Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June 2019
Online bookings for this event have now closed. If you are interested in this event please contact a member of the Challenge Team.
Paris 2-1 is the Redhill to Paris cycle challenge with a twist! The option of a 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 the YMCA in Redhill, finishing at the Eiffel Tower via Newhaven and Gournay en Bray. This event is open to ages 18+.
- £275 | 1 day
- £375 | 2 day
- Includes ferry to Dieppe, hotel and Eurostar journey home, as well as breakfasts, lunches, bespoke cycle shirt, commemorative medal and full support during the event.
2 Day Option: It is early morning on Friday 7 June as you will begin your first stage to cycle to Newhaven in time to catch the 09:30 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 enjoy an authentic French evening at the Hotel Le St Aubin with dinner and a glass of wine. 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.
1 Day Option: It is Friday 7 June and you have 24 hours to get to the Eiffel Tower. Your epic ride will start from the YMCA in Redhill as you head towards Newhaven to catch the 10:30 ferry to Dieppe. A much deserved rest on the boat will leave you refreshed and ready for your heart racing 135 mile 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 2-day team, 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.
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 ready for you to collect on Monday 10 June from the YMCA in Redhill.
The pre-event information evening takes place on Wednesday 29 May at our YMCA Sovereign Centre in Woodhatch.
We organise a variety of cycling sessions that are tailored to build mileage for each of our cycling challenge events.
Tuesday evening cycle training
Subject to volunteer leaders available, we endeavour to offer three rides per week on Tuesday evenings. Rides are free and all are welcome, even if you are not taking part in an event.
Tuesdays | 18:30
Meet at: YMCA Sports and Community Centre, Redhill, RH1 6JJ
• Beginners 10 miles at average 8-10 mph
• Intermediate 15 miles plus at average 10-13 mph
• Experienced 25- 35 miles at 14- 15mph
All rides are carried out at participants own risk. All cyclists must wear a helmet, bring a drink and be aware that rides are on public roads and road bikes or hybrids bikes are most suitable.
Sunday cycle training
We also organise Sunday training rides once a month.
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.
Discount at Finch Cycles in Reigate
Anyone signing up for one of our 2019 cycling challenges will be entitled to a 15% discount on all kit/equipment and a 10% discount on all bikes including free set up check from Finch Cycles in Reigate.
Face2Face project provides emotional and practical support for parents who have children with disabilities. Being the parent of a child with disabilities can be a challenging and isolating experience. Some children with disabilities display distressing behaviour, which may lead them to self-injure, not sleep or show affection to those who care for them. This can take a huge toll on parents; especially when coupled with the battle of finding the right educational setting or essential therapies for their child. The emotional rollercoaster of caring for a child with disabilities can have a profound effect on the entire family. Parents may feel extremely isolated as they navigate their way through complex maze of information on their own.
Face2Face offers advice and support through trained volunteer befrienders who themselves have children with disabilities. This support is often needed when a child has first been diagnosed but can be equally required at points of transition. To tackle the isolation that parents face, the project also offers regular monthly coffee mornings for them to meet each other, exchange information and talk to others who are uniquely placed to empathise with their situation. Professionals are invited to come along to provide information and advice on a variety of topics such as employment support, benefits and entitlement to support, and to deliver disability specific training. Going forward we are keen to set up a support group for siblings of children with disabilities, to enable them to be able to share their feelings, build their own network of friends who understand, and have their voice heard.
‘When we met our befriender, it was clear she’d been through something very similar. We suddenly felt: here’s someone who understands.’
£25 will pay for a Face-to-Face monthly support group session for parents/carers of children with disabilities
£50 will pay for one Volunteer Befriender to attend essential Safeguarding training
£215 will pay for the staffing and running costs of a peer support group for siblings of children with disabilities
Our suggested minimum sponsorship is £500. 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.