Frequently asked
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This is a ‘’pro-ride experience’ but you don’t need to be a pro to take part.

What to expect

You’ll ride in one of three speed groups depending on your ability. The slowest group will ride at an average speed of 20kph / 12.5mph and will receive the same support from our specialist crew as the fastest group riding at an average speed of 28kph/17mph.

Every day you’ll cycle about 125km, with several rest stops and a lunch stop to break up the day. Over the course of the ride you will have several opportunities to participate in Time Trials (TT) and hill climb sections to see where you rank against the best riders.

Every aspect of the ride is planned with precision, from the accommodation, meals and transportation, so you can focus on your ride, taking in the beautiful French countryside and the camaraderie with other riders.

After four days in the saddle and 500km on the road, you’ll enjoy the rare and privileged finale of entering Paris in one huge peloton, riding around the Arc de Triomphe under police escort and then on to finish near the Eiffel Tower.

Simply put, the best four days you can have on a bike, and all for a worthy cause.

This ride is not a race, it is an endurance challenge. If you’re willing to get a road bike and put in the training, it’s totally achievable. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will make arriving in Paris that much more rewarding.

The ride requires a good level of fitness, and you will need to train in advance.

Once you register, you will receive a Welcome Pack that includes detailed training plans and nutrition tips created by Mark Beaumont, World record-breaking cyclist and our Ride Ambassador. In the months leading up to the ride you’ll receive more specific advice that will build your endurance and get you ride ready.

If you have any worries about your health, or your ability to take part in the ride, consult your doctor before registering.

There will be at least two Ride Captains assigned to each speed group (depending on our group numbers):

SPEED GROUPS

Slow – 20kph / 12.5mph
Medium – 24kph / 15mph
Fast – 28kph / 17mph

When you register you will select a speed group, however you can change to a different speed group throughout the ride.

No problem, you’ll make friends fast. You’ll ride in a peloton with riders of similar abilities and everyone riding is there for the same reason, to make myeloma history. Many 2016 riders said they made loads of new friends and really enjoyed the camaraderie throughout the ride.

If you don’t want to be a solo rider, get your family and friends involved and enter a team. The more the merrier!

Basically anyone who wants to help make myeloma history. Our 2016 ride included myeloma patients, and their family and friends, as well as healthcare professionals and several teams from pharmaceutical companies.

Riders vary from beginners who have never taken part in anything like this before to experienced cyclists. With three different speed groups, we can accommodate all levels of ability.

Places for this exclusive ride are limited and each place on the ride has a registration fee of £949, which includes:

  • All meals and high performance energy drinks and bars throughout the ride
  • Four nights’ accommodation including the final night at a luxury hotel in Paris (shared room unless single room supplement is paid)
  • All travel and transfers on the ride, including bike transport and return Eurostar ticket to St Pancras (except transfer from Paris hotel to Gare du Nord)
  • Full support crew (motorcycle outriders, mechanical support, Ride Captains and sports physios)
  • Branded high performance kit (four cycling jerseys and two pairs of bib shorts that you’ll receive a few weeks before the ride)
  • Day bag for your essential items that will be available at each stop in France
  • Drinks reception and celebratory gala dinner in the heart of Paris
  • Access to professional photos and videos from the ride

Each rider commits to raising a minimum of £1,500 (excluding Gift Aid) in sponsorship for Myeloma UK, as the registration fee only covers the cost of the ride.

We understand that the £949 entry fee can feel like a lot of money, so it’s possible to pay a deposit of £249 to secure your place today and then pay the remaining £700 by Friday 31 March 2017.

The registration fee includes four bespoke cycling jerseys and two pairs of bib shorts (that you’ll receive a few weeks before the ride). You will need to bring your own road bike as well as waterproofs, base layers, helmet, cycling shoes and water bottles. As well as a valid passport, any visas required for your journey and travel insurance (it’s mandatory for all participants). See Terms and Conditions.

Accommodation is shared with riders being allocated a room with another rider of the same sex, unless a single room supplement of £250 is paid at the time of registration.

If you wish to room with a particular person, please specify this on your registration form and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Your luggage is loaded onto the lorry at the start of each day and will travel ahead of you to the finish point. If you need any items during the day, you can use the day bag provided which will be available at every rest stop and lunch stop and at the finish of each day.

When we arrive at our final destination for the day your bike will be stored in a secure location. The next morning your bike will be transported to the start for you to claim it and carry on with the ride. When the ride finishes your bike will be safely transported back to London by lorry for you to pick up at St. Pancras when you arrive on the Eurostar.

We have full mechanical support throughout the ride and repairs are free, but you will need to pay for any spare parts.

Each rider commits to raising a minimum of £1,500 (excluding Gift Aid) in sponsorship for Myeloma UK, as your registration fee only covers the cost of the ride.

Once you register for the ride you will receive a Welcome Pack that includes fundraising tips and advice, and our Ride Team are also on hand to provide you with support and resources to help you not only reach, but hopefully surpass your target.

Enlist the support of your family and friends and make fundraising a group effort. To get started, create your own JustGiving page.

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All sponsorship money should be sent to Myeloma UK by Friday 28 July 2017. The easiest way to pay in your money and keep track of your fundraising is by creating an online fundraising page with JustGiving.

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If you receive cheques, please ensure they are made out to Myeloma UK and send them to 22 Logie Mill, Beaverbank Business Park, Edinburgh EH7 4HG.

Contacts

If your question is not answered here contact our Ride Team by emailing ride@myeloma.org.uk or calling 0131 557 3332.

↓ Register your interest

Places for this exclusive ride are limited.

See the 2016 Ride videos and hear what riders had to say.