YORK TO PARIS: ROUTE

Day 1: York to Hull

Distance: 77.2 miles / 124km
Elevation: 786 metres

Highlights: This day sees us set out from just below the rose window of York Minster crossing the flatlands of the Vale of York before reaching the Wolds with its gently rolling vistas and some leg stretching climbs. Descending into Beverley you will get a great panoramic view of the Minster and town before we once again roll along the flat roads of Holderness, passing the stately Burton Constable Hall before reaching Hull, this year’s UK City of Culture.


Day 2: Zeebrugge to Roubaix

Distance: 76.9 miles / 123 km
Elevation: 656 metres

Highlights: After a night on the ferry crossing the North Sea we follow the scenic cycle path next to the canal which leads from Zeebrugge to its city, the West Flemish capital which is Bruges. Our route will take us through the very heart of this ancient town, stopping in the central ‘markt’ square to savour this exquisite city, a UNESCO world heritage site since 2000. Leaving Bruges we make our way across to Oudenaarde, end point of the Tour of Flanders, one of Europe’s best known Spring Classics. After lunch here, cyclists will get a flavour of what the pros take on as we give you the option of taking on two of the iconic cobbled climb sections of the route, including the Koppenberg. The finish of the day brings us into Roubaix, end point for the ‘Hell of the North’ Paris – Roubaix race.


Day 3: Roubaix to St Quentin

Distance: 76 miles / 122 km
Elevation: 1055 metres

Highlights: The theme for the first half of the day is very much the Paris-Roubaix race as we follow the route of the final stages of this race including at least one of the legendary cobbled sections – make sure all screws are tight on your bike! The afternoon ride down to St Quentin is characterised by broad vistas and some long climbs, but also sees us pass by some World War I cemeteries and we aim to stop at at least one of these.


Day 4: St Quentin to Chantilly

Distance: 82.4 miles / 132km
Elevation: 969 metres

Highlights: After the more open expanses of the previous days, this day’s riding has a more intimate feel to it, dominated by the cool shadiness of broad leafed trees as we ride through Foret Domanaile de Compeigne and the National Park of Oise-Pays valley. We have an inspiring finish to the day as we go past the Chateau de Chantilly, home of the Princes of Conde (cousins of the French King) for 200 years.


Day 5: Chantilly to Paris

Distance: 63 miles / 101 km
Elevation: 1072 metres

Highlights: As we make our approach to the French capital, this is a day of contrasts as we start close to the lakeside forested Chateau of the White Queen before following the Avenue Vert (green route) into Paris, avoiding much of the traffic associated with this large metropolis. Although a shorter day of riding, we hope you will still feel proud of your achievement as you ride up the Champs Elysees like the pros before finishing with bike aloft in front of the Eiffel Tower.