Feel as though you’re riding the Tour de France on this epic cycling challenge, passing 650 miles from Paris to Nice, through the beautiful French countryside.
Following in the tyre tracks of the iconic ‘Race to the Sun’, this route will take you along quiet, meandering roads. You’ll be put to the test on unforgiving Tour de France climbs, including the famous Col de Saint-Jean, Col du Galibier and Col du Telegraphe, but the stunning views of the Maurienne Valley should distract you from the burn.
To take part in this challenge you must be a fit and experienced cyclist with a road bike, however, there is plenty of time to train if you’re just getting back in the saddle.
Take on the challenge and raise vital funds so we can continue caring for patients and their families when they need us most.
Travel to Paris Orly from St Pancras International via Eurostar, where we will meet up with the support vans and our bicycles at the hotel. The evening is yours but make sure you’re back at the hotel for a briefing to prepare you for the challenge ahead.
Departing south of Paris Orly, from the Foret de Senart, through the leafy suburbs of south Paris towards Foret de Fontainebleu. We will be skimming the edge of the picturesque Chateau to Fontainebleu before heading Southeast through a variety of small French villages before arriving in Auxerre.
More climbing than yesterday but still a relatively flat day. We depart Auxerre heading South East through the Parc Naturel Regional du Morvan. There will be a lunch stop in or around the village of Arnay le Luc before continuing to Chalon Sur Saone.
We depart Chalon Sur Saone and head towards Bourg en-Bresse where the terrain gets a little more bumpy. We cross over the Rhone and continue our ride past Lac du Bourget hopefully catching a glimpse of the Abbaye d’Hautecombe on the opposite side before arriving in Aix-les-Bains
Today is all about climbing. Departing Aix Les Baines we cycle in between two national parks, Parc Naturel Régional de la Chartreuse and Parc naturel régional du massif des Bauges. Before tackling the iconic and challenging Col du Telegraphe and the Col du Galibier before descending into Briancon.
Departing Briancon we continue our descent, cycling on the edge of the Parc National des Ecrins and then alongside the Lac de Serre Poncon. We then start our climbing for the day ascending the Col de Saint Jean and finishing in Digne.
Departing Digne we start our penultimate day with a gradual climb through the beautiful Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon and through the stunning scenery of Parc Naturel Regional des Prealpes d’azur before arriving in Grasse (the world’s capital of Perfume) and descending into the outskirts of Cannes.
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