Registration and Entry
How do I enter the LONDON-PARIS 2016?
Dates for the LONDON-PARIS 2016 are Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th May. All entries will be via this website. All Official Team enquiries are being taken now and should be directed to email@example.com.
There is no entry ballot for 2016 entries and they will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Early Bird entries open at midday (BST), Tuesday 30th June 2015. Only a limited number of entries are made available. Payment is made in full and riders will receive a free HotChillee Racing jersey worth £75.00.
Normal registration opens on Monday 6th July, midday (BST). You can pay the deposit of £500 followed by 7 equal monthly instalments of £142.14 or pay in full and receive a HotChillee Racing jersey worth £75. Once entries are sold out you will be able to put your name down for the reserve ballot. Any team and charity places not taken up will be made available to the reserve ballot.
The cost of entry is £1,495 / USD$2,300 per rider. Payments are made in British Pounds.
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"Official Finisher" Status
To be classified as an "Official Finisher" you will need to ride the entire event in one of the seeded groups. Exceptions are made where you may be receiving mechanical or medical attention in a support vehicle.
What are the dates of the event?
Sign On details to be confirmed.
The Ride, Stages 1, 2, 3 - 26, 27, 28 May 2016
Rest Day in Paris - 29 May 2016
....but what if I do not know anyone else riding?
The LONDON-PARIS is a wonderful social network. You will meet many new friends, business contacts, ride partners and all will share your passion for cycling. Those who have ridden some of the preparatory LONDON-PARIS "Training Rides" will know this. There are no barriers to mixing and interacting. To make it simple for all - just be the first to greet and introduce yourself and the rest will fall into place.
How much does the Tour cost and what's included?
The cost of entry is £1,495 / USD$2,300 per rider. Payments are made in Sterling and includes the following:
Included in your entry fee is:
Stage 1 - London to Calais
Stage 2 - Calais to Amiens
Stage 3 - Amiens to Paris
Day 4 - Rest Day
Not included in your entry:
Riders returning to London on the 29 May can additionally purchase a return journey from £140 which includes:
Return Eurostar to London, St Pancras or disembarking at Ebbsfleet and bus to start venue, Cyclopark which is a few minutes away.
Bike Repatriation by DHL to start venue, Cyclopark.
Transport of bike boxes to Paris if required
What happens if I need to cancel my entry?
If for any reason you need to cancel your entry you are able to nominate a substitute for your place and we will refund your entry less a £185 administration fee for a completed substitution. You are able to substitute your place up to 31 days prior to the event Sign On Date. If you elect not to substitute your place but still wish to cancel you will receive the following refunds:
17 weeks + before the start: 66% of the full entry fee
13-16 weeks before the start: 33% of the full entry fee
0-12 weeks before the start: 0% of the full entry fee
I need additional information - where do I get it?
All information relevant to the event is available on the web site. From time to time we will email supplemental or updated information. This "new" information will also be posted on the website. Please note that we avoid "snail mail". If you require additional information or guidance please feel free to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who else participates in the Tour?
You will find riders of all levels ranging from very fit novices to ex pros, Olympic Athletes and World Champions. You will ride in a group that matches your capability. Riders come from all over the world and the event is extremely sociable.
What kind of bike may I ride?
The LONDON-PARIS is restricted to roadworthy road bicycles only. If you are in any doubt then contact the organisers whose decision is final. The ride takes place on tarred or cobbled roads and where authentic "Spring Stages" as in the 2009 tour are included you can expect some rougher roads as used in the "classics".
Note that no bicycle is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, and cow bars.
May I ride for a charity?
Yes, many riders raise money for their chosen charity or you may raise money for our Official Charities.
Who can enter?
Anyone 18 years or older on May 24 2016 may enter. If you are in doubt as to your fitness then you must have a medical check-up first.
When you enter online you will fill in an Event Registration form that will have all your personal details. This form together with full payment will confirm your place on LONDON-PARIS subject to you being fit and healthy on the Start Line. You will sign on before the start when you pick up your rider number as well as sign a waiver document. All riders rights to entry are reserved and are at the sole discretion of the organiser.
Fitness and Heath Information
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be fit and healthy and trained for endurance events. If you are in doubt do check with your doctor. We typically equate this to completing three marathons in three days.
