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Your five-day itinerary for the 2013 London to Paris cycling challenge.
An early start from South London sees us head off with a tough day's cycling. We head through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads and it’s not long before we are among the hills and villages of rural Kent along country roads to Dover and the coast. Leaving the white cliffs behind us, we take an afternoon ferry across the channel to Calais where we spend our first night. (Lunch included, cyclists buy their own dinner on the ferry).
Approx Cycling Distance: 145km
After a hearty breakfast in Calais we head south. Starting off fairly flat, our ride continues as we peddle through beautiful rural landscapes and quiet back roads. The ride gets more undulating as the day continues until we reach Arras, our well deserved final destination for the day.
Approx Cycling Distance: 125km
After a couple of hard days in the saddle, our legs may be feeling a little weary this morning as we head South once more. Today we travel through villages and along quiet French roads to the more forested region around the attractive town of Compiègne, where we spend the night. Compiègne is nestled on the banks of the River Oise, giving our location for the evening a stunning backdrop.
Our final day’s cycling takes us South West initially through small villages and woodland before we meet the Parisian suburbs. From this point the traffic increases, but our destination and the finish is in sight. We cycle though the Parisian streets around the Arc de Triumph to our finish beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower. The evening gives us the chance to congratulate ourselves at our well deserved celebration dinner.
Approx Cycling Distance: 90km
After breakfast we are free for the day to explore the city. In the afternoon we board the Eurostar train to return to St Pancras station.
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