Entries open for 2009 Pedal to Paris

Charity ride from London to Arc de Triomphe

Registration is now open for the Royal British Legion’s 2009 Pedal to Paris charity bike ride.

The main event will take place on September 3-7 and will see participants cycling from London to the Arc de Triumph, where they will arrive with a full police escort.

This year sees the launch of an additional three-day version of the ride, which will take place on June 12-15. There are only 300 places available for the faster event, so participants are encouraged to register early.

“The introduction of the fast ride in June is really exciting for us as we will be catering for a new group of cyclists." said Dan Solley, Events Manager at The Royal British Legion. "No doubt it will be just as much fun as the longer ride and it’s a great way to involve more people in a fantastic experience and this important charity.”

The £500 entry fee (£450 for the three-day ride) includes accommodation, meals, snacks at pit stops, a souvenir kit and medal, outbound ferry crossing and Eurostar return, as well as the return of all participants’ bikes from Paris to London.

Participants also need to raise at least £800 in sponsorship for the Royal British Legion, which safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of serving and ex-service people, their families and dependants.

To sign up, go to http://www.poppybike.org to download an entry form or request a brochure. Alternatively, contact Dan Solley at dsolley@britishlegion.org.uk or phone 020 3207 2270.

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