Riders are already rolling up for next year’s Demelza 101 Challenge – and the chance to cycle cross-channel from Sittingbourne to Paris.
Almost a quarter of the 100 contenders needed have already signed up – and the challenge is still more than a year away!
The first 101 to Paris in 2014 was a huge success, so we have decided to repeat the run – only this time, with a different route, passing through Arras, the battlefields of the Somme, and Compiegne, where the armistice between France and Germany was signed at the end of both the First and Second World Wars.
We have asked Chapeau Events to put together a route exclusively for us and the group of cyclists will set out from Sittingbourne on May 2 2018, arriving in the French capital four days later. Chapeau Events are also providing the support crew for the challenge, in which riders will cycle 307 miles in total – more if they divert from the designated route!
The five-day adventure culminates in a celebration meal and photo shoot at the foot of the famous Eiffel Tower.
Registration is now open on our events page. All entrants will receive a free Demelza cycling jersey and full support in fund-raising prior to the event. Anyone aged 16 and over can enter – although under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Last year’s big bike ride – to Amsterdam – raised more than £200,000.
If you can’t wait until 2018 to take part in the Demelza 101, there’s still time to sign up for this year’s event – climbing picturesque Scafell in the Lake District, or tackling a scenic triathlon – canoeing in Derwentwater, a 25-mile cycle ride and six-mile trek.