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Our London to Geneva cycle challenge combines our iconic London to Paris and Paris to Geneva cycling challenges to make one ultimate challenge. Cycling 666 miles over 10 days on this two stage cycling tour, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the final stage of the Tour de France live in the heart of Paris – its a cycling adventure that’s one of a kind!
Stage One is the London to Paris leg of the challenge, we’ll spend 4 days in the saddle with the route taking us through glorious English countryside as we cycle from Kent to Dover, before crossing the Channel to Calais. Once across the water we start cycling ‘French style’, remembering to keep to the right!, we push on cycling along quiet French country lanes, through traditional market towns with views of the rolling green hills of northern France, passing the war memorials and cemeteries of the Somme. A spectacular finish awaits us as we reach the home stretch up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, before reaching the piece de resistance, the Eiffel Tower, which marks our finish line of stage one of the challenge.
Then we enjoy a well deserved rest day in Paris, a chance watch the peloton race into the city for the final stage of the Tour de France or explore Paris – the choice is yours!
Stage Two is the Paris to Geneva leg of the challenge, we’ll hop back onto the saddle and spend a further 4 days riding across stunning French countryside, through medieval towns, crossing through the famous vineyard regions of Burgandy and Champagne. We then pass through the charming Roman Spa town of Lons-le-Saunier, which marks the start of the epic finish to this challenge – to conquer the Jura Mountains! Without doubt the feeling of tackling the hair pin bends of Col de la Faucille (1,232m) will never be forgotten, but the downhill from this Tour de France Col straight into Geneva is where we’ll witness breath-taking vistas as far as the eye can see! We then celebrate our achievements with a fantastic finish on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Join us for a spectacular cycling challenge like no other.
PLEASE NOTE: PARTICIPANTS WILL BE INVOICED £70 FOR A NON – REFUNDABLE FLIGHT PAYMENT 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE CHALLENGE DEPARTURE DATE. THIS COST IS INCLUDED IN THE COSTS OUTLINED BELOW.
Day 1 – Registration for challenge early morning in Croydon and start cycling at 7am through Kent to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Distance – 86 miles
Day 2 – Cycle from Calais to Arras through charming villages and along quiet country lanes. Distance – 80 miles
Day 3 – Cycle from Arras to Compiègne passing numerous WWI memorials and monuments through the Region of the Somme. Distance – 74 mile
Day 4 – Cycle to Paris, up the Champs-Élysées, round the Arc de Triomphe and finish stage one of the challenge overlooking the Eiffel Tower from the Champ de Mars, Celebratory meal. Distance – 68 miles
Day 5 – Free day in Paris to watch the finale of the Tour de France!
Day 6 – Paris to Sens – We take the short ride to the Eifel Tower which marks our official start. We cycle through many small, traditional towns and villages as we approach Sens – a fantastic town famous for Cathedral St-Etienne. Cycling distance – approx. 86 miles
Day 7 – Sens to Saulieu – Cycle to Saulieu. Saulieu is located on the edge of Morvan National park – an area known for its woodland, lakes and rivers. Cycling distance – approx. 98 miles
Day 8 – Saulieu to Lons-le-Saunier – Leaving Lons-le-Saunier, we continue cycling in a south easterly direction towards the town of Beaune – a great town situated in the heart of prestigious vineyard and also known as the ‘capital of Burgundy wines!’ We reach the lovely town of Lons-le-Saunier – an old Roman Spa Town. Cycling distance – approx. 101 miles
Day 9 – Lons-le-Saunier to Geneva – We set off for our most challenging day in the saddle – to cross the mighty Juras Mountains into Switzerland and take in the famous Col del la Faucille (1,232m) – a peak which has featured in many Tour De France routes. We then enjoy the descent to the border into Switzerland and glide into Geneva celebrating with a champagne finish in Parc Barton. Tonight we enjoy a celebratory meal. Cycling distance – approx. 73 miles
Day 10 – We take the transfer to Geneva Airport for our flights to London where we are reunited with our bikes.
Join us for this fantastic European cycling adventure!