The concept of doing an event that was challenging, multi stage and provided a professional cycling experience resulted in the creation of The London-Paris Cycle Tour in 2003. The beginnings were humble with a small group of 13 riders on the first edition in 2004. The event involved three 200km+ stages from the centre of London to Versailles on the outskirts of Paris.
It did not take long for the event to grow through word of mouth, with riders getting hooked on the notion of "how hard can it be"? Soon it became known as "The professional event for amateurs" attracting amateur and sportive road riders, ex professional cyclists and celebrities from around the world. Stars who have completed The London-Paris include:
Today, The London-Paris is restricted to 450 riders and is supported by 250 crew, motorbike outriders, masseurs, paramedics, mechanics and neutral service team, and is known as the closest an amateur can get to experiencing the Tour de France. Our objective remains to create intense sporting experiences with rigorous attention to safety and logistics. The Daily Telegraph named The London-Paris as one of the top 25 participation events in the world, alongside the NYC and London marathons. The event is a highlight on many riders' calendars, some who have ridden every edition.
The demand for an Alpine style event was brought about by feedback from London-Paris riders and after some years of research and planning, the Alpine Challenge is now on its 5th edition and is based out of Annecy in the French Alps.
Forming part of a global series the early season on the calendar, the Cape Rouleur held its first edition in 2012. Held in Franschhoek, Cape Town it precedes the Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour, the largest cycling event in the world. The event is hosted in Franschhoek, which has spectacular, food, wine, scenery and cycling.
At the heart of The London-Paris is our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme. Our cyclists, partners and sponsors have helped charities all over the world. Often the founders of these charities have had to display incredible endurance in their battle against the poverty and adversity faced by many of the world's children. Their desire to work for a better world strikes a chord with us and knowing that everything we raise goes directly to the beneficiaries is truly refreshing. We have been associated with several charities since 2004:
Designed using the same formula as The London-Paris; rolling road closures, professional support and unforgettable riding experiences the event has become another welcome addition to the summer cycling calendar.
Other events managed by HotChillee have included:
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The London-Paris is managed by the international marketing and events company,¬†HOTCHILLEE¬†and is located out of London, UK at the following address:
Berkeley Square House
London W1J 6BD
Company Incorporated in England and Wales, Company Number 05069979
Registered Company Address: Broadway Secretaries Ltd, 50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL
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Dunkerque-Roubaix with Geraint Thomas launchedTuesday 11th March 2014
HotChillee announced today a new 165km Dunkerque to Roubaix single day Spring Classic with Olympic Champion Team Sky¬ís Geraint Thomas taking place on 27 April 2014. The ride will start in Dunkerque and wind through the fields of Flaanders before joining the final 40k of the most coveted spring classics, the Paris-Roubaix.Read More ...
Cape Rouleur 2014 Stage 3 results - Dlamini wins 36ONE Yellow Jersey for Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF)Friday 7th March 2014
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. Nicholas Dlamini riding for UBS/EJAF has won the coveted 36ONE yellow jersey at this year's Cape Rouleur. Karl Platt of Team Bulls won the Pro Category jersey. The ladies jersey went to Jo Merritt, with the climbers jersey to Josh Hodge and Bradwin Daniels the talented development rider from Cape Town Giants winning the sprinters jersey.Read More ...