The Unique HotChillee LONDON-PARIS Event Format
The HotChillee LONDON-PARIS is an endurance cycling event covering 100 miles a day over 3-days. 350 cyclists ride across 5 speed groups, each with rolling road closures and supported by a lead car, motorbike outriders, the HotChillee Ride Captains, mechanic van and medical support.
Each group rides as a peloton, with the HotChillee Ride Captains in radio contact with the support vehicles to help ensure the safety of each group at all times. The format consists of tempo group riding with timed race sections for the faster speed groups, allowing you to “Race” or “Ride” depending on your ability. Whatever your speed group, you will be looked after like a pro-cyclist with a mechanics support van following each group carrying service wheels and service bikes so no more fixing punctures at the side of the road.
“Race” Groups (1 and 2)
Participants riding in Groups 1 and 2 will have opportunity to compete for Leaders Jerseys and Age Category Awards in three timed sections each stage covering sprinting, climbing and over all time (general classification). These race sections are flagged and timed. The rest of the day riders enjoy tempo group riding in a fully supported environment, with ample opportunity to get to know their fellow riders. Click here for more information about the Leaders Jersey competition.
“Ride” Groups (3, 4 and 5)
These groups are more focused on completing the endurance nature of the event and completing their iconic 500km journey in a fully supported and safe environment.
Riders are seeded on both ability and experience meaning there’s something for everyone from retired pro-cyclists to those who are new to the sport taking on the challenge of a lifetime. The actual speeds of the groups will be based on rider distribution, but will generally be:
Group 1: 30+ km/h
Group 2: 29 km/h
Group 3: 28 km/h
Group 4: 26-27 km/h
Group 5: 24-25 km/h
Not sure what to expect? The HotChillee Ride Captains have put together some advice, top tips and an insight into what to expect riding in the different speed groups on a HotChillee event. Visit the HotChillee Blog to read more.
“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
- Monthly supported group rides from registration to the event
- 3 nights accommodation (minimum 3*)
- All meals
- Secure car parking for the duration of the event
- Baggage forwarding
- Full service corps technical support
- Medical support
- Rolling road closures and motorbike outriders
- Timing chip and race number
- Access and use of event digital photos and film
- Event t-shirt
- Event massages
- Water, tea and coffee
- Celebration party in Paris on the Saturday night
- Travel insurance
- Return travel / bike repatriation
- Tour de France VIP Hospitality
“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
HotChillee LONDON-PARIS 2018 Itinerary
- Thursday 26 July 2018: Stage 1, London – Calais
- Friday 27 July 2018: Stage 2, Calais – Amiens
- Saturday 28 July 2018: Stage 3, Amiens – Paris
- Sunday 29 July 2018: Tour de France finish in Paris
The 2018 start location and routes will be announced soon (click below for 2017):
“Thank you HotChillee for the hard work and organisation you put in to make The LONDON-PARIS 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 – LONDON-PARIS Group 3 rider
The Tour de France 2018 Finish
The HotChillee LONDON-PARIS 2018 arrives in Paris the day before the Tour de France finish and the iconic laps of theChamps Elysessé. All LONDON-PARIS riders stay in Paris on the Saturday night in the same hotel as the Tour de France pros arriving the next day, so expect to be in the heart of the action if you stay for an extra night on the Sunday. You will have the option of watching the TDF arrive on the Sunday afternoon from the side of the road or you can book one of our VIP TDF finish line hospitality packages here.
“It was a proud and emotional moment for me as we rode into Paris together.”
Geoff Thomas – Former England and Crystal Palace footballer
HotChillee LONDON-PARIS Monthly Group Rides Supported by the HotChillee Ride Captains
All registered LONDON-PARIS riders are invited to join us for monthly supported group rides from Imber Court, Esher, Surrey to prepare for the event together. These rides are an excellent opportunity to practice riding as a peloton, meet your fellow LONDON-PARIS riders, the HotChillee Ride Captains and crew and ask any questions you may have. Check out the monthly ride calendar here.
“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
Important HotChillee LONDON-PARIS Group Seeding Information
When you registered for the event we will ask you to indicate your preferred speed group. In addition to this we will require you to submit two rides to ensure that you are allocated your correct speed group. One of these rides must be 100 miles, the other 100kms. You have until 31st May to provide this information – it does not have to be at an organised event, but it will need to be recorded on Strava and shared on the HotChillee Strava Club which you can join here. The monthly HotChillee group ride in April will be 100km.
“The LONDON-PARIS 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
HotChillee LONDON-PARIS 2018 “Group 6” #RideForDanny
We are welcoming Cancer Research and Back Up as our official charities on the HotChillee LONDON-PARIS 2018 forming the #RideForDanny “Group 6” in memory of our friend and HotChillee veteran Danny Turnbull. We first met Danny in the spring of 2012. Danny, who was paralysed from the chest down as a result of a childhood accident, had been instrumental in persuading otherwise sane people that the challenge of handcycling from London to Paris in just three days was achievable. What followed was truly a test for everyone involved … read more here.
Tragically Danny died of cancer last year, news which moved many at HotChillee deeply, so when we were approached by his wife asking us to organise a ride in his memory we were honoured. This year we will be joined by a dedicated #RideFor Danny group cycling to Paris and fundraising in his memory. This will form “Group 6” and will travel at 23km/h. There are still places available if you or someone you know want to join the #RideForDanny group. Click here for more information.
“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