In the past riders will have trained for 6+ months and performed well.
Will I be able to ride with some of the other riders before the event?
Yes, we have monthly Training Rides organised from January to September. Here you will be able to meet some of the other riders. Training Ride dates are listed on the Calendar Section of the web site.
What Insurance guidelines do you have?
We recommend that all riders take out travel insurance as the tour involves multi geography riding. We recommend our Insurance Partner Insignia.
What about Group 1 & 2 riders?
Group 1 and 2 actively contest the race sections. In prior years a British Cycling Race Gold or Race Silver membership was required by UK residents. Race licences are not required for 2016.
We do however encourage membership. Click here to become a member.
International visitors do not require their local race licence for 2016.
What about Group 3, 4, 5 & 6 riders?
British Cycling's Ride Membership or equivalent is recommended for riders who are UK residents. Click here to become a member. For international visitors we recommend adequate travel insurance.
Tell me more about the packages?
British Cycling memberships run for 12 months and in our view provide the best cover that you can get to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances related to your cycling activities around the world. Race membership (Silver and Gold level) provides the member with liability cover for training, commuting and racing. Ride membership is exclusively for non-competitive events, training and commuting. All of the membership packages offer the same high level of customer service and support, as well as a range of exclusive money saving member benefits.
Full details of all the British Cycling Legal & Insurance Benefits can be found here, http://new.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/articles/membership/Legal_and_insurance_benefits_2010.pdf
Travel insurance and the European Health Insurance Card.
Do remember to take out travel insurance when you are travelling outside of your home territory. In the case of European residents a European Health Insurance Card can prove extremely useful in getting often free medical care in EU (and some other) member states. Some insurance policies may also mandate it. To apply for a European Health Insurance Card click here https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/home.do.
Sign On and Start
When and where does Sign on take place?
Full details to be confirmed.
Where is the start?
The start will be from Cyclopark, The Tollgate, Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent DA11 7NP, click here for map.
Where can I park and leave my car?
Each entrant can take advantage of secure parking at the Start Venue for the duration of the Tour.
Where can I get last minute bike bits before the start?
Sigma Sport our Retail Partner will be able to supply you with your last minute requirements.
The mechanics, will also have limited items such as rain jackets, mitts, bike parts etc. These will be available for the duration of the Tour. The mechanics service will be available at Sign On with timings to be confirmed.
What is my start group?
Your proposed start group will also be posted on the web two weeks before the start and is dependent on your ride ability and experience. You will be seeded on the first day based on your performance at the closed circuit Cyclopark.
Will my group change?
The decision to move riders from one group to another during the ride is at the sole discretion of the Commissaire and is based on your speed and/or group riding ability. Yellow section timings are particularly important. If it is found that your ability greatly exceeds your group you will be moved to a faster group. Of course the reverse is true as well. Riders must ride in their allocated seeded groups.
Who manages the ride?
The ride is managed by the Commissaire and ultimately the Event Director. Any decision by the Commissaire is final.
What do I wear?
Helmets complying with international safety standards are compulsory for the duration of the ride. Closed cycling shoes (no fancy sandals), shorts and jerseys are also recommended for your safety.
It is recommended that you take three sets of cycling kit and a plastic bag for the dirty clothes! At this time of the year in France the day time temperature is 15-23 Deg Celsius. Be sure to include a lightweight rain jacket - with global warming you never know!
Post riding, (and evening wear) dress is casual.
Whats this I've heard about rolling road closures!?
It is true there will be rolling road closure for France and NEG outriders for the UK.
Personal Stereos and Headsets
There has been an increasing prevalence of riding with stereo headsets and Ipods. For safety reasons they are not permitted whilst riding.
We operate a bag service. The bags will "ride ahead" of you and you will only see your bag again in the evening for the overnight stop. If you require items during the day please use the Musettes as provided by the service vehicle. You will be able to access your musette at the lunch stop and the finish of each day. Each rider will be given a luggage label at Sign On, please ensure that this attached securly to your bag. Every care will be taken to ensure that the bags are safeguarded. However, cyclists are advised not to leave expensive, valuable items in their bags, as the organisers cannot take responsibility for any losses.
Only soft travel bags will be permitted and one bag per rider.
