A new challenge with children’s charity Action Medical Research offers cyclists the chance to tackle the hairpin bends of a famous Tour de France climb – just days after seeing the race peloton arrive into Paris next year.
Action Medical Research’s 2016 route from Paris to Geneva will give 50 riders the opportunity to catch the finale of the Tour de France before setting off on a 328-mile cycling adventure down to lakeside Geneva.
The route takes in the famous landmarks of the French capital before heading to rural Burgundy, passing through Sens, Semur-en-Auxois and Lons-le-Saunier with their picturesque fields of wheat and sunflowers, and crossing the beautiful Jura mountains – including the tough Col de la Faucille, a 1323m-high mountain pass which has tested many of those wearing the yellow jersey.
The children’s charity, which is known for its cycling events, including the RIDE100 sportive series, hopes keen cyclists who have already tackled its popular London to Paris ride will gear up for the Paris to Geneva leg from 24-29 July 2016 – or combine both events for ‘the ultimate challenge on two wheels’.
“As our London to Paris ride ends a day ahead of the Tour de France finale in Paris, this new option is a great follow-up for anyone who has completed a London to Paris cycle event as it leaves the next day, meaning you can catch the finale of the Tour de France then set off on this stunning route down to Lake Geneva,” said Oly Watts, Challenge Events Manager at Action Medical Research.
“If you’re feeling really tough, you could combine the two for 10 glorious days in the saddle!”
The charity is also going to offer an end-of-season version of the Paris to Geneva ride, from 4-9 September 2016.
This year, riders taking part in Action Medical Research’s London to Paris rides in July and September are on track to raise more than £442,000 to help save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children.
With the help of its supporters, the charity has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs for more than 60 years, from the development of the first UK polio vaccines to the use of ultrasound in pregnancy.
Action Medical Research is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
Those taking part in the Paris to Geneva ride must pay a registration fee of £149 and commit to raising £1,650.