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Frequently Asked Questions

General

General

What’s included?

You will be fully supported from the moment that you sign up to the challenge:

  • Access to the rider’s area with training guides, kit & equipment lists, an invite to a riders open day where you can learn about the challenge and dedicated social media groups to link up with other riders in the lead up to the challenge.
  • Full on event support –fully signed route, mechanics, medics, rest stops, snacks, drinks.
  • Vehicle support & bike transfer if you need to rest a stage
  • All food on event including x2 hot meal stops & energy drinks/snacks at every stop
  • X1 nights accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Celebratory dinner in Paris
  • Ferry crossing from Dover to Calais
  • Return Eurostar back to London
  • Bike return to London
  • Free Scope cycling jersey

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What’s not included?

  • Bike
  • Insurance – travel, personal liability & bike insurance
  • Lunch in Paris on Monday afternoon
  • Items of a personal nature (including alcohol)

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How much does it cost?

To sign up to the challenge you must secure your place online with a non-refundable Registration Fee of £99 and then commit to fundraise a minimum target of £1,000 for the charity Scope.

At least 60% of this target (£600) must be with the charity Scope 10 (30 April 2016) weeks prior to the challenge, and this amount covers the cost of your place on the event.

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Will I get help with the fundraising?

The Scope Fundraising team will be with you all the way – from the moment you sign up to the challenge you will be sent fundraising packs, tips & helpful tools as well as receive regular updates from the team who will be on hand should you need further help.  

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How old do I need to be?

You will need to be over the age of 18 on the day of the event to take part.

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Training & Fitness

How fit do I need to be?

We recommend that to take on this challenge you are experienced at riding long distances, as well as comfortable in your ability to complete the challenge and maintain an average speed. That isn’t to say you need to be Bradley Wiggins or Victoria Pendleton and we will help you get to the levels of where you need to be in the lead up to the challenge. As the ride isn’t until July you will have all of the summer to train – and we recommend building up your stamina and distances over time.

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I’ve never cycled at night before – what is that like?

Night cycling is a different experience altogether, and requires a different set of skills to long distance cycling. You will need a good set of lights and some high-vis and we recommend you also incorporate some night cycling in urban areas into your training plan. 

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What is the average speed I would need to cycle to complete the challenge?

You will need to maintain between 14 to 18 mph in order to reach Paris within 24 hours! Our cycle guides will lead from the front, along with support riders whom will keep you motivated and moving at a good pace to get you safely across the finish line in Paris in time for the celebratory meal! 

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Do you recommend any specific training plans?

Yes you will be provided with training guides in the participant’s area of the website once signed up to the challenge, these will cover all abilities from beginners to more intermediate / experienced cyclists. 

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Kit & Equipment

What sort of bike do I need?

This is a tough, road cycling challenge and it's recommended that you only undertake the event on a well-maintained and serviced bike which is suitable for long distance cycling with slick tyres. It is not suitable for mountain or hybrid bikes.

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What equipment do I need?

A full and comprehensive equipment and clothing list is available within the Participants Area and you are advised to refer to this carefully - some items are essential, others recommended. Please note in addition to items normally required for cycling - you'll also be expected to have cycling lights mounted front and rear (this is a legal requirement in France) and at least one piece of high visibility clothing. A cycle helmet is mandatory! 

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What about luggage?

You will need 2 bags for the challenge – a ‘rucksack’ which be no more than 30l which you will take with you on the cycle, and you will see at every stop along the route. In this you will keep all the essentials you will need for cycling. Then a larger ‘over night’ bag which you will see again once you make it to Paris. 

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On the ride

How will I find my way?

The route will be fully signed signed (using reflective signage with glow sticks where appropriate), you will also be issued with personal rider maps as a back-up. Support cyclists and pace riders will be on hand to assist at awkward junctions and provide encouragement up the hills!

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What if I get lost?

You will probably be riding in small groups or as part of a larger peloton for most of the way so it is very unlikely that you would lose the route. Should this happen we have a lost procedure in place which you will be briefed upon and support vehicles available to locate you and bring you back onto route should this be necessary!

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What if I suffer a puncture or mechanical issue?

You are advised to get your bike thoroughly serviced and a bike MOT conducted at your local cycle shop before joining the ride. There will be professional bike mechanics on hand at the start for last-minute tweaks and also at rest-stops for problems incurred along route. These mechanics also patrol the route in support vehicles and will stop to assist as required. In extreme cases we may have substitute bikes to switch in with any cycles damaged beyond repair but this cannot be guaranteed.

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What food is provided?

All meals will be provided whilst on the challenge with rest stops approximately every 35-50 miles along the route. There will be a celebratory dinner for riders in Paris and a hotel breakfast before leaving France. The food is plentiful and varied with hot meal stops along the route, snack bags and water. Our on event caterers are specialists for sporting events, to ensure that all the food we are providing is suitable for the challenge. We also recommend that you bring your favorite energy drinks and snacks to consume whilst on the challenge.

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Hotel twin share accommodation - sharing preferences

All bookings for the hotels are based on a single sex, twin share basis. If you are in a group or have friends/family taking part in the ride, we will ask you to indicate your preferred room share when signing up to the challenge. We will try to accommodate all room share requests.

If you are an individual taking part in the challenge then we will put you in a room share with someone of a similar age to you.

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After the ride

Can I stay on in Paris?

If you wish to stay on in Paris and not take our Eurostar back you are welcome to make your own arrangements back to London, however your Eurostar ticket cannot be changed.

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What time is the Eurostar?

Your exact Eurostar timing will be confirmed 1 month prior to the challenge - and will be in the afternoon on the Monday after the challenge.

All bookings are made as a group reservation and therefore we will not be able to change your return date or time. We are only able to supply tickets for participants booked onto the challenge. Any additional Eurostar tickets will need to be booked independently.

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Where in London do the bikes get dropped off?

The bikes will be return from Paris and be held at a secure location 5 minutes walk from the Eurostar terminal in St Pancras International Station or at the 02 in time for your arrival back on the Eurostar. 

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Fundraising

Who do I speak to about Fundraising?

Scope have a great team on hand to support you in your fundraising activities. A point of contact for additional fundraising support, advice, and materials is contained within your welcome pack - and you can email events@scope.org.uk or call the supporter care team on 0207 619 7270.

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What happens if I don't reach my fundraising target?

This is a charity fundraising cycling challenge.

Scope rely on your commitment and honesty to fulfil this pledge and the team at Scope hope that you will work hard to surpass the target and meet the deadlines!

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