The HotChillee LONDON-PARIS covers the epic 500km journey over 3-days, arriving in Paris on the Tour de France Finale weekend. Celebrate your 500km achievement at the finishers party on the Saturday night and then watch the Tour de France Pros race the laps of the Champs-Élysées the following day.
We’ve got 15 years of experience under our belts, so you’ll be in safe hands from registration to the Eiffel Tower! With group riding skills sessions, monthly supported UK group rides and specialised training plans we’ll be with you every step of the way. Our unique event format of 5 fully supported seeded speed groups also means you can “Race”, “Ride”, or “Conquer!” so there’s an option to suit everyone.
Groups 1 & 2 “Race”
Groups 3 & 4 “Ride”
Group 5 “Conquer!”
Our Event Format
The HotChillee event format requires all participants to ride in supported speed groups. Riders are not permitted to ride on their own. Any participant who is not able to ride at the speed requirement of the slowest group will not be allowed to continue on the event after Day 1 and will be transferred back to the start line at the end of the Stage.
Each speed group rides as a peloton with a lead car, motorbike outriders, mechanic’s van and rolling road closures 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 them to race for Leader’s Jerseys or Age Category Awards each day whilst the slower speed groups focus on the endurance nature of the event in a fully supported environment. Click here for more information about the Leaders Jersey competition and Age Category Awards.
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.
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.
- Monthly supported group rides from registration to the event
- 3 nights accommodation (minimum 3*)
- All meals excluding dinner on Saturday night
- Ticket to the Celebration Party in Paris
- Secure car parking for the duration of the event
- Baggage forwarding
- Bike return to UK from finish line (if required)
- 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
- Water, tea and coffee
- Travel insurance
- Return travel
- 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 2019 Itinerary
You will need to Sign On for the event in person on one of the following dates. You will not be able to sign on on the morning of the 25th:
- Thursday 25 July 2019: Stage 1, London – Calais
- Friday 26 July 2019: Stage 2, Calais – Amiens
- Saturday 27 July 2019: Stage 3, Amiens – Paris
- Sunday 28 July 2019: Tour de France finish in Paris
Routes and Profiles
Click here for the 2018 routes (2019 routes to be announced)
“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 Start Location
The LONDON-PARIS start location is Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Moseley, KT8 0BT
Parking is available on the playing fields for the duration of the event.
“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
Celebrate in style with your fellow riders at the Finishers Party in Paris! The party will be held at the Palais Maillot from 21:00, less than 5 minutes walk from the LONDON-PARIS 2019 event hotel, the Hyatt Regency Etoile (which is where the TDF pro riders will be staying!). The club will be privatised for us until midnight when we will be joined by other party goers. Your ticket is included in your entry and includes complimentary drinks, DJ, the HotChillee LONDON-PARIS 2019 Jersey winner’s presentation and more. You can purchase additional tickets via your registration form.
The Tour de France 2019 Finish
The HotChillee LONDON-PARIS 2019 arrives in Paris the day before the Tour de France finish and the iconic laps of the Champs Elysessé. 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 via your registration. Packages cost £485 and can be purchased via your registration form. Check out our top tips for watching the Tour here.
Return Eurostar Available to Book Now!
You can now book your return train journey via your LONDON-PARIS registration form. The train times available are:
Sunday 28th July
Paris – Gare du Nord 11:38 > Ashford 12:38*
Bus from Ashford to Imber Court 14:40 – £85
Sunday 28th July
Paris – Gare du Nord 21:13 > Ebbsfleet 22:18*
Bus from Ebbsfleet 22:30 to Imber Court 23:40 – £175
Monday 29th July
Paris – Gare du Nord 11:13 > Ashford 12:07*
Bus from Ashford 12:20 to Imber Court 13:50 – £100*the final destination for all trains is London St Pancras.
Your bike repatriation is included in your event entry and bikes will be returned to Imber Court from the finish line in Paris unless you have asked us to transport your bike box to Paris for you. Riders are responsible for getting themselves to Gare de Nord. A coach will collect you from Ashford and bring you back to the start in Esher to collect your bicycles and car if you chose to park at Imber Court is included in the train ticket price.
“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