The London 2 Paris Cycle Challenge – Our Story

On Wednesday the 21st September 2016, the Prevent Breast Cancer London 2 Paris Cycle Challenge team set off on their epic 320 mile ride across Southern England and Northern France.

This is our story….

The London 2 Paris Team on day 1 ready to start the challenge

The London 2 Paris Team on day 1 ready to start the challenge

Day 1: London to Calais:

Day 1 saw us cycle through rush hour traffic in South London, through Kent and follow the coast line to Dover. On grippy English roads and short, sharp, punchy climbs this was by far the hardest day. When arriving in Dover we then jumped on the ferry to be convoyed to our hotel in Calais through the fog, eventually arriving at the hotel at 12:30am – 15 hours after leaving the starting point that morning in London!

To view our route for day 1 click here.

London 2 Paris Day 2

Ready to set off for day 2 of the challenge

Day 2: Calais to Arras:

Day 2 was another tough day. 75 miles through rolling French countryside gave us our first glimpse of the expansive landscape of Northern France. Sprits still high as with every pedal revolution we drawing closer to our Nirvana, Paris.

To view our route for day 2 click here.

Cycling through the French countryside and along the River Somme

Cycling through the French countryside and along the River Somme

Day 3: Arras to Compiegne:

We rolled out of Arras at around 8am, with some feeling the culmination of training building up in our legs. Continued through Northern France, we took in some of the beautiful scenery. Lunch was on the River Somme and seeing some of the incredible memorials dotted around the towns and villages in the area was very thought provoking. The tiring team had one last test with around 80 miles left to go of the challenge, a mile climb before hitting the outskirts of Compiegne.

To view our route for day 3 click here.

Riding into Paris on the last day

Riding into Paris on the last day

Day 4: Compiegne to Paris

The team rolled out full of jubilation. This was the last day we had to wear Lycra! The scenery was again breathtaking but with a strong headwind throughout the day the terrain was challenging and tested the already weary bodies of all 34 cyclists on the road. Lunch was served on the Seinne, 10 miles out from Paris. It was real, we were going to make it into Paris!

We then convoyed into Paris, riding up and around the famous pave round the Champs Elysee towards a champagne finish at the Eiffel tower.

To view our route for day 4 click here.

London 2 Paris finish line under the Eiffel Tower

Finishing the epic challenge under the Eiffel Tower

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us all the way through this once in a lifetime challenge.

Whilst all of the riders had a variety of reasons for taking on the London 2 Paris Cycle Challenge, we were all doing it to support Prevent Breast Cancer and raise money to fund vital research into the prediction and prevention of breast cancer. We want to make breast cancer a thing of the past, creating a world where thousands of people are spared from ever experiencing the pain and suffering it causes.

If you would still like to sponsor the group riding in memory of our inspirational friend, Morag Siller, please visit the Prevent Breast Cancer website. #ForMorag