Day one: London to Calais
14 September 2017: You'll gather in the iconic Eltham Palace to register, before setting off on the challenge of a lifetime. You'll have the chance to test your competitive spirit with a timed hill climb and time trial section. All riders will set off as one big peloton, as you begin this most epic of journeys...
Day two: Calais to Abbeville
15 September 2017: After a hearty breakfast, it’s back in the saddle for the second day of the challenge. Heading through Pas de Calais and the Somme, you'll take on the rolling hills of Northern France with the expert help of our team of ride captains who'll offer advice and tips on how to improve your ride. You'll be supported throughout the day by our dedicated motorcycle outriders, who'll keep your ride smooth and free of traffic.
Day three: Abbeville to Beauvais
16 September 2017: Half way through the challenge and one of the toughest days on the ride. You'll experience another timed hill climb and time trial section that will test both competitive natures and riding ability! The day will finish with a reception in Beauvais before bed reckons, ready for the big one.
Day four: Beauvais to Paris
17 September 2017: The finish is in sight and the final day of the ride is set to be the most exciting. Riders set off in their groups, before joining together after lunch to form one huge peloton for the arrival into Paris. With full rolling road closures up to the Arc de Triomphe and then on to the Eiffel Tower, this is the bit where the tears start to flow and celebrations can begin.
After a well-earned drink you'll return to your hotel. That evening, you’ll be treated to a champagne reception and a spectacular gala dinner where we'll relive your efforts over the last four days, toast the achievements, exaggerate the hills and promise to return with bells on in 2018.
Celebrations typically go on well into the night so save some energy for this final hurrah with your new found friends!
Day five: Paris to London
18 September 2017: You'll return to London via Eurostar, probably a bit sore but triumphant, victorious and safe in the knowledge that you've not only completed an epic cycling challenge but that you did it to help the 38,000 people diagnosed with blood cancer each year, and made a difference to blood cancer patients throughout the UK. Your bike will be transported by road and will be ready for collection in London when you arrive.
Our media partners: Cycling Weekly / Time INC
The UK's best-selling cycling magazine first joined us in 2015 as our media partner and are supporting the event once again in 2016. We’re pleased to have them on board and are looking forward to a fruitful partnership. Cycling Active raised over £20,000 in support of Bloodwise in 2015 and provide us with excellent coverage throughout their publications.
Cycling Active’s Fitness Editor Hannah Reynolds said: “Bloodwise is a really intimate and friendly charity. Everyone I rode alongside was there for a reason and all were happy to tell their story, whether it was their own battle with blood cancer or that of someone close to them. While the riding was important, the reasons for riding came first."
We’re excited to announce that one of the leading experts on fitness and nutrition, TORQ, are supporting London | Paris 2017.
TORQ are committed to using natural ingredients in their products and pride themselves on their understanding of the science behind effective nutrition for fitness events. They've developed their range of performance nutrition products, including their range of energy bars and drinks, to offer the highest standard of support to the athletes they work with. They critically analyse every product on the market and take on board their best features – and then improve upon them.
They’ll be on hand throughout the ride to offer friendly advice on nutrition and guidance on everything from fitness to technique.
Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance company with a difference. They treat each customer as an individual and as a family business of competitive cyclists we’ve built our service promise around this principle. It’s cyclists who review each claim and our experts are trained to get you back on the road, trails or track as quickly and painlessly as possible – we believe the only place you should suffer is on the bike.
Their comprehensive policy has been designed from the ground up, by people who are actively involved at all levels of the sport. They understand that your bicycle isn't just a possession – it’s a way of life and part of the family – so they’ve designed a single policy which protects you and all your bikes riding, travelling or racing.
Yellow Jersey are supporting London | Paris 2016 and will be providing all riders with their musette bags. Bloodwise supporters also receive a 5% discount on all insurance through Yellow Jersey. Sign up via www.yellowjersey.co.uk/bloodwise using the code BLOODWISE5.
Volvic kindly supported the event for the first time in 2016 by providing all of our riders water requirements, saving the charity a huge amount in costs. We're pleased to announce that they will be supporting the event in 2017.
Bollé is a world leader in the manufacture and sale of technical glasses, goggles and helmets for cyclists and other specialised sports. They're new for 2017 and have offered a range of prizes for our participants.