1. Bill Cottrill
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We (iCycle that is) are thinking of running this event again, now for the 8th time. So I'm just looking to see what interest there is. We need minimum 8 people, maximum 16.

It will be May bank holiday weekend Saturday 25th to Tuesday 28th.

All are welcome, if you've done it before, then you know what to expect. 1st timers especially welcome, and for those, here's a quick synopsis:

Day 1 Bedford to West Malling through Essex, Tilbury ferry - 100 miles
Day 2 West Malling to Boulogne, Channel ferry - 80 miles (shortest day, but actually hardest physically and mentally)
Day 3 Boulogne to Amiens, Somme valley - 86 miles
Day 4 Amiens to Paris, selfies at Eiffel Tower - 105 miles

Here's the bad news: there are many long miles, tricky technical sections, big climbs and hairy descents and Essex drivers. It may rain continuously (4 of the 7 times I have done it, there has been at least one day of continuous downpour - you cannot look out the window in the morning, see the rain, then just go back to bed!). To put it bluntly, it is long and painful.

Here's the good news: On the French side, the roads are beautiful and the riding is great. The sun may shine continuously! The feeling of getting up one Saturday morning, closing your door behind you, start pedaling, and 4 days later you're taking a selfie and eating hotdogs at the Eiffel Tower. The camaraderie and sense of achievement is a once in a lifetime feeling. Nearly half of the iCycle members have completed the ride already, many more than once. Anyone can do it, even if you are new to cycling, it just takes some dedication, determination, and a lot of hard training through the winter.

There will be a support vehicle to carry your luggage from stop to stop, and your bikes home. You will book your own hotels/B+Bs from links I post. Hotels/B+Bs are Premier Inns and Premier Classe / Camponile etc., will cost about £60 per night UK and £30-40 per night in France. Cheaper if you share.

Eurostar is about £50-100, depending how early you book it.

Cross Channel ferry is about £15 including your bike.

Share of fixed support fees (van hire/driver expenses etc.) will be about £150 each, depending on how many people sign up.

If we get enough people to run this event, once you decide to sign-up, we will need a £150 deposit immediately. This is non-refundable.

If you think you can rise to the challenge of 4 long/hilly Sunday rides back-to-back, then it will be great to have you join us. But be advised please, that there is no contingency for "dropping out" mid way. Even those with injuries must make their way to the nearest train station. Once you start, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!

Any questions, please post here. If you think you will join us in May 2019, please like this post.
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I'm in Bill

Thanks
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Bill, yes please.
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Den and I are interested
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Quite probably
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Yes I would be up for a re-run plus I have nominated driver if required.
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Bob, we'll start stocking up on inner tubes now for you...
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Im interested bill
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I’ll have a go. Thanks Bill.
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I'd be up for another jaunt à Paris.
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I'd be up for another jaunt à Paris.
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I’ll do it if @Diane Cottrill does it! ?
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No pressure!!
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We can do it Den
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Put my name down Bill
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Not got the tandem any longer mores the pity...
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Now I have a better idea of numbers, looks like we can get 16 people (it will be capped at 16), I can provide some more accurate costs:

Support cost £110 each

Hotels

Day 1
Premier Inn Leybourne £92 flex double (big double rooms)
Premier Inn Allington £63 flex double (big double rooms, but 5 miles further than Leybourne)

Day 2
Premiere Classe Boulogne £34 double (unless you know your roommate very well, I suggest you book a room to yourself)

Day 3
Premier Classe Amiens £39 double (as above)
Campanile Amiens £69 double (bigger room, better breakfast)
Novotel Amiens £108 double (total luxury)

Day 4
Premiere Classe Paris £60 double
Campanile Paris £108 double
Ibis Paris £113 double

Other expenses:

Ferry for you and bike Dover-Calais £25 (economy) £45 (flexible)
Eurostar Paris to St.Pancras £49 standard, £117 Premier (too early to book as yet so these are the prices currently shown for early May)
Train St.Pancras-Bedford £24
Taxi to Gare du nord £10

Cafes, evening meals, beverages ????
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I miss that tandem!
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If a space would love to join in
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Thats definately the dates now bill?depart 25thmay return 29th cheers
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Yes Will, Saturday 25th May to Tuesday 28th May.

Return by Eurostar on Wednesday 29th (unless you want to spend some days in Paris - we'll bring your bike back).

Monday 27th is a bank holiday.
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