There will be five groups based on both ability and experience. The actual speeds of the groups will be based on rider distribution, but will generally be as listed below:
Group 1: 30+ km/h
Group 2: 28-29 km/h
Group 3: 26-27 km/h
Group 4: 24-25 km/h
Group 5: 22-23 km/h
Each group will have approximately 50 cyclists and ride as a peleton. They are each supported by their own lead car, motorbike outriders (which protect the cyclists and manage the traffic in the UK and close the roads completely in France), mechanics van and medical support. Each group is also looked after by the HotChillee Ride Captains who motivate during the ride, provide assistance for the smooth running of the event, such as but not limited to, directions, peloton etiquette, drink breaks and advice.
Each stage consists of flagged race sections with social group riding in-between. The format allows for ample racing in the race groups (Groups 1 – 2) and with the “Social” level groups more focused on completing the endurance nature of the event (Groups 3 – 5).
The flagged race sections cover sprinting, climbing and general classification (GC).
The LONDON-PARIS 2017 is a multi stage endurance road cycling event consisting of flagged race sections with tempo riding between. The format allows for ample racing in the “Race” level groups, social tempo riding and interaction between the flagged sections with the “Ride” level groups more focused on completing the endurance nature of the event. The flagged race sections cover sprinting, climbing and over all time (general classification). Click here for further information about the competition.