Hotchillee

EVENTS

LONDON-PARIS Stories: The SAGE Foundation

The Sage Foundation joined forces with HotChillee for a truly memorable LONDON-PARIS ride in 2019. Record temperatures, torrential downpours and, of course, the Ginbulance, it was an event to remember.

We speak to Elaine McCulloch – Sage Foundation Manager for the UK, who witnessed the workings of the event first hand and Graham Cavan – Partner Enablement Director at Sage, who took on the ride.

 

Elaine McCulloch

 

How did the Sage Foundation get involved with the HotChillee London to Paris ride?

In 2017 we self-organised the first Sage Life Cycle, which involved riding from our London offices to our Newcastle ones. We managed to raise 20K but, with the challenge of raising two million dollars by 2022 laid down by our CEO, we knew we had to find some partners to help us out. We started researching cycling events that we could utilise for our Sage Life Cycle 2019 and HotChillee just stood out for us in terms of professionalism and organisation.

Who rode?

A real mixed bag in terms of ability. We had 22 Sage colleagues riding, eight partners and three customers. It was the perfect way to strengthen business relations, raise money for charity and for many of the riders, have a genuinely life-changing experience.

 

Was there a buzz in the company before the event?

Definitely. There was a constant stream of external and internal communications to raise awareness of the ride and, as it got nearer, the excitement just grew and grew. We got jerseys for all the riders sponsored by our partners. This created a real team feel, gave great exposure to our partners and raised even more money for charity.

 

And during?

Even more so. The week beforehand we found out it was likely to be the hottest week of the year and, with temperatures hitting 42C on Day 2, #sagelifecycle was trending as col-leagues and partners throughout the world were desperate to find out how the riders were coping.

I was doing pieces to camera at five in the morning to keep people updated and there was a real buzz across all of our offices. There were “good luck” and “keep going” messages coming in on Twitter from all over the world and it really felt like we were part of something special.

 

So, tell us about the Ginbulance…

Well, our Executive Vice President Debbie Wall had set herself a number of big challenges that year as her big Five-O was looming. She’d already done the Three Peaks Challenge in Australia and the Reading Half Marathon and had every intention of tackling the London to Paris Ride. However as it got nearer she realised she hadn’t done enough cycling train-ing but was still eager to be involved.

So, we got a long wheel base van, branded it up, filled it with Newcastle Gin and beer, put her behind the wheel and the Gin Bus of Ginbulance was born. At first it was just a bit of fun – finish the stage and grab a gin or a beer from the bus. However, with the scorching temperatures, she soon found herself with a walkie-talkie, following the event and doing mercy runs for extra water and ice!

 

How would you sum up Sage Foundation’s London to Paris experience?

It genuinely brought colleagues and partners from all across the world together. It was an amazing opportunity to make a real difference and raise a lot of money. Thinking about seeing everyone roll into Paris together still gives me goosebumps – HotChillee really understand the underlying importance of big corporate events – they just get it.

Graham Cavan

Why did you sign-up for the HotChillee London to Paris?

I was really inspired by the work Sage Foundation does and decided to sign up as an Ambassador. London to Paris looked like an amazing challenge, a fantastic opportunity to raise money for my chosen charities, Mind and Make a Wish, and the thought of riding that far gave me the motivation I needed to get off my backside and do some training!

 

Were you a keen cyclist already?

Not at all, I hadn’t been on a bike for 30 years and the first thing I had to do was get a bike using the Bike to Work scheme, so I had something to train and do the event on!

 

What training did you do, any tips or lessons learned?

I probably did about 50 training rides in total including some HotChillee ones which were invaluable. Tips would be to join a local cycling club to get used to riding in a bunch, include some Spinning and to pay attention to your nutrition. The main lesson I learned was that the flat roads around Cambridge left me a bit underprepared for the hills so don’t make that mistake.

 

What was it like on the start line?

To use a Glaswegian expression, “I was kecking myself”. In polite terms, I was incredibly nervous. I’d never taken on anything like it but the buzz, sense of camaraderie and the enthusiasm of all the riders and the HotChillee crew made it an unforgettable experience.

 

How was the ride?

