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Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity launches brand new London to Paris cycle challenge for 2015


Great Ormond Street Hosital is giving cyclists the chance to take on a 495km course.


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reat Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is launching a brand new London to Paris Cycle Challenge for 2015, including a unique opportunity to experience the exciting finale of the Tour de France. Taking place from 22-26 July, the event offers cyclists the chance to take on an impressive 495km course designed to put them through their paces as they travel from London through the beautiful English and French countryside, finishing at Paris’ most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower. Planned with cycling enthusiasts in mind, the last day of the trip coincides with the final day of the Tour de France, giving participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the world’s most exciting road race, watching the peloton zoom to the finish line along the Champs-Elysees. The London to Paris challenge will raise much needed funds towards Great Ormond Street Hospital’s redevelopment. The hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, treating patients from across the UK, often for rare and complex conditions.


Starting from Chessington, on the outskirts of London, the five day trip includes four days of cycling up to 135km each day. After cycling the beautiful country


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Hampshire riders will board the ferry at Portsmouth for the crossing to Arromanches in the Basse-Normandie region of north-western France (site of the Normandy Landings). The route then takes cyclists through picturesque hamlets of Northern France, with historic talks and an opportunity to absorb French culture along the way. The last day of cycling takes riders past the iconic sights of Paris including the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees and finally beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower where they finish their epic adventure. The London to Paris 2015 cycling challenge is part of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s range of challenge events, raising vital funds for the hospital’s ambitious redevelopment programme, replacing cramped, outdated wards with state of the art buildings and facilities with space for a parent or carer to stay comfortably by their child’s bedside. Danielle Morgan, Senior Events Executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s


Charity, said: “We’re really excited to launch London to Paris 2015, the perfect event for enthusiastic cyclists who want to test themselves whilst raising money fantastic cause. We’re also thrilled to be able to offer riders the opportunity to watch the finale of the Tour de France, a real treat for cycling fans. Best of all by taking part and fundraising for the charity cyclists will be helping us to make a big difference to patients and families from across the UK.” For more information please visit gosh. org/london2paris


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