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Marie Curie Cancer Care named UK charity partner of Tour de France, launches 2014 London to Paris Cycle Challenge

Ride from British to French capitals next July, then watch final stage of 101st Tour de France

Marie Curie Cancer Care has been named the official UK charity partner for the Tour de France, which begins next year with a Grand Départ in Yorkshire. The charity will also be staging a three-day charity ride from London - where Stage 3 of the 2014 race finishes - to Paris, timed to coincide with the conclusion of the 101st edition of the Tour in the French capital in July next year.

That ride will see cyclists head to Dover on Thursday 24 July 2014, before boarding a ferry to take them across the Channel for two more days of riding to Paris, with the journey finishing beneath the Eiffel Tower.

On Sunday 27 July, participants will be able to watch the final stage of the Tour as the race concludes on the Champs-Elysées.

The charity, which operates nine hospices, says that money raised through the charity cycle ride, will help fund its nurses’ work to provide care for terminally ill patients both at those locations and in their own homes.

Ed Turnham, Regional Events Fundraiser at Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: “The London to Paris Cycle is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in cycling, keeping fit or simply looking for a new challenge.

“Following in the footsteps of British cycling heroes, this is a unique chance to wear Marie Curie’s own yellow jersey and to ride triumphantly through the streets of Paris at the end of the challenge.

“By signing up you will be making a significant difference, helping Marie Curie Nurses to provide more care to terminally ill patients at a crucial time.

“Added to that the fact that the 2014 Grand Départ of the Tour de France comes to the UK makes it all the more relevant to British people.”

Entry to the ride costs £150, and participants, who must by aged 18 years or older, are required to raise minimum sponsorship of £1,450.

The return to London from Paris will be by Eurostar - your bike will be taken back separately, and you'll be reunited with it at St Pancras - and early registration is recommended.

You can find more information about the ride on the charity’s website.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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shay cycles | 10 years ago

If only they'd stick on a couple of days and make it Yorkshire to Paris. I guess it could be done in conjunction with this if a small group was up for it.

Marie Curie Mid... replied to shay cycles | 10 years ago

Definitely could be done by anyone/group who then wanted to join London to Paris at the start of the challenge - could even ride the 3 stages from Yorkshire, would be awesome!

Marie Curie Mid... | 10 years ago

Just confirm further the exact delivery method of the participants bikes;

1)Bikes are brought to the Eurostar luggage depot at Kings Cross St Pancras by one of the support vehicles by ferry.

2)The train will be stopping at Ebbsfleet, therefore those who are leaving cars at Bexley can disembark at Ebbsfleet and take a taxi to Bexley (approx £20 for the 8 mile journey). The support vehicle will drop off bikes at Bexley for anyone collecting their car at Bexley.

Any more questions please fire them at us!

nostromo | 10 years ago

Indeed. I've done this before and the bikes are there ready and waiting for you at StP.
It's a great experience, particularly riding round the Arc and then down the Champs, because it's just before the finale of the TdF so you get people getting up to salute you from the cafes as you ride by. Magical.

Marie Curie Mid... replied to nostromo | 10 years ago

Amazing - will definitely let the participants know about the potential salutes from the cafe goers! Great way to finish off the trip

Simon_MacMichael | 10 years ago

It is mentioned in brief on the website we linked, but just for the avoidance of doubt, spoke to organisers - you leave your bike with organisers on the Saturday, it's taken back to London on a truck, you are reunited with it when you arrive at St Pancras.

Standard operating procedure for this type of ride with a Eurostar return.

Gkam84 | 10 years ago

Not that I would do this because I have other charity commitments next year, but it leaves the ride really only open to "normal" bikes, else you aint getting back on Eurostar.

It would work out better for the charity to hire a lorry to ship them back

themartincox | 10 years ago

return by eurostar? that'll be 2 bikes at a time then! and if they are not there when you arrive then they will turn up within 24 hours at the station - which is nice.

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