I doubted myself so many times – we had the incredible heat, torrential rain, the lot. But there was always a supportive voice, we were all in it together and I experienced a real mindset shift that’s still with me today. It’s had a huge impact on me physically as well – I’ve lost about a stone and have kept the cycling going.

 

What was riding into Paris like?

Unbelievable, such a sense of achievement. The French love cycling, the traffic stopped and, as we rode on the cobbled Parisian streets, car horns were tooting us and people were shouting encouragement. Seeing the Eiffel Tower, colleagues, friends and family – I’ll never forget it.

 

Any plans for future rides?

Our WhatsApp group from London to Paris is still active and we all still follow each other on Strava. We had another big challenge planned for this year but with COVID, it got cancelled. However Elaine wasn’t going to let us off the hook, so we completed it virtually and raised lots of money – nothing will stop Sage Foundation, not even COVID!

Find out more about the LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France here! Corporate Entries now available.

SHARE

endurathon 2023

Let us have your info before and we’ll contact you as soon as entries for 2023 open.

Sign up to Endura newsletters to get the latest news on products, events and athletes
Sign up to Hotchillee newsletters to get the latest news on events and cycling community
previous arrow
Rectangle 302
Rectangle 303
Rectangle 301
Rectangle 293
Rectangle 292
PlayPause
next arrow
Rectangle 302
Rectangle 303
Rectangle 301
Rectangle 293
Rectangle 292
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
01London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
02London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
03London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
04London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
PlayPause
next arrow
01London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
02London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
03London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
04London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
02London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
03London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
04London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
01London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
PlayPause
next arrow
02London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
03London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
04London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
01London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
01Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel
02Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel-1
02Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel
PlayPause
next arrow
01Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel
02Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel-1
02Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
01.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Eden_Hotel
02.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Eden_Hotel
03.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Eden_Hotel
04.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Eden_Hotel
PlayPause
next arrow
01.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Eden_Hotel
02.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Eden_Hotel
03.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Eden_Hotel
04.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Eden_Hotel
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
02.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Disentis_monastery_Hotel
01.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Disentis_monastery_Hotel
PlayPause
next arrow
02.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Disentis_monastery_Hotel
01.hotchillee_suisse_gravel_Disentis_monastery_Hotel
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA​3
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA​2
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA1​
PlayPause
next arrow
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA​3
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA​2
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA1​
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA​3
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA​2
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA1​
PlayPause
next arrow
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA​3
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA​2
01.Rollercoaster_GIORNA1​
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
01Alpine_Challenge_Morzine_Hotel
02Alpine_Challenge_Morzine_Hotel-1
03Alpine_Challenge_Morzine_Hotel
04Alpine_Challenge_Morzine_Hotel
PlayPause
next arrow
01Alpine_Challenge_Morzine_Hotel
02Alpine_Challenge_Morzine_Hotel-1
03Alpine_Challenge_Morzine_Hotel
04Alpine_Challenge_Morzine_Hotel
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
01.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
02.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
03.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
04.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
PlayPause
next arrow
01.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
02.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
03.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
04.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
01London_Paris_Calais_Hotel
02London_Paris_Calais_Hotel
03London_Paris_Calais_Hotel
04London_Paris_Calais_Hotel
PlayPause
next arrow
01London_Paris_Calais_Hotel
02London_Paris_Calais_Hotel
03London_Paris_Calais_Hotel
04London_Paris_Calais_Hotel
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce
03hotchillee_rollercoaster
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
13hotchillee_rollercoaster
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
10hotchillee_rollercoaster
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce
PlayPause
next arrow
03hotchillee_rollercoaster
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
13hotchillee_rollercoaster
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
10hotchillee_rollercoaster
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce - Hotchillee
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce
Rainmaker Rollercoaster 2022 route recce
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
Slide
PlayPlay
image-slider-with-thumbnail1.jpeg
image-slider-with-thumbnail2.jpeg
image-slider-with-thumbnail7.jpeg
PlayPause
next arrow
Slide
image-slider-with-thumbnail1.jpeg
image-slider-with-thumbnail2.jpeg
image-slider-with-thumbnail7.jpeg
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Slide
PlayPlay
02.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
01.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
11.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
10.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
09.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
06.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
05.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
03hotchillee_alpine_challenge
04hotchillee_alpine_challenge
07hotchillee_alpine_challenge
08hotchillee_alpine_challenge
AlpineChallengeDay3-6
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
PlayPause
next arrow
Slide
02.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
01.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
11.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
10.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
09.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
06.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
05.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
03hotchillee_alpine_challenge
04hotchillee_alpine_challenge
07hotchillee_alpine_challenge
08hotchillee_alpine_challenge
AlpineChallengeDay3-6
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
12hotchillee_suisse_gravel
08hotchillee_suisse_gravel
06hotchillee_suisse_gravel
07hotchillee_suisse_gravel
04hotchillee_suisse_gravel
01hotchillee_suisse_gravel_challenge
09hotchillee_suisse_gravel
05hotchillee_suisse_gravel
11hotchillee_suisse_gravel
03hotchillee_suisse_gravel
10hotchillee_suisse_gravel
02hotchillee_suisse_gravel
13hotchillee_suisse_gravel
PlayPause
next arrow
12hotchillee_suisse_gravel
08hotchillee_suisse_gravel
06hotchillee_suisse_gravel
07hotchillee_suisse_gravel
04hotchillee_suisse_gravel
01hotchillee_suisse_gravel_challenge
09hotchillee_suisse_gravel
05hotchillee_suisse_gravel
11hotchillee_suisse_gravel
03hotchillee_suisse_gravel
10hotchillee_suisse_gravel
02hotchillee_suisse_gravel
13hotchillee_suisse_gravel
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
hotchillee_girona-rendezous_event
01.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
02.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
03.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
04.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
12.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
11.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
10.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
09.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
08.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
07.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
06.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
05.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
hotchillee_girona-rendezous_event
PlayPause
next arrow
01.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
02.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
03.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
04.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
12.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
11.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
10.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
09.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
08.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
07.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
06.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
05.hotchillee_girona-rendezous
hotchillee_girona-rendezous_event
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Slide
PlayPlay
02.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
01.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
11.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
10.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
09.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
06.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
05.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
03hotchillee_alpine_challenge
04hotchillee_alpine_challenge
07hotchillee_alpine_challenge
08hotchillee_alpine_challenge
AlpineChallengeDay3-6
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
PlayPause
next arrow
Slide
02.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
01.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
11.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
10.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
09.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
06.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
05.hotchillee_alpine_challenge
03hotchillee_alpine_challenge
04hotchillee_alpine_challenge
07hotchillee_alpine_challenge
08hotchillee_alpine_challenge
AlpineChallengeDay3-6
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
Hotchillee alpine challenge video still
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
01.Rollercoaster_villa
02.Rollercoaster_villa
03.Rollercoaster_villa
04.Rollercoaster_villa
PlayPause
next arrow
01.Rollercoaster_villa
02.Rollercoaster_villa
03.Rollercoaster_villa
04.Rollercoaster_villa
previous arrow
next arrow

