Cycle London to Paris for OCD-UK

Event Details

Next Trip Dates:
Various dates through 2018
Location: London to Paris
Accommodation: 2-3* hotels
Fitness Required: Average
Deposit: £99
Minimum Sponsorship: £1,560

To register or to request further information:
Email us about this event
Phone: 03332 127 890

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Built in 1889, it has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and named for its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair..

Connect two of the world's most chic capital cities as you embark on the charity bike ride challenge of a lifetime.

OCD-UK's own Ashley Fulwood and OCD-UK member Jo (Northern Star) embarked on this challenge in September 2012, take a look at Ashley and Jo's tour pics on Flickr for a little taster of glorious French countryside.

The tour is organised by Skyline for OCD-UK, where you will be joined by cyclists all taking part for various charities, and we would love you to ride for OCD-UK. The following gives you a brief taste of the bike ride ahead:

Day 1: London to Calais
Our challenge begins bright and early from Crystal Palace heading south en route to the coast. Approx 90 miles.

Day 2: Calais to Abbeville
La belle France! Stunning picturesque countryside awaits us in northern France as we travel south. Approx 75 miles.

Day 3: Abbeville to Beauvais
Our route this morning follows the river Somme out of Abbeville. Approx 70 miles.

Day 4: Beauvais to Paris
Our final day of cycling and the big push to Paris, our final destination. Approx 65 miles.

Day 5: Paris to London
The day is yours to soak up the Parisian way of life and explore the city. Eurostar home, arriving at St Pancras about 6pm in the evening.

Is the trip for me?

Definitely! This trip is a fantastic challenge for anyone wanting to do something amazing for a great cause! There will be lots of like minded people taking part, all looking for the challenge of a lifetime, and of course to meet new friends. Some people come with friends or family but most people come on their own, so what are you waiting for? Sign up today for a fantastic experience and the opportunity to make life long friends.

How fit do I need to be?

You don't need to be a fitness fanatic to do this cycle ride. The majority of people who are taking part will be just like you and will not necessarily have done anything like this before. However, to get maximum enjoyment from this challenge, training is vital and we will provide you with a detailed training plan which we strongly recommend you stick to.

Can I extend my trip?

No. Unfortunately due to Eurostar restrictions you will be unable to change any tickets.

What is the food like?

Lots of familiar European dishes will be on the menu! Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided throughout the trip except for three meals (dinner on the ferry on the way out to France and lunch and dinner in Paris on our last night). We can of course cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements - as long as you let us know in advance!

What do I need to bring?

No specialist kit is required although we strongly recommend that you use your own bike for both your training and the event itself. You will also need to bring your own cycle helmet. We will send you a full packing list for the trip you are going on once you have registered.

What will happen to my luggage during cycling days?

There will be support vehicles with the group at all times which means your luggage will be transported in one of these vehicles for you. You will just need to carry a bum bag for any essentials like a camera and sun tan lotion.

What type of accommodation will I be staying in?

We stay in 2 or 3 star hotels throughout the trip.

What's included in the cost?

Travel by ferry to France and return travel to London on Eurostar, accommodation, all meals (excluding dinner on the ferry on day 1 and lunch and dinner on day 5), mechanics, guides and medical support.

Is there an age restriction?

You will need to be over 18 but there is no upper age limit. If you are over 65 will just need to get a medical form signed by your doctor.

What about insurance?

You must have travel insurance cover in order to participate in this challenge. You can either arrange this yourself (as long as your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event) or we can help you arrange this.


This can vary between locations from 10-31C at this time of year. It will vary in humidity as well.

The tour costs will be taken from your £1560 minimum sponsorship, with the remainder coming to OCD-UK.

By supporting OCD-UK you will receive;

  • A fantastic fundraising pack including training advice.
  • High quality high performance and breathable OCD-UK cycle jersey to wear during your challenge.
  • Sponsorship forms.

To take part visit the Skyline website and register (paying your deposit) and in the dropdown menu please be sure to select OCD-UK to be the charity you intend to ride for. Once you have registered for the event, or if you have any further questions, please by sure to let us know and a member of the OCD-UK team will be in touch within a few days.


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