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Paris 3-2-1

Paris 3-2-1 Challenge
Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 June 2017

Please note we have limited places available on this event, please contact the Events team if you are interested in a place.

Paris 3-2-1 is the Redhill to Paris cycle challenge with a twist! The option of a 3, 2 or 1 day cycle and is suitable for all abilities especially those new to long distance cycling. The route covers 175 miles of quiet countryside starting at YMCA East Surrey in Redhill, finishing at the Eiffel Tower, Paris via Newhaven and Gournay en Bray.

Download the Paris 3-2-1 flyer


3 Day Option: Starting at the YMCA on Thursday 8 June, you will leave late morning  and cycle 40 miles to Newhaven with a well deserved tea stop at Lindfield. A night in a local hotel and after a hearty breakfast, you will make your way to the ferry port for the crossing over to Dieppe. On arrival at Dieppe, the support team will be ready to fill your bottles and bike bags with snacks to prepare you for your ride to Gournay en-Bray. A short tea stop along the Avenue Verte before arriving at the authentic Hotel Le St Aubin for a traditional French dinner and good night’s rest. The next morning, after breakfast, you will start your final days cycling to Paris along the beautiful, tranquil and traffic free French countryside, cycle along the Seine before the final exhilarating ride through Paris towards your final destination, the Eiffel Tower. An evening of celebration in Paris will set you up for a leisurely morning discovering the sights before a relaxing journey back on Eurostar which arrives back in London late afternoon.

2 Day Option: It is early morning on Friday 9 June as you will begin your first stage to cycle to Newhaven in time to catch the morning  ferry to Dieppe. A rest on the crossing before the next stage which sees you cycle through the French countryside to Gournay En Bray where you will meet up with the 3 day team and enjoy an authentic French evening at the Hotel Le St Aubin with dinner and a glass of wine. The rest of the experience will be the same as for the three day option finishing at the Eiffel Tower, but will you get there before them? LIMITED places available on the two day option, please contact the Events team.

1 Day Option: It is Friday 9 June and you have 24 hours to get to the Eiffel Tower. Your epic ride will start from the YMCA as you head towards Newhaven to catch the evening ferry to Dieppe. A much deserved rest on the boat will leave you refreshed and ready for your heart racing 135m ride to Paris! Fast and furious, as you cycle through the French countryside, but what a feeling. You will have a designated support team with you to make sure you have all you need to get you to your final destination! Will you get there before the 3 and 2 day teams, who knows? Enjoy a well deserved night of celebration in Paris and the next morning after breakfast the sights of Paris before a leisurely journey back on Eurostar which arrives back in London late afternoon.


The cost of the event covers all ferry, hotel and Eurostar expenses as well as full support on the event including breakfast, lunches and snacks during the day.

Everyone taking part will receive their bespoke YMCA cycle shirt and commemorative medal. All options are supported by our volunteer team who will provide picnic lunches, tea stops, snacks and refreshments along the way. All bikes and luggage will be brought back by the team on Monday 12 June between 5-7pm ready to collect from the YMCA.


Join our FREE, friendly and fun training programme designed to give you the fitness and stamina you will need to achieve your goal.

We would also encourage cyclists to join a cycle club, if not a member already where training sessions are available every week. The nearest one to us is Redhill Cycling Club.  Local club Team Cake also take regular social rides, information for which can be found on their Facebook Page.


Money raised from all our events this year will help us create a brand new, disability sports, fitness and wellbeing facility, designed to inspire and support people of all ages and ability to be more active and healthy.

This will be a centre of excellence for families, those suffering from learning and physical disabilities, people with emotional and mental health issues, the elderly and people recovering from chronic illness. The purpose-built, fully accessible facility will offer a wide programme of disability sports, rehabilitation and preventative health activities, delivered by specialist, friendly staff and inspiring volunteers. Our aim is to create a wonderful culture of inclusivity, where everyone feels welcome and is empowered to create healthy, active and fulfilling lives.

The entry fee covers the cost of the event and money raised through sponsorship will go towards the Inclusive Sports facility.

The best way to fundraise is to set up your unique virginmoneygiving fundraising page. If you prefer the more traditional method of fundraising, please download your official sponsorship form.


  • 1 day – £275
  • 2 day – £375 – LIMITED places available. Please contact the Events team.
  • 3 day – £475

£100 non refundable deposit available on all options

Suggested minimum sponsorship of £500.


Please note we have limited places available on this event, please contact the Events team if you are interested in a place.

Find out more

For more information, please contact the Challenge Events fundraising team.

T 01737 779979
E challenge@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk