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Thu 20 Jul - Sun 23 Jul 2017

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Day 1, Thu 20 Jul 2017

London to Dover (approximately 86 miles/140kms)

After all the preparation, the time has finally come to get pedalling! The journey kicks off in South 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 way out of London in the morning to beat the rush hour traffic. Our journey takes us along some picturesque routes of the South East. After a welcome lunch stop we continue through the afternoon with one or two challenging climbs along the North Downs before arriving into Dover. From here we catch the late afternoon ferry to Calais. Riders are expected to buy their own dinner on board. On arrival into Calais we cycle to our hotel for a well earned rest.

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Day 2, Fri 21 Jul 2017

Calais to Amien (approximately 111miles/180kms)

Today we head south along some of the quieter roads, through quaint French villages and towns tackling some big hills on the way to where our lunch stop will be. During the afternoon we climb some further hills and pass by some of the war cemeteries, a reminder of this region’s past. The evening is spent in our hotel outside Amien, where dinner will be provided before resting your legs after a big day in the saddle.

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Day 3, Sat 22 Jul 2017

Amien to Paris (approximately 86miles/140kms)

The adrenalin is pumping as we set off on our final day of cycling. This morning is relatively calm and picturesque. Lunch is a welcome break ready for the afternoon’s excitement. This is the part we have all been waiting for. This afternoon we head for Paris and regroup before setting off in convoy through the centre of Paris, pass the Arc De Triomphe and along the Champs Elysee before finishing at the base of the Eiffel Tower. We have time for photos and a few tears of joy then it’s on to our hotel to prepare for the evening’s celebration dinner. Bicycles are packed up and head back to meet us at St Pancras tomorrow.

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Day 4, Sun 23 Jul 2017

Le Tour de France!

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.

In the afternoon head over to watch the last stage of the Tour de France where, fingers crossed, we will watch the 'Manx Missile' Mark Cavendish cross the line first for the fifth time edging closer to Eddy Merckx record amount of stage wins & hopefully see Chris Froome in the maillot jaune again...

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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