The Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge is back in 2019 to celebrate its fifth anniversary! The aim is to raise £150,000 with all proceeds going towards improving patient care at Bristol city centre hospitals.

With a new route and start date, the challenge will be bigger and better than ever before.

The new September start – setting off on Wednesday 11 September and returning on Sunday 15 September – gives you a chance to train throughout the sunnier (hopefully!) summer months. Not to mention, it gives you longer to reach your fundraising target! 

How to get involved

You can raise funds for the hospital that means the most to you or for the area of greatest need within the hospitals.

The minimum sponsorship that cyclists are expected to raise is £1,700 including a £150 registration fee which is to be paid up front to secure your place among the 50 riders.

For more information email [email protected] or call 0117 927 7120.

The route: Bristol > Andover > Portsmouth > Le Havre > Gourney en Bray > Paris

To celebrate the fifth anniversary ride, we’re upping the ante and introducing a new and slightly longer route! Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge 2019 will be 470km of cycling over four days.

Day 1: Bristol to Andover, 118km. Ride through the leafy lanes of Somerset and the rolling hills and ancient woodlands towards Andover.

Day 2: Andover to Portsmouth, 95km. The shortest day of cycling will take in the glorious countryside on the way into Portsmouth. The overnight ferry will transport you to Le Havre.

Day 3: Le Havre to Gourney en Bray, 145km. Landing in France’s Normandy region, you will weave your way through small towns and villages, the stunning national park, Regional de Boucles de la Sienne, and stop in the historic town of Rouen.

Day 4: Gourney en Bray to Paris, 112km. The final day of cycling encompasses the challenging rural surroundings of Normandy before transforming into the urban landscape of Paris. You’ve done it!

Day 5: Enjoy Paris in the morning, before returning to London via Eurostar, and onward to Bristol by coach.