London to Paris & Alpine Challenge
First of all, L2P is a professionally organised cycle event. It is a seriously tough challenge and not a “pootle to Paris”. This is a cyclosportive which will demand months of hard training, dedication and commitment. The L2P is on a par with events like the London and New York Marathons and was named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the world’s top 25 participation events. To ride the L2P you need to be in peak physical condition and prepared to be challenged, mentally and physically. The L2P is now known as “THE professional cycling event for amateur cyclists”. With 450 riders, it is the closest the amateur rider can get to the Tour de France experience. The L2P also attracts many ex-professional cyclists and sports people. Stephen Roche, Scott Sunderland, James Cracknell and footballer Geoff Thomas are regular riders.
The Alpine Challenge is a 4 stage Alpine event designed using the same formula as the famous LONDON-PARIS. Based out of the beautiful lakeside town of Annecy in the Savoie, the scenery and riding is breathtaking every day. Riders can enjoy the benefits of rolling road closures, motorbike outriders and lead vehicles, whilst riding in seeded groups commensurate with ability and supported by a professional crew including masseurs, mechanics and Mavic neutral service. This event provides the opportunity to ride a series of mountain stages (approximately 110-120km per day), and is created to offer a Tour de France like experience. Following a stunning warm up ride around Lake Annecy on arrival, the events starts with a timed mountain Stage which is used to seed riders into the appropriate groups. Thereafter comes 3 mountain stages crossing some of the infamous mountain stages such as the Cols des Aravis. Each day there is a flagged timed climb, of which the aggregate time determines the Leaders Jersey winners (male and female) for the next stage.
Download the L2P / Alpine Challenge Training Plan