So after having such an amazing experience this year with the 3 Peak Challenge, despite the whole thing taking over the first 6 months of my life, I am arranging another challenge in 2014. If we raise anywhere near the amount of money we raised this year, I will be over the moon.
So KBPT’s charity event next year is going to be cycling, London to Paris. Titled, 24 Girls, 24 Bikes. Alan and his crew at Challenge Central are helping us again.
So I have put together a new team. Some people from the past challenge and some new. We are all excited about nailing the challenge and raising loads of money for Cancer Research at the same time.
Here is what we are going to be doing:
London to Newhaven – 75 Miles
The challenge begins in the bustling city of London at Trafalgar Square at noon.
From Trafalgar Square challengers will be lead out of London and then will use quieter roads to reach the South Coast of England. The route south is similar to the London to Brighton course including the infamous Ditchling Beacon.
We will then head straight to Newhaven where will we catch the night ferry. There will an opportunity to eat, recover and freshen up before boarding the boat but there are showers on the ferry if required.
Dieppe to Beauvais – 75 miles
Arriving in Dieppe in the early hours of the morning, the challengers will be led by head torches and the CC leaders to the “Avenue Verte” (green way) cycle track which is a smooth but off road track that will be used all the way to the lovely village of Forges-les Eaux where we will stop for breakfast. From Forges-les-Eaux we will travel along some quiet country lanes through picturesque villages to arrive in Beauvais where we will spend the night. Challengers will have some free time to enjoy the town but will need to turn in early so that they are ready for the early morning start for the final push to Paris in the morning.
Beauvais to Paris 55 miles
The final day will be the toughest part of the challenge as tired legs will be used again to cycle all the way into the heart of Paris to the Eiffel Tower where our cycling adventure will be complete.
The first part will use smooth winding roads from Beauvais to the lovely town of Pontoise where will take a final break.
The route from Pontoise to Paris is similar to getting out of London – a lot of stop-starting but you will soon be able to pick out the Paris landmarks in the distance.
We aim to arrive at the Eiffel Tower by midday and challengers will then be able to celebrate their achievement. The support vehicle will be parked nearby.