Advice on the type of bike and cycling kit you need and anything else you need for the challenge.

Your Bike

A standard hybrid or road bike will be sufficient for your needs. No mountain or fixed wheel bikes are allowed on our long distance rides.

Your bike must be in roadworthy condition and it is well worth taking it to your local bike shop for a check up prior to the ride. If you would like to talk to an expert, please contact Nigel Hill at Sidcup Cycles on 020 8300 8113 who will be happy to assist you.

Please note that anyone needing help from our mechanics at the start of an event to ensure roadworthiness will be charged for this service.


Helmets: the Legion requires all participants to wear a helmet at all times whilst riding. This will reduce the severity of head injury sustained in the case of an accident.

Cycle lock: this is optional as we provide secure lock-up storage at each overnight location.

Water bottles: to be carried on your bike. We recommend carrying two.

Puncture repair kit: not essential as we have mechanics on the route but highly recommended.

Small rucksack or cycling paniers: to carry any personal items you may need during the day such as medications, cameras, puncture repair kit etc


  • Lycra cycling tops - these are lightweight and dry very quickly
  • Padded cycling shorts - highly recommended
  • Footwear - ideally a pair of cycling shoes or thick-soled trainers
  • Sunglasses - ensure that they are well secured
  • Cycling gloves
  • Waterproof jacket - light enough to carry


Currency: you will need some Euros. All meals and refreshments are included - but not bar bills! You should also allow enough cash to cover taxi/metro costs from the hotel in Paris to the relevant Eurostar stations for your return to London.

Baggage: space is limited so we can only carry one bag per person. You will deliver your luggage to, and collect from, a central point each day. It will be transported for you. Please make sure that your luggage is clearly marked with your name and does not weigh more than 15kg.

Travel documents:

  • Valid passport
  • Travel Insurance for yourself and your bike
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) - formerly the E111 form. This entitles you to NHS-type treatment whilst in Europe

First Aid

We have medics who are cyclists and are there to support you on the ride.

You will need to bring some basic first aid items:

  • Sun cream
  • Insect spray
  • Muscle rub
  • Vaseline
  • Lip balm 
  • Sanitary products
  • Prescribed medication