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.
“The HotChillee LONDON-PARIS is the bomb for Tour De France junkies born without the correct genes.” Ride Magazine, South Africa
We’ve got 16 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 fully supported seeded speed groups means there’s an option to suit everyone.
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.
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 Group 1, allowing our racing group participants to compete for Leader’s Jerseys, whilst the rest of the speed groups focus on completing the event in a fun and fully supported environment. The actual speeds of the groups will be based on rider distribution, but will generally be:
Group 1: 30+ km/h (Racing Group) Group 2: 29 km/h Group 3: 28 km/h Group 4: 26-27 km/h Group 5: 24-25 km/h
Group 1 (Racing)
Male and female participants will both race in group 1, however there will be separate male and female jersey competitions within the group. Registrations for this group will be limited to 40 riders and available on a first come first served basis..
Groups 2 – 5
Riders in these groups will not be timed. Instead the focus will be on the group camaraderie and endurance nature of the event. Daily prizes will be issued for riders in each group. Each day the HotChillee Ride Captains will select one female and one male rider from their group who has stood out. It will not be based on their athletic performance, but on their contribution to group moral, support shown to other riders, or generally making the day more awesome.
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.
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
Bike return to UK from finish line (if required)
Full service corps technical support
Rolling road closures and motorbike outriders
Access and use of event digital photos and film
Timing chip (Group 1 riders only)
Water, tea and coffee
Musette Not Included:
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 2020 Itinerary
You will need to Sign On for the event in person on Wednesday 15 July 2020. Sign On at Imber Court Sports Club. 14:00-17:00. Rider briefing will take place at 17:00. You will not be able to sign on on the morning of the 16 July.
Thursday 16 July 2020: Stage 1, London – Calais Friday 17 July 2020: Stage 2, Calais – Amiens Saturday 18 July 2020: Stage 3, Amiens – Paris Sunday 19 July 2020: Tour de France finish in Paris
“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
“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! Last year the party was held at the Palais Maillot, less than 5 minutes walk from the LONDON-PARIS event hotel, the Hyatt Regency Etoile (which is where the TDF pro riders will be staying). Watch this space for 2020 plans!
The Tour de France 2020 Finish – VIP Hospitality
The HotChillee LONDON-PARIS 2020 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 be be made available later this year. Check out our top tips for watching the Tour here.
Return travel and bike repatriation
Your bike repatriation from Paris to the start line is included in your event entry. 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. Your return travel is not included as many of our riders are international and not returning to the UK. Later this year you will be able to book return Eurostar and coach packages which drop you back at the start line where your bike will be waiting.
Riders are responsible for getting themselves to Gare de Nord when booking a return Eurostar package with HotChillee. 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). All bikes should be collected from Imber Court before 15:00 on Monday 20 July, however can be stored at Imber Court for £15 a day for up to 7 days.
“It was a proud and emotional moment for me as we rode into Paris together.” Geoff Thomas Former England and Crystal Palace footballer
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 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. We also run HotChillee Cycling Club Chapter rides in more and more locations. Check out the monthly ride calendar here. Not a member of the HotChillee CC? Club members receive 10% discount on HotChillee event plus other excellent member benefits. See more information below…
Join HotChillee CC
If you’re not already a member of the HotChillee Cycling Club we’d love you to join us. As well as priority and discounted entry to the LONDON-PARIS 2020, club members also enjoy 48hr priority access to our HCCC rides, a 10% discount on all other HotChillee events, exclusive offers from our partners and sponsors, a free 2019 club jersey (RRP £75) and more…
“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