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Brighton to Paris Bike Ride

4 March 2014

On 20th June 2014 Albion in the Community (AITC), in partnership with the Giant Shoreham bicycle store and American Express®, will be launching its first Brighton to Paris Bike Ride. The countdown has begun, the adrenaline is already pumping!

By taking part in this 130 mile challenge you will be helping raise much needed funds for AITC whilst at the same time generating awareness of the charity and its fantastic work across Sussex.

We will be setting off from the American Express Community Stadium with some of the first team squad there to wave us off and who knows maybe one or two of them may join us on this historic event!

We will be riding for two days before arriving in the suburbs of Paris in Versailles... then returning on Sunday 22nd June. 

We’ve extended the Early Bird registration fee of £100 to last one extra week until March 17th!!!

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
• Briefing at the American Express Community Stadium including training and medical advice from the club first team doctor and medical team
• Cycling mainly on country roads and cycle paths (approx. 65 miles per day)
• 2 nights hotel accommodation on a twin-share basis (dinner, bed & breakfast included)
• Fully supported by the Giant Shoreham team:
- Route maps supplied
- Experienced cycle guides
- Daily checkpoints and alfresco lunches
- Qualified mechanical support
• Journey back to the Amex Community Stadium via Eurostar and coach
(bikes and luggage transported via vans)
• Training rides, special offers and gifts from Giant Shoreham
• AITC/Giant Cycling Jersey
• Celebratory dinner

The registration fee is £149 which is payable upon sign up but if you book before 28th February 2014 there is an early bird price of £100. (This fee is non-refundable.) In addition AITC will cover the full costs of your trip if you pledge to raise a minimum of £1000 in sponsorship.

Registration couldn’t be easier. Simply book online here!
For further information please contact Millie Lanz (Fundraising & Events Manager) on 01273 878288 or email Millie.lanz@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

PRIZES
There will be a number of prizes up for grabs for the top five fundraisers so the sooner you sign up and start fundraising the more chance you have of getting a prize! Giant Shoreham will also be giving one lucky rider a new bike with the winner being chosen at random.
Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!

ITINERARY 
Day 1:
Leave the American Express Community Stadium and cycle the short distance to Newhaven harbour and board the 10.30am ferry to Dieppe. Breakfast on board. Leave Dieppe and pick up the former railway line just outside the town that is now called L’Avenue Vert. This traffic-free cycle route rolls gently for 37 miles to Forges-Les-Eaux and then on to our cycle-friendly hotel in the town of Gournay-en-Bray where we can relax and enjoy dinner together.

Day 2:

Today we follow quiet roads through rolling French countryside and National Parkland to the magnificent Palace of Versailles in the suburbs of Paris. After arriving at the Palace it’s a short walk or ride to our hotel where we join together for a celebratory meal and quite possibly some well-deserved champagne! Then the evening is yours to either explore the world-famous palace gardens with a 2-hour musical water and firework spectacular from 9pm (optional extra 20euros for admission to gardens) or to venture into the magic of a midsummer evening in Paris.

Versailles Chateau Look inside Versailles Palace with google maps.

Visit the official website here.


Video of the Fountain Night Show and Serenade

Day 3:
Breakfast in Versailles, followed by a coach tour of the Parisian sights on our way to the tunnel at Calais and home to the Amex stadium where you will be re-united with your bike.

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