REQUEST A CALLBACK

    Thank you for your request!

    We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    NOTIFY ME WHEN 2023 Entry OPENS

    LONDON-PARIS 2023 entry will open on 2 August 2022. Fill out the form below to be notified when entries are available.

    Road or Gravel (select option)
    Would you liked to sign up for the Hotchillee newsletter?
    previous arrow
    Wild Cycles Bell tent
    Wild Cycles Bell tent
    PlayPause
    next arrow
    Wild Cycles Bell tent
    Wild Cycles Bell tent
    previous arrow
    next arrow

    Register now for your 2023 Entry

    Register for 7-day priority access to enter The LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2023.

    You’ll also be entered into a prize draw for 2 x tickets to the Tour de France 2023 route launchon 27th October 2022 at Palais des Congrès, Paris.

    Your priority access will start on Tuesday 26 July 2022. We’ll be in touch then, keep an eye on your emails, or the Hotchillee companion app.

    Road or Gravel (select option)
    Would you liked to sign up for the Hotchillee newsletter?
    Girona Rendevous

    Girona Rendevous

    Notify me when entries for 2023 become available

    previous arrow
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    Video Slide
    PlayPlay
    20220724TDF1058-A.S.O. Charly Lopez
    20220724TDF1041-A.S.O. Charly Lopez
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
    LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee card _96A5433
    2021_08_21_Assos_Wales_Canon card _96A4857