In 2018 the PROSTATE1000 cycling team rode along L'Avenue Verte (The Green Avenue) from London to Paris. This route was established by the British and French Governments in 2012, and enabled the team to cycle mostly along traffic-free routes as well as quiet roads. At the time of the ride, somewhere between 40% and 50% of L'Avenue Verte was classified as being free of traffic (a percentage that both Governments were determined 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-friendly as possible. The challenge for the team, was to complete this 3 day bike ride, along a route that was originally designed to be ridden over 10 days.
Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Distance on day: 116.36miles
Total distance: 116.36miles
Elevation gain on day: 5,677ft.
Total elevation gain: 5,677ft.
Strava est. moving time: 8Hrs:45Mins
After meeting up at 7am besides The Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, the team looped the park and then headed past Buckingham Palace, along The Mall, and on to The Royal Courts of Justice. The team then headed down to the River Thames and back towards the Houses of Parliament. Whilst heading west, the team crossed the River Thames three times, over Westminster, Lambeth, and Chelsea Bridges. The cyclists then headed 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 then then rode along England's south coast beaches, before arriving at the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry, which will carried the team and support crew across The English Channel.
Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Distance on day: 121.32miles
Total distance: 237.68miles
Elevation gain on day: 4,762ft.
Total elevation gain: 10,439ft.
Strava est. moving time: 9Hrs:04Mins
After a late arrival in Dieppe and a night in a local hotel, the team arose early and prepared for the French part of the ride. Cycling out of Dieppe and joining the Pays de Bray, the cyclists followed L'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 took the lengthier eastern route , via the magnificent cathedral city of Beauvais, and the ancient town of Senlis, before arriving at Chantilly.
Thursday 24th May 2018
Distance on day: 92.61miles
Total distance: 330.29miles
Elevation gain on day: 4,199ft.
Total elevation gain: 14,638ft.
Strava est. moving time: 7Hrs:10Mins
The third day of the ride started with some cycling over rather challenging cobbles, as the team visited Le Château de Chantilly, home to the Musée Condé, and dating from 1528. The final 100miles then began in earnest by crossing over to the river Oise, for a ride alongside the river itself. Continuing the journey south-west, the team rode past Persan, Champagne-sur-Oise, L'Isle-Adam, Saint-Germain-en-Laye and on to the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, Le Château de Versailles. The final stretch of the journey ran alongside the River Seine, over 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 finish line at the Eiffel Tower.
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