London to Paris 2015

Writing just before I head off to meet all of my fellow participants in this years London to Paris bike ride for Macmillan Cancer Support, and I am only now starting to think about how to get from home to Blackheath, where the ride starts on Wednesday.

Travelling across London can be difficult at times but with luggage and a bike? Easy thing would be to cycle across but I am planning on taking things easy before our own Grand Depart. Nerves ahead of the ride haven’t  kicked in just yet but I am sure they will, even though I have done this before.

I have trained more this time, cycled further and faster so I should be ok right, especially with the anticipated heat wave coming for the end of the week …

Some of this next bit has been pinched from the Macmillan website but for full details of the event, you can look here;

Wednesday is Day 1, London-Dover

An early start from South London sees us head off with a tough day’s cycling ahead. We head through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads and it’s not long before we are among the hills and villages of rural Kent along country roads to Dover and the coast, with an elevation gain of over 1,500m.

Approx Cycling Distance: 145km

Day 2, Calais – Arras

After breakfast in Calais we head south. Starting off fairly flat, the ride gets more undulating as the day continues until we reach Arras.

Approx Cycling Distance: 125km

Day 3, Arras – Compiègne

After a couple of hard days in the saddle, we continue to head South once more. Today we travel through villages and along quiet French roads. Less climbing today but you can soon see why there are so many wind farms in this region. We pass the countless war memorials, down through the Somme to the town of Compiègne, where we spend the night.

Approx Cycling Distance: 125km

Day 4, Compiègne – Paris

Our final day’s cycling takes us South West initially through small villages and woodland before we meet the Parisian suburbs. We cycle though the Parisian streets with some highlights, cycling as a group along the Avenue des ChampsÉlysées and around the Arc de Triumph to our finish beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower, before the hard part in trying to find our hotel for the night.

Approx Cycling Distance: 90km

But this is all just training for the Ride London 100 at the start of August. Who came up with this bright idea of taking on 5 challenge events??


Author: HawickBalls

Cyclist Fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support. Exiled Teri ..

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