You may have your bags dropped off the day before the start at Sign On (24 May 2016).
If you have opted for the Return Package then your bag will accompany you on the Eurostar Journey back to London.
We will have a lost property box located next to the "Information" banner. Please place or retrieve lost property from here. Lost property will be kept for 1 week after the event, and thereafter donated to charity. Any postal or couriered returns will be charged for.
Do I need a bike bag or box?
No, please do not bring bags or boxes (unless you are travelling onwards from Paris). These take up valuable space. The support crew will pack the bikes with protection (however you are responsible for insuring your bike against any damage for the duration of the event, including transit). If you are leaving us in Paris then you will need to book your bike bag/box (hard or soft) onto the transportation trucks at a cost of £45. You can do this on the website.
Do we have mechanics?
Yes we have a full mechanics service for each group. This service is provided by Service Corps and lead Graeme Freestone-King as the Head Mechanic. The service runs from fully fitted vans and thus most repairs will be able to be facilitated. The service is available to deal with bike repairs/failures and problems. There will also be spare bikes and numerous spare wheels.
and what happens if I puncture?
Let's hope that you do not puncture! Please try and ensure that you are using new tyres and tubes as this greatly reduces the chance of puncture.
Let the group know that you have punctured. Let your support van know that you have a puncture. If you have lost the group, the support van will drop you off with the group again.
There may of course be a situation with loads of punctures for whatever reason. Thus be sure to carry one tube and CO2 canister at least, so that you can effect the repair yourself.
How do I pay for tubes, spares etc used?
We use a "chit" system. All you need to do is sign for the items and your credit card will be charged after the event. In order to use this service you will need to sign a form before departing on the LONDON-PARIS acknowledging that you will be using this service.
Where do I keep my sun cream, wallet, and other small items?
The support van will have musettes available. These are small bags. You can keep items that you may wish to access during the day in this bag, and it will be kept in the support van. Be aware that your luggage bags will be well ahead of the peloton, so you will not be able to access this before arrival at the hotel.
It might be useful to keep a dry top, arm and leg warmers and long sleeve in the musette.
Where do I keep my passport on Day 1, so that it is ready for the channel crossing?
Each rider will receive a plastic zip lock for, passport, money and phone at Sign On. Please ride with your PASSPORT on your person during Stage 1 or place in your musette, so that you can speedily check onto the Channel crossing. It is also advisable to ride with your phone at all times. Emergency numbers will be provided with the Ride Cards at Sign On.
What are the average speeds?
There will be six groups based on both ability and experience. The actual speeds of the groups will be based on rider distribution, but will generally be as listed below:
Group 1: 30+ km/h
Group 2: 29 km/h
Group 3: 28 km/h
Group 4: 27 km/h
Group 5: 26 km/h
Group 6: 22 - 25 km/h
What about lunch and nutrition on route?
Each day we have a lunch stop of approx. 30-45 minutes. Lunch is included and consists of endurance related foods. Ensure you bring your own sports nutrition for the duration of the event.
We have a team of sports therapists from Roadside Therapy. They will be available at the start, lunch and hotels in the evenings. You can book these at the beginning of each day with the Sports Therapist Team. The cost is £10 for 15 mins. We use a "chit" system. All you need to do is sign for the massage and your credit card will be charged after the event.
A detailed map of the route will be distributed before the event. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the route. The route is open to traffic, and you are warned to keep to the left of the road in the UK and on the right in France, not cross the centre line at any time and to obey traffic regulations, traffic officers and authorised marshals. The route will be published on Ride Cards that you receive at Sign On. Please keep your Ride Cards with you for the duration of the ride.
Can I download the course to my Garmin?
HotChillee has decided not to publish the course in GPX format for several reasons. If the event course is subject to last minute changes or safety related detours under the direction of the race commissar we feel that for group safety it's best that the peloton follows the exclusive directions of the marshals and lead cars. The riders must stay behind the lead car and in front of the mechanics support van at all times following the direction of the marshals who are responsible for directing us to the finish in Paris. Relieved of hassles of navigation you are then free to concentrate on cycling and experiencing the true pleasure of group riding.
You will require a valid passport and if applicable, visa for travel. You are also required to take out personal travel insurance.
Checklist of what is useful to pack