Thursday 21st September
London to Portsmouth (78 miles)
Starting from Pullman London, you will be treated to a fantastic breakfast to give you the energy for Day 1.
Negotiating the streets of London is predictably stop/start so enjoy the iconic sights of the capital as you cross the Thames and make your way out of the city.
Heading South West alongside the A3, make sure you’re keeping track of your location as you approach the first Pit Stop of the ride.
The greenery increases as the traffic eases and you have the chance to take in the sights and sounds of Surrey’s idyllic towns and hamlets. The undulating flats eventually give way to the hilly terrain of the South Downs, but the coast quickly comes into view. The decent into central Portsmouth is quick but breezy and the costal wind will do its best to test how much you have left in the tank. Don’t worry, there’s a pub at the finish line, and a pint waiting for you and your team.
After resting for a short while it will be time to board the ferry. Listen out for instructions from Springboard as they direct the group to the port. All teams will spend the night in cabins aboard the ferry with an early morning call as we arrive in Caen on the Friday – remember to put your clocks forward!
Friday 22nd September
Caen to Le Neubourg (64 miles
We will be setting off from the ferry port a little after docking so make sure you grab a good breakfast on board. Don’t forget you’re cycling on the wrong side of the road from here on out. There’s little time for warming up as you work your way out of Caen’s ferry port and along the canal as the sun rises over France.
The long flat straights of the provincial France mask three significant climbs early on which will see you rise to 584ft, the highest elevation of the entire route.
Teams will make good time toward the second half of Day 2 as the road toward the Hotel is long and straight. Make sure you’re working well within your teams to protect each other from the wind.
Throughout the evening of Day 2, The Genuine Dining Company will put on a fantastic BBQ for cyclists to enjoy and get to know their fellow compatriots. A highlight of the trip for all teams and a well-deserved meal before one final big push toward Paris.
All teams will be staying in the same hotel in Le Neubourg.
Saturday 23rd September
Le Neubourg to Paris (81 miles)
Your final day starts with a complimentary breakfast from the hotel so try take on as much as possible before setting off on the longest of the three days.
Rolling and beautiful French countryside will begin to change to rural towns and villages as you begin to approach the suburbs of Paris.
You will begin to spot historic place names such as Plaisir and Versailles and the feeling of accomplishment will build. Keep you team close as you begin to enter Paris with cobbled streets and increased traffic.
Passing the Palace of Versailles marks 10 miles to go and with the Eiffel Tower appearing over the horizon, this will give you that final bit of motivation to get you to the finish line.
Teams will be greeted with a champagne reception, canapes and a momentous sense of satisfaction and achievement upon arrival. When everyone has crossed the line, Springboard will start the celebrations off with a prize giving before teams head off for dinner and a well-deserved drink, or two.
Sunday 24th September
Once in Paris, cyclists are free to spend their time as they like. Many people choose to stay on while others book their own travel back to London.
The Springboard Team will transport all bikes back to their Head Office in Southwark and will hold them there from Sunday evening until cyclists are ready to pick them up.