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London to Paris Cycle Challenge

Get pedalling all the way to Paris.

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When does the challenge take place?

The challenge is between 2-6 July 2014.
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What do I have to do to take part?

Simply register from this page. You will have pay a £150 registration fee, which isn't refundable. We then ask you to pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,600 which covers your full costs. Please see below for what is and is not included with this.
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What's included?

Full support from Team Macmillan, including:

Ferry crossing
All meals other than dinner on the ferry and lunch and dinner on day five
Four nights in a 2/3* hotel. The hotels are comfortable and well-situated, but not luxurious (all rooms are twin rooms and all have ensuite facilities)
Return transportation to London via the Eurostar
Full support with Discover Adventure leaders/medical staff, drivers and cooks
Macmillan Cancer Support representative

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What's not included?

We do not provide:

Insurance: Our tour operator, Discover Adventure Ltd, offer insurance specifically created to cover you for the activity you will be undertaking
Three meals: Dinner on the ferry on day one and lunch and dinner on the free day in Paris
We also recommend you take around £100-£150 for personal expenses

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What sort of person takes part?

The group will be made up of between 100 to 150 people, men and women from all backgrounds, abilities and ages (although you must be 18 or over to take part). Some take part with friends and colleagues, but many people come on their own. It’s a great way to meet new people.
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Do I have to carry my own kit?

We will be accompanied by support vehicles, which carry all equipment and supplies. However, you'll have to carry a small rucksack or CamelBak to hold anything you will need during the day’s ride.
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Am I fit enough?

Macmillan challenges are designed to suit people who lead an active lifestyle. If you do not already cycle on a very regular basis you'll need to commit to a considerable amount of training during before you go. This is all part of the challenge. A full training programme will be included in your fundraising pack.
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What's the route like?

The cycling on this challenge is varied but mainly undulating. Some days are very hilly, others are flatter and faster. Each day has different challenges. Distances vary between 90k to 130k each day. We mainly ride on small country roads where traffic is light.

The route is clearly marked and maps will be provided. Support vehicles will be stationed at the front and rear of the group with one roving up and down. This enables participants to cycle at their own pace, although there will be breaks during the day where everyone regroups.

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Do I have to bring my own bike?

Neither Macmillan nor Discover Adventure are able to provide bikes for this trip, so you must bring your own. We recommend that you ride a road bike/racing bike as the route takes place over long distances on well-surfaced roads.
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What if I can't raise the £1,600?

The £1,600 fundraising target ensures that at least 64% of donations come directly to Macmillan to be spent on our services. So we'll do everything we can to help you smash this target.

You will be provided with a full fundraising pack to get you started, as well as our expert advice and guidance. The full fundraising total will not be due in until one month after the event. If however it looks like you will not reach this target, before the event you'll have the option of transferring onto another challenge at a later date or making up the difference yourself.

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When do I have to pay my sponsorship in?

We ask for all sponsorship to be paid to Macmillan six weeks after the event has taken place. However, we will need at least £550 of your sponsorship three months before the event before we confirm your travel arrangements. Supporters have informed us that they find it easier to fundraise before the challenge takes place.
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How will my participation help?

At least 64% of the £1,600 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. If you raise over £1,600 everything else comes to us. £1,600 could enable us to fund a Macmillan nurse for a week and a half. Our nurses will help people affected by cancer with medical, practical and emotional support when they need it most.
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Can my partner or family come with me?

All participants in the event must cycle and fundraise to join the trip. Friends and family are welcome to meet you in Paris at the end of the challenge and are able to join us for the celebration meal on the final night, but they will be need to pay for their meal.
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Can I meet up with my fellow participants before the trip?

Although Macmillan doesn’t currently organise training rides, we would encourage you to meet up with your fellow cyclists before the challenge. It's also a great way to boost your training. We will pass on contact details of others taking part (that have given us permission to do so) and you can also meet fellow Macmillan bikers on our Facebook page.

We may be organising meet ups and training rides in the future with our partner, CycleSurgery. We'll notify you of any dates that are planned.

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Who organises the trip?

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