Across the Divide have bookings open for this year’s London to Paris charity bike ride (June 1 – 5); an event that sees participants challenge themselves across four days of cycling from London, through rolling Kent countryside and picturesque French villages, to the heart of Paris with an epic Finish beneath the Eiffel Tower.
The challenge, now its third year, covers around 300 miles (mostly on minor roads and lanes) with an itinerary that breaks down as:
Day 1, 100miles – Greenwich, via the London suburbs and southern counties to Dover (with a couple of chewy hills to get you in the mood)
Day 2, 70mies – Calais to the historic town of Arras.
Day 3, 76miles – Arras to Compiegne, the most scenic day of cycling.
Day 4, 63miles – Compiegne to Paris, complete with celebratory meal.
Day 5 – Eurostar to St Pancras (no sweat required…)
In our experience ATD manage to pull of the near impossible balancing act between laid-back, sheer fun and impeccable planning and, with the promise of ATD guides, logistics staff, event doctor, wholesome foods and quality overnight hotels the only thing you have to do is peddle. As the organisers put it: “Although this event will be hard going at times, the rewards will be great.” – This is one charity ride Cyclo really wants to take up this year…
For more information see: www.acrossthedivide.com