Marie Curie Cancer Care named UK charity partner of Tour de France, launches 2014 London to Paris Cycle Challenge

Ride from British to French capitals next July, then watch final stage of 101st Tour de France

by Simon_MacMichael   July 30, 2013  

Marie Curie Cancer Care and Tour de France

Marie Curie Cancer Care has been named the official UK charity partner for the Tour de France, which begins next year with a Grand Départ in Yorkshire. The charity will also be staging a three-day charity ride from London - where Stage 3 of the 2014 race finishes - to Paris, timed to coincide with the conclusion of the 101st edition of the Tour in the French capital in July next year.

That ride will see cyclists head to Dover on Thursday 24 July 2014, before boarding a ferry to take them across the Channel for two more days of riding to Paris, with the journey finishing beneath the Eiffel Tower.

On Sunday 27 July, participants will be able to watch the final stage of the Tour as the race concludes on the Champs-Elysées.

The charity, which operates nine hospices, says that money raised through the charity cycle ride, will help fund its nurses’ work to provide care for terminally ill patients both at those locations and in their own homes.

Ed Turnham, Regional Events Fundraiser at Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: “The London to Paris Cycle is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in cycling, keeping fit or simply looking for a new challenge.

“Following in the footsteps of British cycling heroes, this is a unique chance to wear Marie Curie’s own yellow jersey and to ride triumphantly through the streets of Paris at the end of the challenge.

“By signing up you will be making a significant difference, helping Marie Curie Nurses to provide more care to terminally ill patients at a crucial time.

“Added to that the fact that the 2014 Grand Départ of the Tour de France comes to the UK makes it all the more relevant to British people.”

Entry to the ride costs £150, and participants, who must by aged 18 years or older, are required to raise minimum sponsorship of £1,450.

The return to London from Paris will be by Eurostar - your bike will be taken back separately, and you'll be reunited with it at St Pancras - and early registration is recommended.

You can find more information about the ride on the charity’s website.

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return by eurostar? that'll be 2 bikes at a time then! and if they are not there when you arrive then they will turn up within 24 hours at the station - which is nice.

posted by themartincox [461 posts]
30th July 2013 - 13:41


Not that I would do this because I have other charity commitments next year, but it leaves the ride really only open to "normal" bikes, else you aint getting back on Eurostar.

It would work out better for the charity to hire a lorry to ship them back

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posted by Gkam84 [9290 posts]
30th July 2013 - 14:56


It is mentioned in brief on the website we linked, but just for the avoidance of doubt, spoke to organisers - you leave your bike with organisers on the Saturday, it's taken back to London on a truck, you are reunited with it when you arrive at St Pancras.

Standard operating procedure for this type of ride with a Eurostar return.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9232 posts]
30th July 2013 - 15:20


Indeed. I've done this before and the bikes are there ready and waiting for you at StP.
It's a great experience, particularly riding round the Arc and then down the Champs, because it's just before the finale of the TdF so you get people getting up to salute you from the cafes as you ride by. Magical.

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posted by nostromo [65 posts]
30th July 2013 - 16:05


Just confirm further the exact delivery method of the participants bikes;

1)Bikes are brought to the Eurostar luggage depot at Kings Cross St Pancras by one of the support vehicles by ferry.

2)The train will be stopping at Ebbsfleet, therefore those who are leaving cars at Bexley can disembark at Ebbsfleet and take a taxi to Bexley (approx £20 for the 8 mile journey). The support vehicle will drop off bikes at Bexley for anyone collecting their car at Bexley.

Any more questions please fire them at us!

posted by Marie Curie Mid... [6 posts]
30th July 2013 - 16:18


Amazing - will definitely let the participants know about the potential salutes from the cafe goers! Great way to finish off the trip

posted by Marie Curie Mid... [6 posts]
30th July 2013 - 16:19


If only they'd stick on a couple of days and make it Yorkshire to Paris. I guess it could be done in conjunction with this if a small group was up for it.


posted by shay cycles [290 posts]
30th July 2013 - 19:00


Definitely could be done by anyone/group who then wanted to join London to Paris at the start of the challenge - could even ride the 3 stages from Yorkshire, would be awesome!

posted by Marie Curie Mid... [6 posts]
31st July 2013 - 9:25