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Paris 3-2-1

Paris 3-2-1
Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 June 2018


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.

Cost includes ferry, hotel and Eurostar expenses as well as breakfasts, lunches, bespoke cycle shirt, commemorative medal and full support during the event.

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 11 June between 5-7pm ready to collect from the YMCA Sports and Community Centre in Redhill.

Download the Paris 3-2-1 flyer


3 day option: Starting at the YMCA on Thursday 7 June, you will leave at lunchtime 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 8 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?

1 day option: It is Friday 8 June and you have 24 hours to get to the Eiffel Tower. Your epic ride will start from the YMCA at 18:00 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.


Join our FREE, friendly and fun training programme designed to give you the fitness and stamina you will need to achieve your goal. A variety of ride options will be available on each day to ensure that training rides are tailored to each event.

Sunday 15 April 2018
Sunday 20 May 2018
Sunday 17 June 2018

Tuesday evening rides will run at 18:30 from 27 March 2018 (beginners will start on 3 April). 

Find out more about our training rides

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.

Information evening – Wednesday 30 May

Please keep Wednesday 30 May free for our Paris 3-2-1 information evening starting at 19:30 at the YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate RH2 8HA.


The YMCA Challenge programme was set up to raise money for our charitable work and over the last three years our wonderful participants have raised over £466k in sponsorship which is being used to help build a fabulous £2.6m inclusive sports facility at our site in Princes Rd.

Sponsorship from events in 2018 will go towards helping us expand our play and leisure schemes for children and young people with disabilities across 4 sites in East Surrey.  These short breaks help children with complex needs to learn new skills, gain confidence and have fun, whilst offering parents and siblings a vital break.

We are hoping you will help us to reach our 2018 fundraising target of £100k.  This money will enable us to offer 300 families in East Surrey an additional 1,040 days of short break provision throughout the year.

The entry fee purely covers the cost of the event and we are hope you will feel inspired by our work in the community and what we are trying to achieve. Our suggested minimum sponsorship for this event 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.


  • £275 | 1 day
  • £375 | 2 day
  • £475 | 3 day
  • £200 non-refundable deposit payable on entry (available for 2 & 3 day options only) with remaining balance to be paid 10 weeks before departure date
  • Includes ferry to Dieppe, hotel and Eurostar expenses as well as breakfasts, lunches, bespoke cycle shirt, commemorative medal and full support during the event.


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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