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Fontainebleau to Richmond Cycle

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About the Challenge

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Towns’ Twinning, the Fontainebleau to Richmond charity cycle ride is truly unique.  Travelling by Eurostar and coach to Fontainebleau for a civic reception on Wednesday 13th, the 263 mile ride lasts a further four days finishing on Sunday 17th September 2017 at Richmond Borough’s Orleans House Gallery with the Mayor’s medal presentation, local art and music plus a bike/scooter track and face painters and balloon modellers for the kids.

Proceeds go to local charity StreetInvest, which is dedicated to improving the lives of street children around the world as well as marginalised and excluded young people in the UK.  The Fontainebleau to Richmond charity cycle is open to 40 riders. Those who register before Friday 23 June will receive a free limited edition cycle jersey worth over £50.00.

A £250 deposit is payable on registration. This leaves a total fundraising target of £1400 which includes the remainder of your trip cost and your charity pledge.

Fontainebleau to Richmond Cycle

  • We meet at St Pancras and set off on the first leg of our adventure by Eurostar. On arrival in Paris, we take a coach to Fontainebleau where we check into our hotel, and are reunited with our bikes. We have time to prepare bikes and equipment for tomorrow, and bond with our fellow cyclists over dinner. Night hotel.  (Lunch and Dinner not included)

  • After a hearty breakfast, we hit the saddles and start pedalling! Our route leads us on wide shaded roads through the extensive green forests of Fontainebleau, formerly a royal hunting park. We continue to the large Rambouillet Forest, passing typically French villages with squat Norman churches, colourful shuttered houses and tree-lined market squares. There are no particularly long climbs today, but it’s continually rolling and we’ll be glad to relax when we reach Dreux, a town dating back to pre-Roman times. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx 124km (77 miles)

  • Today sees us gradually losing elevation, though there are enough small hills to test our legs as we head north towards Rouen. It’s a shorter, more moderate day and allows our legs to get used to their new routine! Much of the morning’s route follows the River Eure, a major tributary of the Seine, on quiet lanes cutting through endless fields of crops. As we near the end of our day we reach and cross the Seine as it winds through the countryside; we then ride alongside it for the last few miles into Rouen, capital of Normandy and an important centre in medieval times, though much damaged during the Second World War. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx 105 km (65 miles)

  • A climb takes us out of the city, giving our legs a good stretch! It’s then relatively flat for much of the morning, as we pass through this agricultural area known for its dairy produce and calvados. The road ramps up gradually, then we descend to the small spa town of Forges-les-Eaux, where we join the Avenue Verte. This wonderful route provides us with a largely traffic-free route to Dieppe, much of it downhill. We should be at the port in plenty of time for our evening ferry. Night hotel in Brighton.  (Dinner on ferry not included)

    Cycle approx 96 km (60 miles)

  • A hilly day for the last leg of our journey! We ride north from Brighton, up and over the rolling chalk downs as we pass Lewes and cross the beautiful South Downs. Our most significant climb takes us up onto the high ridge of the High Weald, before descending through ancient Sussex villages and tackling a series of short sharp climbs through the leafy lanes of Surrey. Predominantly downhill now, we pass through Croydon and enjoy our last few miles crossing Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, to finish – tired but elated – in Richmond. (Dinner not included)

    Cycle approx 100 km (63 miles)

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    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels convenient to our route. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller.

    There may be a limited number of single rooms subject to request, on a first-come first-served basis, after you have booked. Extra charges will apply.

  • We usually stay in hotels or lodges of a 2-3* standard or equivalent. Standards may vary between the hotels but they are generally comfortable and convenient for our route. Hotels are often on the outskirts of towns to minimise unnecessary extra mileage and avoid traffic.

  • The food provided is plentiful and will give you plenty of energy. Lunches are generally buffet-style while dinners are usually eaten at the hotel. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support crew, including mechanics. Our leaders are selected for their knowledge and experience, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises; they are also trained in first aid. The crew will have mobile phones and/or radios where appropriate, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary.

    The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, ensuring your route is well-marked, making you lunch and sorting out any mechanical problems. Support vehicles are with the group all of the time, and carry all luggage and spares.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check requirements on our website; please ensure you allow plenty of time.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

Cycle Training Weekends


£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Cycle Training Weekends take place in and around the valleys and ridges of the chalk downs around Salisbury. They are designed to gauge your fitness so that you can be confident you are well prepared for the challenge ahead!


grade | CHALLENGING (1)

Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

CHALLENGING trips involve full days of activity, and are designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but are achievable for most people with a commitment to training and a can-do attitude.

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