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cycle London 2 Paris - 5 day

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this cycle?

The challenge involves over 270 miles of cycling in only four days over undulating terrain which is why this has been classified as moderate - tough. For this reason, some prior fitness training is recommended to ensure that you make the most out of the challenge and enjoy the ride!

are there any pre-challenge briefings?

Yes! We have a number of pre-challenge briefings in London spread across the year so there should be a day to suit you. These briefings are a great chance to ask any questions you may have as well as meet other cyclists, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified cycle guides.

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - A valid passport is essential; it must be valid for at least six months after entry into France. There is no visa requirement for UK citizens. Other nationalities should check entry requirements.

 

Insurance - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation and trip curtailment costs. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations - No vaccinations are required.

life on the cycle

how big is the group? / what support will there be?

All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 - 40 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.

 

Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

 

You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!

 

We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

All food is included except 4 meals not noted on the itinerary. Lunches are generous buffet-style with plenty of energy food to keep you going! Dinners are generally eaten in the hotels.

 

Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

 

Accommodation - Accommodation is in 2-3* hotels, picked for their proximity to our route. The hotels are comfortable and well-situated for our ride.

 

Single Supplement - If you decide that you would like to have your own room on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places.

what will happen with my luggage?

Support vehicles are with the group all of the time. All luggage and spares will be carried in them. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft sailing bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag.

You should also bring a small daypack or large waist-pack to carry items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening. Your bikes will return in our vehicles in time to meet you at St Pancras. They will be well-packed and protected during transit in our vehicles, but if you have an expensive or delicate frame, you may prefer to bring extra lagging to protect it more, or a soft bike bag. 

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

You can choose to fully fund the challenge yourself, fundraise for a charity of your choice (from which approximately 50% of the sponsorship will cover your trip cost), or opt to do a mixture of both! For all three funding options, an online registration deposit is required to secure your place.

 

We have worked with over 200 UK charities and welcome partnerships with new ones all the time! As long as they are a registered UK or Irish charity and agree to you doing so, we are more than happy for you to fundraise for any charity close to your heart.

what's included?

  • Action Challenge cycle guide
  • Full support team, including local guides
  • UK medic
  • All accommodation
  • All meals, except in free time and on the ferry from Dover
  • Celebratory drinks
  • Fitness and training guide
  • Discounts from UK retailers
  • Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health
  • Ferry and Eurostar travel

what's not included?

  • Insurance
  • Vaccinations - up to date on boosters
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal kit / equipment
  • A bike

Meals in free time or dinner on final day of cycling

 

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page, or the dates & prices tab to the left. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:

 

• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

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