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Paris 2-1

Paris 2-1

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June 2019


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.

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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 Saturday 8 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.


  • £275 | 1 day
  • £375 | 2 day
  • Includes ferry to Dieppe, hotel and Eurostar expenses as well as breakfasts, lunches, bespoke cycle shirt, commemorative medal and full support during the event.


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.


Join our FREE, friendly and fun training programme designed to give you the fitness and stamina you will need to achieve your goal. Training rides will take place on Sunday 20 January, 24 February, 24 March, 23 April and 19 May starting at 09:00 from the YMCA in Redhill. Weekly Tuesday evening rides will take place at 06:30 from the YMCA starting in 2 April.

The pre-event information evening takes place on Wednesday 29 May at our YMCA Sovereign Centre in Woodhatch.

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.


The entry fee purely covers the cost of the event. Although we have not specified a target, we are hoping you will feel inspired by our work in the community and what we are trying to achieve and consider fundraising for us.

Here at YMCA East Surrey, we are renowned for our activities for adults and children with disabilities offering a wide range of services and activities to help people improve their health and wellbeing. Another major part of our work is to provide services for young people struggling with emotional wellbeing, finding employment and experiencing homelessness. All money raised from our events this year, will provide much needed funds to ensure we can continue this charitable work and provide a safe and inclusive community for our children and young people.  

Housing and Homelessness
YMCA Hillbrook House gives young homeless people somewhere to stay and supports them to move on with their lives. Our NextStep rent deposit scheme helps local vulnerable people access private rented accommodation.

Sport and Fitness
The YMCA Sports and Community Centre is a lively and energetic place for local people to get fit, try new things, challenge themselves and make friends. From sessions in our fitness gym, classes in our exercise studio (over 50 each week!), badminton and table tennis, there is something for everyone to enjoy. An on-site crèche allows parents to exercise while little ones play.

Our Exercise Referral programme enables people with a chronic health condition, those who are rehabilitating from an injury, illness or have a disability to engage in physical activity to help them lead a healthier, independent and more active lifestyle.

Our inclusive playschemes help children with disabilities play alongside typically developed children whilst Yippee club gives children with a wide range of disabilities and complex needs a chance to play with their friends. Yip4Youth helps young people with disabilities become more independent by trying out new activities.

Our qualified youth works provide youth activities for young people across East Surrey, with a focus on those who are vulnerable or have a disability. Heads Together offers free counselling to help young people overcome difficult life events.

We run a wide range of children’s activities, including a pre-school, after school clubs, holiday playschemes, term-time sports and activities, children’s parties, as well as fun sessions for under 5’s. We believe in engaging children in a range of activities that boost self-confidence and build new friendships.

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.


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Find out more

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

T 01737 779979
E challenge@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk