The London-Paris is one of the best experiences a cyclist can have. The ride has all the professionalism of a pro-event like the Tour de France and is a real test of physical and mental endurance. But it's also an event with legendary camaraderie and that's why I love it. The L2P is all about serious cyclists having fun out on the road. If you love cycling, The L2P is the event to do.
Stephen Roche - Tour de France & Triple Crown Winner
I have ridden two London-Paris events now and this year was better than ever. UK Youth were an official charity, so with my involvement as a Vice President and also as the coach of the Elite race team, the event provided the perfect opportunity to bring the pro and amateur cyclists together from the UK Youth community. We had a strong presence of UK Youth Jerseys, with riders in all groups - myself and Greg Mansell winning leaders jerseys in Group 1, Nigel Mansell riding with Freddy Johansson in Group 3 and Charlotte Hill, CEO of UK Youth in Group 4, plus many more riding and raising funds for the charity. I enjoyed the challenge immensely. The event has grown from strength-to-strength and the benefits of being involved as an official charity are priceless.
Magnus Backstedt - Paris Roubaix Winner and now riding and managing Team UK Youth
Winning the pink jersey for the 2nd time at The L2P 2011 was very special. Pink is not normally my colour, but I am growing to like it, and hope to defend my title. The L2P is an event like no other, the format doesn't change, 3 days of riding and racing from London to Paris, however, every year is different. This unique event is a lot of fun and made special by the riders, the L2P crew, the weather, the whole camaraderie and the sense of achievement for everyone. I enjoyed the racing, the hard riding, the fun riding and the laughs that went on in between, come and join The L2P to fight for the Pink Jersey. Looking forward to more magic from F1 star Nigel Mansell as well.
Tanya Slater - L2P 2011 Pink Jersey Winner
Thank you so very much for a wonderful opportunity. The ride and whole set-up was incredible and every bit as good as the Tour de France which as a sponsor I have seen up close! The HotChillee team should be very, very proud of what you do and achieve!
Rob English - Skoda
Another amazing experience on a bike for this ageing 40 something! One of the best organised cycling events I have taken part in. Big thanks to Sven and his team. Resting now. Ready for the next one. Thank you.
Lee Dixon - English International & Arsenal Footballer
Thank you HotChillee for the hard work and organisation you put in to make The L2P such a wonderful experience. Stuart and I wanted to do something memorable to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary and you certainly provided that for us. The only problem is we enjoyed it so much we want to come back for more!!
Debbie Prentice - Group 3 rider
Riding The London-Paris was a fantastic experience. Riding with top class riders such as Stephen Roche was as close as I'll ever get to feeling like a professional cyclist. The camaraderie was terrific.
James Cracknell - Double Olympic Champion & Adventurer
It was a proud and emotional moment for me as we rode into Paris together.
Geoff Thomas - Former England and Crystal Palace footballer
Becoming a sponsor of The L2P is not just an event focused investment. Although being associated with such a prestige event as this was a key aspect of the 2011 launch of our Cyclosure product, the professionalism and dedication of the HotChillee team provide incredible exposure and promotion for almost the entire 12 months in the lead up to the event. Cyclosure is now the fastest growing online product my business has launched and I have no doubt will be the premier travel insurance product for cyclists and their families. I have no doubt the continued investment in sponsorship and the dedication of the HotChillee team will play a major factor in us achieving that goal.
Rod Breeze - Cyclosure
There is a real buzz around the event with people making friends and respecting each other. The L2P offers a unique experience that very few events can offer.
Scott Sunderland - Ex British Cycling/Team Sky sports manager
I was a professional footballer for 20 years and this was by far the hardest thing I've ever done and probably the most rewarding as well. I absolutely loved it.
John Salako - Sky Sports Football Pundit
The London-Paris is a truly unique cycling experience, it's the closest you can get to be treated like a pro for 3 days with fantastic support both on and off the bike. Riding into Paris on closed roads was the big highlight for me, what an amazing buzz that was!
Jon Sleightholme - former Rugby Union player
The London-Paris is right to describe itself as THE professional event for amateurs, it is so well organised. It is probably the closest most riders will ever get to a professional event with lead cars, motorcycle outriders and rolling road closures. But above all, I think most riders value the camaraderie and the unique experience of cycling in a peloton around the Arc de Triomphe. It is literally unrepeatable.
Terry Smith - Chief Executive Tullet Prebon
It is only when you actually take part in the event that you see how much effort goes into the organisation of each day. There were hundreds of tiny details, that if any one had gone wrong, could have caused big problems but every one of them had been thought of and dealt with. To say that I am impressed is an understatement. My only concern now is that I am 36 years old and plan on living at least another 50. Quite how I am going to better the three days I have just had, I don't know. I think my life's cycling experience has just peaked - it's all downhill from here!
Stephen Done - Group 2 rider
What a great event hard work but good fun, and surprisingly a good way to meet loads of new people as the peleton shifts around. There were people from all walks of life in Group 5 and that was definitely the place to be, with a good team spirit and lots of banter flying around. We also had the coolest French outrider blasting his radio out to inspire us up the hills, complete with the biggest moustache I have ever seen! I dont think I have ever been as hungry as the day after the finish all in all it was a fantastic event.
Phil de Glanville - former England International Rubgy player
I would thoughly recommend this event if you love cycling as a 'must do before you die challenge'. The Ride Captains are fantastic, the camaraderie was second to none, and you ride along side strangers who later become friends, it doesn't get better than that.
Mark Bright - former Premiership Footballer and now sports pundit
Photos: ICAP Finisher's Party & Awards, The London-Paris 2014Thursday 3rd July 2014
A small selection of photographs from the ICAP Finisher's Dinner & Party and Jersey Awards. Lots more available soon ...Read More ...
LONDON-PARIS Spirit Awards 2014Tuesday 1st July 2014
Every year the HotChillee Ride Captains choose a rider from each seeded groups that best represents the Spirit of the event. These awards go back to the days when the event was first founded in 2004. Its not just about racing or beating fellow riders, there is also the help and encouragement that takes place with fellow riders in the peloton who may be going through a dark patch on the road.Read More ...