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London | Paris 2015 FAQs

Bekah M
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22 Jun 2015

What are the distances every day?

How many times do we stop each day? How long is each stop?

When is our kit going to arrive?

My kit doesn't fit; how do I swap?

Why didn't we get water bottles in our pack this year? 

What time do I need to be at the start at Greenwich Park on Day 1?

How do I get to Greenwich Park?

Is there parking at Greenwich Park?

I need to stay the night before; can you recommend any hotels?

What time are we expected to arrive in Paris?

Where can my friends/family stand to watch us finish?

What hotel are we staying at?

Can my friends and family join us in Paris? 

Can I book my friends/family's Eurostar tickets at the same time?

How much do I need to raise in sponsorship?

What time will I get back to London?

How do our bikes get back to London?

Can I stay in Paris for a few days after the event?

What happens if the Calais migrant crisis affects our outward/inbound journeys?

What are the distances every day?

Each day is between 100 and 130km, with our shortest day being Day 4! We are still in the process of finalising our route but distances and elevation profiles will be revealed in your rider booklets which you'll be given at Check-In on Day 1. 

 

How many times do we stop each day? How long is each stop?

We stop twice each day, once for lunch, and once for a mid-morning or mid-morning break, depending on what time lunch is. At each of our stops, including the start venue for each day, you'll be able to visit our mechanics and physios, fill up your bottles with TORQ energy drinks free of charge, and fill your stomach and pockets with food. 

 

My kit doesn't fit; how do I swap?

It's now less than three weeks until London | Paris so we are no longer swapping kit via the post. If you need to exchange your sizes, please bring along your unused kit to the start line and we will swap if we have your size available -- first come, first served! There are toilets where you can change your clothes

 

Why didn't we get water bottles in our pack this year?

You will be given two TORQ water bottles, but not in your starter packs. The bottles will be available to pick up from the TORQ stand at Greenwich Park on Day 1, where you can immediately fill them up with TORQ energy drinks.

 

What time do I need to be at the start at Greenwich Park on Day 1?

We need you to be at Greenwich Park for 06:30 - 07:00 to check-in, have your bike fitted with a timing chip, hand over your luggage, pick up and fill up your water bottles and maybe grab breakfast in the Pavilion Tea House before 07:30.

At 07:30 we'll congregate for a safety briefing and group photo, before setting off as one huge peloton at 08:00.

 

How do I get to Greenwich Park?

Greenwich Park is served by a variety of public transport links, but please remember that bikes are not allowed on the London Underground or London Buses. Depending on your time of travel, you may be allowed on the Docklands Light Railway, London Overground and National Rail services. Black cabs will also take one bike per cab.

Please see tfl.gov.uk for more transport details.

 

Is there parking at Greenwich Park?

Unfortunately there is no parking at Greenwich Park so early in the morning, but you can be dropped off right outside Blackheath Gate. 

 

I need to stay the night before; can you recommend any hotels?

There are lots of hotels in the Greenwich area but we have no affiliations with any of them. We do however have crew and riders staying at the Ibis Greenwich, the Clarendon and The Mitre. For recommendations, don't hesitate to ask the opinion of other riders in our Facebook group

 

What time are we expected to arrive in Paris on the Sunday?

Approximately 16:05, though bear in mind it can all change on the day!

 

Where can my friends/family stand to watch us finish?

We recommend the space between the south side of the Avenue de la Grande Armee and the Avenue Foch on the Étoile as the best place for spectators to gather to watch the peloton head up towards the Arc de Triomphe. The finish line is inside the Stadium Emile Anthoine near the Eiffel Tower.

 

What hotel are we staying at in Paris?

The Pullman Montparnasse, which is a lovely 4* hotel in the centre of Paris. 

 

Can my friends and family join us in Paris?

Unfortunately we have entirely sold out of places at our gala dinner. If your friends and family still want to come along, you can book them a room separately in the Pullman Montparnasse hotel, but they'll need to make their own dinner plans.

 

Can I book my friends/family's Eurostar tickets at the same time?

No, unfortunately you'll need to book your friends/family's tickets directly through Eurostar as we cannot add extra tickets to our group booking.

This does mean your friends/family might be sitting in a different carriage to you, but there may well be spare seating or other passengers might be willing to switch with you.

 

What time will I get back to London?

If you're on the 10:13, you will arrive in London at 11:39. If you're on the 16:13, you'll arrive in London at 17:39.

Remember that the journey is actually 2 hours and 36 minutes, but France is an hour ahead!

 

How do our bikes get back to London?

Your bikes will be safely stowed on a transport lorry and driven back to London overnight. They will be waiting for you at The British Library, which is a short walk from the Eurostar terminal at Kings Cross St. Pancras. 

You will need to pick up your bike by 19:00 that day, as we provide security or storage for them after this time. 

 

Can I stay in Paris for a few days after the event?

We need everyone to have collected their bikes from us by 19:00 on the day we return to London. If you can arrange for someone to collect your bike on your behalf, you are welcome to stay behind. However you will need to arrange and pay for this, and your return journey will be at your own cost.

 

How much do I need to raise in sponsorship?

We ask everyone to raise £1000, as your entry fee only covers the costs of your place in the event. By raising £1000, you're helping us fund life-saving research into better treatments and cures for blood cancer.

 

What happens if the Calais migrant crisis affects our outward/inbound journeys?

As you’re probably aware from the news over the last few months, there have been sporadic delays on the Eurotunnel and Eurostar as a result of the large number of migrants trying to enter the UK via the tunnel. We’ve been monitoring the situation but there’s of course no way of predicting when the delays will occur, and no realistic alternatives to the Eurotunnel, especially as the ferries are experiencing their own problems! We have discussed at length what we can feasibly do should we get to Folkestone and find we can’t go any further, or reach Paris with no problems but find we can’t return on our allocated trains.

If problems occur on our way to Calais, we will be forced to cancel the remainder of the event. If the problems occur on the way home, you will need to make alternative arrangements and claim on your own travel insurance. Some of the London | Paris crew remain behind in Paris to ensure you all get on the right trains, and in the event of cancelled trains, they will be there to assist you.

While we fervently hope neither situation occurs, it is vital that you ensure your travel insurance covers you for any travel/accommodation arrangements you have to make as a result of not being able to cross the Channel.