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London to Paris 2018

24th to 26th August

The Itinerary

Day 1 - Tower Bridge

The journery starts at Tower Bridge.  After a group pic, we start cycling south through the city of London and head towards the countryside.  The journey has a number of rolling hills on the 65 mile ride to Newhaven.  Once at Newhaven, we will pack our bikes in the van and then go out for some food before boarding the ferry.

Day 2 - Cergy

After tucking into breakfast, we start the biggest day of the triop.  The first 40 miles is along a disused railway track cutting through some beautiful villages and passing some nice coffee shops.  The second half of the journey will be through rural French countryside with a few decent climbs through breathtaking scenery.  A long day of cycling where we cover just under 95 miles.  A nice hotel and host shower awaits, before heading out for a much deserved meal.

Day 3 - Paris

The final day is a shorter ride of 22 miles where we have a gentle ride from Cergy to the Eiffel Tower.  It’s an exciting day as we cross the finishing line and complete the challenge.  After some group pics at the Eiffel Tower, there will be a short amount of time to enjoy the centre of Paris. The group will make their way to Gard du Nord to head back to London St Pancreas by the Eurostar. 

The Campaign

The London to Paris 2018 ride will be in aid Medical Aid For Palestinians, a UK registered charity who for over 30 year have been reaching out to Palestinian communities, striving to deliver health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement. Each participant will have a minimum fundraising target of £600.

A bit about MAP

Today MAP have offices in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, Lebanon and London. With our extensive local knowledge and experience, we work closely with communities, hospitals, clinics and healthcare providers to coordinate care and medical aid even where there are severe restrictions on access.

MAP provides immediate medical aid to those in need at times of crisis, while also developing local capacity and skills to ensure the long-term development of the Palestinian healthcare system.

We are also committed to bearing witness to the impact of occupation, displacement and conflict on Palestinian health and wellbeing, and campaign for the realisation of Palestinian rights to health and dignity.

Charity number: 1045315

 

The Package

What is included

  • Support vehicles throughout the trip
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Water and snacks throughout the trip
  • Cycling pump and basic tools
  • Ferry crossing to Dieppe
  • Hotel stay in Cergy on Day 2
  • Return train to London St Pancras
  • Bikes transported to London St Pancras

What is not included

  • Transport to Tower Bridge
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Evening Meals
  • Transport from London Pancras on wards
  • Spare tubes or parts for your bike
  • Bike box and packaging to transport your box in the van

London to Paris 2018 Registration

All the places have now been taken up.
Watch out for the 2019 registrations

FAQ

Training

We would recommend a road bike or a hybrid bike.  If the hybrid is closer to a mountain bike, then the front suspension should be lockable.

The cycle ride from London to Paris is a challenging ride and we recommend that every person dedicates 2-3 months of training time, increasing the training as the weeks go on.  

Once signed up, we will publish a recommended cycling training programme and we will keep each other motivated by using strava, an online platform to track our rides as a team.

The more you train, the easier the ride will be and the more you will enjoy it. We have experienced cyclists amongst the group who can offer advice throughout the training period and during the day.

It is not a race and we leave as a team and we finish as a team.

Registration Fee

The registration fee is non-refundable

The package section above describes what is  and is not included as part of the registration fee.  MCE are a voluntary organisation so all the money from the registration fee will be used to cover the costs of the event

Fundraising Target

The fundraising target for each person is a minimum of £600.  We have kept the minimum target as low as possible to help encourage as many people to participate in the challenge.

However, the  situation in Palestine, in particular Gaza is in a dire state, so we need to raise as much money as possible.  Each person should be targeting £1,000 ideally.

MAP donation policy is approximately 90% towards the cause and 10% towards admin.  MAP strive hard to minimise the amount they take from donations.

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