The actual challenge – London to Paris

I waffled on in the last post and did not really tell you the finer details on the challenge.

The challenge is labelled as 2 capital cities – 300 miles – 4 days.

day 1 – 83 miles

Leave London at 7 am and hopefully arrive for the ferry in Dover 15:30, arrive in France at the hotel at 22:00. Typical ride as follows.

day 1

Day 2 – 79 Miles

Start at 08:00, Cycle through the french country side with sweeping roads surrounded by arable fields, long and gradual climbs with magnificent views and then a gentle descent into the medieval town of Arras – to arrive at 17:00

day 2

Day 3 – 75 miles

Start at 08:00 and cycle through the region of the Somme and its WW1 battlefields, see some allied forces cemeteries and two German cemeteries and take on the twisting climbs through Bois de Thiescourt – to arrive at 17:00

day 3

Day 4 – 70 miles

Start at 07:00 Cycle through Compiegne Forest dappled with morning sunlight. Stop off at the beautiful village of Ermenonville. Cycle through the centre of Paris and experience its hustle and bustle. Pedal from the Louvre, up the Champs Elysees via the Arc de Triomph to the finish at the Eiffel Tower.

day 4

So you can see what I am up against and it all looks scary.

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