The London to Paris charity ride is a tried-and-tested formula, it seems like there's one leaving every week. They vary in their approach, but it's about the same amount of riding whichever way you cut it, just shy of 300 miles. That shouldn't really take you more than, what, a day?
Scope's London to Paris 24 is exactly that: 24 hours to do the ride. You start at lunchtime on 14 July in London and you have to be in the shadow of the Eiffel tower exactly a day and 290 miles later. It's a continuous ride, with organised feed stops (including hot meals) every two or three hours along the way; that means riding right through the night and keeping up an average, including stops, of about 12mph. Certainly a challenge, and it's for that reason that the L2P24 tends to attract a clientele towards the serious end of the spectrum.
There's plenty included in your £99 entry fee. The route is signed (with GPS downloads also available) and there's a raft of pace riders, medics, mechanics and such keeping pace with the peloton, as well as a Science in Sport mobile bar (presumably not the booze variety) and event timing. The ferry, a hotel room in Paris, a slap-up celebratory meal and the Eurostar home are also thrown in. Fundraising-wise you have to commit to raise a minimum of £1,200 for Scope, of which £800 has to be sorted out by 1 June. You can ride solo or as a pair in relay style; each rider has to meet the £1,200 fundraising target whether they're riding the whole thing or spending half of it desperately trying to get a few minutes of shut-eye on the accompanying coach...
Sound good? Head over to www.london2paris24.com for more information. There's 300 places, and registration is open.
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