

After all the preparation, the time has finally come to get pedalling! The journey kicks off in West London, where we meet the rest of the group, the challenge leader and support team. An introductory briefing will include vital safety advice, and then we’re off! 

The group follows a relaxed and relatively quiet route past Bushy Park and the Molesey reservoirs, with the Thames a short distance away. We take country roads and eventually break for lunch in the heart of rural Surrey. From here the roads get smaller and narrower, passing through the pretty villages of the North and South Downs en route to Portsmouth. Once there, the bikes will be loaded on to the support van, leaving cyclists free to enjoy their first team dinner before boarding the overnight ferry to France. Make the most of the eight-hour crossing to recharge your batteries with a good rest after a tough day with some tricky ascents. Overnight on the ferry.

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Day 2, Sat 10 Sep 2016

Caen to Evreux (approximately 90miles/144kms)

The ferry docks in Caen at around 8am, which still leaves time to enjoy a buffet breakfast onboard. The bikes will be ready and waiting in the port car park, from where we head off. Heading inland on undulating quiet roads and cycle paths, today’s ride involves greater mileage than yesterday, but with less ascent. Take the time to enjoy the rolling, picturesque French countryside, passing tiny hamlets, bubbling brooks and “ville fleurie” farmhouses. Having arrived in Evreux during the late afternoon, the group will dine at a local restaurant then retire for an early night at our hotel.

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Day 3, Sun 11 Sep 2016

Evreux to Paris (approximately 70miles/112kms)

Rise and shine early for the final day of cycling. It’s a challenging start before lunch as we negotiate several climbs over the first 35 miles of the day. Once outside of Evreux, expect to pass fields of sunflowers, corn and other crops, while stopping for several pitstops along the way. The team will regroup and refuel on the outskirts of Paris, ahead of the last section which will take approximately 90 minutes. After reaching the other side of Versailles, we will once again head upwards in an attempt to avoid major thoroughfares. From here we catch our first glimpse of the iconic Tour Eiffel. The adrenaline will be pumping as we glide our way past the Arc de Triomphe and down the Champs Elysees, before reaching our ultimate destination. There’s time for a quick celebratory drink and the obligatory victory snaps in the shadow of the tower, before we head off to our hotel for the final celebratory dinner together.

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Day 4, Mon 12 Sep 2016

Paris to London

Now the hard work is over, take the morning to explore Paris at your leisure or simply lie in and relax after last night’s celebrations. Later it’s time to make your own way to the Gare du Nord station, from where we catch the Eurostar back to St Pancras International. (Please see Q&As for information on bike transportation back to the UK.)

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Important information

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change for a variety of reasons. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that may occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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