Starting at the London Eye and ending at Notre Dame, the 247 mile route takes riders on a challenging but rewarding journey through towns, villages and beautiful countryside on both sides of the Channel.
A look at the forecasts today opened my eyes a bit more than I’d hoped: the highs in France (Days 2 & 3 of the ride) are about 5 degrees lower than I’d expected from the long-range forecasts in February. OK, so make that two T-shirts under the (not actually) waterproof windbreaker.
Pretty much finished packing now. A separate vinyl bag for each day on the road: Two T-shirts, underwear and socks. It will be the same shorts and windbreaker throughout (as well as gloves, helmet, bandana).
Kind of optimistic now to think I’ll need sunscreen, but the temps are more of a worry for me than that. Glad to see the borrowed bike has full fenders.
Ride along Brighton seafront (there’s a cycle lane) as far as the marina. Continue straight through the marina leaving Asda on your left. At the end cross the bridge over the lock and turn right towards the sea wall. Take the path behind the chandler’s inland towards the undercliff path, then swing right and follow the path west. This will take you on a flat traffic-free path by the sea all the way to Rottingdean, about 3 miles or so.
Unfortunately you then have to rejoin the main road, but it helps make the most of Brighton.
I had two years of French in junior high school, from an American teacher whose accent was indubitably far from formidable.
Since that time, I’ve had a year of college German, and then more than 25 years of immersion in Japanese.
Of French and German, all I can say is that when I attempt to speak either, I’ll be back in Japanese before three words are out of my mouth. A native once famously told me that I spoke French worse than his (Japanese) girlfriend. (Which, in general, is really saying a lot … )
From what I’ve heard of my companions on the trip, though, I may be the bee’s knees when it comes to polly vous …
It’s a sad commentary on the state of pro cycling that a competitor in a sanctioned race using an electric motor is termed “mechanical doping”.
The technology has been around for years, of course, and recent advances in batteries bring us to the point of packing 100W of power into a water bottle-sized package. That actually makes it a worthwhile trade-off for the added weight over, say, a 250km Tour de France stage.
Look, if someone disadvantaged wants to join L2P on a motorized bicycle, as far as I’m concerned they’re welcome and I’ll shout the celebratory champers on the Champs Élysées. But as for those of us who are only handicapped by age and (over)weight, it’s strictly hominid vs the elements.
There’s a wealth of material covering this route. It seems it’s become a very popular outing.
The master of this is Donald Hirsch, who has done the entire London-Paris route in 24 hours. More power to him! Others have fleshed out his route with maps, guides and descriptions, such as this one: Cycling from London to Paris in less than 24 hours.
From this route it looks like the hotel we’ll be staying at the end of Day 2 is just less than 135km from Dieppe. So, all things being equal and with a grain of salt for actual conditions matching Google data, that makes Day 3 about 75km.