Cycling from London to Paris to coincide with the tour de France is probably on the bucket list for many, and if you're going to take on the famous route, it's a good opportunity to raise some funds to help those in need. In mid-July a group of riders did exactly that. Setting out from Trafalgar square in central London. Day 1 saw us cycling the undulating English countryside to the seaside town of Brighton where we had lunch then onto Newhaven to catch the ferry to Dieppe France. The next morning we kicked started the day with a relaxing breakfast and a coffee by the beautiful seaside port of Dieppe. Day 1 in France was breathtaking. Every twist and turn brings another stunning view and moment you cannot help but wish to snap with your camera. Arriving into Paris and seeing the Eifel tour and watching the end of the Tour de France is really a very special moment.
The annual ride is limited to just 20 riders. I have riders who haven’t been on a bike in years and those that are out on their bike every day logging 100s of kilometres on Strava. The small group sizes makes the ride a very sociable event and ensures each rider gets all the attention they need. It’s completely different to other charity rides in that you end up meeting a lot of new people; support people know you by name and you will most certainly make a bunch of new friends.
Included in the low entry cost is accommodation (3 star hotels), breakfast, lunch and snacks – leaving riders free to explore without the need to worry – as well as a return transfer for you and your bike back to London.
While the ride aims to make the experience an enjoyable one, at its heart, it aims to help those who don't have such luxuries in life. Riders can choose from five charities to direct their fundraising efforts towards. These are: Fred Hollows Foundation (restores sight to the blind), ADRA (disaster relief work and micro financing), Compassion (sponsor-child charity), Watoto (support for children in poverty), Bikes4life (giving people living in poverty bikes to transform their life through transport).
Each of the charities has a common theme of solving poverty and making a difference to people in need. To learn more check out the London to Paris adventure. This year as a group we raised over $45,000 for people in need.