The LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France
East Molesey, SurreyImber Court Sports Club, Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey UK
Thu 15th July 2021 - Sun 18th July 2021
£1,665.00 - £1,750.00
With vaccines being rolled out around the globe we’re confident that travel and events can resume in a more normal fashion from the Spring.
However there are individual scenarios related to COVID-19 that may affect your ability to attend an event. This coupled with the reality of constantly changing guidance from different countries, and the fact that our participants travel from around the world, means it is impossible for us to have a rule for every possible situation.
Our COVID-Guarantee is designed to be as fair as possible to everyone, while also allowing us to operate our events with some certainty. Therefore, if because of individual circumstances (i.e. not something that affects the entire event) you are unable to take part you will need to contact us and provide us with the relevant evidence (e.g. Tests results, proof of contact from track and trace etc) which we will review on a case by case basis. This proof will need to be covering the mandated self-isolation or quarantine periods that are relevant to your circumstances.
Below are some of the answers (as best as we can currently give) to common questions you may have
What happens if there is a local lockdown that affects me travelling to the event?
If the area/country where you live is under a local lockdown, we would expect you to follow the guidelines from the relevant authorities. If these guidelines include advice not to travel to another area or country, which makes your attendance impossible we will review with the intention to transfer your entry as a credit to another Hotchillee event in 2021 or 2022.
What happens if I test positive or I am forced to self-isolate ?
If you test positive for COVID-19, or are forced to self-isolate within 10 days of the start of the event you will need to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with evidence. We will review with the intention to transfer your entry as a credit to another Hotchillee event in 2021 or 2022.
What happens to the travel I have booked for an event if I can’t make it or the event is cancelled due to COVID-19?
Unfortunately travel is not covered by us. We encourage everyone to take out appropriate travel insurance which includes COVID-19 cover.
What happens if the whole event is cancelled due to COVID-19?
If Hotchillee is forced to postpone a Multi-Day Event in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic you’ll automatically be transferred to the new date. If you’re not able to make the new date you’ll be able to use your entry, including any optional extras, as a credit against another Hotchillee Multi-Day Event in 2021 or 2022. If this credit is not used by 31 July 2022 you’ll be entitled to a cash refund.
4 day / 4 night event entry
Champs-Élysées lap under official Tour de France race escort
Tour de France finish line photo
Access to track side seating for Tour de France Pro race
Four nights accommodation (twin sharing – upgrades available)
Celebration Party in Paris
Full Service Corps technical support
Rolling road closures and motorbike outriders
Exclusive Tour de France London-Paris cycling jersey
Secure car parking for the duration of the event
Bike return from finish line to the UK (if required)
Access to and use of digital photos and film
Timing chip (Group 1 only)
Water, tea and coffee
Monthly supported group rides from registration to the event (COVID-19/ British Cycling guidelines dependent)
Free membership of Hotchillee with access to The LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France channel on the Hotchillee App.
All participants ride in supported speed groups. Riders are not permitted to ride on their own.
Imber Court Sports Club, Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey UK
Itinerary & Stages
Wed 14 July - Sign on Hampton Court
14:00 – 17:00: The LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France Start Village is minutes from Hampton Court Palace. This is where you Sign On the day before we roll out. You will have time to meet the Hotchillee team, join the Rider Briefing and make sure you and your bike are ready for an early start the next morning.
Thu 15 July - Stage 1
Hampton Court to Folkestone
There’s a Channel to cross on today’s stage, so prepare for an early start. Each group will set off individually with a lead car, mechanic’s van and paramedic all in radio comms with your Hotchillee Ride Captains who will be looking after you for the next few days. Expect a few nerves on the first morning as the route takes in part of the iconic 2012 Olympic Road Race circuit and we head South East towards Kent and the Garden of England. As we roll past traditional Oast Houses don’t burn all your matches if you’re riding in Group 1 and competing in the timed race sections – it’s a solid first day to the coast. Lunch will be in a quintessential traditional country pub where sports therapists will be on hand to help with any niggles before we push on to Folkestone and you clock up your first century. Once at the finish you’ll swap your bike for your suitcase, board a mid-afternoon coach and go over (or under) the Channel to your hotel in time for a well earned traditional French dinner with your new cycling buddies.
Fri 16 July - Stage 2
Calais to Amiens
The morning’s stage is always fizzing with excitement at the prospect of riding on French soil, and with no Channel to cross expect a more sociable start time. Potholes vanish, the tarmac smoothens and with the french motor-outriders having the power to stop traffic entirely it’s the closest us mere mortals get to feeling like a pro cyclist. Lunch will be a stop in Frevent, and what else could be more fitting than baguettes and apple tart? The stage will finish just outside Amiens and after bag collection a coach to the hotels beckoned, giving you time to relax before dinner. A good meal, evening stroll around the cathedral and an early night are on the cards for the sensible. However, for some the socialising is known to go on late into the evening. Naming no names Sven Thiele.
Sat 17 July - Stage 3
Amiens to Paris
Today it’s the turn of Group 5 to set off first, waiting at lunch where all groups join and form one giant peloton. Excitement inevitably builds as the Parisian cobbles beckon so expect the peloton to start to fizz as we reach the outskirts of the city and cross the Seine for the first time. The only other cycling event our size to close roads in Paris this weekend is the Tour de France so goosebumps are inevitable. Whether you’re a racing snake in Group 1 or a newbie in Group 5 you’ll cross the closed Arc de Triomphe and roll towards the Eiffel Tower with a lump in your throat – we (almost) guarantee it! Friends and family welcome riders at the finish, medals will be handed out, bikes are stored and inevitably the hotel bar will be busy. After a well earned meal the celebration party will get into full swing, the jersey presentation concluded and one too many beers drunk. Perfect preparation for tomorrow’s Tour de France finale!
Sun 18 Juy - Paris ride
A new addition to the event, Day 4 is the icing on the cake for any Tour de France junkie! After a leisurely breakfast we roll in small groups from the hotel to the Champs-Élysées. We’ll have an allocated slot to race (or ride) a Boucle of the closed course under official Tour de France race escort followed by a finish line photo. Don’t forget to wear your official The LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France jersey (and to turn your Strava on!). From here it’s a short ride back to the hotel where your bikes are loaded on the DHL lorries and transported back to the UK (unless otherwise arranged). A quick change of clothes and it’s back to the course where you can watch the pro’s do it for real! There’s access to trackside seating for all riders, with those selecting to upgrade to VIP finish line packages enjoying a free flowing bar and buffet dinner.
Can I upgrade my package?
Yes. Additional purchases will be available on registration:
- Return Eurostar tickets
- Single room supplement
- VIP Tour de France Hospitality
- Non-riding partner upgrades in Paris
What bike can I ride?
The event is restricted to roadworthy road bicycles or E-Bikes only. If you are in any doubt then contact the organisers whose decision is final. The ride takes place on tarred or cobbled roads.
Note that no bicycle is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, and cow bars.
What are the entry requirements
You must be 18 years or older on 15th July 2021.
If you are in doubt as to your fitness then we recommend you have a medical check-up before registering.
Is the route signed?
No, you will ride in a fully supported peloton with a lead car and motorbike outriders leading the way.
What is the format of the event?
All participants ride in supported speed groups. Riders are not permitted to ride on their own.
Each group rides as a peloton with a lead car, motorbike outriders, mechanic’s van and rolling road closures with the Hotchillee Ride Captains in radio contact with the support vehicles to help ensure the safety of each group at all times.
The format consists of tempo group riding with timed race sections for Group 1, where participants compete for Leader’s Jerseys. The other speed groups focus on completing the event in a fun and fully supported environment.
What speed does each group ride?
Group 1: 30+ km/h (Racing Group)
Group 2: 28 – 29 km/h
Group 3: 26 -27 km/h
Group 4: 24 – 25 km/h
Group 5: 23 – 24 km/h
Where do I Sign On?
You will need to Sign On for the event in person on Wednesday 14 July 2021. Sign On at Imber Court Sports Club, Hampton Court, KT8 0BT between 14:00-17:00. Rider briefing will take place at 17:00. You will not be able to sign on on the morning of the 15 July.
Where can I stay on Wednesday night?
How do I get back to the start line after the event?
Bikes will be returned to Imber Court from Paris unless you have asked us to transport your bike box to Paris for you. Your return travel is not included as many of our riders are international and not returning to the UK. You will be able to book return Eurostar and coach packages soon which drop you back at the start line where your bike will be waiting.
Can I hire a bike?
What happens if Hotchillee cancels the event?
If Hotchillee cancels the event for any reason not listed in the conditions of sale, your entry fee is fully refundable.
If the event is postponed due to COVID-19, your entry will automatically be transferred to the new date. If you can’t make the new dates, you’ll receive a credit to use against any other Hotchillee multi-day event. The credit expires on 1 July 2022. If you have not used the credit by the expiry date, you’ll receive a refund equal to the original booking amount.
What happens if I need to cancel my entry?
If for any reason you need to cancel your entry there are several options available:
- You are able to nominate a substitute rider for your entry (up to 30 days before the event start date).
- You may defer your entry as a credit towards another HotChillee event in the same or following calendar year (up to 12 weeks before the event start date).
- You are entitled to the following refund on your entry:
- 17 Weeks + before the Event start date: 66% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
- 13-16 weeks before the Event start date: 33% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
- 0-12 weeks before the Event start date: 0% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
3* and 4* hotels have been selected on the first night. The entry price includes sharing a twin room and we ask at registration if there’s someone you want to share with. If there’s not we’ll room you with someone in your anticipated speed group where possible. The event is split across multiple hotels with dinner served in your hotel restaurant, or a short walk away. If you are riding as part of a group will always aim to room you together in the same hotel.
Again the event is split across multiple hotels, all a minimum of 3*. An early evening stroll around the ancient cathedral is possible from all hotels and the perfect way to relax after a tough day in the saddle.
Once in Paris all riders stay in the same hotel for the final two nights and it’s 4* all the way! It’s also one of the official Tour de France team hotels so expect to see some cycling royalty over breakfast. If you are riding as part of a group we will always aim to room you together in the same hotel.
Tour De France Vip Finish Line Hospitality
Cost - £895. You’ve had your turn on the Champs Élysées, now it’s time for the pros. Watch them yards from the finish line with this exclusive VIP package which include:
- A private Hotchillee area with terrace on the edge of the course
- Teatime cocktail
- Open bar champagne, wines, soft drinks and spirits
- Buffet dinner and culinary live cooking
- Live broadcast of the stage on screens
- Bespoke Tour de France gift
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