Once in France, we coordinate rolling road closures so you can cycle from Calais to the very heart of Paris without having to think about traffic, junctions or red lights. This is the only cycling event apart from the Tour de France that the Arc de Triomphe closes for.
It's well paced with breaks throughout each day:
Leave the capital bright and early, starting at Eltham Palace and heading south out of London through some of Kent’s finest scenery, arriving in the historic town of Dover in time to board the ferry to Calais.
Take in beautiful rural landscapes as we ride through the French countryside, from Samer onto Abbeville.
Travel through meandering valleys and traditional farming hamlets as we leave Abbeville, heading into the Somme and Oise regions of Picardy before arriving in Beauvais.
Tackle the home straight as we ride through Menucourt and end on closed roads through the Champs Elysee and a triumphant finish at the Arc de Triomphe
Travel home on the Eurostar on Monday after completing the ride of a lifetime!
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A standard hybrid or road bike will be sufficient for the Pedal to Ypres challenge. No mountain or fixed wheel bikes are allowed on our long distance rides.
Your bike must be in roadworthy condition, so consider 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 road-worthiness will be charged for this service.
You'll also need some other kit, including:
Travel documents and items you'll need could include: