Cycle the iconic 311 mile route from capital to capital, all to support patients at the RUH.
Your journey will begin in London, taking you through beautiful English countryside from Kent to Dover… then crossing the Channel to reach French soil. You’ll pass through the rolling green fields of Northern France and war memorials of the Somme, a historical spectacle. Concluding in Paris, a victorious finish takes you around the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysées, before completing the adventure at the Eiffel Tower – with a chance to celebrate your achievement in true Parisian-style that evening!
Join our team in this classic cycling challenge and the money you raise will touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients and their families cared for by the RUH each year… Every mile supporting so many through some of life’s toughest challenges, at a time they need it most.
Supporting you every step (or pedal!) of the way
Option A – Minimum Sponsorship
Registration Fee £125 + Minimum Sponsorship Target £1,610
Option B – Self-funding
Registration Fee £125 + Challenge Costs £805
We understand that taking on a challenge of this scale can be a big commitment, but put your mind to it, and you can accomplish anything! That’s why we’re here – to support you from day one to ensure you have an incredible adventure, both on your cycling challenge and through every pound you raise!
When you join our team, you’ll also receive:
- A dedicated fundraising pack with training tips and fundraising ideas
- Your very own Forever Friends Appeal sports vest
- Expert fundraising support from our Events Team, whenever you need it
- Access to fundraising materials including branded balloons, banners and collection tins
Registration for challenge early morning in Croydon and start cycling at 7am through Kent to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Distance – 90 miles
Cycle from Calais to Arras through charming villages and along quiet country lanes. Distance – 78 miles
Cycle from Arras to Compiègne passing numerous WWI memorials and monuments through the Region of the Somme. Distance – 75 miles
Cycle to Paris, up the Champs-Élysées, round the Arc de Triomphe and finish overlooking the Eiffel Tower from the Champ de Mars. Celebratory meal. Distance – 72 miles
Free morning in Paris, before catching the Eurostar to London where you are re-united with your bicycle. If you’re on our Tour de France finale date, you’ll spend the day watching the greats cycle into Paris before making your own way to Gare du Nord to catch the evening Eurostar to London where you are re-united with your bicycle. Please note, this is a complex itinerary and subject to change.
Please find information from the Global Adventure Challenges website regarding responsible tourism.
Aiding Local Economy
For all overseas challenges, we work in conjunction with small, local ground handlers who work to our preference of employing local guides and staff. Using as much local infrastructure as possible means that we can preserve the local economies and ‘give back’. We aim to ensure that all local guides and staff are given a fair wage in accordance with appropriate local standards. On top of this, it means we can ensure that all our challenges have been designed and are delivered with the knowledge of local people!
At Global Adventure Challenges, we believe that we all have a responsibility to help fight climate change and as a company, we are committed to offsetting as much of the carbon generated by our challenges as we possibly can.
With this in mind, we have partnered with three different organisations who are focussed on fighting deforestation and climate change through tree planting.
- In the Andes, we have teamed up with ECOAN, a non-profit NGO dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and threatened Andean ecosystems. Find out more here: www.ecoanperu.org
- In Indonesia we have teamed up with Yagasu, an NGO working for mangrove restoration and protection. You can find out more about their work here: https://www.yagasu.or.id/
- We are also partnered with the Bujang Raba Community PES project, dedicated to conserving endangered primary rainforest in Sumatra’s Bukti Barisan forest. Find out more here: http://www.planvivo.org/project-network/bujang-raba
- In the UK we are working with Trees for Life, a conservation charity dedicated to rewilding the Scottish Highlands. Find out more about their work at www.treesforlife.org.uk
Going forward, our climate care strategy will be to plant trees in an effort to offset the carbon footprint of our challenges and so as part of the inclusions in the cost of your challenge, we guarantee that for every participant who travels we will plant a number of trees through one of the organisations above. Due to flight length and activities on the ground, the carbon footprint for each challenge will differ which will impact the number of trees planted per participant. For further information on the number of trees planted on each challenge, please check the individual challenge summary page or refer to Global Adventure Challenge website here.
If you wanted to start fundraising now, please go ahead! JustGiving is the online sponsorship platform we recommend to all our fundraisers. It’s quick to set up and simple to use.
- Your friends and family can sponsor at the click of a button
- You can keep track of donations
- No need to use a sponsorship form
- Your sponsorship will automatically be sent to us – you don’t need to do anything
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