The PROSTATE1000 cycling team will be following L'Avenue Verte (The Green Avenue) from London to Paris. This route was established by the British and French Governments in 2012, and enables the team to cycle along traffic-free routes as well as quiet roads. At present, somewhere between 40% and 50% of the route is free of traffic (though that will continue to increase). The route was carefully planned to take in historic sites and beautiful landscapes, and ensure that the ride would be as scenic and as bike-friedly as possible.
After meeting up in Hyde Park, heading past Buckingham Palace, along The Mall, and on to The Royal Courts of Justice, then heading down to Thames and back towards the Houses of Parliament, the team will cross The River Thames three times, over Westminster, Lambeth, and Chelsea Bridges. The team will then head out of London along what is regarded as the 'leafy' Wandle Trail, prior to entering classic English countryside via the Downs and Weald, passing through half-timbered villages and ancient churches. The team will then ride along England's south coast beaches, before arriving at the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry, which will carry the team and support crew across The English Channel.
After a late arrival in Dieppe and a night in a local hotel, the team will again rise early and prepare for the French part of the ride. Cycling out of Dieppe and joining the Pays de Bray Avenue Verte through to Forges-les-Eaux, and then on through Normandy's rolling rural countryside. Instead of taking the western, Epte Valley route, the team will instead take the lengthier eastern route , via the magnificent cathedral city of Beauvais, and the ancient towns of Senlis and Chantilly, then crossing over to the river Oise, for a ride alongside the river itself. This brings the team to the final 40 mile stretch through to Paris itself, alongside the River Seine, the cycle paths of the Saint-Denis and the Saint-Martin Canals, before crossing the Seine to Notre Dame cathedral, and finally on to the Eiffel Tower, and the end of a tremendous fund-raising venture.
The challenge for the team will be to complete this 3 day bike ride along a route that was designed to be ridden over 10 days.
Central London: 13 miles approx.
London to Horley: 33 miles
Horley to Groombridge: 24 miles
Groombridge to Newhaven: 42 miles
Dieppe to Neufchâtel-en-Bray: 23 miles
Neufchâtel-en-Bray to Gournay-en-Bray: 28 miles
Gournay-en-Bray to Beauvais: 24 miles
Beauvais to Senlis: 42 miles
Senlis to L'Isle Adam: 23 miles
L'Isle Adam to St-Germain: 25 miles
St-Germain to Paris: 23 miles
Total: 300 miles